Head of Production

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Gilmour Space is the leading Australian rocket company, pioneering next-generation hybrid propulsion technologies for small satellite launch vehicles.

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Gilmour Space is the leading Australian rocket company, pioneering next-generation hybrid propulsion technologies for small satellite launch vehicles.

An exciting new opportunity has emerged within the Production Department for a Head of Production who is responsible for translating all aspects of Gilmour Space Launch Vehicles and Satellites programs into quality products and must continually deliver to aggressive timelines to keep these programs on track and hitting milestones. The Head of Production is responsible for leading a multi-disciplinary team of manufacturing engineers, technicians, specialists and supervisors across multiple shifts. In this dynamic and rewarding position, they will be required to develop a continuous improvement culture that drives results based on safety, delivery and cost metrics. They must document and communicate across teams to ensure duties are performed in an efficient and timely manner whilst adhering to Gilmour Space policies and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The responsibilities listed are not exhaustive, they represent examples of the work performed by this position. You will be required to perform other duties within your skills and abilities.

  • Lead and manage the Production Team producing products for multiple programs across Gilmour Space
  • Lead a group 20+ employees (managers, supervisors, specialists and technicians) across multiple shifts to meet safety, quality, delivery, and cost targets
  • Responsible for managing the complete production process and ensuring safety at all times
  • Responsible for managing the supply chain management function including, purchasing, logistics, freight and warehousing.
  • Establish and maintain a culture of quality, including fostering an environment of process rigor, integrity, peer accountability, and employee ownership of quality. Play a leading role in ensuring root cause for quality issues are identified, and appropriate improvement actions are put in place
  • Develop a safety-first mindset within your team and develop initiatives to reducing injuries common to product manufacturing
  • Resolve reoccurring non-conformance issues
  • Review work instructions and make change recommendations when processes can be improved. Additionally, empower your team to do the same
  • Meet aggressive and dynamic production schedules that are needed to keep downstream work-centres fulfilled
  • Responsible for assessing headcount needs of the production team, and vetting the appropriate skill sets needed for new hires
  • Monitor material costs and drive cost savings
  • Identify and set-up training programs to improve or maintain technical competency within the team
  • Develop, initiate, coordinate, and enforce system policies and procedures
  • Monitor labour hours and overtime, and implement improvement plans with your teams
  • Ensure capacity planning of equipment and personnel
  • Coordinate cross-functionally with engineering and other process partners to improve product quality and reduce build times
  • Think creatively and question the status quo while following documentation and maintaining prescribed quality standards
  • Develop and assure adequate machine maintenance schedules and back-up spares availability
  • Identify, plan, and execute capital equipment, machine, and layout upgrades to meet volume production demand, as applicable
  • Develop, initiate, and enforce system policies and procedures in a fair manner such that accountability is created, and your team can grow strong as a group
  • Other duties as requested by Management

Mandatory Qualifications Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or 5+ years of professional experience in a manufacturing and production environment.
  • Must be capable of obtaining and maintaining an Australian Government NV 1 security clearance

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience as either a production lead or in a production management role in aerospace or automotive manufacturing
  • 10+ years’ experience leading a multi-disciplinary team of technicians, engineers in a production environment
  • Possesses an excellent understanding of lean manufacturing principles and experience applying them
  • Demonstrated record of high performance
  • Ability to effectively communicate (verbally and written) with technicians, supervisors, engineers, and any other production support departments
  • Experience with setting targets and expectations, and then working with a team to reach these targets, and ability to track progress
  • Highly driven individual with great attention to detail
  • Strong leadership skills with proven results
  • Safety-focused mindset
  • Experience delivering positive and constructive feedback to individuals
  • Able to adapt to constant changing work assignments in a fast-paced work environment.

Policies and Procedures:

All Gilmour Space policies and procedures form part of all Employees’ terms of engagement and position descriptions. Employees of Gilmour Space are to ensure compliance with all company policies and procedures as updated from time to time. On occasion you may be required to attend training on policies and procedures.

How to Apply:

You will be joining a team that is working together to achieve the unimaginable for human access to space. You will be encouraged to reach your highest potential through continuous learning and embracing change.

If you are a proactive team player with a passion for space and a desire to succeed, please apply now by clicking the apply button and including your resume and cover letter.

Gilmour Space Technologies is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all team members.

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