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Sr. Vice President, Production at Sierra Space

Sr. Vice President, Production

Sierra Space Louisville, CO Full Time
The Sr Vice President Production will provide leadership for operations across the Sierra Space enterprise by developing and implementing short and long range plans and identifying goals and objectives to meet the company’s vision, mission and strategic plans. The VP Operations is responsible for providing leadership across people, process and tool platforms as related to all of Sierra Space production environments, and collaborating with senior business leaders to provide the strategic approach, capabilities and principles needed to create and sustain a high performing operations function.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide a transformational operations vision and leadership that cultivates a culture of empowerment and accountability.

  • Build and promote operations people, process, and tools practices that will drive accountability, scalability, stability and continual improvement.

  • Responsible for aligning operations teams across a diverse set of practices, technologies and toolsets into a cohesive standard operating model.

  • Design strategic plans for application architecture, solutions, integration strategies, governance, quality assurance and business support processes.

  • Plan and execute development projects while ensuring that teams have necessary product knowledge, technical specifications, direction and resourcing to deliver projects on an aggressive, but achievable timelines.

  • Build and attract high performing teams through leadership, mentoring and development.

  • Establish training and certification requirements for all operations personnel.

  • Establish key indicators of success, and promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.

  • Proactively recommend integration opportunities across the enterprise.

  • Collaborate with BA personnel to plan, coordinate and execute the annual budget process.

  • Ensure that enterprise operations are adhering to the strategic annual plan.

  • Support the development and execution of short and long-term operational plans for all manufacturing functions and assist with adjustment of plans as necessary for evolving situations to ensure delivery through major operational metrics: Safety, Quality and Schedule Realization.

  • Set individual targets by business area for improvements in safety, quality, delivery, and productivity and work with them to establish guidelines to regularly audit performance against the goals.

  • Participate in the strategic technology IPT to provide operations requirements for IT upgrades

  • Develop contingency plans for business interruptions.

Must Haves:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required. Master’s level degree or an MBA a plus.

  • Minimum of 15 years of related experience in senior level production and manufacturing leadership.

  • Experience with large, sophisticated composite airframe prototype development (engineering – procurement – fabrication - test).

  • Experience leading a large, multidisciplinary team consisting or shop floor technicians, manufacturing engineers, tool designers/fabricators, industrial engineers, material planners and manufacturing program managers.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, highly professional, diplomatic, demonstrated executive level presence, outstanding stewardship and relationship building skills.

  • Well-rounded professional with a can do spirit; proactive, value add, innovator, problem solver, creates business partnerships and rapport.

  • Considerable knowledge of management practice and policy interpretation or some combination of education and experience that would enable senior technical capability allowing the incumbent to independently evaluate, select, and apply techniques and standards.

  • Strategic planning and budgeting experience.


This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret U.S. Security Clearance. U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance for employment. Non-U.S. citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance.  The Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF), a federal government agency, handles the adjudicative aspects of the security clearance eligibility process for industry applicants. Adjudicative factors which affect the outcome of the eligibility determination include, but are not limited to, allegiance to the U.S., foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations and illegal drug use.

With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station.  Please visit [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Sr. Vice President, Production to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $316,010.37 - $434,514.25

Sierra Space offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Sr. Vice President, Production.

At Sierra Space, our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. Sierra Space is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Contributions to Sierra Space come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.


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