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Saab Global
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Senior Director, Site Lead

Home Office, Indiana, United States of America
Closing date: 31 August 2024

Job Description:

Saab, Inc., a global aerospace and defense solutions leader, seeks a visionary and results-driven Senior Director, Site Lead for our new Land Systems Manufacturing Facility. This position is eligible for Saab, Inc.’s relocation package. 

As Saab, Inc. expands its production operations, the role of Site Lead will be pivotal in establishing capacity to meet current and future production demands. This role will manage a large project budget and lead a cross-functional team in the successful development and execution of a newly established domestic U.S. munitions plant. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in generating and managing a comprehensive strategy for all phases of site development, from planning and construction through site qualification and star up.  

The Site Lead will report directly to the Vice President and General Manager of Land Systems and be entrusted with the comprehensive capability development project, long-term site operations, and growth management. The Site Lead will also work in close partnership with senior operations leaders. The ideal candidate has significant experience across program management, strategic sourcing, and operations. The candidate also will need to demonstrate strong leadership skills, the ability to manage risks and opportunities, and experience building and leading highly motivated management teams.

The individual in this role will operate within a matrixed organization, managing both direct and indirect reporting lines. They will be responsible for developing and leading a team of 70 to over 200 professionals, while fostering a site culture that emphasizes ethical practices, operational efficiency, safety, and excellence in manufacturing quality systems. The successful candidate with establish and maintain positive relationships with key government and customer stakeholders on the federal, state, and local levels. They will also endeavor to secure external funding to support key elements of capability development.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Lead the new facility's planning and design, ensuring it meets all operational requirements.

  • Oversee the construction phase to ensure timely and cost-effective completion.

  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with key government and customer stakeholders on the federal, state, and local levels

  • Secure external funding to support key elements of the manufacturing ramp up.

  • Oversee recruiting and training inline with current and future needs.

  • Ensure alignment and compliance with contractual, regulatory, and customer expectations.

  • Manage the production site's day-to-day operations, ensuring that production targets, quality standards, and delivery schedules are met.

  • Foster a culture of excellence, collaboration, and continuous improvement.

  • Manage the facility’s budget, including capital investment, operational expenses, and financial controls, and ensure the plant achieves financial targets.

  • Ensure the facility complies with all relevant safety and regulatory requirements. Implement policies and procedures to maintain a safe working environment.

  • Implement the Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) and Sales and Operations Execution (S&OE) frameworks to align the facility's strategic goals, operational plans, and execution.

  • Facilitate cross-functional collaboration and communication among sales, operations, finance, and supply chain teams to ensure optimal performance and customer satisfaction.

  • Work closely with customers to understand their needs and ensure the facility delivers products that meet their specifications and satisfaction.

  • Develop and enforce Environmental Health and Safety policies to ensure the well-being of employees and the sustainability of the facility’s operations.

  • Encourage innovation in manufacturing processes and product development to keep Saab, Inc. at the forefront of the defense industry.

  • Lead the implementation of advanced manufacturing concepts, such as intelligent manufacturing, digitalization, and human-machine teaming

    Total Annual Compensation Opportunity: $200,000-$275,000

    The compensation range provided is a general guideline. When extending an offer, Saab, Inc. considers factors including (but not limited to) the role and associated responsibilities, location, and market and business considerations, as well as the candidate's work experience, key skills, and education/training.

    Skills and Experience:

    Required Education and Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, operations management, or related field. Master's degree in business, engineering, or related field preferred - MBA desirable.

    • 15+ years of progressive leadership experience with a proven track record of success

    • 10+ years of experience in the arms, ammunition, and explosives industry

    Required Skills:

    • Eligibility to obtain a Secret level security clearance

    • Experience in munitions production

    • Experience managing Greenfield projects

    • Proficient in 5S, Lean Manufacturing, and Six Sigma methodologies

    • Ability to forecast resource needs (personnel, finances, and assets) to achieve business goals; earned value management

    • Strategic contribution and leadership in developing strategies and spearheading strategic initiatives

    • Performance measurement through defined metrics for teams and processes

    • Exceptional communication and presentation abilities

    • Readiness to travel up to 10% for program support and business development

    • Experience working within a matrix organization

    ­Desired Skills

    • Knowledge of DoD acquisition process and customer requirements.

    • Experience in obtaining and generating compliant program proposals

    • Experience with the IFS ERP System is highly desired.

    Citizenship Requirements:

    Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

    Drug-Free Workplaces:

    Saab is a federal government contractor and adheres to policies and programs necessary for sustaining drug-free workplaces. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen.


    Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

    • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

    • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, parental leave, personal illness, bereavement, jury duty, long-term and short-term disability

    • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

    • Tuition assistance

    • Student loan assistance

    • Wellness account, subscription and employee assistance programs

    • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

    About Us:

    Saab is a leading defense and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 19,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. In the U.S., Saab delivers advanced technology and systems, supporting the U.S. Armed Forces and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as international and commercial partners. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, the company has business units and local employees in eight U.S. locations.

    Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.