Director of Operations

  • 23500 64th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Who is Shape?

SHAPE is a strategic combination of companies including Flow International, KMT Waterjet, H20 Jet, AquaDyne, Advanced Pressure Systems (APS), Aquarese, TOPS Waterjet; Shape Mined Material; and Shape Process Automation.  Collectively, we provide an extensive portfolio of manufacturing process solutions to customers around the world. The core technology of SHAPE was founded in high pressure waterjet cutting, cleaning, and surface preparation.

We work together to develop intellectual properties that drive progress and raise the bar in service excellence, we set the standard for integrity, professionalism, and inclusiveness to meet the challenges of rapidly evolving industries. Tomorrow’s customers will require more innovative solutions, we continue to push the envelope in developing the advanced technologies and digital tools to solve manufacturing challenges at the pace and scale of the markets we serve.

 Who are we looking for?

As SHAPE continues to develop into exciting new markets, we welcome like-minded professionals who share our excitement and optimism for the future. Operating across multiple disciplines, we have ample opportunity for you to grow your career in our organization.

Shape believes their success lies in the talented people that work in their organization! Our philosophy is of community and a place where people can belong, thrive and succeed! We pride ourselves on being cultural champions of our brand and values.

What sets Shape apart from other companies?

SHAPE is invested in providing constant learning and development opportunities and offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits packages. We are a multinational, highly technical and innovative company that provides global career opportunities.  We seek creative ways to continuously improve. Collaboration and teamwork defines the way we work. We are always looking for team members that want to be ahead of the curve, using latest technologies to apply in every way we do business. Our employees are dynamic, highly talented and enjoy working in a fast-paced work environment.

We encourage you to look into employment opportunities at Shape Technologies Group.  Let’s build something together.  Check out our website at


Job Description

General Purpose:

Responsible for directing the Kent manufacturing operations and its key Contract Manufacturing and 3PL partners. Includes: Advanced Material Cutting Shop, Facilities, Supply Chain, Quality and Safety. Key International Contract Manufacturing Partners and 3PL Facilities.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and oversee overall plant operations which include manufacturing and other groups.

  • Oversee performance of key Contract Manufacturing partners as well as key 3PL and Logistics partners.

  • Drive improvements to productivity, quality and efficiency of operations.

  • Responsible for Global SIOP Process.

  • Responsible for Global Supply Chain.

  • Ensure that critical performance measures and responsibilities meet or exceed standards.

  • Responsible for building systems including mechanical, fire/life safety, elevators, etc. 

  • Responsible for contractors for facilities planning, renovation projects, floor arrangements, etc.

  • Ensure successful planning, development, and implementation of continuous improvement.

  • Ensure that expense and capital budgets are properly developed, approved, and managed in a timely manner for all manufacturing departments; review budgets monthly. 

  • Manage Inventory levels and COGS cash flow in support of the business.

  • Manage staffing levels.

  • Provide leadership and direction to assigned staff.

  • Responsible for on-time completion of performance reviews. Drive development plans to ensure on-going skills improvement and staff development.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • High level of analytical ability to solve complex problems.

  • Exceptional organizational skills

  • Significant experience in support and leadership of Contract Manufacturing and Distribution.

  • Experience with a Global Supply Chain.

  • Previous experience managing a facility including capital appropriation and budgeting.

  • Proven track record of continuous improvement, quality improvements and project management.

  • Strong leadership and strong interpersonal skills to build and lead highly effective teams

  • Ability to interact extensively with associates at all levels, suppliers and customers.

  • Demonstrated ability for innovative/creative thinking

Supervisory Responsibility:

Yes. Direct of Operations Staff (Quality Manager, Shop Manager, Supply Chain Manager and Logistics), Indirect of Key Partners.

Education/Experience and/or Training:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical or Manufacturing or Industrial engineering or Business Management or equivalent experience required

  • 10 years or equivalent experience leading a manufacturing environment

  • Intermediate level experience with Windows, Excel and Word.

  • Intermediate level experience with ERP and PDM software.

  • Demonstrated proficiency with the application of Lean tools and Value Stream analysis


Additional Information

No recruiters please!

Shape Technologies Group and our companies operate as an equal opportunity employer.  Per regulations, any reasonable accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities will be provided.  If you require disability related accommodations, please inform Human Resources.  All personal information that is collected will remain private and confidential. 

 We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted