Vice President, Global Operations

Date: Sep 18, 2021

Location: Wheeling, IL, US

Company: Dover Corporation

VP Global Operations


Company Overview:

DESTACO, a Dover Company, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance automation, workholding, and remote handling solutions.  The company serves customers in variety of end-markets, including the automotive, life sciences, consumer goods, packaging, aerospace, and nuclear sectors. 


Built on a legacy of over 100 years, DESTACO offers a comprehensive portfolio of products to engineer precise movement, placement and control solutions that drive productivity and uptime for manufacturers around the world.  The DESTACO family of products consists of industry-leading brands such as DESTACO Manual and Power Clamps, Camco and Ferguson Indexers, Robohand Grippers and CRL Manipulators and Transfer Ports. 


DESTACO is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and operates globally through ~800 employees across 14 locations.


Dover is a diversified global manufacturer and solutions provider with annual revenue of approximately $7 billion. We deliver innovative equipment and components, consumable supplies, aftermarket parts, software and digital solutions, and support services through five operating segments: Engineered Products, Fueling Solutions, Imaging & Identification, Pumps & Process Solutions and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. Dover combines global scale, operational agility, world-class engineering capability and customer intimacy to lead the markets we serve. Recognized for our entrepreneurial approach for over 60 years, our team of approximately 24,000 employees takes an ownership mindset, collaborating with customers to redefine what's possible. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under "DOV."

Position Summary:

The Vice President, Operations will be responsible for the Operations, Sourcing, and Supply Chain functions for DESTACO globally, and serve as a key member of the DESTACO executive leadership team.   The Vice President, Operations will lead the development and execution of the global manufacturing and supply chain strategy including production, procurement, and logistics.


This role will provide oversight to 9 manufacturing facilities across 3 geographic regions (Americas, Europe, and Asia).  The person in this role will assure that key operating metrics are achieved by focusing on quality, safety, on-time delivery, cost, and creating a culture of continuous improvement. 


The Vice President, Operations will report to the President, DESTACO. Approximately up to 50% domestic and international travel is required.  The position requires the ability to work and collaborate across all levels and functions within DESTACO. 


Key Job Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•    Provide functional leadership to a 500+ person organization within DESTACO’s Operations and Sourcing functions
•    Lead the development and execution of a global manufacturing and sourcing strategy across 9 facilities in the Americas, Europe, and Asia
•    Serve as a key member of the Destaco Executive Leadership team and contribute to DESTACO’s overall business strategy
•    Implement safety practices that create an environment where employees are injury free
•    Foster a culture of operational excellence and continuous improvement through deployment of standard work and productivity; inspire results by finding ways to work better
•    Develop operating procedures to maintain and improve high production quality, on-time delivery, and operating efficiency
•    Initiate and drive productivity projects to support ongoing margin improvement
•    Manage the global inventory planning process to ensure optimum inventory levels to meet customer needs, while minimizing inventory reserves
•    Develop and implement a global manufacturing footprint strategy - setting up new facilities or consolidating operations based on business needs
•    In collaboration with key stakeholders, continually evaluate a  make vs. buy decisions
•    Define capital investment priorities at manufacturing sites
•    Influence and empower others, minimize risk of key talent loss, and build trust at all levels of the organization

•    Create a pipeline of future leaders by cultivating an environment where there is challenging work, opportunities for exposure, and regular coaching and feedback
•    Manage the global ISO certification process.  Work with sites to ensure successful audits and ongoing compliance with ISO standards and requirements.
•    Review facilities and operational processes of acquisition targets


Key Accomplishments – First Twelve Months

•    Develop a global manufacturing strategy and plant footprint strategy
•    Drive significant improvement in on-time-delivery and quality at underperforming sites
•    Define the roadmap for 0Dover (operational excellence) implementation for all key sites
•    Develop a 3-year capital investment plan to upgrade outdated equipment and begin implementing advanced manufacturing capabilities at all sites


Leadership Competencies aligned with Dover and executed in DESTACO with appropriate expectations for the job level:

•    Results-Driven: Produces results that exceed Dover’s strategic objectives via a combination of planning and implementation, while living the Dover Values.
•    Strategic Mindset: Has understanding of global industry or market; creates breakthrough strategies that alter the competitive dynamics in a market, and establishes a series of competitive advantages yielding profitability that exceeds expectations for the organization.

•    Change Leadership: Aligns an organization and its people to drive for improvement and adopt new, challenging directions. Energizes a whole organization to want to change in the same directions. Influences others in a mature and empowering manner.



Job Requirements:


   10-15 years of operational experience of senior operations and sourcing experience in a global manufacturing environment
•    Experience in Lean and Continuous Improvement methodologies
•    Demonstrated success working in an international company, adapting to different cultures and flexing influencing styles accordingly

•    Prior experience with consolidations, mergers and acquisitions preferred
•    Proven ability to develop and execute strategic plans
•    Intellectually curious with sound reasoning and judgement

•    Experience leading improvement projects in a multi-plant, manufacturing environment. 
•    Experience working globally and cross-culturally. 
•    Experience leading and developing global teams. 
•    Experience successfully leading significant change.

•    Strong in Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•    Outstanding problem solving, analytical and data manipulation skills
•    Strong business acumen with ability to think strategically and execute tactically
•    Creativity and passion to identify and implement solutions that break existing paradigms and drive sustainable improvements
•    Program development, implementation and change management experience
•    Influencing without authority and cross-cultural sensitivity and effectiveness
•    Patience, perseverance and passion to drive the culture across the plants and regional teams

•    Excellent communication and coaching skills (written and verbal) at all levels 

Education and Certification Qualifications:

•    Bachelor’s degree required in business or related field

•    MBA or Master's preferred


Travel Requirements:

•    Ability to travel (up to 50% as needed), including internationally

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

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