Director of Operations

Sierra Nevada Corporation Louisville, CO

About the Job

The Director Operations is responsible for all facets of production in support of Programs by providing leadership, oversight and vision, for the assigned Business Area which includes ensuring consistency with corporate strategy, consistency of process, and internal/external customer satisfaction with the products and services provided.

The Space Systems business area, based in Louisville, Colorado with operations in Madison, Wisconsin and Durham, North Carolina, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, satellites, propulsion and environmental systems, spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. government (including NASA), commercial customers and international organizations. Learn more about SSG

Primary Responsibilities Include:


  • Responsible to build and maintain positive internal/external customer relations
  • Provides leadership, oversight and vision for all Operations related activities and personnel.
  • Conducting monthly Operations Reviews to status programs and Production Operations performance against objectives

Production Program Oversight

  • Operations Management Program Planning including Cash Flow, Revenue, Earnings and Labor & Non-labor Projections
  • Program/Direct, B&P and IR&D Operations performance, including proposal development, Program Management Plan OPP inputs, Operations technical and contractual performance
  • Analysis of Program Management information by operations organization
  • Provide guidance and direction to Program Directors and Managers in addressing program issues
  • Participate in monthly Program Management Reviews (PMR) ensuring Operations estimates are accurately reflected and to provide production inputs and status

Production Operations

  • Operations and TS Resource Utilization and Management which includes ensuring adequate capacity in terms of labor and equipment resources are available to support demands
  • Operations direct labor and material resource review including validating projections to support accurate financial planning.
  • Establishing priorities and production schedules to support program critical milestones and delivery requirements
  • Coordination and close integration with executive management, program management, engineering design, procurement, subcontracts and other department managers to ensure the company’s production objectives are supported
  • Responsible for supporting the development and execution of the annual indirect budget and capital expenditure requirements for Operations Area, in accordance with the Financial Management and Planning (FMAP) Process and the Indirect Budget Management Procedure
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with approved Corporate and ISO 9001:2000 Policies and Processes including adhering to proper internal controls.
  • Reviews and approves policies, procedures and work instructions affecting the efficiency of the Operations departments
  • Applying continuous productivity and process improvement principles to improve cycle-time, throughput and overall efficiency in all areas of Production Operations while maintaining applicable compliance requirements
  • Review Operations performance metrics to ensure efficiency of Operations areas
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's Degree in related field
  • Requires a broad knowledge of Operations, Quality Assurance, Manufacturing methods, and organizational structure and personnel management earned through at least 15 years of related experience in increasing levels of management and authority at Aerospace and Defense-related corporations
  • Specialized course studies in Government Procurement, FAR/DFARS, and Manufacturing methods is required
  • Strong management skills
  • Hard charging/lean-in/get tasks completed quickly and thoroughly
  • Strong communication skills and setting both clear and high expectations
  • Experience in large complex, development or "one-off" integrations (eg. one of a kind complex builds including spaceship, Navy ships, skyscrapers as an example)


  • Professional certification in the Manufacturing Engineering Society (MES)  
  • Project Management Professional (PMP Certification)

Important Notice:

To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.

At Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) we deliver customer-focused technology and best-of-breed integrations in the aerospace and defense sectors. SNC has been honored as one of the most innovative U.S. companies in space, a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. Learn more about SNC

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $157,113.00 - $216,030.38

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

SNC 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 more.

Sierra Nevada Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

– Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran, or any other protected status

pursuant to applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation.