General Atomics and Affiliated Companies COMPOSITE MANUFACTURING MANAGER in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 18813BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems


Job Category: Manufacturing

City: San Diego

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: No

Job Summary:

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a world leader in proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft and tactical reconnaissance radars, as well as advanced high-resolution surveillance systems.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

We have an exciting opportunity for a COMPOSITE MFG MANAGER within our Aircraft Systems Group.

This position typically reports to a senior manager and is responsible for the planning, scheduling, and activities of Composite Manufacturing operations to achieve business, safety, quality, and financial objectives. Directs all phases of the manufacturing operation from plant layout to daily operations.

Collaborates with management across departments to develop and implement current, annual, and long-term technical, schedule, quality, business and financial objectives for manufacturing operations. May also contribute to the development of annual and long-term objectives for the organization. Typically accomplishes objectives through subordinate management. May be responsible for decisions that have an extended impact on outcomes where erroneous decisions could result in critical delays and modifications to projects.

Job Qualifications:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directs all phases of Composite Manufacturing. Plans for the sequence of operations, and specifies procedures for the fabrication of tools and equipment and other functions that affect product performance.

  • Act as the primary contact for manufacturing activities and participate in progress planning and review sessions to discuss schedule and cost.

  • Ensure all operations are monitored for regulatory and safety compliance.

  • Ensure a proactive approach to continuous improvement and manage the implementation of lean principles.

  • Manage production schedules based on product introduction, equipment efficiency, and materials supply.

  • Ensure machinery, equipment, and tools are well maintained.

  • Identify manufacturing issues and provide leadership in developing solutions.

  • Provide guidance to engineering regarding design concepts and specification requirements that best utilize the facilities equipment and manufacturing techniques.

  • Ensure manufacturing leadership and excellence is maintained by overseeing the planning, attraction, selection, retention, and development of the required management, professional, and technical talent.

  • Provide manufacturing expertise to the development of new and expansion of existing business opportunities to enhance the capabilities of the organization.

  • Maintain the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.

  • Responsible for ensuring all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations are observed wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.

  • Responsible for ensuring work is accomplished in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.


Typically requires a Bachelors degree in business administration, engineering or a related discipline and thirteen or more years of progressively complex manufacturing experience with at least seven of those years managing manufacturing operations. May substitute equivalent experience in lieu of education.

Must have a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the principles, concepts, theories, and practices of manufacturing operations; extensive experience demonstrating a broad application of operations practices, techniques, and standards; as well as comprehensive project management and leadership skills, including organizing, planning, scheduling, and coordinating workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones.

Must possess the ability to resolve unusually complex management and technical problems. Strong communication, leadership, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required. Customer focused, must be able to work on a self-initiated basis and in a team environment and able to work extended hours as required.

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Flexibility to work 1 st and 2 nd shift as needed is preferred.

General Atomics and affiliated companies is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.