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R&D Operations Manager

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Business Unit Pratt & Whitney Job ID 01368938 Date posted 11/13/2019 City Carlsbad State California Country United States

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United States of America


PW192: Carlsbad 5940 Darwin Court , Carlsbad, CA, 92008 USA

R&D Operations Manager

The sky has no limits.

Flight is an instrument of human progress. It not only gets people where they want to go, it carries humanity to places it never thought possible.

At Pratt & Whitney, you'll be part of an evolving, globally diverse company that's moving fast to shape the future of aviation. Customers all over the world depend on our technology and the people behind it. As part of the team at Pratt & Whitney, you'll help answer today's challenges in powered flight while crafting and supporting tomorrow's solutions.

Inclusion Powers Innovation:

We unlock our employees’ full potential through a versatile and engaging culture that values everybody’s opinion, driving innovation. The goal of our diversity strategy is to build a workforce and environment where every employee is valued, so innovation and creativity thrive and to ensure that all employees are engaged and empowered.

Pratt & Whitney is seeking a highly motivated individual to support the manufacturing maturation of ceramic matrix composite (CMC) turbine components. CMCs are an enabling material that increases the temperature capability of jet engine components. Through successful development and application of these materials, P&W will deliver engines that are more fuel efficient, lighter weight and more durable for commercial and military applications. This position will be located in Carlsbad, CA.


If you thrive in a fast-paced environment and are looking for an opportunity to develop your operations career, then we have a great opportunity for you.  We are seeking a motivated, results-oriented R&D Operations Manager to continue to drive our vision as the furnace center of excellence. 

Specific responsibilities for this position include:

Direct all CMC manufacturing operations including planning, staffing, training and development, safety, quality improvements, cost management, lead time reduction and total productivity

Responsible for collaborating with product and process engineering teams to produce high quality products with competitive costs and lead times

Ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and company policies

Continuously improve methods, processes and facilities to improve productivity and cost effectiveness

Lead the development and implementation of a manufacturing strategy based on lean production principles

Work with team members to strategically manage the CMC supply chain

Evaluate and oversee implementation of innovative technology including automation to improve return on investment and achieve lower cost within manufacturing facilities

Support initiative to collect and analyze comprehensive process data as part of the digital thread for CMC manufacturing and implementation

Employ 6 Sigma methods to assess and develop processes to achieve high yield and consistent product quality

Staff, train and develop the operations team to meet company objectives and productivity goals

Establish and maintain effective communication with all site employees regarding company and plant objectives, goals, plans and programs

Model and promote environmental health & safety processes and programs in compliance with regulations and UTC standards

Provide full compliance with the UTC policies and the UTC Code of Ethics which include ensuring staff are aware of the policies and their responsibilities for upholding these policies

Basic Qualification:

  • BA/BS degree
  • 8+ years' experience related experience in a manufacturing or R&D environment at the managerial level or 5+ years' experience with an advance degree

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong leadership behaviors that emphasize goal setting, team empowerment and providing support
  • Strong strategic thinking skills
  • Strong background of leading in a fast-paced, high mix manufacturing or R&D setting
  • Ability to make suggestions and informed decisions quickly
  • Strong organizational, leadership and time management skills
  • Strong continuous improvement focus and experience in leading Lean/Six Sigma improvements
  • Superior follow-up and follow-through skills
  • Proven ability to motivate and lead employees
  • Prior experience in composites or aerospace is highly desirable
  • Knowledge and effective practice of Environmental, Health and Safety requirements
  • Knowledge and effective practice of aerospace quality practices like ISO9001 AS9100

Our diversity strategy is to build a workforce and environment where every employee is valued so innovation and creativity thrive and to ensure that our employees are engaged and empowered.


United Technologies Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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