Director of Print Production (3461)

Operations Fenton, Missouri


Position at Optima Graphics, Inc.

Optima Graphics is seeking a Senior Manufacturing Manager

Optima Graphics is a highly energetic premier supplier of large and grand format graphics, creativity, fabrication and technology solutions to the event and trade show industry. Optima has over two decades of experience crafting graphics and related exhibit products and services that help our customers meet tight deadlines. Optima’s dedicated factory of artisans produce exhibit and event related products on a wholesale basis through a network of loyal resellers.

Our Core Values

  • We respect the potential and significance of every individual.
  • We have a passion for our customers and our work.
  • We believe there is always a better way.
  • We embrace personal as well as shared responsibility and accountability.
  • We recognize that trusting relationships are the foundation of our success.
  • We will protect the environment and the quality of life of our colleagues, customers and community.


Job Responsibilities

  • Development and formulation of long and short-range planning, policies, programs and objectives
  • Champions a safety culture, ensures a safe work environment and cultivates safe behaviors
  • Builds and develops a world-class operations team through talent  development, effective coaching and counseling, motivation, and addressing performance gaps
  • Develop a strategic manufacturing plan and establish procedures for maintaining high standards of manufacturing operations to ensure that products conform to established customer and company quality standards
  • Direct and monitor department managers to accomplish goals of the manufacturing strategic plan that are consistent with established manufacturing and safety procedures
  • Manage and control departmental expenditures within approved budgetary plan
  • Ensures all established costs, quality, and delivery commitments are met
  • Identify, recommend, and implement changes to improve productivity and reduce cost
  • Formulate and recommend manufacturing policies and programs that guide the organization in maintaining and improving its competitive position and profitability of the operation
  • Direct and coordinate various programs essential to manufacturing procedures such as training and development, lean manufacturing program, safety, housekeeping, cost reduction, security, etc.
  • Provide guidance to the development of a manufacturing process plan, including personnel requirements, material needs, installation of capital equipment, facility needs and repairs, and tooling and equipment needs.
  • Work effectively and relate well with others.  Exhibit a professional manner in dealing with others and work to maintain a constructive working relationship


Job Competencies

  • Facilitating Performance.
  • Supporting Strategy.
  • Planning and Organizing.
  • Decision Making.
  • Financial Acumen.
  • Developing People’s Capabilities and Contributing to Career Path Development.
  • Organizational Savvy.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility.
  • Process & Product Knowledge and Expertise.


Work Experience and Education Requirements

  • 7+ years of experience in a leadership position within a manufacturing setting
  • Bachelor’s degree or MBA preferred
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret financial statements and initiate the budgeting process to create workable and profitable plans
  • Print industry experience preferred but not required
  • Knowledge and experience implementing Lean/six sigma manufacturing techniques
  • Demonstrated track record of efficiency and profitability improvements
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change efforts
  • Successful history of leading growth initiatives, while also believing in the importance of rolling up your sleeves to assist in getting the work done
  • Knowledge and experience working with Sales and Marketing and R&D groups
  • Proven experience with customer relationships