Director of Operations

A position in available beginning

Fairbanks Scales, a leader in the weighing industry since 1830, is seeking a Director of Operations for their manufacturing facility in Meridian, MS.


This Director of Operations will seek to maximize and continuously improve the operating performance of the Meridian manufacturing operations and the company by directing and coordinating the functional areas of responsibility to optimize safety, quality, and work flow.  They will ensure that all functional areas in Manufacturing have the resources needed to fulfill customer requirements as well as ensure that safety remains as the top priority, followed next by quality, then by production.




  • Establish goals and sustain acceptable facility-wide performance, to include personal and professional conduct, safety, quality and efficiencies.
  • Prepare annual budget and annual Capital Acquisition Request list.
  • Manage monthly budget for manufacturing site.
  • Oversee the development and justification of capital requests for replacement equipment, facility repairs, etc.
  • Find and implement opportunities to increase plant revenue and reduce costs, through improvements in efficiencies, material cost, labor and operating expenses.
  • Provide overall direction for purchasing, materials control, quality assurance, manufacturing, shipping and maintenance.
  • Daily communication, review and oversight of engineering issues, materials control issues, quality assurance issues, manufacturing issues, budget / accounting issues, and personnel issues for the manufacturing site.
  • Obtain necessary resources to allow employees to perform quality work in a safe and effective manner.
  • Maintain accurate, complete and up to date records for Federal and State regulatory compliance requirements.  These are in accordance with EPA, MEPA, OSHA and MS-DEQ permits and mandates.
  • May be required to fulfill responsibilities, or perform tasks or assignments other thanthose listed above, to support the operating requirements or performance of the manufacturing site or the company
  • Overtime and overnight travel may be required.



Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Engineering or related field. Master's degree preferred. Will consider equivalent work experience. 
  • Minimum of 5-7 years in a manufacturing leadership role over a significant segment of a large manufacturer or the entire operation of a smaller manufacturer.
  • Experience working in a unionized environment is preferred.
  • Demonstrable understanding of manufacturing with a focus on "process efficiencies"
  • Proven leadership skills.  Accomplished in organizing, coordinating, and directing broad functional activities (including cross functional activities) and those personnel reporting to this position. 
  • Proven ability to successfully manage multiple issues concurrently. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to include technical specifications and information at all level of the organization, with distributors, suppliers, and end customers.
  • Understand the relationship between leadership and results.  The ability to motivate and direct people, then get out of their way so they can be successful, is absolutely essential.



Fairbanks Scales is an equal opportunity employer.

Fairbanks Scales provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Fairbanks Scales complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Fairbanks Scales expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Fairbanks Scales’ employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.


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Fairbanks employees are eligible for medical and dental insurance on the first of the month following 30 days employment. We also provide company paid life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, tuition reimbursement and sick and vacation time. We recognize the importance of financial planning and offer employees a 401(k) Savings Plan.