Precision Optics Value Stream Manager

Job Category: Manufacturing

Reference: ILM PO VSM

Location: Ilminster

Gooch & Housego offer exciting and rewarding opportunities for motivated and talented people to join a team of like-minded, highly skilled colleagues who want to grow and succeed with our company.

Hiring talent to complement and grow our current teams’ skills and capabilities is a strategic priority to enable our plans for growth.

Our six business locations in the United States and four UK-based businesses employ across a broad range of functions including engineering and process, manufacturing, product management, supply chain and customer services, quality assurance, continuous improvement, compliance and finance.


  • Provide leadership by overseeing all functions and employees in the designated Value Stream to ensure KPI’s are achieved/exceeded.
  • Participate as member of the site leadership team having responsibility to achieve manufacturing performance KPI’s for the site and ensuring Health, Safety and Environmental compliance is met for the Value Stream.
  • Responsible for developing an enthusiastic, motivated and flexible team through personal leadership attributes.
  • Supports continuous improvement by identifying areas of deficiency and recommending appropriate changes in training, working practice and processes for the department.

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for day to day Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost Leadership throughout the Value Stream processes. Instill the voice of the customer throughout each process to ensure all Operations have the customer requirement in mind, every day for every job.
  • Provides direction and leadership to a matrix organization of direct and indirect reports ensuring that products are manufactured with the highest level of quality in a safe and timely manner that will meet or exceed customer expectations.
  • Mentors and develops team members of entire Value Stream Team including procurement, planning, manufacturing, quality control, quality engineering and customer services.
  • Listens, supports, engages and encourages employee suggestions and input to achieve excellent results.
  • Maintains a safe work environment, a high level of safety awareness among associates, and implements 6S principles.
  • Conducts fact-based analysis using Lean techniques to create value and manage a Value Stream that eliminates waste and drives continuous process improvement related to safety, quality, delivery and cost.
  • Champion the implementation of Lean methods and philosophies in the Value Stream to drive continuous improvement and productivity gains.
  • Collaborate with other trained personnel in the areas of PPI/Lean to assist with implementation of various projects identified.
  • Provide update to all levels on Lean activities, initiatives and progress using a variety of means.
  • Provides leadership guidance during Gemba walks.
  • Owns and reviews Value Stream Key Performance Indicators (KPI) during daily management meetings. Identifies gaps and implements countermeasures.
  • Builds strong alliances across all functions and is strategic liaison to Product Management, Sales, Customer Service, Design Engineering, and Finance to meet Customer and Stock Holder commitments.
  • Establishes goals, sets priorities and coordinates all related activities within the Value Stream to ensure drive and focus towards meeting or exceeding established common business objectives from the Site Strategic Plan and Budget.
  • Monitors, reviews, and improves manufacturing and quality related activities and drives corrective and preventative actions. Focuses team on using standardized work practices.
  • Maintains proper staffing levels, scheduling and organizing work assignments within the company policies and procedures.
  • Performs all job duties in a safe manner and complies with all G&H policies including safety policies and procedures.
  • Performs all job duties within ISO standards, regulatory or statutory requirements.
  • Ensure cross training across the value stream to prevent single source failure.
  • For future: Oversees and manages Value Stream expenses to meet budgets and financial objectives and proactively seeks opportunities to drive improvement of the operating results.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Use of Syspro ( or equivalent ) and legacy business systems
  • Understanding of manufacturing metrics
  • Trained in LEAN manufacturing practices.
  • Project management techniques


  • Leadership & Decision Making
  • Accountability
  • Communication Skills
  • Motivating others
  • Delivering Results
  • Performance Management
  • Safety, Quality, Compliance
  • Teamwork


  • Recognised management qualification and technical qualification desirable 


  • 5+ years’ experience in a technical production environment
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and management of manufacturing teams
  • Exposure to a LEAN manufacturing environment, ideally trained to Sigma 6 Green belt 


  • OTD
  • Yields
  • Year on Year improvement ref cross training

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