Director of Manufacturing

Job Summary:

The Director of Manufacturing (DM) is responsible for manufacturing and testing drone hardware, subcomponents and ancillary equipment out of AgEagle’s Wichita, Kansas manufacturing facility.  The facility must be operated in a profitable, safe and quality conscious manner, meeting or exceeding all customer specifications, regulatory requirements of Federal, State and Local governments, as well as quality standards and certifications, such as ISO.   This position will also be responsible for supply chain and logistics related to production.  In addition, this position is responsible for hiring the manufacturing staff, assisting with continuous product development; approving raw materials; authorizing the release of finished goods; and maintaining plant documentation.   This position will initially report to the CEO of AgEagle.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that all product manufacturing and testing are produced according to Standard Operating Procedures and conform to customer or company specifications.

  • Maintain orientation and training procedures to ensure that all new and existing employees understand their tasks and the machines used.

  • Oversee management of all quality and product safety initiatives.

  • Assist in development and ongoing improvement of quality processes and procedures.

  • Establish and maintain quality control procedures including Kaizen and root cause analysis to reduce waste and increase productivity. This includes direct intervention by PM in the case of more than 10% waste of a production run.

  • Verify and improve capacities and scheduling requirements for maintaining at or below budget costs for labor and materials. Maintain waste variance at less than 10% on all products unless equipment failure or natural disaster occurs beyond the control of PM.

  • Recommend capital expenditures whenever “pay-back” analysis is at or under 24 months.

  • Ensure that all staff is trained in quality and Lean manufacturing.

  • Pass all regulatory inspections.

  • Manage the facility to be in compliance with OSHA regulations (Lock out/Tag out, Safety, MSDS).

  • Administrate company policies for employee safety.

  • Maintain positive employee morale.

  • Manage the facility with progressive discipline for attendance, safety, product quality, attitude, harassment, etc.

  • Oversee facility maintenance to ensure equipment is safe and operates at an up time percentage of 95%.

  • Verify that Preventative Maintenance is being performed as required and that proper procedures and lubricants are utilized.

  • Develop annual budgets with CFO and operate cost centers with less than 5% negative variance.

  • Maintain facility in professional manner including customer areas and grounds.

  • Maintain quality feedback procedures that identify personnel requiring further training or discipline and that ensures that policies are enforced.

  • Maintain a working knowledge of all machines and manufacturing procedures for new product development, existing product problem solving and efficiency improvement.

  • Supervise and assist the development of new products from sales.


Job Requirements:

  • Able to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment

  • Has can-do attitude and is able to lead by example

  • Credibility, both inside and outside the organization

  • Honesty, integrity, and respect for others

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills

  • Meets deadlines consistently

  • Highly self-motivated and commitment to continuing education

  • Outstanding employee relations skills

  • Ability to effectively prioritize and multi-task

  • Maintains confidentiality in accordance with AgEagle disclosure policies and procedures

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills

  • Work collaboratively with customers and be receptive to customer feedback


Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering, Science, or related discipline required

  • A minimum of five years experience in electronics manufacturing, ideally in the aerospace industry

  • A minimum of seven years Management experience in a production facility is required

  • Knowledge of Lean or other continuous process improvement system is required

  • Extensive knowledge and experience with ISO, or other manufacturing quality system

  • Creative problem solving skills

  • Excellent communication skills


Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary commensurate with experience

  • Potential for bonus

  • Stock options

  • Health benefits

  • Paid vacations


Background on AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc.


Founded in 2010 and based in Kansas, AgEagle (NYSE American: UAVS) has earned distinction as one of the industry’s leading pioneers of technologically advanced drones and aerial imagery-based data collection and analytics solutions. We are trusted to help the world’s growers, consumer packaged goods companies and their supply chain partners to proactively assess and manage the health of commercial crops, reduce the chemicals in produced foods and products and preserve and protect natural resources. In addition, we are at the leading edge of providing state and territorial departments of agriculture, growers and processors with registration, oversight, compliance/enforcement, and reporting solutions relating to the United States’ emerging hemp cultivation industry. In late 2019, we began pursuing expansion opportunities within the emerging Drone Logistics and Transportation market with the manufacture and assembly of UAVs designed to meet specifications for drones that are meant to carry packaged goods in urban and suburban areas. For more information, please visit

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8833 E. 34th Street

Wichita, Kansas 67226 

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