Director of Operations


6764 Airport Rd
West Jordan, UT 84084


Bert Sadtler
Boxwood Strategies
(410) 274-6707


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Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, Optisys is a groundbreaking antenna technology company, fusing novel RF design with metal additive manufacturing to generate unique, highly integrated and market leading solutions.

Optisys excels at rapidly developed, customized, high performance antenna designs in metal waveguide for global customers that include Lockheed Martin, Boeing, L-3Harris and General Dynamics. Optisys serves a broad range of market segments from sea to deep space, with many deployments in all these areas. These solutions are produced for the commercial, defense and government sectors.

Optisys is a turn-key solutions provider offering components or full system development and has a full vertically integrated process from design through manufacturing. This enables engineers to see their designs through the whole development process from design through production, test, and deployment.

Optisys is the only successful US-based design specialist for antennas produced using metal 3D printing. We currently have around 30 employees and are on a very rapid growth tract due to an enormous influx of customers and IRAD for new technology.

Optisys solves unique problems that provide the opportunity for strong engineers to have full engagement and express their creativity and ingenuity through exciting and groundbreaking new concepts and solutions.

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Summary for Director of Operations  

Optisys is maturing and expanding. We are seeking expertise in manufacturing operations and quality control to train our team, establish standard operating procedures, identify and capture relevant quality metrics, improve our yield, and reduce our overall costs. 

This role is for a manufacturing professional who can start with a rough foundation of fabrication processes and build a robust system of manufacturing and quality systems. 

This is a new role, due to the exponential increase in design work, specifically in electromagnetic antenna design. The successful candidate will report directly to the COO, Rob Smith and manage approximately 10 indirect reports. As the company grows, this individual will define positions, hire, and expand the team in accordance with company goals. This role is located at the Optisys HQ in Salt Lake City, UT.

We are seeking someone who may have been a manufacturing manager and is ready to take on more responsibilities. They will have the opportunity to flex their technical muscles to bring greater order and efficiency into a fast growing company. They will have the opportunity to create systems and processes that will be exciting to watch as they improve the company output.

This is an opportunity to work on the leading edge of metal 3D printed antennas, which are a novel class of antennas that allow for pushing the limits of what physics allows in antenna design. Optisys antennas can be found all around the world and out of this world in space. This position requires creativity and exploration of difficult design challenges to solve problems that have not been encountered before.

Duties and Responsibilities 

Review what is going on with the shop floor and look for areas of improvement

Initiate and execute meaningful corrective actions that get at the root cause of problems

Strengthen procedures

Train employees

Help share a vision of a well-oiled manufacturing plant

Define and monitor meaningful metrics to show continuous improvement over time

Oversee quality systems and ensure they are having their desired affects

Look for ways to “reduce and simplify”

Implement lean processes

Take ownership of our ERP system and use it to improve communication and plant throughput


Current US Citizenship or Current Green Card Holder

5-10 years experience in production management

Manufacturing engineering degree

Demonstrated understanding of lean principles.

Demonstrated experience leading a team

Desired Experience

Good experience in lean manufacturing implementation

Experience in the aerospace industry in particular

Experience with high-mix/low-volume production

Geographic Location

This role is located at the OPTISYS Salt Lake offices. A relocation package is available. 

OPTISYS Culture 

Optisys is a close-knit team of highly motivated individuals who all share the same aspirations of ensuring Optisys becomes a global power in RF technology.

We thrive on a culture of ingenuity, passion, and collaboration, and due to the nature of the product we develop you will be interfacing with all levels of the company regularly.

Top Priorities During the First 6 Months: 

Gain a thorough understanding of our quality management systems

Build a strong working relationship with each team member

Gain a thorough understanding of the problems and challenges with each stage in the production process

Gain mastery of maintain and validating the 3D printing equipment

Document and then reduce scrap rate by 30%

Understand our ERP system thoroughly and be able to maintain it and make it work for our company


The total on-target compensation range of $125K-$140K  is a combination of a base salary plus a performance bonus based upon company performance and employee performance

Breakdown of Compensation: 
The annual On-Target base salary range is between $120K-$130K.
There is an annual performance bonus of $5K-$10K
There is an employee phantom stock option program.
The pay cycle is every other week.

The Recruitment Process

OPTISYS has retained Boxwood to conduct a different kind of recruitment. We have selected Boxwood because we are believers in Boxwood’s unique approach to candidate selection and qualification.  While this process is different, we feel that it genuinely offers both candidates and the company the best opportunity to get to know each other at a deeper level than is typical with the conventional interview approach.

Please click for a short video on the Boxwood Process.

To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are first asked to view the Boxwood short video and thoroughly review the detailed position description. Interested and qualified candidates should then APPLY HERE 

OPTISYS’s Benefits Summary 

Schedule: Full-Time, flexible hours

Paid Time Off: 4 weeks including sick leave

Holidays: 8 standard holidays

Insurance: BCBS, Dental, Eye

Retirement: 401K

Relocation: Negotiated

Other: Tuition reimbursement

Executive Leadership

Janos Opra, CEO

Janos Opra has 17 years of experience in military communications systems ranging from RF engineer to business development to leadership. He has won multiple new business opportunities by coordinating with engineers, program management, and end users to develop products. These products had a market segment of over $100 million. Mr. Opra has a wide variety of industry contacts from his time spent in the aerospace industry. He has worked directly with high level military planners to establish project requirements and CONOPs for multimillion dollar hardware platforms and their supporting software.

Robert Smith, COO  (Hiring Manager)

Robert Smith has 23 years of experience designing and analyzing equipment and RF components to MIL-STD requirements and is an expert in metal additive manufacturing. For the past 4 years, he has focused his expertise on AM with an emphasis on aluminum RF components. With Optisys, Mr. Smith focuses on overseeing the design and fabrication of antenna products, pushing into new territory in metal AM processes.

Clinton Cathey, CSO

Clinton Cathey has 18 years of engineering experience, with the last 13 years of experience in communications systems ranging from ME/EE engineer to project lead. At Optisys, Mr. Cathey leads the company and provides technical and management direction. He is a preeminent expert in antennas and motion controls with specializations in pointing and tracking systems. His focus has been with industrial automation through airborne and shipboard motion stabilized and target tracking gimbals. He is an IEEE Senior Member and is an inventor on multiple patents related to tracking and SATCOM antennas

Michael Hollenbeck, CTO 

Michael Hollenbeck has 14 years of experience designing and analyzing antenna and RF components for commercial and military communication systems. At Optisys, he designs cutting edge RF and antenna components using AM and provides technical direction for the company. Mr. Hollenbeck has led numerous projects, including design and simulation of complex RF components such as waveguide, antennas, arrays, and filters to critical success. He has worked on iterative designs to produce RF products in the 1-100 GHz (3-300 mm) ranges.

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