Supply Chain Manager (Aerospace or Medical)

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.

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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 Manager of Supply Chain (Aerospace or Medical)

We are looking for demonstrated experience in developing and implementing supply chain management.

Please note that this role requires a minimum of 5 years experience in Supply Chain Management from either the Aerospace OR Medical Sectors

Optisys is maturing and growing. This is a new role. Our business is expanding thanks to new orders for Military and Commercial Antenna Systems. Optisys continues to push the technology envelope of what can be done with additive manufacturing.

The Supply Chain Manager will develop and implement the management of Optisys’s supply chain.

The Supply Chain / Procurement Manager will have one direct report to start with. This role is located at the Optisys HQ in Salt Lake City, UT, and reports to the Director of Operations.

This is an excellent opportunity to join an expanding company that produces the leading edge of metal 3D printed solutions.

Requirements include:

Current US Citizenship or Current Permanent Green Card Holder
Minimum of 5 years experience in Supply Chain Management from either the Aerospace OR Medical Sectors


Duties and Responsibilities 

Drive Optisys Procurement and Outsourcing Strategy including Partnering Agreements.  Lead Supplier Source Selection

Manage Optisys SCM/ Procurement Organization including Buyers, Receiving, Inventory Management and Shipping.

Improve Optisys Inventory Management including Turn Rate, Just-In-Time(JIT), Cost Reductions, Quality Improvements & Inventory Accuracy

Participate in Supplier Failure / Material Review Boards (F/MRB), Root Cause and Corrective Actions.  This includes Engineering Change Control Boards that impact Suppliers.

Represent Supply Chain Management / Procurement at cross-functional Integrated Product Teams (IPT)

Clearly Communicate with all levels of Company & Supplier Organizations.

Effectively utilize EPICOR ERP for Procurement / Buyer Activities from Quotes to Cash (AP/AR)

Manage Supplier performance with data including Monthly Program Management Review (PMR).  Resolve Supplier performance problems

Implement Supplier Continuous Quality Improvements including LEAN, 6 Sigma, 5-S, SPC, Agile, Scrum, SCAR, CAPA & Recovery Plans

Actively participate in company Make / Buy Analyses

Manage/Perform Procurement activities including RfP, RfQ, SSOW, Contract Negotiations, Purchase Contracts, and Supplier Deliverables.

Perform Buyer Activities for daily purchasing needs.

Help resolve questions arising from ERP System PO Suggestions.

Act Professionally with team members of all levels of Optisys as well as with Customers and Suppliers. Must represent Optisys well.


Current US Citizenship or Current Permanent Green Card Holder

Minimum of 5 years experience in Supply Chain Management from either the Aerospace OR Medical Sectors

Approx 20% Travel required

Demonstrated Experience with: 

Provide Total Life Cycle Supply Chain / Procurement Management expertise including Outsourcing Full Production.

Manage Procurement Organization / Team with Metrics including an Epicor Scorecard

Flow down Requirements to Suppliers including authoring Supplier Statements of Work

Drive Supplier Performance including Quality, Cost and Schedule improvements

Proficient in Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFAR / FAR).  This includes DPAS

Effectively utilize Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software and MS office programs

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: 

Create an Optisys Strategic Sourcing Plan including Component Suppliers, In-Process Operations and Outsourced Production

Lead the Optisys Supply Chain Management (SCM)/ Procurement Team complete with EPICOR Metrics.  This includes PO Suggestions, Production Shortages, Lead-Time Variations, Kanban

Create an Action Plan to improve Key Supplier Performance with Continuous Quality Improvements.  This includes LEAN/ Value Stream Mapping / Agile / Scrum / 5-S / 6-Sigma / Kaizen Events

Improve Supplier performance starting with a plan that fixes the top 10 Supplier Quality and Schedule issues

Develop professional relationships with Optisys Critical Outsourcing Partners and Sub-tier Suppliers

Develop a Personnel training plan for the SCM/Procurement Organization utilizing Cornerstone Software


The annual On-Target base salary range is up to $110-$120K
There is an annual bonus based on performance.
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.

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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

Douglas Alford, Director of Operations & Hiring Manager

Doug has 30 years of Aerospace Operations Management experience including living a decade in Europe and Asia.  His expertise is building Teams and Production Lines to delivery Aerospace Products with an emphasize on final integration, test, delivery and support.  He is responsible for the people, paper (documentation) and processes to make Optisys Products.  He leads Quality including Root Cause, Corrective and Preventive Actions.  He is passionate about Continuous Process Improvements with LEAN, 6 Sigma, 5-S, Agile and Scrum!  Doug manages the Operations life cycle from Engineering Development Models through, Low Rate and Full Production including out-sourced capacity.

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

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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