Senior Director of Manufacturing


Senior Director of Manufacturing

Dayton, OH

Organization: Solvita

Salary: based on experience


  • Are you looking for an opportunity to take your experiences to a new industry with an expanding organization that is committed to making a meaningful difference in people’s lives?
  • Do you excel in fostering continuous improvement and implementing efficiencies to promote growth? Do you thrive in a collaborative environment?
  • Are you energized by the prospect of establishing goals, defining key performance indicators (KPIs), and actively pursuing accomplishments while teaching and mentoring others to succeed.



Solvita, formerly known Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services (CBC/CTS), is a community-based organization with a national presence currently at $225M annually and a decades-long run of double-digit growth. With over 55 years of experience, Solvita prides itself on its mission of being the leading ethical and innovative partner of choice for quality and customer-focused biologic solutions. Solvita offers challenging opportunities that are on the forefront of cutting-edge technology. Established to meet the growing demand for a centralized system of blood banking, Solvita has grown to its present service area of 25 hospitals in 15 counties with an entirely volunteer donor base. Solvita provides an important link to the communities it serves through recovery, processing, and distribution of nearly 1,000,000 tissue grafts each year. Solvita has six locations across the country. This position is in Dayton, Ohio.



  • Manage the complete employee life cycle, including selection, training, supervision, evaluation, and counseling.
  • Coach and motivate staff for efficient manufacturing operations, deploy continuous improvement initiatives, assign tasks, and review team performance.
  • Ensure comprehensive management of department employees, from recruitment and training to evaluation, development counseling, and discipline.
  • Oversee the seamless transfer of product design to manufacturing using internal and external resources.
  • Oversee procedures, reports, and activities to enhance accuracy and identify opportunities for process improvement.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President and direct reports to monitor external and internal changes, developing long-term plans accordingly.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s Degree required, with a strong preference for Engineering. Masters Degree would be a plus.
  • Must have a minimum of five years of progressive leadership experience in manufacturing, with a preference for medical device or biologic manufacturing. Clean room experience is a plus.
  • Experience in LEAN manufacturing or similar improvement processes.
  • Proficiency in current Good Manufacturing Practices, especially in medical device manufacturing.
  • Previous experience managing external suppliers and development partners.
  • Strong preference for candidates with a track record of leading turnarounds to improve manufacturing processes and productivity.
  • Ambitious leader with excellent communication skills, dedicated to inspiring excellence and achieving process improvement goals.
  • Highly organized individual with strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities.
  • Experience leading turnaround in a manufacturing process to improve processes and productivity is strongly preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of domestic and international medical device standards and quality management systems (ISO 13485) preferred.



This represents a fresh role, aiming to collaborate closely with the VP of Manufacturing in fostering the growth of personnel, refining processes, and enhancing efficiencies. The ideal candidate should be eager to bring their career insights to Solvita with an open mindset, embodying a keen curiosity to expand their existing skill sets and simultaneously serve as a mentor to the management team.



Explore a remarkable opportunity to elevate your engineering, management, and critical thinking skills. This position is strategically crafted as a foundation for Solvita’s growth, offering the chance to grasp the company’s processes, lead the hiring and mentorship of a future director, and eventually oversee a group of directors.



Gilman Partners is committed to strengthening leadership teams and elevating the talent in our communities – and that means all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, ability, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or national origin. You don’t have to meet every qualification in this job description to apply. If you’re drawn to the position and believe your experience makes you a good fit, we encourage you to reach out.



This position will work out of both the Downtown Dayton and Kettering locations.