Associate Director of Manufacturing

Washington, D.C
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 09, 2020
Executive, Director
Full Time


These positions are located within the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, DC or Fort Worth,TX.

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As an executive in the BEP, you will lead the Bureau to fulfill its mission to develop and produce U.S. currency notes that are trusted world-wide. You will be part of a high-skill, high-energy, team with a vision of being the world-standard securities printer by providing superior products thru excellence in innovation and manufacturing. You will manage a growing, trillion-dollar, global, franchise - so that U.S. bank notes continue to drive commerce, are secure from counterfeiting, and remain the dominant currency in the world. As the Associate Director for Manufacturing you will ensure that high quality, secure notes are produced and delivered to the Federal Reserve Board for distribution world-wide.

As an Associate Director of Manufacturing, you will:
  • Develop a strategic plan and vision for manufacturing and implement initiatives including the planning for and acquiring production-related equipment including presses and inspection technology.
  • Lead life cycle management of production equipment.
  • Lead the Manufacturing Directorate in achieving results through a culture of engagement and accountability.
  • Be an agent for change who operates well both with details and strategic thinking.
  • Harmonize operating standards and processes with orientation toward consistency at multiple manufacturing facilities.
  • Achieve production goals while improving quality and reducing costs simultaneously.
  • Provide efficient production scheduling and drive process improvements.
  • Enforce quality standards and improve production processes to achieve operational and financial objectives.

  • Develop a pipeline of future leaders within the Manufacturing Directorate and serve as an advocate for leadership development.

  • As Associate Director (Manufacturing) at the WCF, oversee Production Operations, Facilities Operations and Maintenance, and Site Security for both product and personnel.

  • As Associate Director (Manufacturing) at the DCF, oversee Production Operations, Life Cycle Management of Equipment through the Office of Production Engineering, and have overall responsibility for Platemaking and Engraving operations through the Office of Engraving.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1 to 5 nights per year

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment"
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As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, you must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical/Professional Qualifications (TPQs) listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations.

Candidates must meet all of the following qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement, including general management skills and characteristics applicable to all SES positions AND technical or program responsibilities specific to this position.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for disqualification in the hiring process. The background investigation process conducted by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is very thorough. Therefore it is imperative that applicants exercise candor and honesty when answering background questionnaires, especially as it relates to arrest, employment, education, finances, illegal drug use, and/or other criminal history. Falsification discovered in security documents or during the background investigation process may result in an immediate negative suitability determination or immediate revocation of your interim clearance (if applicable).


You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Guidance on Addressing the ECQs and TPQs: Use your overall set of professional and volunteer experiences, education and training, accomplishments, awards and potential in describing your ECQ's and TPQ's. Be clear and concise, using examples that demonstrate the scope and quality of your experiences, accomplishments, and/or potential relevant to each ECQ and TPQ.

IMPORTANT: When addressing the ECQs, describe your responses using Challenge, Context, Action and Results (C-C-A-R). Identify what the challenge was, the context or environment you were operating in/under, the specific actions you took and what the results of those actions were. For further information and tips on writing effective narrative statements, see OPM's publication 'A Guide to SES Qualifications' available on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website at: . Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages. Narrative statements may NOT exceed 2 pages for each individual ECQ. IF YOU EXCEED THESE LIMITS YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Please be advised that the individual selected for this position will likely require certification by a Qualifications Review Board conducted by OPM, prior to receiving the SES appointment. If you are already certified by OPM's QRB, submit proof such as a copy of the certification or an SF-50 showing SES Career Status.

Each of the following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation. The essay competencies address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's). Your responses are required for each of these ECQ's, unless you have had your ECQ's previously certified by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board (QRB) for the Senior Executive Service (SES).

ECQ 1 -LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 -LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 -RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 -BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 -BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

*Current and former SES members and graduates of approved Candidate Development Programs do not need to submit ECQ narratives but you must clearly state your status in your resume. However, ALL CANDIDATES must submit narrative responses for the Technical Qualifications listed below.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (TQs): All applicants must submit a written narrative response to the following TQs. Please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc. Narrative statements may NOT exceed 2 pages for each individual TQ. IF YOU EXCEED THESE LIMITS YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

TPQ #1: Describe your knowledge of and executive-level experience in a complex manufacturing operation in a high security printing environment. Include experience with pre-press operations, quality assurance, efficient, cost effective 3 shift printing operations, and product acceptance and release procedures.

TPQ #2: Describe how you have demonstrated your ability to develop and implement organizational vision that integrates key program goals, priorities, values, and other factors. Include how you manage change, improve performance, cultivate the work environment and manage adversity.

TPQ #3: Describe how you have demonstrated your skill and ability to analyze and evaluate complex technical manufacturing related issues, calculate risks, recommend practical solutions, and effectively communicate the issues and solutions, both orally and in writing to management and executives, internal and external to the agency.


Additional information

- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- This is a non-bargaining unit position.
- We offer opportunities for telework.
- We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
- The facility typically shuts down annually between Christmas and New Year's Day. As such, all BEP employees must take leave for work days during the shutdown period.
- Veterans Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service: , 5 USC 2108(3)

- A one year probationary period for initial SES appointment may be required.
- Public Trust - Background Investigation will be required.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
- Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
- File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
- Undergo an income tax verification.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your Application includes your:
  • Resume
  • Responses to each Executive Core Qualification and Technical Professional Qualification, AND
  • Any supporting documents for non competitive consideration.

We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants.

Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible

Rating : A panel of Senior Executives will review your application and evaluate your qualifications for this position based on the information in your application. Interviews will be at the discretion of the panel and/or selecting official. Your application will be rated, based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position.

Referral : If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents:

1. Resume.
2. Written narrative responses to address each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) not to exceed 2 pages for each ECQ but no more than a total of 10 pages.
3. Written narrative responses to address each Technical Professional Qualification (TPQ) not to exceed 2 pages for each TPQ.
4. SF-50 is required for all applicants that must include information in block 24 and 34 to show tenure and position occupied.
5. Non-competitive applicants: Proof of non-competitive eligibility is required. Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career status in the SES and/or proof of certification of your executive core qualifications from the OPM administered Qualifying Review Board

Note 1. Non-competitive applicants do not need to submit ECQ narratives but you must clearly state your status in your resume. Proof of non-competitive eligibility is required.

Note 2. All applicants must submit a written narrative response to the Technical Professional Qualification. The agency has the option of considering you non-competitively or including you in the competitive process.

Veterans Preference does not apply to Senior Executive Service.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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