Paula Davis

Inspector, Sr Lead
General Dynamics Mission Systems
Marion, VA

Paula has worked for over 8 years at the General Dynamics Mission Systems facility. She was originally hired as a CNC Machine Operator A and within 14 months, was promoted to CNC Machine Operator Senior, and continued to advance to a Senior Inspector, to her position today of Senior Lead Inspector that also operates a high precision Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM). Paula’s technical experience, attention to detail, the quality of her work, and her willingness to step up and tackle any assignment, are all attributes that make her beneficial to GDMS. She enjoys a challenge, and the company appreciates her continuous improvement mindset to figure out how to make manufacturing processes and inspection testing better.
As a Senior Lead Inspector, Paula often serves as a trainer for new-hire inspectors. She advocates for quality and makes herself available to operators or other inspectors in her work area, should they need her to assist them or answer questions about a process inspection they are unsure about. She willingly puts the needs of the customer and her manufacturing company at the front of her mind every day when she comes to work and stresses to her co-workers for them to do so also. She stays on the go and wants everyone around her to work at the same steady pace that she does. Not only does Paula have a positive impact working in the production shop, but she has also developed strong relationships with several functional teams such as Production Supervision, Production Control, Quality Engineering, and Manufacturing Engineering.

Paula’s nominator, Dawn Archer, says that “Paula is a high performing employee. She does what is expected and does what she says she will do. As a female senior leader in manufacturing, I know that my company values her opinions. With her exceptional work ethic, she proudly does her part to meet or exceed quality & delivery goals and improve productivity & efficiency goals on her assigned programs. She adapts quickly to change and enjoys a challenge. As a leader, she promotes safety in her workplace and watches out for others. She has a strong personal drive to be the best and truly exemplifies what it means to be an Outstanding Woman in Manufacturing as she embraces continuous improvement. By continually improving her skills & techniques through new assignments, she also encourages other women and men on the production floor to grow their talents. Paula keeps a fast pace all day long, what a woman to have on any of our manufacturing teams!”



*All information taken from submission nomination form.