Operations Manager
International Automotive Components
Halewood, GB
1d ago

Main purpose of the role :

Responsible for the JIT manufacturing and / or assembly of components being made into finished goods within a business unit.

Includes people management and budgetary / cost reporting.

Lead the manufacturing function within budget and output targets to meet customer requirements and standards. Full accountability for ensuring safety, customer quality, cost and delivery requirements are met.

Responsible for developing an enthusiastic, motivated and flexible team by building working relationships ensuring that Health, Safety and Environmental requirements are adhered to.

Manage the team on best practice and establish standard policies and procedures whilst also mentoring and leading teams.

Implement and manage continuous improvement and modern manufacturing principles by highlighting deficiencies and recommending changes in training, working practices and processes.

Your responsibilities

Strategy and Development

Contribute to the creation and implementation of best practice manufacturing vision, strategy, policies, processes and procedures to aid and improve operational performance

Identify business improvement opportunities within the organisation

General and Task Management

Effectively and efficiently manage the production of the required daily / weekly / monthly targets in line with customer specifications, meeting quality and delivery expectations, minimising costs where possible and ensure the required best working practices are maintained at all times

Responsible for plant production, financial performance, meeting customer requirements and maintaining the orderly and productive operation of planned activities

Ensure the target productivity level is achieved on a daily basis

Update the production plan on a daily basis

Communicate and liaise with other departmental managers regarding throughput of stock to ensure production targets are met

Drive process improvements on Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by appropriate data analysis

Ensure new products (NPI) are effectively planned and launched into the Unit communicating the impact on Manufacturing activities throughout the Plant, escalating issues immediately

Attend various meetings and action / communicate instructions

Produce written reports and make presentations

Undertake continuous training and development

Perform root cause analysis and resolve problems

Identify and deploy the technical skill sets, resource levels and systems to deliver projects, including the engagement of external resources as required

Conduct risk assessments of processes and tasks in the department

Ensure that the function operates in accordance with IAC health, safety and environmental policies and procedures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and visitors

People Management

Ensure the delivery of the People Strategy within area of accountability

Manage, coach and develop a high performing manufacturing team that meets agreed objectives and which delivers best practice results, added value and continuous improvements

Set department objectives / KPIs and review and assess ongoing performance of direct reports

Report on achievement of targets and identify any actions required

Manage and lead the team, ensuring adequate staffing levels, managing holiday allowances, recruitment, training, development, appraisal, attendance, disciplinary issues and daily supervision to maximise efficient productivity

Motivate and coach the team to operational success

Provide technical expertise to the team

Monitor the completion of tasks and ensure good performance and record on appropriate systems

Consistently promote high standards through personal example and roll out through the team so that each member of the team understands the standards and behaviours expected of them

Communicate KPIs from the strategic annual plan so that each employee is aware

Develop, implement and manage key performance indicators (KPIs) for each area of responsibility

Ensure KPIs are met by working to the overall plan, including management of, and reporting

Manage contractors on site to ensure they meet legal and company requirements

Financial and Budget Control

Input and hold responsibility for manufacturing budgets

Prepare the annual Manufacturing budget and forecasts and all Capital Expenditure proposals as well as ensuring compliance with legal standards.

Manage the budget from identification to completion of projects

Responsible for achieving budget and forecast

Relationship Management

Work as part of the Management team to share ideas and improve operation, recommending, supporting and implementing continuous improvement activities and process and procedure improvements to optimise results and improve quality of delivery, in line with quality standards requirements delivery in line with Company and Customer requirements

Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure optimal performance

Ensure an effective interface with other departmental staff is maintained

Liaise and communicate with other departments, customers, suppliers and other service providers

Work collaboratively, negotiate and engage with key stakeholders to facilitate delivery and compliance with the purchasing strategy

Communicate with stakeholders the impact of market change and potential effects on engineering design and development. Recommend solutions without compromising quality or service while optimising cost

Stay current and up to date on any changes that may affect the supply and demand of needed products and materials and advise others of any impact

Contribute to new business initiatives and projects and review and communicate the impact on Manufacturing activities

Skills and Attributes :

Support, comply and ensure complicity with Health & Safety regulations, the Company Handbook, Quality and Environmental standards, and all other Company policies and procedures

Confident and embraces personal challenge

Takes ownership for team cohesion, atmosphere and team development

Is resilient, optimistic and open to change

A self-starter, motivated and able to positively motivate others

Focused, target driven with a positive, can-do attitude

Excellent leadership and man- management skills

Excellent interpersonal skills

Ability to manage a variety of cross-functional team members

Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills

Excellent organisational and follow-up skills

Competent in problem solving, team building, planning and decision making

Commercial and Financial acumen

What are we looking for?

Relevant manufacturing / engineering degree is preferred, or HND, BTec Professional Level 5 Award or equivalent NVQ Level 5 qualifications.

Extensive plant level experience with significant proven supervisory experience

Technical understanding

Understanding of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Kaizen, lean manufacturing

Experience of managing Profit & Loss responsibilities for manufacturing

Understanding of manufacturing and procurement / supply chain

Understanding of IATF16949, IOSH / NEBOSH, ISO 14001

Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems experience

Membership of an appropriate industry related professional body would be advantageous

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