Group Operations Director - Building Products Manufacturer

West Midlands Permanent
  • Well-rounded Operations Director with broad multi-site leadership experience
  • Long term career opportunity within an established manufacturing business

About Our Client

A unique and exciting opportunity has arisen for an established, profitable and rapidly expanding building products manufacturer in the Midlands. This company has a fantastic success story and looking ahead they are forecasting continued growth plans that will significantly increase size and scale of business.

Reporting into the CEO the Group Operations Director will form part of the Senior Leadership Team and will be responsible for manufacturing sites and circa 350 employees. A key part of the role is leading the development of new manufacturing processes to improve existing product manufacture and launch new categories.

Job Description

  • Delivery of the company P&L with management of operational cost base and costs of production.
  • Contribute to defining company strategy and converting company strategy into production and manufacturing strategy.
  • Provide leadership to the production team, (circa 350+ employees), providing effective mentoring and development of leadership team managing the day to day UK manufacturing operations.
  • Capitalise on process efficiency and technical innovation to ensure that the company remain at the forefront of their industry and retains its competitive edge, whilst maintaining quality and excellence.
  • Review of manufacturing processes and procedures for effectiveness and continuous improvement where required.
  • Implementation and delivery of KPIs and performance management initiatives.
  • Develop manufacturing budget, reporting on budget, and maximising efficiency of CapEx projects.
  • Drive operational performance by using Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost drivers.
  • Lead for continuous improvement initiatives focused on increasing gross margin, reducing waste, improving quality, reducing lead time and improving overall customer service.
  • Install a positive working culture of financial performance and profit growth.
  • Strong focus and understanding of health and safety metrics.
  • Identify CAPEX requirements and provide clear return on investment business cases for such plans.
  • Provides top level technical advice in resolving production and manufacturing issues.

The Successful Applicant

  • Experienced manufacturing operations leader who has a demonstrable track record of success as a multi-site Operations Director within a subsidiary business of a larger group.
  • Strong leader of operational staff able to embed changes quickly and ability to manage a variety of cross-functional team members.
  • Track record of delivering strong revenue and profit performance.
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles and the tools associated.
  • Can demonstrate delivery of high quality product through excellent production to ensure high levels of customer service.
  • Flexibility of thinking with an informal and inclusive leadership style that would suit a rapidly expanding manufacturing environment.
  • Competent in problem solving, team building, planning and decision making
  • Hands on/can do attitude with an open and likeable personality with honesty and integrity.
  • Can operate equally effectively in the boardroom and on the shop floor.
  • Leadership style; visible, structured, empathetic but directive. Clearly communicates vision, strategy.

What's on Offer

Excellent executive salary package on offer for successful candidate

Andrew Ward
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+44 7552000797

Job summary

Job function
Executive Search
Engineering & Manufacturing
Industrial / Manufacturing
West Midlands
Contract type
Consultant name
Andrew Ward
Consultant phone
+44 7552000797
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