Head of Manufacturing and Operations

Burntwood Permanent
  • Ongoing site investment
  • Scope for long term progression

About Our Client

Michael Page is proud to partner with market-leading manufacturer, Autosmart International, to recruit a Head of Manufacturing and Operations. In this senior leadership position, you will manage both manufacturing and warehousing operations at their new, state-of-the-art, £30 million international manufacturing hub based in Burntwood, Staffordshire.

A manufacturing success story, Autosmart is the market leader in their sector, and the No.1 choice of automotive trade customers across the UK. They have doubled in size in the last 10 years with a strategic plan to grow by 50% in the next 5 years. Autosmart understand that their operational infrastructure is critical to their future success, and their £30 million investment has guaranteed the viability of manufacturing operations for decades to come.

Job Description

This is an exciting and dynamic opportunity, with the freedom to inspire and lead the operational teams to new heights. You will set, communicate and realise the site's operational vision (Manufacturing and Warehousing), drive operational changes, and build the teams needed to achieve business goals. If you are passionate about developing people, bringing teams together, driving business transformation, and delivering continuous improvement initiatives, this role could be just what you are looking for.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Operationally responsible for our new highly automated manufacturing and Warehouse site, and taking it to full working efficiency
  • Setting, communicating, and driving the department vision
  • Leading from the front, hands on and nurturing a positive and open culture across your team
  • Setting and agreeing individual and team SMART objectives
  • Carrying out regular one to ones and team reviews
  • Inspiring and motivating your team to achieve department performance against agreed key performance indicators, celebrating success
  • Capacity planning
  • Reporting to key stakeholders
  • Preparing annual budgets and proposing capital and operational expenditure
  • Working collaboratively with your Direct Reports, Operations Director, and Senior Leaders
  • Developing a culture which supports lean management and continuous improvement

The Successful Applicant

This is a great opportunity for a Site Operations Manager looking to take on broader responsibility in a growing business, who is looking for a new challenge. You will ideally have experience within a mixing, blending, filling or automated packing operation but other manufacturing backgrounds will be considered. The successful applicant will also have the following:

  • A thorough understanding of manufacturing and warehousing principles and processes
  • Experience of working in an automated manufacturing production environment
  • Proven ability to lead, inspire and manage teams
  • An understanding and experience in taking teams through transformational change
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing/continuous improvement tools and techniques, such as Kaizen, visual management, OEE, SMED, Six Sigma, DMAIC and the 8 forms of Waste
  • HSE Training/Awareness
  • Experience in successfully coaching and developing operations talent
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence and negotiate
  • A strong desire to drive and implement change, with a willingness to challenge the status quo
  • A high level of self-motivation and ability to work autonomously in a fast-paced environment

What's on Offer

  • Competitive salary, we would love to have a chat about your experience and salary expectations for our senior leadership role
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Non-contributory; private health care and critical illness cover
  • Generous contributory pension scheme
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Staff purchase scheme (take home products for FREE)

We welcome applications from candidates looking to relocate from across the UK and are happy to discuss further

Joy Oguzie
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Phone number
+44 121 230 9388

Job summary

Job function
Engineering & Manufacturing
Operations Management
Industrial / Manufacturing
Contract type
Consultant name
Joy Oguzie
Consultant phone
+44 121 230 9388
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