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Head of Manufacturing and Operations

Recruiter: Michael Page
Location: Burntwood
Salary: Competitive + benefits
Application date: 6th Aug 2024

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
wStaff purchase scheme (take home products for FREE)

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