Plant Manager in Essen at ITW Specialty Products

Date Posted: 6/6/2018

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Description Position at Valeron

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Job Title:

Plant Manager

Job Location:

Essen, Belgium

Position Summary:

As a key member of the operations team, the Plant Manager reports to the Global Director of Operations and is responsible for leading all manufacturing operations for the site including: safety, manufacturing, planning, purchasing, warehousing, maintenance, quality, technical operations, engineering and inventory management. The Plant Manager leads a team of 6 direct reports and a total team of 90 employees and supports the Operations Director and the broader leadership team to achieve division goals and objectives.

This position will be based in Valéron’s Essen, Belgium, location.

Primary Responsibilities:

Safety Leadership

  • Drives a strong safety culture ensuring a safe and healthy workplace.
  • Actively manages a safety program that supports a positive safety culture. Delivers superior EHS&S performance.
  • Ensures incident investigations are completed. Leads incident investigations as needed.
  • Manages site compliance with all local, state, regional and national laws, regulations and directives.

Manufacturing Management / Planning

  • Develops and delivers robust manufacturing plans to ensure the plant operates at optimum levels with efficient utilization of people, equipment, and resources.
  • Pro actively directs the resolution of operational, manufacturing, maintenance and plant services issues to ensure mimimum costs and prevent operational delays.
  • Ensures superior customer service and quality through effective plant scheduling and cross department communication.
  • Minimizes scrap and material losses; maximizes throughput yields. Continously seeks and implements cost and waste reduction initiatives.
  • Ensures that the maintenance and engineering organizations are operating to support the needs of the plant.
  • Participates in the planning processes for the division, assisting in the development of the annual and long range plans.

Continuous Improvement / ITW Toolbox Implementation

  • Champions the ITW toolbox and exhibits relentless focusing on our 80 customers, products and processes. that reduces complexity throughout the operation.
  • Reduces complexity in all processes using ITW tools (USa, MRD, In-Lining, etc.).
  • Conceives, prioritizes and delivers operational improvement opportunities.
  • Supports the Global Director of Operations in creating an 80/20 culture throughout the division and in developing global manufacturing standards, processes, and KPIs.  Manages to those KPIs.

Team Management & Development

  • Manages a direct team of 6 and total team of 90 employees.
  • Identifies, manages and develops talent to maximize individual, team and organizational effectiveness.  Fosters a culture of engagement and accountability.
  • Coaches through feedback, development planning and performance management.
  • Provides training to new and existing staff and support them in their career goals.
  • Uses effective change management skills to effectively to plan, implement and evaluate change.

Manufacturing Support Activities

  • Oversees management of maintenance department. Ensures KPIs and targets are developed for maintenance activities; manages to targets.
  • Oversees management of quality department. Ensures ISO QMS is current. Utilizes ISO QMS to support continuous improvement efforts within the plant.
  • Supports complaint investigation; ensures customer needs are met during complaint investigation process.
  • Manages engineering activities. Develops and implements short term and long term capital plans.
  • Ensures capital projects are delivered to scope, on time and within budget.
  • Oversees purchasing for consumables and raw materials. Supports Strategic Sourcing efforts. Works with local suppliers to develop relationships as needed.

Job Requirements:

  • Degree in Business Management, Business Administration or Engineering (engineering or technical degree preferred).
  • 10 years’ experience in industrial manufacturing and 5 years manufacturing leadership (production manager or above). Plastic extrusion, blown film extrusion and 24/7 plant operation experience a plus.
  • Experience in a world class manufacturing organization. Experience utilizing tools such as Kaizen, Kanban, visual workplace, 5S, etc.
  • Demonstrated success delivering results in a continuous improvement environment (6 Sigma, operational excellence, etc.).
  • Belgian union work environment experience
  • Working knowledge of financial management as it applies to plant operations. Experience with standard costing systems preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills, including working across the organization from the shop floor to executive management. Ability to work across all divisional disciplines (HR, sales, finance and innovation)
  • Demonstrated success in selecting, developing and coaching staff.
  • Demonstrated success in delivering change in a manufacturing environment
  • Travel Requirement – Occasional travel (domestic and international) - 10% to 15%.