Director of Operations

21 May 2019
18 Jun 2019
Recruitment Genius Ltd
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an opportunity to join an award winning UK textile innovator, independently owned, specialising in the design & manufacture of contract upholstery fabrics for commercial interiors and mass passenger transport. The company is based in the UK's West Yorkshire textile heartland, with additional manufacturing in Lithuania and Nottingham, from where it extends global reach into some 80 countries worldwide via established offices, warehousing and distribution channels in Europe, North America, China and Australia. This company sells over 8 million metres of fabric a year for use in commercial offices, banks, government departments, universities, NHS, cinema, auditoria and transportation applications in buses, coaches, trains and underground.

They now have a great opportunity for a talented, ambitious Director of Operations to join the operations department at their Huddersfield site.

- Provide strategic leadership for the sites manufacturing senior leadership team to ensure the effective delivery of the site objectives and strategic plan.
- Develop the manufacturing management team, identifying and implementing the optimal organisational structure.
- Create a safety-first culture, working closely with the Group Health and Safety Manager to raise awareness of safety drive sustained improvements in safety performance.
- Develop and deliver the site manufacturing strategy ensuring delivery of all actions within agreed timescales and to budget.
- Ensure that both internal and external customer requirements are at the heart of the manufacturing strategic and are consistently delivered on time in full.
- Drive a culture of positive employee engagement through leading by example and consistently role modelling the company values whilst developing and delivering effective action plans to address areas identified for improvement.
- Develop a continuous improvement and lean manufacturing culture, leading key improvement activities ensuring that manufacturing systems, quality procedures, capacity and culture within the teams are aligned with business needs.
- Work closely with the Operations Director and Senior colleagues to develop future manufacturing strategies including new technologies and products.
- Assume full responsibility for budget setting and the attainment of agreed budgets.

Education / Skills / Knowledge / Experience

- Educated to degree level ideally in any of the following disciplines, textiles, engineering, manufacturing operations, or management.
- A minimum of 3 years previous experience in a manufacturing environment, textiles desirable but not essential.
- Proven track record in a senior leadership role in a manufacturing environment.
- Previous experience of implementing lean/continuous improvement activities.
- Previous project management experience.

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