Job Overview

Operations Manager

Job Title: Operations Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Liverpool
Salary: 57000
Reference: #5893
Contact Name: James Field
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 04, 2021 10:14

Job Description

Job Title: Operations Manager
Location: Merseyside 
Industry: Automotive
Salary: £57k + 10% bonus 

Summary of the role:

For this role, you will lead the manufacturing function, with full accountability for ensuring safety, customer quality, cost, and delivery requirements are met. 

A key focus of this position is developing an enthusiastic and motivated team, strengthening working relationships, and making sure that the team is working to best practice by establishing standard policies and procedures. Mentoring and leadership will be integral for achieving this. 

As in any Operations role, continuous improvement and modern manufacturing principles must be implemented, to highlight deficiencies and areas requiring changes. 

Your responsibilities:

  • Effectively and efficiently manage the production of the required daily/weekly/monthly targets in line with customer specifications, meeting quality and delivery expectations, minimizing costs where possible, and ensure the required best working practices are maintained at all times
  • Responsible for plant production, financial performance, meeting customer requirements, and maintaining the orderly and productive operation of planned activities
  • Communicate and liaise with other departmental managers regarding throughput of stock to ensure production targets are met
  • Drive process improvements on Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by appropriate data analysis
  • Ensure new products (NPI) are effectively planned and launched into the Unit communicating the impact on Manufacturing activities throughout the Plant, escalating issues immediately
  • Identify and deploy the technical skill sets, resource levels, and systems to deliver projects, including the engagement of external resources as required
  • Conduct risk assessments of processes and tasks in the department

People Management:

  • Manage, coach, and develop a high performing manufacturing team that meets agreed objectives and which delivers best practice results, added value, and continuous improvements
  • Set department objectives/KPIs and review and assess ongoing performance of direct reports
  • Report on achievement of targets and identify any actions required
  • Manage and lead the team, ensuring adequate staffing levels, managing holiday allowances, recruitment, training, development, appraisal, attendance, disciplinary issues, and daily supervision to maximize efficient productivity
  • Consistently promote high standards through personal example and roll out through the team so that each member of the team understands the standards and behaviors expected of them
  • Manage contractors on-site to ensure they meet legal and company requirements

Financial and Budget Control:

  • Prepare the annual Manufacturing budget and forecasts and all Capital Expenditure proposals as well as ensuring compliance with legal standards. Manage the budget from identification to completion of projects
  • Responsible for achieving budget and forecast

Relationship Management:

  • Work as part of the Management team to share ideas and improve operation, recommending, supporting, and implementing continuous improvement activities and process and procedure improvements to optimize results and improve quality of delivery, in line with quality standards requirements delivery in line with Company and Customer requirements
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure optimal performance
  • Work collaboratively, negotiate and engage with key stakeholders to facilitate delivery and compliance with the purchasing strategy
  • Communicate with stakeholders the impact of market change and potential effects on engineering design and development. Recommend solutions without compromising quality or service while optimizing cost

Skills and Attributes:

  • Confident and embraces the personal challenge
  • Takes ownership for team cohesion, atmosphere, and team development
  • Is resilient, optimistic, and open to change
  • A self-starter, motivated, and able to positively motivate others
  • Focused, target driven with a positive, can-do attitude
  • Excellent leadership and man-management skills
  • Competent in problem-solving, team building, planning, and decision making

What you'll need:

  • Relevant manufacturing/engineering degree is preferred, or HND, BTec Professional Level 5 Award, or equivalent NVQ Level 5 qualifications.
  • Extensive plant level experience with significant proven supervisory experience
  • Technical understanding
  • Understanding of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Kaizen, lean manufacturing
  • Experience in managing Profit & Loss responsibilities for manufacturing
  • Understanding of manufacturing and procurement/supply chain
  • Understanding of IATF16949, IOSH/NEBOSH, ISO 14001
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems experience
  • Membership of an appropriate industry-related professional body would be advantageous

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Tel: 01257 244748