Production Manager

Production Manager required for our global chemical manufacturing plant based in Wolverhampton region.

Reporting to the Plant Director, we are looking for an experienced Production Manager that can lead Production from a ZERO EHS impact philosophy. The Production Manager is responsible for the safe, compliant, efficient, and reliable operation of equipment and processes to produce products. Responsible to ensure all work is compliant with site and regulatory EHS requirements; that personnel and process safety risks are understood and controlled; performance of in-process quality control procedures to produce quality products free of defects; management of efficient raw material utilization; management of labour, material, supplies and other costs.

The Production Manager will be responsible for the proper operation, up-keep, reliability, cleanliness, and repair costs of equipment. Responsible to provide standard operating procedures for production work processes and to ensure compliance to procedures through training and skill development of production employees. Responsible to drive continuous improvement of all aspects of performance by setting targets, making performance visible, engaging employees in improvement efforts, and driving root cause problem solving.

Site Management
Serves as member of Site Leadership Team
Collaborates with other functional leaders to identify, prioritize, and solve problems to support achievement of site goals and objectives
Anticipates future requirements for site and develops and implements strategic plans to meet those requirements
Ensures EHS compliance and continuous improvement in EHS performance
Ensures department goals are aligned with site business imperatives
Develops budget plans following a zero-based approach and manages Production costs
Ensures achievement of planned production volume
Ensures quality standards are achieved
Ensure asset care processes and procedures for Production are established and effectively executed; collaborates with Maintenance and Plant Technical Managers to proactively identify opportunities to optimize asset reliability
Drives execution of the production schedule to optimize production line usage, preventive maintenance activities, and workforce effectiveness
Monitor crew scheduling processes to optimize workforce performance and plant production
Establishes operational best practices to efficiently manage cost controls e.g. unplanned production downtime/delays and employee overtime
Is accountable for the problem-solving and RCA processes to resolve reliability problems, and reduce risks
Establishes operational discipline by following all Production Manager daily standard work processes, monitors, measures, and audits department leaders to ensure accountability for following daily standard work processes
Consistently assess and evaluate adherence to standard work models and processes
Responsible for maintaining site’s production execution and operating processes (The Operating Envelope) linking compliance, EHS, reliability, production, yield, quality, cost, and capital projects to mitigate production risks and maximize production value
Leads department performance and improvement through alignment and effective use of the planning and performance management cycle (PPMC). Sets clear goals, rigorously monitors KPI progress towards goals, and takes action to ensure accomplishment of goals
Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement
Drives LEAN/Six Sigma, continuous improvement of processes and operations for increased productivity and efficiency (Operational Excellence)
Grow a culture of continuous improvement (CI) by consistently embedding CI into meetings, trainings, processes, and systems
Ensures Maintenance work is accomplished through defined, measured, and continuously improved work processes; identifies and leverages Production best practices
Management of union-related activities where applicable

Education and Experience required:
Bachelor’s degree preferably in Chemical Engineering, or demonstrated equivalency
Minimum five (10) years of experience, preferably in Process industry manufacturing
Minimum (10) years manufacturing experience and 5 years supervisory experience, preferably leading another functional department in a manufacturing environment
Knowledge of relevant chemical process technologies and performance drivers
Knowledge of site’s process safety risks and mitigations
Able to effectively apply a variety of lean management principles and methodologies
Ability to plan, organize and mobilize resources to achieve desired outcomes
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to modify individual approach situationally
Effective at managing changing priorities, demands and aligning team to new direction
Advanced understanding and use of business metrics, Performance Planning Management Cycle, and KPI’s to transform performance
Exercises sound decision making, and judgement aligned with site objectives
Demonstrates an understanding of business priorities and the importance of long range
business planning and implementation
Proficient in root cause problem solving and lean problem-solving techniques

Software Skills:
Knowledge of application of OT systems for process control and monitoring.

Other requirements:
Must be willing and able to travel up to 5% of the time
Must be willing to work extra-long days (12+ hours) when needed.
Must be able to provide 24/7 technical and managerial support to the site as appropriate

Salary Guide: £50k - £70k basic + performance Bonus
Standard Working hours: 36.25 per week Monday to Friday.
Excellent Benefits package including company pension, Life Assurance

Jason Connon
07920 031317