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Head of Production


We are looking for an experienced Head of Production / Production Director for a niche manufacturer of engineered products. You will be responsible for leading a production team of c.40 people including 2 direct reports, operating on a 3 shift pattern (24/5).



Main Duties


Reporting to the Managing Director, the successful candidate will have overall production operations responsibility for the company which supplies a range of engineered solutions to the construction, automotive production and commercial vehicle markets (plus others), ensuring that the company maintains productivity and efficiency to achieve world class status.

The Head of Production will take control of strategical responsibilities for implementing manufacturing strategy and implementing operational goals. You will also be responsible for driving KPI’s & targets across all areas of the manufacturing function.


Responsibilities and accountabilities


  • Provide leadership to departments and coach, mentor and develop direct reports
  • Overall responsibility for manufacturing activities across the business
  • Create and implement best practice manufacturing strategy, policies, processes and procedures to aid and improve business performance
  • Ensure that manufacturing strategies and processes are in place to meet business objectives and operational needs in terms of price, quality and delivery targets and which enables the company to function and compete effectively in the market
  • Develop and manage production schedules to ensure that the product is delivered to agreed cost, quality and timelines
  • Plan and execute maintenance activities to ensure the facility is kept safe and compliant
  • Lead the manufacturing team to translate site strategy into specific annual performance goals and departmental objectives, including KPI’s and to thereafter monitor them
  • Ensure strong communication between teams under leadership to facilitate exchange of information and in order to implement change and improvements
  • Responsible for developing the organisational culture to support business objectives
  • Report on manufacturing activities on a regular basis to the Senior Management team



Qualifications and experience

The successful candidate should possess:-


  • Ability to demonstrate experience of Automotive related supply
  • Ability to demonstrate and provide evidence & experience of improving processes and drive cost reduction and productivity improvements
  • Strong working knowledge of quality management systems, specifically TS16949 would be an advantage
  • Understanding of modern manufacturing techniques
  • Proven project management and build quality experience
  • Ability to add value, reduce costs and make business improvements


This is an excellent opportunity for a highly driven, experienced Head of Production / Production Director who has a proven track record in:


  • Driving through change
  • Results Orientated
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent decision making ability
  • Organisation and planning ability
  • Exceptional People Management skills
  • Leadership and developing a team


Please note: only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Start Date: Immediate Start
  • Areas: Lancashire
  • Sectors: Manufacturing & Engineering, Senior Appointments
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