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Production Manager

Production Manager
Circa £45,000 - £55,000
Southampton, Hampshire

Our high technology client in Southampton are seeking a Production Manager from a mid-high-volume manufacturing industry with strong lean manufacturing experience. They require someone with an ability to demonstrate an understanding of technology/engineering to adapt to being a Production Manager of the Fiber Manufacturing side of their business; which involves chemical processing (this will be trained) and so this may come from an Engineering / Chemical or Science Degree or from working in a similar environment.

The business is going through growth with strong investment and this is an area of the business which will grow. They therefore, need a someone with the right attitude; someone with passion for growth / change and Improvement and is able to inspires and drive a team, taking them to new levels and improvement. You will therefore, be a driven, hungry, enthusiastic production manager looking for growth yourself and able to support succession planning, making improvements, recruiting good engineers as well as being a hands-on involved manager.

This could be a step up to management or someone who wants a new challenge but, is likely to be someone with more than 5 years strong manufacturing engineering / management experience and able to implement change.

The role has 12 reports across 2 shifts of which there are 2 Cell Leaders (one for each shift) whom help manage the team of which you are responsible for all.
Summary of Responsibilities: 
Provide strategic leadership to achieve key operational objectives in safety, quality, environmental compliance, reliability, production, and cost, in support of our global customer base. 
Lead the Fiber team in a fast-paced high energy environment and demonstrate a sense of urgency and take total ownership for all demands of the section. Be the first line of communication in dealing with all fiber related departmental enquiries, queries and escalations.
Deliver/exceed the planned departmental metrics, identify future capacity requirements and take full ownership to find resolution.  
Accountabilities for role include: 
Fiber production and departmental management:
Safety & Housekeeping - Ensuring the Fiber area runs safely, as safety is a priority within the business.
Set, communicate and ensure departmental goals & objectives are met and exceeded safely. Challenge the existing KPI’s and develop new KPI’s to include but not be limited to, Fiber that is supplied to third party businesses. 
Clearly set and manage expectations for all reports, meeting and surpassing established Fiber and departmental goals and objectives.
Training, development, and management of all Fiber personnel. 
Monitor and manage the fiber quality through all build stages to ensure the highest sustained fiber yield.
Responsible for identification and project management of programs to enhance quality, capacity increases / decreases or technical improvements and sustain supply on an agile footing.
Lead and be able to raise Capex documentation to support capital development needs specific to fiber improvements or initiatives both inside operations and with Group as necessary.
Maintain routine communications with Management of stakeholders within the business.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Customer & Internal Relationships
Develop and maintain effective relationships with all levels of teams through the business.
Be accountable for performance against KPI’s and review weekly with the relevant managers.
Handle ad-hoc Fiber demand issues efficiently and effectively.
Key Relationships
Internal: Heads of Departments; Planning, Engineering, Operations, shipping, IT, Finance, supply chain.
Required Experience:
The successful candidate will have strong production manager experience within a Lean manufacturing environment.
Broad knowledge of the entire Operations Chain with a minimum of 5 years Manufacturing experience.
Experience of working closely with commercial functions.
Proficient in the use of spreadsheets, word processing software and email
Track record of clear man management regarding individuals and teams.
Ideally a degree in an Engineering / Manufacturing environment.
Lean manufacturing experience / qualification of relevance.
Personal Profile:
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to communicate with external customers, suppliers and staff at all levels.
Driven, assertive and demonstrates a strong proactive growth mind set.
Capable of discussing and assisting with the resolution of complex issues with a strong analytical approach.
Strong man management and coaching skills.
Self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team.
Thorough attention to detail
Innovative and proactive self-starter
Possess a structured and methodical ability to organize themselves
Able to work within a multi-disciplinary team environment. 
Able to work under pressure
Ability to handle multiple tasks methodically and efficiently and meet committed timescales
Happy to work in a dynamic environment and adaptable to changes in priorities
To apply please send an MS Word formatted version of your CV across for my review and consideration and I will come back to you.