Operations Director

The Smurfit Kappa Group plc are Europe's leading corrugated packaging company and one of the leading paper-based packaging companies in the world. An industry leader with 46,000 employees globally, 350 production sites around the world, with locations in 23 countries in Europe and 13 countries in the Americas.

People are at the heart of the organisation and we are constantly working towards creating a fully inclusive working environment where people from all backgrounds are free to be themselves and can succeed. Diversity makes sense for us, for our customers and for our future. We value different perspectives, skills and experiences, and welcome applications from all sections of our communities.

Smurfit Kappa Corrugated UK are;

  • A Disability Confident Employer and guarantee an interview to candidates who meet our essential criteria.
  • Open to considering flexible working, such as part-time hours, hybrid working and other flexible options.
  • Happy to offer a wide range of Family Friendly policies including emergency time off for dependants and to provide generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave provisions for our valued colleagues.

Main responsibilities of the role

  • Be a driving force for a ‘safety first’ culture across the entire business
  • Lead and develop functional managers to maximise performance and efficiency within corresponding departments.
  • The effective planning and delivery of plant performance targets to meet current and future customer requirements in terms of quality, volumes and deadlines
  • The planning and setting of maintenance and capital investment budgets for all plant, equipment, buildings, transport etc.
  • Effective organisation of operational activities and investments within agreed plans and budgets
  • The planning and co-ordination of the usage of external providers to support plant capability
  • Ensuring labour capacities are capable of meeting plant demands
  • Ensuring the site's compliance to environmental and safety at work requirements, coordinating with appropriate outside bodies etc. where necessary
  • Directing measures to continuously improve product quality
  • Development and implementation of multi-skilling / cross-learning and productivity improvement activity
  • The selection, direction, coaching and motivation of team members to promote effective teamwork
  • Ensuring effective performance assessments and personnel development systems are in place
  • Contribute to the discussion and decision-making process for the growth and development of the business as a whole

Key Skills & Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in an Operations Manager/Director role within a manufacturing / technical environment
  • Proven success as a leader, coach and team builder
  • Proven success in delivering continuous improvement (preferably Black Belt trained) 
  • First class interpersonal / social skills
  • Financially astute with strong analytical skills and budget management experience
  • Entrepreneurially minded with a sense of urgency
  • A decision maker and innovative
  • An effective “self-starter”
  • Demonstrates empathy and patience when appropriate
  • Provide effective, strategic business feedback / develop business relationships
  • Have the ability to develop and deliver a vision and strategy

The Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Company car
  • Competitive bonus structure
  • Work in an energetic, dynamic and fast-paced environment with a global organisation offering many levels for career progression
  • Workplace pension
  • 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays

If you meet the above criteria and would like to join the team, please follow the link below, click the Apply Now button and follow the on-line application process

Salary per annum Competitive

Status Permanent

Type Full time

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Closing Date for Applications

Location Moulton Park

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