Operational Director

Smurfit Kappa are one of the UK's largest producers of corrugated packaging for the trade. We have a vision of becoming an indispensable partner to our customers delivered through operational excellence and a highly engaged workforce. 

Operational Director

With around 46,000 employees across 35 countries, our client is one of the leading producers of paper-based packaging in the world, and a publicly listed company in both Dublin and London.  Its mission is to deliver customer satisfaction, personal development for employees, respect for the local community and environment and great shareholder value, all through its highly entrepreneurial culture.

This company is a world leader in paper based packaging and is the European leader in containerboard, solid board, corrugated and solid board packaging. The organisation strives to be a customer orientated, market led company which satisfies the personal development of its employees.

The company currently have an exciting vacancy for an experienced Operations Director to join the Leadership Team based at their West Auckland site.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level (e.g. Engineering, Science or Business related) ideally holding a People Management qualification and be able to demonstrate previous experience and success in managing the full operations function. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge and experience gained within a Lean/ Continuous Improvement environment, together with a good understanding of budgetary control and management within production, services, engineering and logistics.

It is expected that the Operations Director will be a “change” agent with the personality and drive to lead the organisation through change management and culture initiatives and have demonstrable ability to support, advise, coach and provide clear objectives and communication to direct reports and colleagues within the wider business.  They will also be a key role in executing the overall business strategic objectives, ensuring an effective tactical plan is in place, implemented and results focused.

Main responsibilities of the role:-

  • 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
  • The planning and co-ordination of the usage of external providers to support plant capability
  • Ensuring the site's compliance to environmental and safety at work requirements, co-ordinating 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  and motivation of subordinates to promote effective team work
  • 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
  • Deputise for the General Manager in his absence

Person Requirements:

  • First class interpersonal / social skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • 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.

If you feel you meet the above criteria and are interested in the role please follow the company's application process which includes a couple of assessments, but which should take you no longer that 20 minutes to complete.

Good luck.

Salary per annum Competitive salary, company car, competitive bonus structure, workplace pension.

Status Permanent

Type Full time

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Location Darlington Road
West Auckland
DL14 9PE