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A Sampling of Past or Currently Listed Jobs

This list is not complete. Many urgent current searches are listed on this website, but some are not, for reasons of confidentiality. As these pages are not always up-to-date, some jobs may have been filled by the time that you read this page. This list is primarily  intended to show some typical types of searches that we are called to fill, but if a job in your discipline, industry or location is not listed, this absence does not necessarily mean that our clients may not now or soon have a suitable position for your experiences, nor does it mean that we are not equipped to recruit in a market, industry, or discipline for which there might be no jobs posted below. 

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Manufacturing Operations Management Recruitment
-COO, VP Operations, Plant Manager, Factory Manager, Director of Manufacturing, VP Quality, etc.-

Please click here for more information about our Manufacturing Operations Recruitment Practice



***ART Mostly Recruits for "C" Level, VP, Director, & Manager Titles***

      Sample Manufacturing and Operations Job Titles

      Chief Operating Officer (COO)
      Managing Director
      General Manager
      Corporate or Divisional G.M.
      Vice President, Mfg.
      Plant Manager
      Factory Manager
      Vice President of Operations
      Manufacturing Director
      Plant Manager - Mexico
      Plant Manager - China
      Quality Director
      Director of Continuous Improvement
      Global VP Quality
      Manufacturing Director - EMS




EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Chief Operating Officer (COO) - Plastics

LOCATION: US - Southwest (Texas)

COMPANY: Major Extruded Plastics firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Detail oriented, dependable Chief Operating Officer (COO). Strong comfort level working on the manufacturing floor. Strong communicator.

Recruiter seeks on behalf of well established plastic molding firm a Chief Operating Officer (COO). Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Chief Operating Officer (COO) will manage the business with the exception of sales and marketing functions.

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will be a key member of the senior management team of the company. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) would have to maintain control of diverse business operations, therefore would be expected to be an experienced and efficient leader, with excellent people skills, business acumen and exemplary work ethic. The goal of the Chief Operating Officer (COO) position will be to secure the functionality of the business and drive extensive, profitable, and sustainable growth. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) must have senior management presentation skills and will routinely present to the CEO and at times to the Board of Directors. Job Duties:

Design and implement business strategies, plans, and procedures
Oversee management of product development projects
Set comprehensive goals for performance and growth
Establish policies that create a great company culture and vision
Oversee daily operations of the company and work of executives (Manufacturing, Financial Controller, Engineering, Maintenance Engineering,  Quality Assurance, Human Resources)
Lead employees so as to encourage maximum performance and dedication
Evaluate performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics
Write and submit reports to the CEO in all matters of importance
Participate in expansion activities (investments, acquisitions, corporate alliances)
Manage relationships with partners and vendors.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:
Engineering degree
MBA degree
Proven experience as Chief Operating Officer or General Manager in an industrial setting
Demonstrable competency in strategic planning and business development
Outstanding organizational and leadership abilities
Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills
Aptitude in decision making and problem solving
Possess the ability to communicate and relate effectively with all levels of the organization and customers  

Additional Highly Desirable Skills:
Some understanding of robotics engineering
The candidate must be a hands-on Plant Manager/COO who is ready to walk the production floor and ensure that the Company’s plans and goals are being met. This is not a corner office Managerial role.
Experience with thermoplastic manufacturing is desirable
Plant expansion and recruitment skills are also required for this position for future growth expectations
Knowledge of automation engineering


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Vice President, Operations - Americas - Consumer Products (Cosmetics)

LOCATION: US - Northeast

COMPANY: Fast growing European cosmetics firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: VP Operations with strong supply chain and operational management expertise to manage fast growth. Lean experience and strong management and interpersonal skills desired. Fluency in English and Spanish desired.

Recruiter, on behalf of a very successful European cosmetics manufacturer, seeks a VP, Operations - Americas, to be in charge of all manufacturing sites in the Americas. Responsibilities include oversight of Manufacturing, Planning and Materials Management. The VP, Operations - Americas will assess and prepare short and long range goals. S/he will create and support an environment of continuous improvement, ensuring that production is provided with a timely production schedule as well as the necessary. The VP, Operations - Americas will see that resources to fulfill that schedule and products are shipped to customers in a timely manner.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: General Manager or VP Operations - Metals

LOCATION: US - Midwest (Ohio)

COMPANY: Major Metals manufacturing firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Fast paced, technically and financially capable operations manager with strong project management skills, to serve as VP Operations or General Manager. Position could potentially lead to Company President. Excellent communicator. No-nonsense team player.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of major metals firm, a General Manager or VP Operations. Education as a Metallurgical Engineer with MBA, preferred. Training in 5S/supply chain management/quality concepts, a plus. Supervising a Plant Manager, Technical Director, and others, the General Manager or VP Operations will lead important capital expenditure programs that could significantly expand the output and improve the efficiency of the business.

Ideal Profile - 15 years manufacturing experience, including 10 years supervisory experience. 10 years of departmental cost responsibility. Steel mill melt shop experience, a plus. Plant process engineering. Manufacturing cost control. Plant Facilities, Maint, HSE



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Senior Vice President, Global Operations - Consumer Products

LOCATION: US - Northeast (New England)

COMPANY: Fast growing consumer products divison of large consumer services firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: SVP, Global Operations with strong supply chain and operational management expertise to manage fast growth. Experience selling product to firms such as Walmart, Costco, Barnes & Noble, etc., a strong plus.

Recruiter, on behalf of a very large and prominent national consumer services firm, seeks a SVP, Global Operations, for their retail consumer products division. Division's current revenue is approximately $40-45 million for 2006. Revenue in 2004 was $22 million. Sales is expected to be $60 million for 2007. The Senior Vice President of Global Operations for this Consumer Products Division is responsible for producing and selling products for all brands owned or licensed by the parent company.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Operations - FMCG

LOCATION: US - California (metro- Los Angeles)

COMPANY: Multinational FMCG firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Operations experienced in "manufacturing in a lean environment." cGMP's a strong plus

Recruiter, on behalf of an international firm in the consumer packaged goods sector, seeks a Senior VP Operations, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO). Experience in foods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, HBA, etc., required.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: VP Manufacturing - Chemicals

LOCATION: US - Northeast (New Jersey/ metro- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

COMPANY: $3 Billion Chemicals Firm

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a multi-billion dollar chemical firm, a VP Manufacturing. Position reports to the President. Directs the manufacturing, purchasing and custservice operations for the Company. VP Manufacturing manages utilization of equipment, facilities, and personnel to obtain maximum efficiency and achieve performance objectives. Participate as a key member of the Business Team and assist in developing and evaluating strategic programs and resources required to achieve the long term goals of the business.  


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Semiconductor Fabrication Director - LED Products

LOCATION: US location

COMPANY: Major LED products firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Semiconductor Fabrication Manager who can run a 150 person facility with a minimum of direction. Highly intelligent, results oriented, excellence-motivated and unaffected, unpretentious. "Roll up the sleeves" manager.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a leader in its field, a General Plant Manager. As the Manager of Operations, you will be responsible for Front End manufacturing within firm's LED Products business unit.  Your specific areas of responsibility will include crystal growth, wafer preparation and epitaxial growth. In this role you will have the opportunity to exercise your leadership abilities by leading a team of manufacturing managers to meet the needs of the LED Products business.  You will also partner with the LED Products leadership team to make this division successful by driving lean manufacturing initiatives and promoting a culture of continuous improvement and employee empowerment.  A significant responsibility associated with the role will be to lead a factory expansion project for the division.


In addition, you will:

--    Work closely with the equipment maintenance team and be charged with improving tool capabilities, availability and utilization.

--    Reduce and eliminate reworks, misprocessing, and other forms of waste in our processes by supporting and championing operational improvements to the NPI process.

--    Partner with the research and development organization to effectively transfer new processes, products, and technologies into high volume production.

--    Drive continuous process improvement, capacity expansion, yield improvement, cost reduction, and quality efforts within the department.



--    Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering,  Applied Physics, or other semiconductor related discipline. MS or PhD preferred.

--    10 years experience in a semiconductor environment

--    5 years experience in leadership roles

--    2 years in an operations management capacity

--    Candidate must be a US Citizen or Green Card holder



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Manufacturing Plant Manager – Machinery and Assembly - Aerospace

LOCATION: Canada - Quebec (Montreal)

COMPANY: Major Aerospace firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Experience in unionized shops. Plant Manager eith experience in management capacity between $20-45 million minimum. An effective communicator, this professional must provide leadership in the manufacturing side, but also able to roll up the sleeves and be involved in the details of the capital plan. Strong team player and bring a strong work ethic and integrity to the organization. Negotiator and presenter ability. Expertise in budget and cost models management. Works well under pressure and meets tight deadlines. Able to multi task. Ability to work in a fast paced environment, with constant business changes. Capable of managing and resolving conflicts. Strategist and visionary to make the company progress.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a leading aerospace firm, a Manufacturing Plant Manager. Reports to the VP Operations. Anticipates, plans, organizes, manages and assures the follow up of the production plant’s activities; measures performances of the “actual” to rectify (if needed) in order to reach the objectives and mandates planned in accordance with the profitability of the division; works with the immediate participation of the departmental heads and subordinates of the division (Contracts, Methods, Planning, Production et Quality) and the immediate support of the different services of the company (Human Resources, Procurement, Programming, Tooling, Finances, Quality Assurance. etc.);

•   Builds and maintains an effective team to reach the objectives and business needs of the division;

•   Mobilizes, motivates and communicates with all employees;

•   Coaches subordinate, participates in the planning of their training needs and development of competence;

•   Prepares, manages and follows through the annual operations budgets;

•   Commitment to supporting a team-focused environment;

•   Ensures the implementation and respects the highest quality standards by maintaining firm's AS 9100  and other certifications;

•   Sets up all the elements within the plan to reach the annual objectives such as described by the Vice-President of Operations and the Managing Director as regards costs, quality and deadline;

•   Strong preference to a person who is bilingual French/English, but if the candidate is otherwise very suitable and willing to perfect his/her French or English, such candidates might be considered. Strongly qualified candidates from other areas of Canada may be relocated, and non-Canadian candidates also may be considered. Candidates from the automotive industry could be considered, in addition to aerospace industry candidates.

EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Factory Manager - Industrial Automation

LOCATION: US - California (San Diego)

COMPANY: Fast growing industrial automation firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Factory manager with strong focus on continuous improvement

Recruiter seeks on behalf of an industrial automation firm a Factory Manager. The focus is on supervising about people doing precision mechanism CNC machining. The Factory Manager reports to the President. This role involves responsibility for Manufacturing, 3 bin inventory, and Assembly and test. The firm has a quality philosophy that emphasizes 100% of all critical dimensions, 100% pretest / burn-in / final test.. Background of the successful candidate;
•    10 years + experience running all areas of production.
•    Good understanding of CNC machining and Assembly/Test automation.
•    Hands on experience of Bin (Kanban) inventory systems.
•    Ability to lead a multi-cultural work group.
•    Desire and ability to continuously solve problems and improve.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: General Plant Manager- Industrial Eauipment

LOCATION: US- Southeast

COMPANY: Major high-speed paper-handling equipment manufacturer

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: General Plant Manager with LEAN experience and familiarity with customized paper-sorting or similar equipment manufacturing.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a leader in its field, a General Plant Manager. The General Plant Manager reports to the Chief Operating Officer (COO). A leading national manufacturer of customized high speed sorting equipment requires a Plant Manager for their 300 person facility. BSIE or equivalent. Systems engineering orientation. Six Sigma training a plus. Should have led a manufacturing engineering group of at least 20 individuals. A strong background in process development. Must demonstrate past ability interacting with sales and customers as needed and must have 5 or more years experience in a manufacturing environment.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: General Manager - Aerospace Products

LOCATION: US - Midwest (Wichita, Kansas)

COMPANY: Aerospace mechanical components manufacturer

A key business unit of a well established aerospace precision mechanical components corporation seeks a General Manager for their Wichita operation. The General Manager carries full P/L responibility. In addition to having a well established track record of success in running manufacturing operations within this product sector, the General Manager must be someone possessing strong communication skills, including an ability to pull together groups in finance, sales, manufacturing, engineering, and materials. The General Manager also must have a great business development ability to represent the company before key customers. People experienced in running companies with sales from $10-30 million in annual sales and staff numbers from 100-500 people might be better able to succeed in this role, although all qualified candidates will be seriously considered.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Turnaround General Manager- Aerospace


COMPANY: Canadian division of multinational aerospace corporation

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: General Manager must be able to assess the current situation, outline a course of action, and execute the plan to improve communications, delivery, cust rels, etc. This position must possess a high degree of integrity to represent the best interest of the company and its customers.  Proven turnaround management and leadership skills along with excellent communication abilities are essential.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a multinational aerospace corporation, a turnaround General Manager with strong aerospace experiences and great leadership skills.

--manage smooth transition into new ERP environment

--facilitate the relocation with minimal negative impact to business

--improve internal communications and develop a 'team' approach

--manage successful rapid 787 business expansion; execution - (profitability, cost, quality, and delivery) at or above expected benchmarks.

--Increase operating efficiencies

--structure, staff, and lead the company to achieve its' goals and objectives

--Relevant experience in aerospace, manufacturing (assembly / machining), and lean experience / success sought. --Must speak English fluently. French skills a plus.

--BA/BS in eng., business, finance, or other related subject and 7+ years combined experience in a financial / manufacturing management role working within a manufacturing environment;



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Director of Operations - Capital Equipment (Machine Tools)

LOCATION: US - Northeast

COMPANY: Growing capital equipment firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Director of Manufacturing with experience in manufacturing complex equipment having +/- 1000 items Bills of Materials.

Recruiter, on behalf of a US$300m capital equipment firm experiencing 5% growth and wishing to expand its US manufacturing operations, taking over manufacturing work from other world facilities, seeks a Director of Operations. The Director of Operations will report to the Company President. Experiences in lean manufacturing, ERP and good people management and work cell experiences are desired.

EXECUTIVE SEARCH: VP Operations/ Director of Operations - Mechanical Components

LOCATION: US - California (metro- Los Angeles)

COMPANY: European mechanical components manufacturer

Recruiter seeks on behalf of a firm manufacturing mechanical components, a person who could serve as VP Operations or Director of Operations for a 150 person, $6 million business unit, that was recently acquired by a French corporation. The person should have extensive experience in precision manufacturing, as well as some exposure to Profit and Loss (P/L), 6 Sigma, kanbans, lean manufacturing, etc. The VP Operations must be able to serve as a key change-agent for the business. Turnaround experiences would be useful.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Project Director - Pharmaceuticals/ Biotech/ Medical Devices (Diagnostics)

LOCATION: US - Northeast (New Jersey/ Philadelphia, PA area)

COMPANY: Fast growing diagnostic test kit firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Individual contributor project manager

Recruiter, on behalf of a fast growing diagnostics firm, seeks a Project Director. Reporting to the EVP Operations, this person must have extremely good project management skills related to the coordination of manufacturing. Experiences in the pharmaceuticals, biotech, diagnostics, or medical devices fields is required.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: VP Fabrication - Aerospace Components

LOCATION: US - Northeast (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

COMPANY: Major Metal fabricated parts manufacturing firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Fast paced, financially savvy, aerospace components or metal parts experienced general manager. Experience supervising multiple plants a plus. Provides overall management and direction of the Fabrication Group through the supervision of subordinate General Managers.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of major international firm fabricating metal parts for the aerospace, automotive, and other markets, a Vice President, Fabrication. The position oversees 3 plants in North America. The VP Fabrication reports to a Senior Vice President.

1.  Responsible for developing, monitoring, measuring, and managing the group’s business plan to ensure ROI and profitability objectives are met.

2.  Responsible for ensuring group’s goals and objectives are consistent with overall corporate objectives from parent company.

3.  Responsible for administering company policies and developing long range goals and objectives.

4.  Directs and coordinates activities of subordinate management to insure attainment of goals and objectives.

5.  Reviews analyses of activities, costs, operations, and forecast data to determine progress toward stated goals and objectives.

6.  Confers with Senior Management to review achievements and discuss required changes in goals or objectives resulting from current status and conditions.

7.  Ensure safety and welfare of employees, customers, and visitors while on company property.

8.  Insures all financial and accounting functions are conducted in an ethical and professional manner.

9.  Provides direction for all sales activities within the group.

10. Ensures effective program management of all inter-company, subcontractor, and customer processes.

11. Insures all production and operational aspects of the company are conducted efficiently and in accordance with the Company’s Quality Management System.

12. Reviews business profitability on an on-going basis and makes necessary changes to insure all costs are controlled through sound business practices.

13. Insures that all human resource functions at each assigned facility are carried out ethically and in line with federal, state, and local regulations.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Vice President, Manufacturing Operations - Medical Devices

LOCATION: US - Midwest (metro- Chicago, Illinois)

COMPANY: Medical device firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: medical device manufacturing plant manager, with good balance of operations, supply chain, and IT

Recruiter, on behalf of a medical device manufacturing firm, seeks a VP Operations, reporting to the COO. 10+ years experience managing business operations.  Knowledge of industrial engineering as well as prior experience managing a distribution center is preferred.  Oversees management of manufacturing plant to produce products in the most cost effective manner within quality standards.  Responsible for achieving optimum labor, and least amount of overhead and raw material costs. Formulates and recommends manufacturing policies and programs which guide the organization in maintaining and improving its competitive position and the profitability of the operation.  Directs activities so that approved products are manufactured on schedule and within quality standards and cost objectives.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Vice President - Aerospace

LOCATION: US - Midwest (Ohio)

COMPANY: Major US Aerospace Components Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: AS9100-experienced, financial savvy, multi-site general manager. Experience in metals fabrication a strong plus

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a leading aerospace products firm, a Vice President, whose chief role will be to oversee multiple business units in the US, Canada, and Europe. Reports to President of Operating Unit. MBA with 10+ years experience in a financial management role working within the aerospace industry; or an acceptable combination of education, experience, and training. Provides overall management and direction of the Group through the supervision of subordinate General Managers.

--Responsible for developing, monitoring, measuring, and managing the group’s business plan to ensure ROI and profitability objectives are met.

--Reviews analyses of activities, costs, operations, and forecast data to determine progress toward stated goals and objectives.

--Insures all financial and accounting functions are conducted in an ethical and professional manner.

--Provides direction for all sales activities within the group.

--Ensures effective program management of all inter-company, subcontractor, and customer processes.

--Insures all production and operational aspects of the company are conducted efficiently and in accordance with the Company’s Quality Management System.

--Reviews business profitability on an on-going basis and makes necessary changes to insure all costs are controlled through sound business practices.

--Insures that all human resource functions at each assigned facility are carried out ethically and in line with federal, state, and local regulations.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: General Manager (Factory Manager) - Plastics Manufacturing

LOCATION: US - California (metro- Los Angeles/ Orange County)

COMPANY: Leading injection molded plastic components firm

Recruiter seeks a General Manager (Plant Manager) on behalf of a leading US firm making custom injection molded plastic parts, particularly for the automotive, appliance, consumer durables, and medical device industries. The purpose of this position is to direct and coordinate activities of all production department(s) in processing materials or manufacturing products in industrial organization by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors. To excel in this position, you must have a passion for the customer, have a strong plastics background, and be knowledgeable in Injection Molding.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Plant Manager - Electronics Contract Manufacturing
LOCATION: US - Southeast (Florida)
COMPANY: Multinational CEM Company

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a multinational contract electronics manufacturer, a Plant Manager, for an important facility in the southeastern US. Product at the plant is approximately $<20M. Staff: 100-150 employees. The Plant Manager will be responsible for Operations, Materials, Program Management and Facilities, and must have a strong background in managing a PCA Assembly and System Assembly manufacturing operation.  Experience in an international, multi-plant Contract Manufacturing firm is highly desirable. The Plant Manager must posses excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Must have the ability to lead in a multi- tasking, highly dynamic work situation. The Plant Manager must be hands on, team player with Customer interface experience.  A proven track record of cost management in a world class manufacturing operation is required.  Must have outstanding organization skills and a strong quality background (ISO 9002). Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. Masters degree and/or APICS certification a plus.Minimum of 10 years experience in a manufacturing management positions.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Plant Manager - Displays

LOCATION: US - Northeast (New Jersey)

COMPANY: Displays manufacturer

Recruiter seeks on behalf of a firm manufacturing displays, a Plant Manager. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Plant Manager directs and coordinates the production activities of the company, including fabrication and assembly. The Plant Manager is responsible for production process planning and pre-production prototyping. 


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Director of Manufacturing - Semiconductor

LOCATION: US - California (metro- Los Angeles/Orange County)

COMPANY: Fast growing semiconductor firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Person able to manage a small but fast growing product line

Recruiter, on behalf of a fast growing Orange County semiconductor firm, seeks a Director of Manufacturing.

Description: Minimum BSEE. Worked at least 10 years in the IC business. Can solve yield problems. Can oversee timely execution of customer orders. Can become General Manager in the absence of the CEO and Executive Vice President.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Plant General Manager - Packaging Products

LOCATION: US - Southwest

COMPANY: Well established firm in the flexible packaging sector

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Director of Operations:

--5+ years in progressive roles in a manufacturing environment
--2+ years of management experience
--Continuous Improvement and Lean Manufacturing experience
--Excellent verbal and written communication skills
--Industry knowledge preferred (printing, co-extruded, blown-film extrusion, protective packaging converting)
--Operational leadership of 50-75 employee manufacturing operations-preferred
--Fully proficient with all components of Microsoft Office with emphasis on Excel.-preferred
--Six Sigma certification desired but not required. (Moved from ED&R)-preferred
--Process engineering
--Fluency in Spanish a plus
--BA or BS – required
--Industry certifications preferred

Recruiter, on behalf of a well established firm in the flexible packaging field seeks a General Manager for a new facility, consisting of approximately 60 staff. The General Manager leads and oversees overall plant operations including manufacturing expenses and operational budgeting, manufacturing processing, plant engineering, materials, quality assurance/control, human resources/ administration, warehousing and logistics, equipment and facilities maintenance, and customer service. The position is responsible for and creating an environment of accountability and commitment to continuous improvement. This position will have experience and a track record of success, consistent with the scope and scale of the operation, in the following areas: Materials/Supply Chain/Vendor Interaction, Quality Assurance, Manufacturing Processes/Systems, Production Operations, Facilities & Maintenance, Employee Development, Leadership Development, Customer Interface, Community Interface, and Continuous Improvement. This position will report directly to the Executive Vice President of Operations.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

--Directs plant activities to ensure the attainment of financial and operational goals within the business unit in support of the company’s overall financial and strategic objectives
--Establishes the annual operational budget for all expenses related to the business unit.
--Assures budget variances are well managed and controlled
--Cultivates an organizational culture of continuous improvement with focus on the development of organizational and employee C.I. skills and the utilization of various C.I. tools to grow sales, reduce cost, increase throughput, improve quality, reduce inventory, and facilitate general positive change
--Establishes, maintains, and monitors standard costs for both material and labor working closely with members of team to resolve variances
--Responsible for achieving ISO9001-2008 certification and annual re-certifications
--Selects, develops, coaches and evaluates personnel, particularly leaders within the business unit, to ensure the efficient operation of the facility and the professional growth of the employees
--Deploys strong business acumen focused on overall business results within a dynamic manufacturing environment
--Embraces the philosophy that our employees are our greatest assets
--Drive overall organizational success utilizing high energy, innovation, and strategic thinking
--Human Resource Acumen - fair and equal treatment, training & development, progressive discipline, performance management, recruiting, onboarding, compliance and compensation.
--Proven leadership and team-building skills in a high speed, high volume, manufacturing environment

--Business management experience to include budgeting, income statement, and variance analysis
--Comprehensive Continuous Improvement skill set
--Quality Management System development and maintenance
--Project management
--Production planning and material/supply chain/vendor management
--Inventory control and management
--Standard manufacturing ERP system concepts such as BOM/routers/shippers
--Utilization of systems, processes, and metrics
--Equipment operation

EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Director of Manufacturing - Thermoformed Plastics

LOCATION: US - Midwest (metro-Chicago, Illinois)

COMPANY: Multinational Automobile Products Company
Major multinational manufacturer of plastic thermoformed products sold to consumers and auto fleets, seeks a Director of Manufacturing for the Chicagoland plant. Directs and oversees all manufacturing processes. Responsible for planning and directing the layout of equipment, workflow, assembly methods, workforce utilization and all related manufacturing requirements. Director of Operations interacts with Quality, Purchasing, Production, Manufacturing, Engineering, Product Design, Shipping and Receiving.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Director of Manufacturing - Industrial Equipment

LOCATION: US - Southeast (Arkansas)

COMPANY: European multinational industrial equipment firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS:  "manufacturing in a lean environment."  Director of Manufacturing who has run assembly plants, not fabricating plants. They will need to have a heavy background in logistics & materials flow. The focus of this  Director of Manufacturing is to improve material flow from suppliers, through assembly, out the back door, and to customers."

Recruiter, on behalf of a European industrial equipment firm, seeks a Director of Manufacturing. Reports to the Managing Director. Oversee Purchasing/ Production & Inventory Control, Fac Maint., Quality, Manufacturing, Demand Center, Rotational Molding, and Industrial Eng.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Americas Regional Head of Operations - Logistics Services

LOCATION: US Southwest (Houston, Texas area)

COMPANY: Major IBC (intermediate bulk container) firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Americas Regional Head of Operations requires excellent communication and teamwork with the Sales Team, Operations, Customer Service globally and Corporate HQ office. The position also requires excellent working relationships and networking with potential and existing customers to promote the use of firm's IBC throughout their supply chain.

Recruiter seeks an Americas Regional Head of Operations, on behalf of a major IBC (intermediate bulk container) firm. This Position has the responsibility to provide overall leadership and direction for the Operations functions across the US, Mexico and other locations assigned, including managing customer satisfaction, fulfilment to customers, depot operations, and the supply chain. Key objectives will include managing customer service metrics such as On-time Delivery and Quality metrics, while also driving down the overall logistics cost (trucking and depot operations) with maintaining high quality service levels.

Supply Chain
--- Lead the Regional Supply Chain and Operations. This includes Planning, Operations Management, Procurement Management, Inventory Control Management, Hiring & De-hiring Management, Operational Systems Management and Operations Optimization.
--- Support procurement with third party transportation (3PL, distributor, etc.) selection process as well as final contract negotiations.
--- Manage the development of supply chain strategies and plans to continually improve services, fulfillment and optimize cost.
--- To work with Global planning team regarding forecasts and maintaining sufficient inventory levels
--- Excellent control of stock inventory and accountability
--- Ensure daily targets are met accordingly to agreed lead time

--- Manage Regional Depot/Warehouse Operations (both internal and 3rd party depots), ensuring a safe work environment while delivering quality IBCs at a low cost
--- Ensure smooth and effective turnaround of IBCs, with optimum cost management and utilization and minimum damages/wastages/repairs.
--- Lead and manage third party depot vendors, including vendor selection, process standardization and performance management.
--- Ensure regional depots comply to required operating standards, including inventory management, fulfilment and procurement.
--- Excellent control of stock inventory and accountability
--- To develop and implement depot improvement plan (including inbound/outbound management)
--- To manage logistics service provider to ensure smooth operations and distribution to both domestic/international
--- To ensure all IBCs are fully tagged and duly processed via SAP

Customer Service
--- Responsible for providing first class service to consistently meet & exceed customers' expectations.
--- Ensure excellent working relationship at all levels with customers and end users.
--- Initiate and coordinate on-time delivery to customers.
--- Work with customers to form equitable performance standards for future measurement.
--- Provide support in key account management.
--- Follow-up with end users regarding de-hiring and coordination of on-time collections.
--- Continuously seeking improvement on service level KPIs, including complaint management.
--- Conduct regular Customer Service review visits.

--- Strong background in supply chain management, including planning, operations management, logistics service providers management, inventory management, process and systems improvement
--- Experience with and knowledge of 3PL/4PL service providers (primarily trucking, with rail and shipping a plus)
--- Ability to create organizational capabilities to support and drive strategy; manage and create operational logistics effectiveness.
--- Strong project management ability & problem solving skills
--- Team leadership and management of people
--- Strong initiatives for cost improvement - vendor services, turnaround time, fulfillment, trade lanes optimization etc.
--- Good working attitude with strong sense of urgency to accomplish defined and yet challenging goals set by the Management.
--- Prior working experience with SAP is preferred.

EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Director of Operations - Medical Devices

LOCATION: US - Northeast (metro- New York area)

COMPANY: Medical Device Manufacturer
Long Island, NY medical device company, with 2002 sales at approximately $16 million, seeks a Director of Operations for a growing 50,000 sq. ft pick-pack-ship operation employing under 50. Person must be experienced in an FDA regulated, ISO-certified clean room facility. Position will involve total management responsibility for facility, including receiving, warehousing, production, shipping, and maintenance.4-year degree required. This position requires a hands-on operations manager (there is no manufacturing here) who potentially could grow into a COO position. 

EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Director of Manufacturing

LOCATION: US - Southeast (Florida)

COMPANY: $15 million manufacturer of industrial relays and controls
ISO certified Florida manufacturer of electronic relays and controls for the power industry seeks Director of Manufacturing. This position reports directly to the President. Oversee responsibilities of on-time delivery, shortening product cycle time, optimizing product costs, supply chain management and achieving high levels of inventory turnover. Must  develop, plan and implement manufacturing strategies for processes and product. Ability to budget and manage department expenses, act as liaison between other departments to achieve production goals and integrate quality assurance utilizing ERP system, manufacturing planning, MRP and scheduling.  Interpersonal skills in communication, teamwork and conflict resolution are essential.  Must possess a BS/BA degree along with a minimum of 10 years electronic manufacturing experience.  Knowledge of the power industry or electromechanical manufacture helpful, particularly from firms such as Siemens ABB, Basler or Schweitzer.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Plant Manager - Packaging

LOCATION: US - Southwest (Nevada)

COMPANY: Fast growing packaging products firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Minimum of 10 years of management experience in a manufacturing environment. Extensive background in plastics/injection molding is required. Packaging experience preferred. Six Sigma certification. Bachelors Degree. Strong organizational, problem solving & communication skills. Ability to effectively lead and develop others. Demonstrated performance Lean manufacturing

Recruiter, on behalf of a fast growing national packaging products firm, seeks a Plant Manager. The primary duties of the Plant Manager will include planning, guiding, and directing the plant operations to achieve plant objectives for safety, quality, on-time delivery, and customer satisfaction.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: General Manager - Medical Devices

LOCATION: US Midwest (Metro-Minneapolis, MN)

COMPANY: Major Medical Device Testing firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: As a Site Manager, you will be responsible for administrating the strategic business needs of the firm's Business Unit via integration of several business functions, including Quality, Operations, IT, and Marketing. This position includes analysis of financial and operational data as well as technical, managerial, and business development consulting. Responsible for accountability within the organization and the management of the day-to-day operations of the business. Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or related science discipline desired. Minimum 10 years of managerial experience in a technical service area. Experience in the medical device industry desired, along with mechanical testing knowledge. Shock, vibration and material testing knowledge desired.
o Integrator. Ability to hold things together and harmoniously integrate the major functions of the business unit.
o Leadership and Managerial skills. This position will supervise approximately 60 people
o Customer Service Oriented
o Detail-oriented
o Strong communication skills
o Team player
o Self-motivated/self-directed
o Critical Thinking skills. Ability to resolve issues from a logical perspective.
o PLEASE NOTE: This should be seen primarily an operations-focused role supervising technical people.

Recruiter seeks a General Manager, on behalf of a major firm in the medical device testing field.
o Manage day to day aspects of the business unit. Assists with the formulation of company policies, coordinating all divisional department activities, developing long range goals and objectives to meet business and profitability growth objectives.
o Responsible for attaining revenue goals and implementation of plans defined by corporate strategy.
o Responsible for developing and implementing strategies and tactics for the business unit as it pertains to its core business.
o Responsible for the establishment of quantitative methods to evaluate the status of the business unit which will guide decision making for the business unit.
o Responsible for integration and guiding new product or service programs which will contribute to growth within the business unit.
o Assist with pricing policy, price maintenance, price schedules, and analysis, evaluation and approval of off-list prices in order to be competitive in the market and attain margin goals.
o Responsible for direction and review of external contractual negotiations, and assisting/participating in negotiations as necessary.
o Contribute to the corporate strategic growth plan via annual business audits, evaluations, and submission of multi-year business plans.
o Consult with General Manager regarding business development proposals that support corporate initiatives.
o Assist with staffing within the business unit.

EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Quality Director - Industrial Equipment

LOCATION: US Northeast

COMPANY: Well established American industrial equipment manufacturer

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Excellence-driven Quality Director

Recruiter seeks a Quality Director, on behalf of a firm making measurement and testing equipment and instruments. The Quality Director reports to the Vice President of Operations. Provides strategic and direct quality assurance leadership for firm's domestic and international manufacturing operations insuring continuity and consistency of processes, procedures, and methodologies relative to firm 's ISO/QMS.
o Establishment of a Quality Management System (QMS), and periodic assessment of QMS effectiveness with an eye toward continuous improvement through the use of internal audits, along with the rigorous examination of process failure events, and finding and correcting root cause(s).
o Serves as focal point for firm's ISO Registration and internal audit activities both domestic and internationally.
o Management of PCARs, deviations and annual Management Review Meeting action items.
o Review/approve process control plans and SPC methods, DFMEAs and PFMEAs.
o Review, approve and sign production test procedures.
o Develop and distribute QMS and product/process performance metrics.
o Perform vendor process audits as needed.
o Development and distribution of process and product performance metrics for use by senior managers.
o Work with Supply Chain management ensuring supplier performance is regularly reported and that appropriate and timely corrective actions are implemented.
o Perform audits to ensure processes are complied with and to determine if improvements to processes are necessary.
o Provide process audit training to quality and sourcing personnel.
o Maintain and update critical supplier audit system and schedule.
o Strategically lead supplier performance improvement projects in an effort to increase the supplier capability of consistently meeting firm requirements.
o Aid Supply Chain in the evaluation and qualification of new supplier materials and/or new suppliers following a defined new product development process.
o Participate in the product development process with special emphasis on DFX and design validation.
o Management oversight responsibility for the calibration and/or certification of measuring tools used in manufacturing, test and product development.
o Conduct supplier audits to drive process standardization, waste elimination and continuous improvement.
o Travel to supplier locations to resolve quality problems.
o Work to resolve supplier technical issues in a timely manner to ensure continuity of supply.
o Up 20% domestic and international travel as required.

EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Plant Manager - Plastics

LOCATION: US - Northeast (New Jersey)

COMPANY: Well established plastic sheeting firm

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a growing NJ manufacturer, a Plant Manager. Minimum of ten years experience as a plant manager in a related industry, supervising at least twenty employees. Good working knowledge of manufacturing reporting. Experience with manufacturing Quality programs a plus. Some working knowledge of printing on plastic, laser engraving, roll lamination, die cutting, hot stamping, etc. a plus. Experience with developing and managing vendor relationships a plus. Self-starter, good motivator and solid team player.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Six Sigma Blackbelt - Pharmaceuticals/ Biotech/ Medical Devices (Diagnostics)

LOCATION: US -  Northeast (New Jersey/ Philadelphia, PA area)

COMPANY: Fast growing diagnostic test kit firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Individual contributor project manager

Recruiter, on behalf of a fast growing diagnostics firm, seeks a Six Sigma Blackbelt. Reporting to the EVP Operations, this Six Sigma Blackbelt focuses on technology transfer and process improvements between the lab and production line. Work will involve process improvement projects. Experiences in the pharmaceuticals, biotech, diagnostics, or medical devices fields are highly desired.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Vice President of Manufacturing Operations

LOCATION: US - California (metro- San Diego)

COMPANY: $25 million+ Industrial Electronics Corporation

The Vice President of Manufacturing Operations must build and develop manufacturing operations organization, processes and procedures to support strategic direction. Must establish operations initiatives for improvement in quality, volume planning, vendor management, cost, delivery, safety and employee relations. Reports to the COO. Reporting to this position are: Manufacturing Manager, Purchasing Manager.




EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Chief Operating Officer (COO) - Electronic Components

LOCATION: China (Hong Kong)

COMPANY: Major electronic components manufacturing company

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: A Chief Operating Officer (COO) with over 20 years experience in manufacturing operations, sales & marketing, finance or general management experience, with P & L responsibility in large corporations in the industry. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) should be able to lead projects of market and product development and drive business strategies and programs to achieve market share and business objectives. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) should have a high level of leadership, strong management skills and strategic thinking, with initiatives teambuilding and decision making. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) should have an ability to motivate, influence and drive systems implementation, and be able to interact with all levels of professional associates. Excellent communication skills and proficiency in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.  Master Degree in Engineering or Business Management or related disciplines

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a leading electronic components firm serving the consumer electronics sector, a Chief Operating Officer (COO), who will be at the direction of the President of the firm's Asia Pacific Business Unit. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will be empowered to marshal resources to optimize the overall manufacturing operations of the Asia business unit, which includes multiple facilities in China.  Duties and responsibilities:


---Take the challenge in managing the business and spearhead the development of leading edge communication products; high layer count capabilities for high-end computing and networking markets; and high mix / low volume manufacturing geared to specialty industrial market in the region;

---Provide leadership in areas of APBU's Corporate functions, including operation excellence, quality, engineering, R&D, supply chain and technical services; as well direct oversight and overall responsibilities of managing the operational results of the facilities by supervising the respective general managers of the manufacturing facilities;    

---Oversee the profitable management and provide leadership on all manufacturing capability and capacity projects in achieving the set business goals and objectives;

---Driving performance measures for the operation and monitoring technology & operational capability, as well as talent and competency in optimizing the operational results and margin;

---Identify the strategies / maximize the resources to explore new business opportunities to achieve growth of the business in the region;

---Developing and cascading the organization's strategy/mission statement to the functional and manufacturing site leaders,

---Implementing appropriate rewards/recognition and coaching/corrective practices to align personnel with company goals

---Planning by prioritizing customer, employee, and organizational requirements



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Greater China General Manager - Logistics Services (Trucking)

LOCATION: China (Shanghai)

COMPANY: Fast growing European surface logistics firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Results-oriented China General Manager with significant expertise in running an efficient surface logistics business in the Greater China region. Fluent Mandarin Chinese and English.  The China General Manager must have excellent motivational and leadership skills – breeds a ‘Can do’ attitude in teams. S/he must have the ability to persuade and influence, via natural rapport and relationship building skills. The China General Manager must have experience in managing large, multi-disciplinary, geographically diverse teams

Recruiter, on behalf of a major European concern with significant global logistics assets, seeks a China General Manager who would lead and assume overall responsibility within the business unit. The China General Manager would be responsible for shaping the strategy and direction of the business unit to create an innovative, high performance organization.  Responsibilities include:

•   Fleet engineering and maintenance of owned transport assets

•   Transport Safety

•   Transport scheduling and planning

•   Order taking (Bulk)

•   Transport contractor management

•   Transport contractor selection


The China General Manager will:

•   Formulate and agree with the Regional Manager's operating budget and own the annual targets.

•   Ensure that the priorities are clearly understood and ownership and alignment is evident across the whole BU.

•   Ensure that productivity, profit, service, growth and safety targets are clear and stretching.

•   Work to ensure customer needs are met and targets achieved.

•   To be part of the commercial process including contracts pricing and operational service agreements.

•   Drive effective contractor management to achieve best value for the firm.

•   Implement global best practices, embedding strong policy and process compliance and a culture of behavioural safety.

•   Develop relationships at senior and board level within all customer organisations so as to facilitate the maintenance and growth of each account.

•   Identify and define the firm's proposition in the market place to ensure that we continue to grow with both existing and new customers.

•   Ensure that firm is legally compliant in all areas of responsibility.

•   Comply with corporate Code of Ethics.

•   Lead and develop a flexible, trained and motivated team.

•   Work with the HR team to identify training and development needs and to agree performance requirements with relevant direct reports.

•   Work with the HR team to ensure that capability and succession are maximized.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Chief Operating Officer (COO) - Electronic Components


COMPANY: Major European electronics components manufacturer

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: A Chief Operating Officer (COO) with a strong capability of instilling efficiency in a 1,000 person electronic components business unit. Experience in semiconductors, passive components or printed circuit boards could be of interest. A successful track record in senior level manufacturing management would be required. Ideally, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) candidate would also possess an MBA. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) should be a strong strategic visionary with globally minded organizational skills. S/he must be a change agent who would motivate and inspire others with a drive for innovation.

Recruiter, on behalf of a very successful European manufacturer of electronic components, seeks a Chief Operating Officer (COO). The Chief Operating Officer (COO) would

---Drive, administer and coordinate the production plant, and with special attention to quality, manufacturing and engineering with respect of corporate policies, goals and objectives

---Drive a culture of excellence from the shop floor to the managerial staff

---Shape and develop lean production strategy and organization and ensure the achievement of strategic goals at the optimum pace

---Take responsibility for all aspects of the facility including delivering on sales, cost, EBIT, inventory and other key goals, as well as managing the annual budget

---Ensure cost effective operations and infrastructures so the organization is well positioned in a rapidly evolving, competitive environment

---Determine future operational opportunities that support new technologies and long term growth

---Guarantee that quality standards and customer requirements are met



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: President International Operations - Automotive


COMPANY: Major Asian automotive manufacturer

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Strong automotive President International Operations with solid track record in Asian and world automotive sales, marketing and operations. President International Operations from one of Big 5 world automakers - VP level - who has set up international operations abroad, who can take care of JV partners, distribution networks, vendor base, etc.

Recruiter, on behalf of a leading Asian automotive firm, seeks a President - International Operations. S/he will be responsible for the entire International Business of the firm. Currently the firm is one of the largest Automotive exporters in the firm's country. The firm has very ambitious growth plans for the next five years, by which around 30% of their total business should come from International markets. The firm is seeking a President International Operations who can strategize and implement this growth. The person should  preferably be from the Auto Industry, having experience of setting up and running businesses overseas. Nationality is open and the firm will pay what it takes to get a great President - International Operations. S/he will have respective regional heads, country managers as reports.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Indonesia Country Manager - Logistics Services

LOCATION: Indonesia (Jakarta)

COMPANY: European Logistics Services Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS:  Internationally trained General Manager with Freight Forwarding operations, sales and business management experience

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a European firm in the logistics services field, an Indonesia Country Manager. The Country Manager, who will report to the Asia Regional Chief Executive Officer (CEO), will have the following duties:

-- Relationship Building with Shipping Lines, transporters and warehousing vendors

-- Identify and develop relationship with key Shipping Lines, transporters and warehousing companies

-- Negotiate the best possible freight rates so that we enjoys competitive edge.

-- Sourcing & Developing of new agents in the network: a)   For Airfreight    b)    For Ocean

-- Participate in global/regional contracts with large corporate accounts for benefit to the entire network.

-- Identify and develop scope of viable projects in the logistics scenario

-- To keep professional contact with Management / Professional Associations.

-- As General Manager, to carry out such jobs and other connected or incidental jobs, which are necessary due to exigencies of companies work and business requirements. Also to carry out

such jobs that is within capabilities and / work in any other post which may be temporarily assigned.

-- Organize system of location wise  report/ meeting with a strong focus on review of performance and address issues and problems faced by the concerned Location

-- Responsible for implementation of all company policies, guidelines, SOPs effectively.

-- Provide support to all offices addressing all their issues.

-- Ensure effective implementation of company policies and due attention as and when required to identify deviation and address it accordingly.

-- Ensure highest standards of corporate governance

-- Involve in disputes pertaining to International accounts and thereby expediting their quick settlement

-- Ensure regular MIS and reporting.

-- Implement all decisions taken during various review & budget meetings held from time to time.

-- Set clear cut goals/targets to key personnel in all branches and ensure they meet the organizational targets/budgets.            

-- Generate MIS report (Statistics) as per guidelines set by the corporate office in respective areas of finance, sales, service deviations and administrative matters, which are important for review

by the management.

-- Generate statistics on competition and their performance.

-- Changes in service rates at the market place by the competition.

-- Shift of clients from us or within the competition and the reason.

-- Information on major investments being made in the industry.

-- Changes in any legal and statutory requirement perceived to have any direct or indirect effect on our business.

-- Understanding the competitors strategy and suggest counter strategies or other innovations to fight competition to eventually establish leadership.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China General Manager (Factory Manager) - Plastics Manufacturing

LOCATION: China (Shenzhen)

COMPANY: Leading injection molded plastic components firm

Recruiter seeks a China General Manager (Plant Manager) on behalf of a leading US firm making custom injection molded plastic parts, particularly for the automotive, appliance, consumer durables, and medical device industries.To excel in this position, the China General Manager must have a passion for the customer, have a strong plastics background, and be knowledgeable in Plastics Injection Molding.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Vice President Manufacturing - Electronics Manufacturing

LOCATION: China (Ningbo)

COMPANY: Major US Electronics Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: China Manufacturing Director with strong electronics experiences. Knowledge of Lean Production/Six Sigma.  Good command of English and Mandarin Chinese in verbal and written forms. Strong leadership and inter-personal skills with ability to work through all levels of organization, internal and external. Be able to work under pressure, self-motivated and have positive attitude as well as good team spirit. Professional leadership, teamwork and good communication skills; Strong analytical, organizational and planning skill required. Ability to travel up to 50-75% within China and Taiwan during peak work loads.

Recruiter seeks a China Vice President Manufacturing, on behalf of a leading American electronics firm. The China Vice President Manufacturing reports to the company President. The China Vice President Manufacturing will deliver a set of quality management methods, including statistical methods, and create a special infrastructure of people within the organization ("Black Belts", Test Engineers, etc.) who are experts in these methods. The China Vice President Manufacturing will have proficient management skills that are technically appropriate and in cultural harmony and will develop, execute and maintain project work plans and budgets. The China Vice President Manufacturing will maintain successful high-level OEM customer relationships and make intellectual contributions to the knowledge base of the firm. 

•   Identify and remove the causes of defects and errors in manufacturing and business processes.

•   Oversee production operations and factory floor planning.

•   Manage the workforce, including supervisory and administrative support staffs.

•   Safety of facility and employees, including environmental reporting.

•   Support Corrective and Preventive Action Programs through continuous improvement.  Responsible for continuous improvement in all areas of the factory operation.

•   Participate in all new program start-ups to determine and communicate required schedules and documentation.  Support implementation of the strategic direction of Operations in China.

•   Control and reduce production cost while improving quality by training programs, cross training of operators, process improvement, etc.

•   Responsible for financial reporting.  Budget development and adherence requirements.

•   Contribute to the overall company performance by active participation as part of the management team by daily communication with the subordinate departments’ heads.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Asia Managing Director - Industrial Equipment

LOCATION: Thailand (Bangkok)

COMPANY: Leading US industrial manufacturer

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Worldclass-trained Factory Manager. Thai-English bilingual Thailand General Manager. Successful track record of management and leadership. The Asia Managing Director should have experience implementing and leading Best Management and Quality Systems

Recruiter seeks an Asia Managing Director for a major industrial equipment division of a US$7.5 billion American corporation.  Reporting to the VP of International Operations, the Asia Managing Director will supervise wholly owned company facilities. The Managing Director-Asia is charged with leading manufacturing functions efficiently and cost effectively. S/he must work to improve and track the productivity of each operation and work with the managers of each operation to maximize quality, efficiency, and reduce costs. The Asia Managing Director will:

-- Lead the daily operations.

-- Implement systems to improve the effectiveness of each operation, reduce costs, and work closely with each manager for continuous improvement.

-- Develop the management team improving their leadership of their departments.

-- Work closely with the Managing Director Sales to ensure meeting sales needs on a daily basis.

-- Work with Production & Quality Managers to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and provide on time delivery and ensure the managers are following the ISO Standards. Look at ways of improving and organizing the operation.

-- Work with the Financial Controller on monitoring the costs associated with each operation and make the necessary corrective actions when necessary.

-- Work with the Vice President on special projects.

-- Work with the HR Director on labor and transitional issues.

-- Travel to other locations and learn the business.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China General Manager - Tier 1 Automotive Products

LOCATION: China (Shanghai)

COMPANY: US automotive products firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Internationally trained Chinese plant manager with strong automotive manufacturing experiences. Results driven with a sound record of progression and reducing operating costs

Recruiter seeks a China General Manager on behalf of a medium sized tier one automotive supplier. The firm has two plants in the Ningbo area. The China General Manager is responsible for the supply chain function, administration, manufacturing, finance and sales, and s/he will have full P&L responsibility over the China business unit. The China General Manager must be fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin). Must possess effective communication skills, manage a diverse group of employees, build a team culture and collaborate seamlessly with peers, subordinates, and executive management. Strong preference: 10+ years experience in manufacturing, with experience in automotive interior products. Background in plastic injection molding, thermal forming, water jet cutting a strong plus.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China General Manager/ China Managing Director - Pumps

LOCATION: China (Suzhou)

COMPANY: Leading European Pumps Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: China General Manager with strong results-orientation, unbureaucratic. Familiar with western business practices.

Recruiter seeks a China General Manager, on behalf of a European pumps manufacturer. Fluency in English and Mandarin Chinese. All around good business professional with a strong Profit and Loss Mentality.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Asia Plant Manager - Furniture

LOCATION: Southeast Asia location

COMPANY: Major Global furniture firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Plant Manager, experienced in high quality product manufacturing. Ideal: woodworking, casegoods

Recruiter seeks a Plant Manager, on behalf of a major furniture manufacturer. Leads, directs, and controls the day-to-day activities of a large, complex manufacturing plant to achieve short and long-term financial and operating objectives. Responsible for managing all aspects of Safety, Quality, Productivity, Service, and Inventory for the facility.

•Implement Lean manufacturing techniques and support EDGE (Employee’s Dedicated to Growth and Excellence)

•Maintain a clean and safe plant, support company’s environmental, health and safety goals

•Establish and direct plant policies and procedures

•Set shift schedules and plant production goals

•Establish and maintain a positive community relationship

•Provide ongoing supervision and coaching for employees, guiding them in current positions and assisting with career development and training

•Coordinate timely and accurate purchasing, production and shipping

•Work across the organization, understand all facets of the company’s business and contribute to the company’s overall success

•Schedule and conduct regular plant meetings

•Identify problems and quickly implement corrective action

•Set budget, control costs and comply with company’s internal reporting and accounting requirements


Education and Qualifications:

•BA/BS in Manufacturing Engineering, Operations Management or equivalent

•10 - 15 years of manufacturing experience that includes supervisory responsibilities

•Furniture manufacturing experience is a must

•Strong track record of successful use of Lean tools

•Strong track record of exceeding budgeted performance

•Six Sigma Blackbelt certification is a plus

•Capable of working without boundaries to accomplish critical tasks



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Director, Global Corporate Quality - Electronic Components

LOCATION: China (Hong Kong, Shenzhen)

COMPANY: Medium-sized business unit of US$1B+ European Multinational Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Strong communicator, firm character with strong devotion to Quality. A person with fluency in Mandarin Chinese is a plus but not required. English fluency required. Experience with custom products, particularly electronic components, would be a plus.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a multinational electronics firm whose medium sized business unit employs 150 people in the USA and Europe and 3,000 in China (3 plants), a Corporate Global Quality Director. Position includes Quality Assurance, Supplier Quality, and Manufacturing Quality. The goal of the Global Corporate Quality Director is to instill a Quality mindset in all offices and departments. The principal responsibilities will be to develop root cause analysis, audit systems and corrective action. There will be a dotted-line relationship to the General Manager, Asia, but this position reports to the unit President. While the regional focus will be on China, there might also be interest in implementing quality in factories in Mexico, the Philippines, and Eastern Europe.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Plant Manager - Building Materials

LOCATION: China (Shanxi Province)

COMPANY: European Building Products Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: China General Manager with strong manufacturing optimization skills. Familiar with western business practices.

Recruiter seeks a China General Manager, on behalf of a European manufacturer. Fluency in English and Mandarin Chinese.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China General Manager - Consumer Goods

LOCATION: China (Dongguan)

COMPANY: International Procurement Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Consumer goods China General Manager with manufacturing experience. Fluent English and Mandarin. Motivated, outgoing, hands-on, team leader. Independent thinker, with an ability to solve problems effectively.

Recruiter seeks a China General Manager, on behalf of a global procurement firm that specializes in decorative metal bath accessories and giftware. Reporting to the President, the China General Manager will oversee the daily activities of business, including production and R&D departments. The China General Manager will help transform the business from an OEM purchasing/trading company to a manufacturer working from a direct cost basis with raw material suppliers and developing its own production operation.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China General Manager/ China Plant Manager - Plastic Products

LOCATION: China (Donggua)

COMPANY: Major Plastic Products Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Fully bilingual, results-oriented Chinese (Mandarin)-English China Manufacturing Director. Cantonese fluency a strong plus. China General Manager with strong results-orientation, unbureaucratic. Fluency in English and Mandarin Chinese.

Recruiter seeks a China General Manager or China Plant Manager, on behalf of an established firm providing foam products, labels, and rubber components to the electronics, hard-disk drive, medical and automotive sectors. Reporting to the Managing Director and General Manager at headquarters, the China General Manager will promote and market successfully the services and products of the company and the group; establish and maintain excellent relationship with customers, suppliers and business partners; procure the achievements of the goals and targets set and participate in the strategic planning of the company and group. The China General Manager will be responsible for the profitability of the company and group, and the overall operations and financial management functions including bottom-line results of the company.

-- Full management responsibilities of the company with the oversight of a proper system of sound internal contrails in the company in compliance with the group’s policies and good accounting practices

-- Reporting analytically in financial, administrative and operational performance, with corrective plans, where necessary and meeting business and profit objectives.

-- Organizing and ensuring a prompt reporting system of the required reports is in place, and presentation of company’s performance, and budgets at executive meetings.

-- Report monthly P&L, sales vs. sales budget, cash flow and accounts receivables.

-- Report monthly headcount, machine and labor productivity, material yield improvements, rejects and corrective actions and its trend (per report schedule).

-- Report continuous improvement on resources (4M) (per report schedule)

-- Prepare annual sales budget and profit and loss (per budget preparation schedule).


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Asia Factory Manager - Foods (CPG/FMCG)

LOCATION: Indonesia

COMPANY: Leading Asian Food Products Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Plant Manager with strong results-orientation, unbureaucratic. Fluent English and Indonesian

Recruiter seeks a Factory Manager, on behalf of a well established Asian food and beverage products leader. Duties:

•   Plan, build, project managed and operate a non-dairy creamer factory

•   Plan and provide leadership and direction for the  day-to-day operations of the operations in the factory

•   Drive and motivate continuous quality, technical and formulation improvements with regular quality engineering audits and process performance reviews

•   Managing daily operations efficiently to ensure all product delivery schedules are fulfilled according to requirements

•   Responsible for coordination of logistics and equipment maintenance program

•   Manage the planning process to ensure all daily operation activities are executed and meet according to orders and deliveries.

•   Assure the effective use of Corrective Action and Preventive Action, including follow-up on commitments

•   Efficient utilization of delivery resources, storage space and manpower

•   Maintain a high standard of housekeeping, warehousing and optimize the inventory.



 •  Experience in setting up and running a CPG (foods) factory

•   Minimum 10 years relevant working experience, with at least 3 years in a managerial capacity in a quality control, manufacturing or engineering occupation, preferably in F&B manufacturing related industries

•   Problem-solving capability, customer focus and commitment to continuous improvement

•   Ability to work independently

•   Understanding of Quality and Safety systems


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Managing Director/ China Plant Manager  - Advanced Materials

LOCATION: China (Shanghai)

COMPANY: Leading American Electrical Equipment Products Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: China General Manager with solid ethics and understanding of western business practices. Fluency in English and Mandarin Chinese

Recruiter seeks a China General Manager/ China Plant Manager, on behalf of a highly regarded US firm in the electrical components and electrical equipment manufacturing field. To manage this fast growing business unit, the China General Manager/ China Plant Manager should have had experiences with composites manufacturing.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Asia General Manager - Electronic Components

LOCATION: Singapore

COMPANY: Leading US Electronic Components Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Asia General Manager with strong experience in lean manufacturing in the electronic sector. English and Mandarin Chinese fluency.

Recruiter seeks an Asia General Manager, on behalf of a major US electronics manufacturer.

•   Lead, motivate, and inspire the team (cross-culture team) to execute in an environment where continuous improvement (Plan-Do-Check-Act) and waste elimination result in achievement of safety, quality, service, inventory, cost, and productivity objectives.

•   Monitor site performance continuously, looking for ways to combine, rearrange, and simplify tasks to make better use of materials, machines, manpower, etc.  Assign / justify resources necessary to resolve problems / eliminate waste to achieve / improve standards.

•   Evaluate team member performance and provide timely, regular, effective feedback as part of the performance management system.  Develop training and succession plans for each staff member.  

•   Provide support and coaching necessary for the individual and the organization to grow and prosper.  

•   Stay abreast of company policies, procedures, regulations, plans, and interdepartmental relationships. Communicate requirements to the team and ensure team is meeting or exceeding expectations.

•   Represent the company to handle the local legal issues with the approval from Corp and to communicate with local government agencies. 

•   Coordinate the EPO functions and communicate with local EPO leaders to ensure the successful local operations as a whole

•   Review resource requirements and assign resources to achieve objectives.  Identify resource constraints and find solutions or alternatives.

•   Determine long term staffing requirements based on forecast and strategic needs.  Interview, hire, and develop team members to meet performance expectations.

•   Monitor work area performance continuously.  Use area metrics and team ideas every day to combine, rearrange, and simplify tasks to make better use of materials, machines, manpower, etc.

•   Lead lean kaizen events to facilitate team collaboration and root-cause problem solving.  Teach and drive use of A3 process to identify opportunities, define problems, and use data to eliminate waste.

•   Ensure communication of standards (labor / work / rate) to team and vigorously eliminate obstacles to achievement.

•   Monitor and communicate service levels continuously.  Use team cooperation to implement lean concepts that improve service to customers.

•   Monitor staff performance continuously and provide timely feedback, including annual performance appraisal process.

•   Develop people and the team as a whole.  Includes, but is not limited to, preparing development and training plans for each team member, implementing, and coaching towards effectiveness.  Develop and execute succession plans for all key positions to sustain long term success.

•   Coach and support team members to increase capabilities and prepare for advancement.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China General Manager - Electronic Components

LOCATION: China (Hong Kong and Guangdong Prov.)

COMPANY: Major US electronic component firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Minimum 10 years previous relevant working experience in EMS industry with at least eight years of production management experience. Previous experience in high mix low volume, and low mix high volume production environments are required. Able to manage a world class, high quality, lean manufacturing operation of more than 400 operators and staff. A driver, achiever, high profile leader of high quality manufacturing, capable of managing different levels of multinational people. Proficient written and spoken English, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin).

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a leading US electronics components firm, a China General Manager, reporting to the corporate Chief Operating Officer (COO). The China General Manager will manage and oversee operations including production, forecating material control, manufacturing engineering, equipment engineering, shipping and customs in firm's electronic manufacturing factory in Guangdong, China. The China General Manager will work with end customers and manage internal departments to achieve and improve on delivery and quality commitments, total customer satisfaction, as well as provide technical solutions and introduce advanced methodologies to facilitate production quality and efficiency.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Senior Finance Head - Media Firm

LOCATION: Singapore

COMPANY: Fast growing international media firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Asia Finance Manager with 10+ years' experience in financial management at multinational companies

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a fast growing media company, a Head of Finance, who reports to the Regional Asia Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

-   Primary role is to ensure the implementation of corporate financial processes & systems by leading the financial control function

-   To ensure timely and quality financial reports being submitted to corporate and compliance of group accounting policies and all external reporting requirement

-   Part of responsibility would be the development, implementation and communication of internal control procedures to secure safety of the company assets

-    Ultimately accountable for all finance functions and provides the highest level of advice and recommendations to the Management   Part of the strategic management team to drive the business


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: VP Manufacturing Operations- RFID Products


COMPANY: Major Asian RFID products firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Core activity is the structuring and management of a designated first class mass production factory which is currently in the ramp up phase. In the next 3-5 years, the extension of the entity to a 300 - 400 employee factory is planned and has to be executed. Manufacturing heads with good startup phase experiences would be best. Experience in securing knowledge and technology transfers. Fluent English and Chinese (Mandarin) and strong communication talent, especially the handling of different Asian cultures smoothly.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a leading Asian RFID products firm, a VP Manufacturing Operations, with relevant experience of at least 10 years with demonstrated outcomes in running and managing of mass production entities. Distinctive experience in ramping up and running of continuous mass production operations combined of galvanic and assembly processes is desired. The VP Manufacturing Operations should have experience in implementing continuous improvement processes (Kaizen) for galvanic and assembly processes, extensive material know how (plastic/ metal) is preferred



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China General Manager - Alternative Energy Products

LOCATION: China (Jiangsu Province -Suzhou)

COMPANY: American Wind Turbine Components Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Hands-on China Manufacturing Director. High integrity

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a well established US manufacturer for the wind turbine market, a China General Manager. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the China General Manager of this WOFE will be responsible for creating a world class manufacturing organization, establishing the operation, establishing a high-integrity, lean sigma, operating culture, becoming #1 rated world-wide supplier. Lean sigma, NEI philosophy. ISO certifiable procedures at start-up and 08 certification. 6Sigma.

•   In depth knowledge and experience with China culture and manufacturing in China

•   10 + years manufacturing leadership experience

•   Experience in establishing a Lean environment

•   5+ years in operations senior leadership

•   Demonstrated ability to act and lead independently

•   Willingness to travel domestically and internationally

•   Experience in dealing with China government entities to operate in China


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China General Manager - Industrial Equipment

LOCATION: China (Taicang, Jiangsu Prov.)

COMPANY: Major American industrial component firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Internationally trained Chinese plant manager

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a major US firm, a China General Manager. Provides direction to production and support staff employees in compressor manufacturing and assembly. Responsible for the current and long-range operation, productivity and growth of the manufacturing organization and general direction.  Leads by example, adhering to established company values. Coaches team leaders to improve individual and team performance.  Communicates to appropriate levels to assure that all levels are informed of operational results and goals.

•   Responsible for overall performance of site, including quality, productivity, and cost

•   Assures employees are consistently trained and developed so that talent is retained and succession plans remove gaps in bench strength

•   Provide strategic input and direction for the operation to Operations leader

•   Participates on teams with other professionals to identify and implement best practices


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Plant Manager - Automotive Products

LOCATION: China (Jinan, Shandong Prov.)

COMPANY: Major European automotive component firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Internationally trained Chinese plant manager from world class auto parts firm

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a European automotive parts firm, a China Plant Manager. China Plant Manager candidates must be fluent in English and Chinese Mandarin. Reporting to the General Manager, the China Plant Manager must have strong lean manufacturing and high quality expertise, ideally with metal or plastic parts for the automotive industry.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Director of Operations - Electronic Components

LOCATION: China (Shenzhen)

COMPANY: Major US Manufacturer of Wire Harnesses

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Fully bilingual, results-oriented Chinese (Mandarin)-English China Manufacturing Director. Cantonese fluency a strong plus.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a leading US firm in the electronic components field, a China Director of Operations with strong exposures in lean manufacturing techniques. Reports to Vice President of Operations.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Senior Manager – Asia Operations - Consumer Products

LOCATION: China (Fujian Province - Fuzhou)

COMPANY: International Consumer Products Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: A highly trustworthy and experienced China-based Senior Manager – Asia Operations. Experience in toys, furniture or other consumer products a plus. ASTM codes suffiicient. Reports to North America based Director of Operations.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a well established consumer products firm, a China Senior Manager – Asia Operations. The company uses products manufactured in a many different supply chains, both domestically and internationally. Finished goods are sold internationally to customers ranging from regional chains to international big box retailers. The company is looking to create the position of a China based Senior Manager – Asia Operations “on the ground” in China to ensure that all their Asia-based business partners are meeting the goals and objectives set by the executive team. By building a multi-functional team and working directly with their Asia-based partners and agents, the Senior Manager – Asia Operations will install programs, processes and procedures to ensure that the company’s supply chain in Asia provides the required good quality output delivered at the right time, at the right cost.

•   Experience implementing a quality management system throughout the supply chain, including installing  processes to affect the quality of document control, work in process and finished product

•   General management experience in a manufacturing or distribution facility

•   Experience with wood based consumer products

•   Experience working and managing a staff in Asia

•   Knowledge of ASTM standards

•   Good negotiation skills

•   Exposure to and participation in lean manufacturing principles

•   Fluency in Chinese (Mandarin), English


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Quality Head - Notebook Computers


COMPANY: Major Notebook Computer and Tablet Computer Manufacturer

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Accomplished Laptop Computer Quality Head. Fast paced, efficient, able to inculcate a culture of continuous improvement and quality

Recruiter seeks a Head of Quality on behalf of a well established notebook computer manufacturer.
S/he must have extensive experience in the whole notebook computer processes, which include but not limited to engineering/ production /QA /QC, s/he must be very knowledgeable on the latest industry practices and quality standards to ensure that firm's products will match the quality or even surpass the big brand names.

The whole quality department is under this person's jurisdiction, from incoming materials, to manufacturing quality, to finished product quality to customer quality. This person should ideally be from one of the renowned notebook brands and have been in charge of the whole notebook quality department.

The Quality Head reports to the General Manager and to the CEO of the company.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Director, Quality - Electronic Components

LOCATION: China (Shenzhen & Chongqing)

COMPANY: Medium-sized business unit of US$1B+ European Multinational Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Strong communicator, firm character with strong devotion to Quality. A person with fluency in Mandarin Chinese is a plus but not required. English fluency required. Experience with custom products, especially high mix products, would be a plus.

Recruiter seeks a Quality Director on behalf of a major European electronic components firm. The environment in the plants at this firm is that there is extreme flexibility in the assembly lines. Therefore, candidates whose experience has largely been with standard products, probably would find this kind of production model too complicated to adjust to.

The business unit employs 3,000 in China at 3 plants. The Quality Director will oversee Quality Assurance, Supplier Quality, and Manufacturing Quality. The goal of the Quality Director is to instill a Quality mentality in the manufacturing staff. The principal responsibilities will be to develop root cause analysis, audit systems and corrective action. There will be a dotted-line relationship to the General Manager, Asia, but this position reports to the unit President.

Candidates do not have to have come from the electronic component sector. What is most important is that the Quality Director be an outstanding communicator, who can be a clear motivator in establishing a first class Quality-first mindset.

EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Vietnam Startup Managers - FMCG (Beverages)

LOCATION: Vietnam (Hochiminh City)

COMPANY: Multinational FMCG Manufacturer

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Vietnamese-English bilingual managers, ideally with experience at major international food products firms. Ability to start up sales and operations in country.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a leading and growing multinational firm in the consumer products sector (beverages), the following Managers:

--Director of Operations

--Purchasing Manager

--Finance and Adminstration Manager

--Commercial Manager (Sales and Marketing Director)

--Human Resources Manager



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Plant Manager - Medical Devices

LOCATION: China (Shanghai)

COMPANY: US based medical device firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: US trained Chinese Mandarin/ English bilingual medical device Vice President of Manufacturing

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a US based firm in the medical devices field, a Vice President of Manufacturing. This China based VP Manufacturing will report to the Chief Operating Officer (COO). The VP China Manufacturing will be responsible for overall manufacturing activities and reports to the company COO, and s/he must have over 15 years experiences in production management in the medical device industries. The China Plant Manager must have exp. with precision medical grade plastics would be very helpful. A key duty of the Vice President would be to coordinate the ramp up of several new plants, including the hiring of Plant Managers


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China General Manager - Metal Hydraulic Components

LOCATION: China (Tianjin & Shanghai)

COMPANY: American hydraulic metal component manufacturer

Recruiter seeks for a US firm with over US$700 million in sales, a China General Manager to supervise manufacturing operations at 2 plants in Tianjin, China, and 1 plant in Yuhuan, Zhejiang Province, China. Responsibilities include production oversight, as well as product development, purchasing and logistics. The China General Manager should have exp. with the management of high volume manufacturing operations in a metalworking/ assembly environment, use of manufacturing metrics and control systems, plus a history of productivity improvement and cost reduction. Experiences at a J.V. or W.O.F.E. Bilingual skills in English and Mandarin Chinese essential.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Plant Manager - Industrial Equipment

LOCATION: China (Shanghai)

COMPANY: European electromechanical equipment firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Internationally trained factory manager

Recruiter seeks a China Plant Manager, on behalf of a leading European manufactuer of Electric motors, gear boxes, inverters, selling their products to the Industrial equipment, Mobile equipment, Wind Generators, Photovoltaic systems sectors. Reporting: to the China Managing Director, with a functional report: to the Group’s Manufacturing COO, the China General Manager is responsible for all industrial operations, including:

•Research, develop and define standards of all processes within the factory

•Set production flow

•Organize labour and responsibilities for each working position

•Guarantee planned efficiency of labour, machines, and processes

•Deal with all technical matters related to factory and office building

•Guarantee all services (electricity, air conditioning, compressed air…) are correctly and economically run

•Guarantee all internal procedures for manufacturing and logistics are correctly defined, written, communicated and regularly checked

•Organize effective Quality system with regular reports


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Plant Manager - Automotive Products

LOCATION: China (Tianjin)

COMPANY: Global UK automotive products firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Internationally trained Chinese plant manager with strong automotive manufacturing experiences

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a major British automotive products firm, a China Plant Manager. The firm provides key components to leading automakers, such as Toyota, Nissan, GM, Ford, Hyundai etc.. The China Plant Manager must be fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) and English and should have a strong track record of managing factories at leading western automotive firms.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Plant Manager - Consumer Packaged Products

LOCATION: China (Shenzhen)

COMPANY: Multi-billion dollar multinational conglomerate

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Internationally trained Chinese plant manager from world class FMCG firm

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of an Asian Consumer Products firm, a China Plant Manager. China Plant Manager candidates must be fluent in English and Cantonese or Putonghua. The China Plant Manager must be a progressive plant manager whose abilities will help the firm build market share in mainland China.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Director of Operations Excellence - Aerospace

LOCATION: Southeast Asia location

COMPANY: Major American aerospace firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Experienced aerospace operations excellence director. Strong multicultural experiences. A minimum of ten (10) years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience implementing Toyota Production System (TPS) or similar systems. Experience successfully leading Continuous Improvement / Lean and Quality initiatives in a highly regulated industry. Experience leading Kaizen events in a manufacturing environment. Experience with ISO, NADCAP, AS9100, and/or FDA. Effective knowledge transfer skills.

Recruiter seeks a Director, Operations Excellence, on behalf of a leading manufacturer of aircraft passenger cabin interior products for the commercial and business jet aircraft markets. The Director, Operations Excellence drives focused Lean Six Sigma initiatives at the manufacturing facility based on the strategic priorities and needs of the company. * Develops and maintains site Policy Deployment.
* Drives towards meeting balance scorecard metric targets including: safety, quality, delivery, productivity and cost.
* Provides assistance to champions, functional departments, and business unit leaders in identifying, planning and implementing Lean and Six Sigma projects that tie
strongly to business strategic priorities.
* Conducts Kaizen events using Lean and Six Sigma methodologies to generate priority initiatives with measurable results.
* Responsibilities also include expert knowledge and practical application of problem solving 8D, PDCA and DMAIC tools and methodologies. Provides problem solving
training and coaching to all levels of the organization.
* Provides technical guidance and mentorship to Lean Leaders and Black Belts and Green Belts to drive project execution. Identifies and tracks all Operational Excellence improvement projects and cost savings.
* Provides standard work guidance and support to all the levels of the organization, especially the shop-floor.
* Provides shop-floor and administrative areas Lean support. This includes expert knowledge and application of the TPS principles of Lean – 5S Workplace Organization,
Value Stream Mapping, Visual Factory Management, Error Proofing, Total Productive Maintenance, Kaizen, Kanban/Pull Systems, Set-Up Reduction, and Standard Work.
* May lead complex projects that cut across various organizational, functional and international boundaries
* Conducts regular plant Lean assessments.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Quality Manager - Automotive Electronics

LOCATION: China (Guangdong)

COMPANY: Major American automotive electronics manufacturer

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Fast-paced, excellence-driven electronics Quality Manager. Strong preference to Quality Managers with automotive sector experiences. Fluent Chinese and English.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of an American automotive electronics firm, a Quality Manager, who reports directly to the Vice President – Test, Validation & Operations.

--- The Quality Manager will champion, support or lead quality and factory improvement initiatives. The Quality Manager is responsible for ensuring that all managers, process owners and supervisors develop and maintain their part of the quality management system.
--- The quality manager monitors and advises on how the system is performing, which may often include the publication of statistics regarding company performance against set measures.
--- A key role of the quality manager is that of ensuring that customer requirements and expectations have been accurately identified and that the organization is meeting or exceeding customer expectations.
--- This role may also extend to determining how customers’ expectations will change over time and what the organization needs to do to meet these changing expectations.
--- Additionally he/she will be responsible for supporting the development and maintenance of a customer-focused culture within the organization.
--- The quality manager will also be involved in developing the quality goals and targets in the organization’s strategic plan.
--- Knowledge of statistics is required with general numeracy, coupled with good interpersonal skills. The job function covers all aspects of a work group's or company's
operation and requires the ability to assimilate and analyze information.
--- Internal contacts: Senior and middle level project managers, engineering personnel of all other departments, product development support teams, and assembly line operators. External Contacts: Management and Engineering Personnel of other Group sites, customer managers, engineers and quality personnel, and component suppliers.

Main Responsibilities:
• Promoting quality achievement and performance improvement across the organisation
• Maintaining a constant awareness of the business context and company profitability
• Assessing product specifications and customer requirements
• Ensuring compliance with national and international standards
• Considering application of environmental and health and safety standards
• Agreeing, executing and tracking in-house standards
• Defining processes and procedures in conjunction with operating staff
• Bringing together staff of different disciplines and driving the group to formulate and agree comprehensive quality procedures
• Working methodically to establish a clearly defined management system that all staff can apply
• Setting up and maintaining controls and documentation to the TS16949 and VDA 6.3 standards
• Supervising technical staff in carrying out tests and checks, often in a laboratory environment
• Ensuring tests and procedures are properly understood, carried out and evaluated and that product modifications are investigated if necessary
• Collating and analysing performance data against defined parameters
• Writing technical and management system reports
• Supervising the program of internal auditing
• Supervising the program of continual improvement to product or services
• Pinpointing relevant quality-related training needs
• Supply chain management
o Working closely with purchasing staff to establish supplier quality performance criteria and monitor supplier performance
o Assessing suppliers' product specifications and quality plans
o Supervising the programme of supplier audits
• Liaison activities
o Liaising with other managers and staff, particularly in areas such as design, production and purchasing
o Persuading sometimes experienced and reluctant staff to change their way of working to incorporate quality methods
o Acting as key contact with customers' auditors and being responsible for ensuring the execution of corrective actions and ongoing compliance with customers' specifications
• Establishing reasonable standards of service for customers or clients
• Preparing clear explanatory documents such as customers' charters
• Monitoring performance through gathering relevant data and producing statistical reports
• Ensuring compliance with relevant legislation
• Plans, directs, and coordinates manufacturing processes in the factory
• Develops, evaluates, and improves manufacturing methods, utilizing knowledge of product design, materials and parts, fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment capabilities, assembly methods, and quality control standards
• Analyses and plans work force utilization, space requirements, and workflow, and designs layout of equipment and workspace for maximum efficiency.
• Confers with planning and design staff concerning product design and tooling to ensure efficient production methods.
• Confers with vendors to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of equipment, materials, or parts, and evaluates products according to specifications and quality standards.
• Estimates production times, staffing requirements, and related costs to provide information for management decisions.
• Confers with management, engineering, and other staff regarding manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, and other considerations to facilitate production processes.
• Applies statistical methods to estimate future manufacturing requirements and potential.
• Support simultaneous engineering with the design, manufacturing and test groups including DFA, FEA and FMEA activities.
• Collaborate with internal and external suppliers, vendors and partners (e.g. Scan-Speak) of the company.
• Communicate and collaborate with internal and external customers.
• Provide support to the ongoing development of transducer products.
• Highly developed written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
• Updating departmental procedures and providing advice, reports, and presentations for senior management

• A minimum of a university degree in a technical subject (Acoustics, Electronics, Mechanics, Manufacturing, Industrial Management or related subjects)
• Factory or operations experience
• Thorough knowledge of audio and acoustic parameters, particularly transducers
• Thorough knowledge of QOS/QMS operating systems
• Knowledge of transducer R&D and automatic production test equipment including Klippel, Soundcheck, MLSSA, FEA, FMEA and TS16949 requirements
• Experience in a similar role / position
• Basic understanding of Microsoft Office software
• Technical understanding of systems engineering


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China General Manager - Automotive Electronics

LOCATION: China (Guangdong)

COMPANY: Major American automotive electronics manufacturer

HEADHUNTER FOCUS:The China General Manager – Automotive OEM Group is responsible for all aspects of the company’s automotive OEM operation activities. The China General Manager will focus on the structuring and operation of the automotive OEM factory function as a cohesive unit; the conceptualizing and day-to-day management of simultaneous projects; delivering high volume, high yield products to agreed specifications within time and budget constraints. Additionally the China General Manager is required to find innovative solutions to customer requirements and needs, while mentoring a large staff in the aspects of the automotive OEM market segment. Fluent Chinese and English.

Recruiter seeks a China General Manager, on behalf of an American automotive electronics firm. The China General Manager reports to the Group President.
• responsible for the entire automotive operation;
• provides overall leadership to all departments with ability to interact at all levels;
• drives performance measures of all operations;
• ensures that all tasks and activities of the company comply with all local and international statutory requirements;
• plans, directs and coordinates all aspects of the business;
• ensures that the image, status and integrity of the company’s well-known & respected brand name are maintained;
• business plan development & Budget plans

• At least 5 years’ experience in Automotive OEM Operations Management
• A minimum of a university degree; or equivalent experience.
• Strong background and work experience in Project Management
• Excellent computer skills and proficient in excel, word, outlook, and access
• Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
• Demonstrated leadership and vision in managing staff groups and major projects or initiatives.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style.
• Budget development and oversight experience
• A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace
• Excels at operating in an fast pace, community environment
• Excellent people manager, open to direction and +Collaborative work style and commitment to get the job done
• Ability to challenge and debate issues of importance to the organization.
• Ability to look at situations from several points of view
• Persuasive with details and facts
• Delegate responsibilities effectively
• High comfort level working in a diverse environment
• “Out of the box thinker” must be key driver contributing to the corporate profitability and willing to take innovative risk while balancing on time deliverables.

EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Executive Global Operations Director - Industrial

LOCATION: Singapore

COMPANY: Leading Global Corporation

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Global manufacturing head

Recruiter seeks a Executive Global Operations Director on behalf of a major industrial corporation. The Executive Global Operations Director's primary purpose is to manage global multi-site operations optimizing capacity, execution, delivery and cost to drive significant performance improvement.  Implement and drive global sales and operation planning to assist with the design of critical metrics which will include quality, throughput, assets, and operating expense.  This position is both strategic and tactical in nature and will drive rapid, measurable, and sustained continuous improvement for manufacturing operations.  This role will have a high degree of shop floor presence and intimate, hands-on involvement with critical operation issues. Responsibilities Include:

------Maintain a safe and clean work environment for all employees in manufacturing locations

------Define world-class quality and performance metrics and to align performance goals, measures, and leadership drivers throughout the Package Products global manufacturing locations

------Redefine functional responsibilities of individuals, departments, and plant locations to align with Package Products strategic growth and operational targets

------Create a continuous improvement culture and develop and empower team members and stakeholders through coaching, counseling, and inspiring them to perform to world-class standards

------Ensure quality assurance, proper controls, and effective use of best practices in order to drive an integrated approach throughout the business and capitalize on cross-regional knowledge worldwide


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: VP Quality - Automotive Parts

LOCATION: China (Dongguan)

COMPANY: Medium sized German automotive parts firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Manufacturing specialist to implement a TS 16949 system

Recruiter, on behalf of a well established German automotive products firm, seeks a VP Quality with TS16949 experience who could work with firm's Japanese, German, and Chinese Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive customers. Must be able to foster continuous production of products consistent with established standards



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: VP Manufacturing - Plastic and Metal Products

LOCATION: US Northeast (Pennsylvania)

COMPANY: Major Plastic & Metal products firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: VP Manufacturing with experience in China manufacturing.

Recruiter, on behalf of a leading plastics firm in their sector, seeks a VP Manufacturing. Experiences in metal forming and injection molding desired. Responsibilities of the Vice President of Manufacturing:

•Leading cost effective process development and process control activities for custom manufactured products.

•Overseeing major new projects to ensure cost effective manufacturability of designs and reliable manufacturing processes. Requirements: Proven record of successful management of the manufacture of high volume custom products; of developing cost effective manufacturing processes for custom products; of overseeing the engineering design of products; excellent teamwork and leadership skills. Fluency in Mandarin Chinese necessary

•Direct experience in managing metal fabrication and part finishing operations.

•Experience in China manufacturing.  Five to seven years experience as a manufacturing engineer and manager.  

•Travel 25%  to China to support firm's operations in China.  



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Vice President, Corporate Quality - Electronic Components

LOCATION: China (Hong Kong, Shenzhen); Silicon Valley; Germany

COMPANY: Medium-sized business unit of US$1B+ Multinational Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Strong communicator, firm character with strong devotion to Quality. Strong preference to a person with fluency in Mandarin Chinese. English fluency required.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a multinational electronics firm whose medium sized business unit employs 150 people in the USA and Europe and 3,000 in China, a Corporate Quality Vice President. This is a new position for the firm, whose quality has been done at the factory level. Position includes Quality Assurance, Supplier Quality, and Manufacturing Quality. The goal of the VP Quality is to instill a Quality mindset in all offices and departments, even design, marketing and sales. However, the principal responsibilities will be to develop root cause analysis, audit systems and corrective action. There will be a dotted-line relationship to the General Manager, Asia and to the China Plant Manager, but this position reports to the unit President. While the regional focus will be on China, there might also be interest in implementing quality in factories in Mexico and Eastern Europe.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Factory ManagerChina Plant Manager - Packaging

LOCATION: Greater China

COMPANY: Leading Multinational Packaging Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: a China Plant Manager with an aggressive, open-minded and collaboration personality

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a world leader in the packaging field, a Greater China Plant Manager, who reports to the General Manager. At least five years in production management. Global company job experiences are preferrred. Cost saving, quality management..



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Plant Manager - Mechanical Products

LOCATION: China (Hainan)

COMPANY: Mechanical Products Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: a China Plant Manager with an ability to run an effective 50 person assembly and light manufacturing plant to international standards. Dynamic team leader, critical/ strategic thinker, problem solver. Experience operating and/or managing injection molding and/or extrusion process is a plus. Training in Lean Manufacturing and/or Six Sigma is a plus. Fluent English and Mandarin Chinese. The China Plant Manager should have demonstrated strong business acumen and ability to understand & explain business plans and processes; Knowledge and understanding of business processes and how decisions impact customer satisfaction, product quality, and on-time delivery. Strong knowledge of automation/machinery and manufacturing processes

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a firm making mechanical products for the home, a China Plant Manager.

---Plan, organize and direct the plant operations which ensure the most effective return on investment.

---Initiate plans and processes which minimize manufacturing costs through effective utilization of manpower, equipment, facilities, materials, and capital.

---Assure attainment of business objectives and productions schedules while insuring product standards that will exceed our customer’s expectations.

---Measuring plant productivity, performance, and progress.

---Developing production plans, operating budgets and driving the team to execute the plan.

---Coordinating production resources with Supply Chain to ensure current and future service level requirements are met effectively

---Interacting with cross-functional teams to ensure business targets are met

---Identifying and implementing strategic initiatives to improve quality, increase output, eliminate waste, and reduce production lead-time

---Developing and supporting a continuous improvement mindset and approach

---Continually improve safety record by addressing physical safety issues and employee safety attitudes.

---Manage all aspects of people leadership/organization for firm's Hainan Facility; ensure all local and policies are adhered to by staff

---Maintain plant accreditations and certifications, such as ISO9002 and NSF



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Plant Manager - Medical Devices

LOCATION: China (Shenyang, Liaoning Province)

COMPANY: European medical device firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Internationally trained Chinese plant manager

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a fast growing European medical devices firm, a China Plant Manager. Preference would be for candidates who have worked at major foreign firms in this industry.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Operations Manager - Capital Equipment

LOCATION: China (Xiamen)

COMPANY: US capital equipment manufacturer

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Internationally trained Chinese manufacturing and supply chain manager who is detail oriented, with experience in the paper, film and foil industries.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of US capital equipment manufacturer, a China Operations Manager. Under the direction of the President, will effectively plan, direct and implement activities of the manufacturing facility in Xiamen, China. Oversee and manage all manufacturing and eng. activities including assembly, scheduling, quality control and logistics.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Thailand General Manager - Food Ingredients

LOCATION: Thailand

COMPANY: European food products firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Internationally trained Thai plant manager

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a well established European firm, a Thailand General Manager. Preference would be for candidates who have worked at major foreign firms in their industry. The Thailand General Manager shall be responsible for the production, financial reporting and the overall management of this US$10million business unit.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Plant Managers - Automotive
LOCATION: China (Guangzhou & Wuhan) and Thailand (Bangkok)
COMPANY: Asian automobile parts manufacturer

Recruiter seeks on behalf of a leading Asian automotive parts manufacturer, several native Japanese speakers with Japanese automotive industry experiences, for various managerial roles: -- 2 China Factory Managers - Wuhan, China and Guangzhou, China


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: COO, China Plant Manager, VP Operations - Video Electronics
LOCATION: China (Chengdu)
COMPANY: Growing International Manufacturer of Video Compression Cards
--Be part of a leadership team to guide hardware and software engineers to better project management and timely release of products to the market (R&D Center in China)
--Bring international standards and expertise to a China operation to improve processes and systems


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Director of Manufacturing- Machine Tools
LOCATION: China (Dongguan)
COMPANY: Machine Tool Corporation 

An aggressively expanding US manufacturer of high technology precision products (tools) has manufacturing operations in China and contract manufacturers world-wide. The firm is now looking for a high energy, experienced, and disciplined China manufacturing director to direct the all manufacturing operations, including procurement, production, logistics and quality. Recruiter seeks a China Manufacturing Director with a proven track record in setting up and operating China based manufacturing facilities. Fluency in English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), along with the willingness for frequent travel is required.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: VP Operations - Oil and Gas

LOCATION: Singapore

COMPANY: Major Oil and Gas Equipment Manufacturer

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Bilingual Mandarin Chinese/ English factory manager. Ability to rapid respond and solve problems. Independent, self-motivated and has good interpersonal skills

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a leading manufacturer, a VP Operations. Efficiently manage a large precision machine factory. Identify and secure new business opportunities. Ensure customer satisfaction especially quality and delivery. Team-builder. Min 8 years in senior position managing precision machining operation for oilfield or aerospace industry



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Plant Manager - Plastics

LOCATION: China (Yanbian (연변), Jilin Province)

COMPANY: US Consumer Products Manufacturer

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a US firm providing hi-volume plastic consumer products for the US market, a China Plant Manager/ China Director of Operations. (Firm might soon also have a need for a Purchasing Manager and Financial Controller for this new operation). The China Plant Manager directs and coordinates production activities to obtain optimum efficiency and economy of operations and maximize profits by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors. This position reports to CEO. Fluency in English and Chinese (Mandarin)required; Korean fluency a plus.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Plant Manager - Automobiles

LOCATION: China (Anhui Province)

COMPANY: Major American Automotive Consulting Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: China Plant Manager, entrepreneurial, who is an excellent communicator, able to assist a leading Chinese automaker to improve quality.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a leading American automotive services firm, a China Automotive Plant Manager, who will advise and oversee a key Chinese automobile firm's manufacturing operation.

- Fluent in both Chinese and English (written and spoken)

- Must have excellent communication / presentation skills

- Must have held senior level management positions in automotive OEM manufacturing

- Greenfield operations a plus

- Extensive experience in lean manufacturing a plus

- Will function as the primary on-site project representative but will also be part of a larger team (must be able to work both independetly and within a small team environment)

- Has the proven capability and experience to assist a Chinese Automotive OEM significantly improve manufacturing quality performance and systems

- Ability to assess all manufacturing / quality operations, identify critical issues hindering efficiency / quality, then work shoulder to shoulder with client personnel (ChairmanSenior Vice Presidents, to line level workers) to make required improvements.

EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Manufacturing Manager - Notebook Computers


COMPANY: Major Notebook Computer and Tablet Computer Manufacturer

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Accomplished Laptop Computer Manufacturing Manager. Fast paced, efficient, able to inculcate a culture of continuous improvement and quality

Recruiter seeks a Manufacturing Manager on behalf of a well established notebook computer manufacturer.  The ideal candidates will have notebook experience in manufacturing or production management at a major firm.
-  An engineering degree or equivalent
-  Have at least 8 years commercial notebook manufacturing experience, with at least three years at a managerial level.
-  Strong technical know-how of commercial level computer manufacturing, especially the best practice in manufacturing technology, production methods, manufacturing & automation facilities etc.  Have hands on experience on the best in class WIP QA systems.
-  The incumbent will work closely with firm's R&D/Product/Project/QA to effectively resolve all manufacturing and technical problems.
-  Must be a technical competent person with strong leadership and co-ordination skills
-  A self starter with creative thinking mind set and a passionate personality
-  Opportunities to travel aborad to different countries.
-  Work in a multi-cultural environment - Taiwanese, Hong Kongers, Americans, Japanese etc.
-  Can communicate in Mandarin and English.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Operations Manager - Hi-Volume Injection molded plastics

LOCATION: China (Shanghai)

COMPANY: Major Consumer Plastic Products Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Position requires a person who is a blend of supply chain manager and manufacturing manager. Person must be able to monitor a subcontractor while being based at a nearby offsite office. China Operations Manager must be very hands-on, results oriented and fast paced. In one year, subcontract plant should grow significantly in staff and in volume of product produced, so the China Operations Manager would need to be able to oversee this transition.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a leading Australian plastic products firm, a China Operations Manager, who will oversee a key subcontractor's manufacturing operation. Based in Shanghai, and reporting to a General Manager based in Hong Kong based, the China Operations Manager will play a key role in expanding the company's operations to northern and Central China. The firm is a world market leader in the manufacture (sub contracted) and sale of plastic products and other related print and packaging materials sold to the leading retailers in the USA and Europe. This senior role will involve building a Chinese Operations Team within the firm's rapidly expanding Shanghai, China region's requirements in the areas of Production Planning, QC, Procurement and Logistics. Experience of injection moulding plastics and the related production processes are strongly preferred but not necessarily essential. The China Operations Manager will also have a knowledge of planning capacities within a manufacturing environment and an understanding of the various trade restrictions and regulations involved in supplying goods within China and for export.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Plant Manager - Computer Peripherals

LOCATION: China (Shanghai)

COMPANY: Major American Computer Peripherals Manufacturer

Recruiter seeks on behalf of a major computer peripherals manufacturer, a skilled bilingual Chinese Mandarin/ English China manufacturing operations manager with expertise in high volume consumer electronics, computer peripherals, or contract electronics manufacturing. The China Factory Manager will supervise between 250-500 employees and a hands-on, results-oriented, team builder would be required. Candidates should have a track record of being a cooperative and ethical manufacturing manager whose expertise in state of the art manufacturing and personal integrity will help make encourage staff and suppliers to do their best.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China General Manager, China Plant Manager
LOCATION: China (Guangzhou, Guangdong Province)
COMPANY: U.S. Motor Components manufacturer

U.S. firm in the motor component manufacturing business, seeks a bilingual Cantonese Chinese/ English Plant Manager. Recruiter seeks China General Manager candidates who have good people skills and an engineering background. ChE or ME preferred. Plant consists of a small plant with five line managers and a total of 40 employees.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China General Manager - Consumer Products (Sporting Goods)

LOCATION: China (Jiangsu)

COMPANY: American consumer products firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: China General Manager with strong metals manufacturing experiences. The firm has an urgent need for someone to organize all manufacturing departments and lead the way in developing efficient, productive processes for each component of the product.

Recruiter seeks a China General Manager, on behalf of a well established US consumer products firm with a new manufacturing facility in China.  This person should have extensive experience in leading a manufacturing effort, including setting up the manufacturing processes to maximize productivity and establishing good qualitymeasures.  Firm prefers a candidate with experience in metals (steel and aluminum, square and round tubing) and/or polyester/ polyethylene (sewing and heat sealing processes).  This China General Manager must also have great leadership ability, being able to motivate and organize the workforce in the facility.  This person must speak fluent English and Chinese (Mandarin). The facility will eventually employ 200 employees and have at least US$10-12,000,000 in sales to the US, to firms such as Sam's, Walmart, Costco, Kmart, Lowes, Academy, and Cabelas.  The sales volume could reach $20,000,000 in the next 3-5 years with increases in employee count as well.  


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Plant Manager - Consumer Durables/ Industrial Electronic Equipment
LOCATION: China (Jinan, Shandong Province)
COMPANY: Commercial Microwave Cooking Appliance Company

A NASDAQ listed small public company making high tech microwave ovens for the commercial market, immediately requires a Plant Manager in Jinan, Shandong, China. Recruiter seeks a China Plant Manager who would manage world wide production with client's Chinese partner to insure that Chinese manufacturing meets the desired target quantities and quality standards. This person, however, will be considered the key company "plant manager," working together with the Chinese partner's 200+ staff dedicated entirely to this company and its product lines. ISO 9001 Process or Six Sigma experience preferred.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Asia Business Manager - Consumer Products/ Plastics
LOCATION: China (Guangdong Province - Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Dongguan, etc.)
COMPANY: US $35 million American Consumer Products Company

A leading seller of consumer products to the office channel of trade in the United States, with products manufactured to their specifications in China and Taiwan, seeks a China-based Purchasing/ Quality/ Project Management Officer. This person would administer the purchasing of all of firm's imported consumer and office products from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Products must perform to requirements which means that the Asia Business Manager needs to audit product quality and factory operations on a regular basis to verify compliance with firm's needs. This person will be firm's Number One employee in Asia, and will report directly to the COO (Chief Operating Officer) in the USA. This person will work with confidential products, pricing and strategy. Fluent in Cantonese and English. Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua) or other languages helpful. Person must be able to work effectively as an independent representative for the corporation and be prepared to travel to different locations in Guangdong Province, China, as well as to Hong Kong and Taiwan. 


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: China Business Unit Managers, China Operations Managers - Contract Manufacturing

LOCATION: China (Guangzhou, Guangdong Province; Shanghai)

COMPANY: Major Multinational EMS Manufacturer

Recruiter seeks on behalf of one of the largest electronics contract manufacturing corporations in the world, a variety of key managers for their manufacturing plants in Guangzhou and Shanghai, China, which conduct high volume electronics manufacturing services for the consumer electronic sector, telecommunications sector (handphones, networking equipment, etc.) as well as for other multinational electronics OEM's. Candidates are required to be fully familiar with world class manufacturing standards and processes. These managers need to be superior communicators and motivators who could operate team-based manufacturing systems, as opposed to being "command and control" types of managers. Experiences as China Business Unit Managers, Workcell Managers and Operations in similar types of progressive CM/ EM companies would be of greatest interest. Candidates should possess strong English skills, and be fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Candidates for Guangzhou, China should be fluent in Cantonese.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Manufacturing Engineering Manager - Electronic Components


COMPANY: Major global electronic components firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Results-oriented manufacturing engineering manager -- Bachelor degree or above, major in mechanics, electronics engineering or related field.-- Minimum 10 years related working experience in manufacturing engineering filed, with 2 years or more in management position-- Good command of English & Mandarin (both written and oral) is required. -- Extensive hand-on experiences on FMEA, Lean manufacturing, 6 Sigma, and quality tools is required.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a well established manufacturer of electronic components, a China Manager of Manufacturing Engineering. Reporting to the Asia Operations General Manager. the Manager of Manufacturing Engineering will:

-- Have extensive manufacturing engineering experience for Small size Transformers, including LAN, Power, and Hi-frequency Signal Transformer.

-- Experience in handling manufacturing equipment as well as labor-heavy production parts.

-- Manage manufacturing engineering team to define and control manufacturing process with the best possible process flow, set up, tools, fixture facilities, workmanship and the ergonomics.

-- Manage manufacturing engineering to conduct failure analysis and work with other department to take effective corrective action, so as to reduce the scrap rate and improve efficiency.

-- Manage product engineering to guarantee new product launch from design to mass production successfully.

-- Manage testing engineering to ensure good equipment set up and efficient testing with the best quality.

-- Lead the qualification team to quality the new machine launch in mass production line and timely update the standard time for those new available machine.

-- Have strong organizational, communications and coordination skills.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Taiwan Plant Manager- Metal Products/ Consumer Products

LOCATION: Taiwan (Taichung)
COMPANY: Multi-billion dollar U.S. High Volume Consumer, Industrial and Automotive Corporation

Multinational American manufacturing company employing 17,000 people worldwide and 600 in Taichung, and manufacturing very high volume, very high quality metal products for the consumer market, requires a Taiwan Plant Manager with experience in American manufacturing companies, either in Taiwan or overseas. Should have good Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese language skills.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Vietnam General Manager - consumer products

LOCATION: Vietnam (HCM City)

COMPANY: Multinational FMCG firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Efficiency-oriented manufacturing director, VP Operations, COO, or plant manager

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a well established multinational firm in the FMCG sector with significant operations in Vietnam, that requires a Vietnam General Manager. Experience in the consumer packaged goodsbeverages, or processed foods sectors would be required. An emphasis for this Vietnam General Manager will be on the improvement of manufacturing operations. The Vietnam General Manager will need to help rebuild and strengthen the current management team. Fluency in English is required. Abilities in Vietnamese would be a plus. Candidates must have managerial experiences from major international consumer products or foods companies.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Plant Manager - Dental Products

LOCATION: Malaysia

COMPANY: Leading Multinational Packaging Firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: a Plant Manager with experience in high volume consumer grade plastic manufacturing. English and local language essential. Must be a good motivator and show strong leadership skills.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a manufacturer of dental products, a Plant Manager. The Plant Manager will manage all aspects of production (priority), including engineering, logistics, quality management, product introduction,production planning, health and safety, HR The Plant Manager needs to have a very good understanding of GMP and clean room manufacturing. Pharmaceutical experience is a benefit. Experience of working for a western company a benefit.  .



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Indonesia Plant Manager - Consumer Durables

LOCATION: Indonesia (Surabaya)

COMPANY: Fast growing Australian Consumer Durables firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: World-class Plant Manager with plant management experiences in Indonesia, ideally in plastics, furniture, or consumer durables. A strong focus on Quality and Efficiency is core to this role. 10 years’ experience in a high-value production environment as a leader or as a senior decision maker.

Recruiter, on behalf of a fast growing Australian manufacturer of custom consumer durables for international hotels and resorts, seeks a Indonesia Plant Manager. The Indonesia Plant Manager will be responsible for all Manufacturing, Purchasing, and Development operations as well as Manufacturing Support functions, Planning and Maintenance. The Indonesia Plant Manager position incorporates the management of a joint venture plant along with significant managerial tasks globally. The Indonesia Plant Manager will initiate plans and processes that minimize manufacturing costs through effective utilization of manpower, equipment, facilities, materials and capital. Assure attainment of business objectives and production schedules while ensuring product standards are met that will exceed the customers’ expectations. The Indonesia Plant Manager's focus will be on implementing manufacturing strategies and action plans to ensure that the facility supports firm's strategic initiatives. The Indonesia Plant Manager will encourage use of new production techniques and focus on fact based problem solving; improve manpower utilization within existing departments and processes; manage spending against budget and in relation to changes in production volume.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Vietnam Managing Director - Rubber Products


COMPANY: International Rubber components manufacturer

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: a Vietnam Managing Director with experience in manufacturing quality rubber products for industrial applications

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a rubber firm serving the industrial and OEM sectors, a Vietnam Managing Director. The Vietnam Managing Director directs production, distribution, and operations for division manufacturing plant.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: General Manager - foods

LOCATION: Thailand

COMPANY: European food products firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Hands-on general manager with manufacturing expertise. P/L experience.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a well established European food firm, a Thailand General Manager. Preference would be for Thai candidates who have worked at major foreign firms in their industry. The Thailand General Manager shall be responsible for the production, financial reporting and the overall management of this US$10 million business unit. Most critical would be a person skilled in manufacturing management, and ideally with some financial expertise. Candidates must be fluent in Thai and English. The Thailand General Manager should be strong in discipline, precise and reliable in his or her work and reporting. S/he shall be trusted since s/he will be managing the company.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Regional EHS Director - Specialty Chemicals

LOCATION: Southeast Asian location

COMPANY: Major European Chemicals Company

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Well organized, excellent communicator EHS Director able to instill consistency in regional EHS policies and practices.Travel should be around 30%
o Good understanding of the risks in the chemical or petrochemical industry with ideally some knowledge about coatings.
o Broad knowledge about EHS requirements, ideally on several continents.
o Having a degree in engineering, chemistry or related sciences.
o Having been responsible for EHS management for several years.
o Must be able to work independently and can be held accountable to deliver the desired result within deadlines.
o Superb oral and written communications skills and the ability to establish strong rapport and credibility with all stakeholders.
o A resourceful, adaptable, and flexible individual who has demonstrated that he/she can thrive in rapidly changing, fast growing and challenging environment; demonstrates a high level of professional and personal integrity, ethics and honesty. The candidate needs to rather have a hands-on approach, a "doer", not a "talker" which has a strong drive for results.
o Ideally the candidate will have related work experience in a multinational corporate environment in which he/she has shown achievements where relationship management, technical knowledge, and operations/supply chain management are critical drivers for business success.
o The candidate will have gained significant experience in a related industry, not necessarily coating, but close. The candidate needs to either come from a medium size company or have proven to be versatile to adapt to a mid-size company like ---.
o International exposure outside of Asia, ideally in Europe or the US, is a must to enable good cooperation across the --- Group in all regions.
o Must be willing to travel a fair amount due to the broad production footprint of the Group.
o Fluency in English is required. Mandarin or other languages would be an added benefit.

Recruiter, on behalf of a major European firm in the specialty chemicals field, seeks an Asia/ Mideast Regional EHS Director, who would report to the Chief Operating Officer (COO).

o Provide functional guidance in EHS topics for all sites of the --- Group.

o Manage the Group's SafeIT team for matters related to the global EHS system linked to the ERP system.

o Define common standards, facilitate know-how transfer, best practise sharing, etc. within the Group.

o Ensure together with the site managers legal compliance of all sites.

o Conduct hazard and operability (HAZOP) studies and initiate upgrades to increase the active and passive safety installations in the sites.

o Support sites in obtaining ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certificates.

o Train the personnel in the sites to reduce the number of Lost Time Injuries and avoid incidents by addressing behavioural aspects of accident prevention.

o Conduct together with external risk engineers risk audits at the sites.

Business Understanding as demonstrated by:

o An ability to understand the key cost drivers for production as well as capital investments and by looking beyond direct costs to complexity costs.
o Having shown that s/he can find the right compromise between costs and acceptable risks in relation to consequences.

Collaboration and Influencing Skills as evidenced by:

o Self-motivated person who uses the informal structure, dynamics and culture of an organization to get things done; serves as a role model and is an inspiration to his/her team.
o Facilitates collaboration amongst others, e.g. knowledge sharing, and brings people together across boundaries to achieve results as a team; becoming the supporting link between the Group and the regions/countries to make things happen.
o Establishes and nurtures strategic relationships with operations managers and other relevant individuals/groups; uses understanding of others and self to work more effectively together and actively resolve conflicts to gain alignment and buy-in from all parties.
o Used to a matrix organization with sometime conflicting priorities.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Factory Manager - Metal Consumer Products

LOCATION: Southeast Asian location

COMPANY: European consumer products firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Results-only Plant Manager with strong CNC production management experience

Recruiter, on behalf of a major European consumer products firm, seeks a Plant Manager.

• Manage, Coach, Train and Support production team.
• Handle & program 5-Axis Machining center for daily made to order production.
• Handle & program 5-Axis CNC grinding center for day to day jobs.
• Handle PTA Welding center.

Following skills are required:
• >20 years Hands-on working Experience in CNC Milling, Turning and Grinding with 4-5 axis machines.
• Excellent knowledge of solidworks.
• Knowledge in ISO advanced coding.
• Excellent English (both spoken and written)
• Experience with Mazatrol Matrix 2 is an advantage.
• Experience with PTA Welding technology is an advantage.
• Willing to work in a small team and very autonomous.
• Good Computer skills.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Asia Production and Sourcing Manager - Furniture

LOCATION: China (Shenzhen)

COMPANY: Major European Furniture retailer

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: A furniture or lighting industry experienced manager capable of overseeing a China-based team involved in coordination of manufacturing, quality and supply chain issues with various supplier factories.
o An experienced furniture and / or lighting professional with at least 5 years experience of direct or third party manufacturing
o A passion for quality products with a desire to improve all the time
o An entrepreneurial attitude and embrace of positive change
o Very strong project management skills an deadline driven
o A meticulous nature and a keen eye for detail
o Strong English language skills and ideally experience of working for a Western Company
o Excellent people skills
o A natural leader
o IT savvy and understanding technology
o Excellent work ethic
o Retail / Ecommerce / SME experience desirable
o Ability to work with colleagues at all levels
o Attractive package and career path for right candidate

Recruiter, on behalf of a major European firm in the furniture sector, seeks an Asia Production and Sourcing Manager. Reporting to the Managing Director, the Asia Production and Sourcing Manager will take ownership of all aspects of third party manufacturing through the firm's existing 25 factories throughout China.
---To ensure the highest quality products are sourced and produced with excellent leadtimes and the smooth flow of products throughout the early part of the Supply Chain and ensure highly professional relationship management with all factories and suppliers.
---To project manage all aspects of new product introduction - assisting in research of new opportunities, and working with key manufacturing partners, photographers and colleagues to develop new products and expand the product range.
---To manage the Chinese team of 12 people to provide 100% QC on all products produced for firm and ensure a professional service is provided at all times.
---To manage the relationship with all third party furniture and lighting factories throughout China
---Ensure all products are produced to exceptional standards and are 100% QC checked by the firm's China team
---Sourcing of quality new products and factories through professional networking, attendance at trade fairs and understanding of the industry
---Manage a team of 12 people within China involved in QC, invoicing, administration and relationship management
---Work closely with existing and new factories to continuously improve products and reduce claims
---Manage the entire claims process within China
---Ensure accurate and timely financial and administrative information is provided to the HQ team
---Examine ways to reduce costs in any aspect of the business and provide the most cost effective manufacturing and supply operation
---Work closely with HQ colleagues to provide accurate and timely information and contribute to the successful strategic vision of the Group
---Work with HQ colleagues in developing new business ideas and turning them into reality


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Senior Operations Manager - Toys

LOCATION: South Asian location

COMPANY: Well established plush toys manufacturer

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Operations Head with lean manufacturing and six-sigma expertise involving consumer products
• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Physical Sciences or Production Management or Business Management
• Minimum of 10 years experience in Soft Toy Manufacturing, and minimum of 5 year experience at senior level. Experience of working in an international environment is essential.
• High degree of business and organizational awareness / best practice procedures such as lean manufacturing and six-sigma.
• Influencing and negotiating skills in a multi-cultural environment.
• Experience in Project Management will be an added qualification, but not necessary.

Recruiter, on behalf of a major firm in the plush toys field, seeks a Senior Operations Manager. The Senior Operations Manager reports to the Group CEO and is responsible for the entire manufacturing operation, which starts from planning. S/he will be responsible for:
• Designing and meeting operational targets and the optimization and delivery to plan of factory output
• Liaison with merchandisers and sales teams to ensure that the appropriate RM and FG stock levels are held.
• Designing, developing and implementing appropriate production and organizational policies and KPIs.
• Ensuring adequate industrial engineering and supervisory support is provided to the production teams
• Ensuring the customer focus and compliance with all legal and buyer regulations


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Plant Manager - Aluminum Die Cast Parts

LOCATION: Southeast Asian Location

COMPANY: Major manufacturer of die cast parts for the oil and gas sector

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Quality-focused Plant Manager with aluminium die casting experience

Recruiter, on behalf of a major manufacturer serving the oil and gas sector, seeks a Plant Manager who manages the production, maintenance and quality functions.
-- Oversee overall production, maintenance and quality activities in the Die casting section; Mold & Tools Setting and Process Improvement and Molds & Tools Maintenance includes IPQC & QA Department.
-- Manages utilization of equipment, facilities, and personnel to obtain maximum efficiency, meet performance objective and within the forecasted budgeted cost
-- Schedules and coordinates work flows within or between Die casting and Machining to expedite production
-- Monitor the production process and product standard to maximize production uptime and minimize rejects
-- Ensure resource allocation (manpower, materials, machineries) are optimized to maximize production efficiency
-- Ensure production cost remains low and does not exceed the budget
-- Ensure effective storage, recording and tracking of inventories of raw materials, finished goods and parts in the Production Department
-- Drive and implement continuous improvement activities in the production line through process improvement and cost control activities
-- Prepare and controls department budget, forecasts operating costs of department, and directs preparation of budget requests for production department
-- Ensure 5S and safety procedures are observed and required activities are implemented in all production lines
-- Coordinate, set up and implement standard operating procedures for all production operations
-- Provide management and leadership role to the Production personnel, including but not limited to employee development, performance management, coaching and grievance handling
-- Prepare monthly department performance reports to the management team
-- Ensures compliance of company policies, procedures, and objectives regarding processes, initiatives, and projects
-- Perform additional duties assigned by the Senior Management, when required.




EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Senior Managing Director for International Operations - Consumer Products

LOCATION: Switzerland

COMPANY: Major multinational consumer products corporation

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Consumer products supply chain director. Ability to work in an international, multicultural business culture.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a major American consumer products firm, a Senior Managing Director for International Operations. Based in Switzerland, the Senior Managing Director for International Operations' prime focus is to coordinate supply chain materials and distributions activities from the European base. Fluency in English, with French and/or German fluency a strong plus.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Vice President Operations/ Manufacturing - Electronics/ Semiconductors
LOCATION: France (Sophia Antipolis)
COMPANY: European Specialized Fabless Semiconductor Firm

European firm developing semiconductor chips and reader technologies for contactless smart cards and electronic tags, seeks a Vice President Operations/ Manufacturing. Firm is a fabless semiconductor operation working with two foundries and many packaging subcontractors. All manufacturing is off-shore using subcontractors. Their products are contactless memory and microprocessor chips which can be supplied as tested wafers or in packaging form (cards, tags, inlets, coins, ...). The fabless semiconductor firm's markets include access control, transport, electronic identification of objects, identity cards, etc. Firm's customers are mainly system integrators and application developers (VARs) who use firm's technological platform to develop a finished product or application with a dedicated use.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Vice Presidents - Furniture


COMPANY: Asian furniture firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Highly experienced retail Vice presidents able to help develop a global concept for a fast growing Asian manufacturer and retailer

Recruiter, on behalf of an Asian regional player in the Furniture Retail and Manufacturing Industry, seeks various Vice Presidents to build the firm's global presence. For its Detailed Planning and execution, they are looking for professionals from various areas e.g. Product Design and Development, Category Management, Supply Chain Management, especially in Purchasing, Distribution etc , Store Design, Strategic Marketing.  


--Vice President, Strategic Marketing: Set up country level Strategic Marketing Plan. Experience: More than 10 years of experience in a Big Furniture Retailer like IKEA in Strategic Marketing.

--Vice President, Store Design: Select the Location, Develop Retail concepts, design & follow up the execution of construction of existing and new retail outlets. Experience: More than 10 years of experience in a Big Furniture Retailer like IKEA in Store Design.

--Vice President, Category Management: Design & Develop  Category Management System for the existing & new possible stores. Experience: More than 10 years of experience in a Big Furniture Retailer like IKEA in Category Management.

--Vice President, Product Design & Development: Design & Develop  Product Ranges for different psychographic segments of different geographic zones  at particular price points using available technology. Experience: More than 10 years of experience in a Big Furniture Retailer like IKEA in Product Design & Development Functions.

--Vice President, Supply Chain Management: Develop Global Supply Chain Model,   Train and develop the Global Purchasing & Distribution Team. Experience: More than 10 years of experience in a Big Furniture Retailer like IKEA in Purchasing/ Distribution/ Supply Chain Functions.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: UK Industrial Director (Director of Manufacturing) - Medical Devices

LOCATION: U.K. (England location)

COMPANY: Major European Medical Devices firm

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Results-oriented medical devices Director of Operations, who is a strong communicator and motivator of staff. Strong preference to woundcare or other medical disposables.

Recruiter seeks, on behalf of a leading European medical disposables manufacturer, an Industrial Director for one of their factories in England. Reporting to the Managing Director, the Industrial Director will also have a dotted-line report to the Global Industrial Operations Director at the parent company in mainland Europe. The principal aspects of the role are as follows:-

-- Manage and organise the factory

-- Ensure the performance of the plant in accordance with safety, quality, cost and time objectives

-- Ensure the implementation of the policy on industrial hygiene, personal safety, industrial safety and environment.

-- Manage the facility management and new construction site activities

-- Manage the Human Resources of the factory.



EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Germany Site Manager - Chemicals

LOCATION: Germany (Nordrhein-Westfalen: Köln-Düsseldorf area)

COMPANY: Major European chemicals company

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Excellence-driven chemical plant manager

Recruiter seeks a Germany Site Manager, on behalf of a leading European chemical firm in the coatings field, with global operations in multiple countries and regions. Customers are primarily in the automotive and industrial sectors.

Target of Job
--- Securing and control of production
--- Responsible for the optimal and economic use of resources
--- Achievement of the agreed targets regarding volume, time, quality and costs

Main Tasks, amongst others
a) Planning
o Budget planning for the production including investments and personnel
o Continuous reporting, KPI reports
o Budget control

b) Personnel Management
o Personnel planning and management
o Development / qualifying
o Suggestions scheme

c) Production
o Production planning
o Planning operation
o Disposition of raw materials / other materials
o Personnel planning
o Quality inspection
o Optimizing of processes
o Waste management

d) HSE
o Operating instructions
o Occupational health and safety
o Authorities, Environment

e) Equipment / premises
o Planning and realization of replacement- and new investments in equipment ( buildings
o Control of condition of equipment / buildings, maintenance

f) Quality Management
o ISO 9001 / 14001 / 50001
o Hazardous incidents ordinance

g) Information duties
o Superiors / corporate management
o Interfaces of the matrix organization

4. Organization

a) Subordination
a. The site manager reports to the Managing Director (Geschäftsführer).

b) Supervision
a. The Site Manager manages directly
--- Production
--- Logistics
--- Repair Shop
--- Tinting department
--- Production administration plus subordinated staff, at the time being in total 75 employees.

5. Profile of Requirements
Education: Technical (vocational) tertiary education (chemist, chemical engineer)
Experience: Minimum 5 years experience in the production of preferably coatings or chemical products
--- Leadership- and organization experience
--- Project management
--- Operation and production processes
--- Machinery / equipment
--- Quality management TS 16949
--- Occupational health and safety / environment
--- Economic thinking

Languages: fluent German and English

--- Active / non-active
--- Communicative / sociable
--- Persuasive / integrative power / Motivator
--- Stress resistant
--- Adaptive

IT Skills: MS-Office, ERP systems

Production volume: approx. 10.000 tons
Revenue for Business Unit: approximately 46 mio €


EXECUTIVE SEARCH: Platschef - Sweden Site Manager - Chemicals

LOCATION: Sweden (Stockholm Area)

COMPANY: Major European chemicals company

HEADHUNTER FOCUS: Excellence-driven chemical plant manager. This position is replacing a retiring Site Manager who has been with the firm for many years. The focus for the new Site Manager is to upgrade and modernize operations processes and management structures. The new Site Manager will need to refine, align and get acceptance for mid to short term strategy for the plant, combining continuous improvement of efficiency as well as new investments. Firstly, s/he will need to know how to build a strong cooperation between logistics, production and engineering & maintenance, and secondarily build strong cooperation with business lines.

Attitude and Style: The Site Manager should have a record of success in production management and continuous improvement. S/he should be a person who is enthusiastic about helping make a good team of people create a stronger and more efficient manufacturing plant, making the best use of everyone's talent. This person needs to be an excellent communicator and a factory manager of the "hands on" style.

Recruiter seeks a Sweden Site Manager, on behalf of a leading European chemical firm in the coatings field, with global operations in multiple countries and regions. Customers are primarily in the automotive and industrial sectors.

Plant profile: Stockholm area, employing 200, with revenue approximately SEK 700+ million . Markets served by this plant are Nordics and Russia+CIS and some additional export to Eastern Europe.

Act as the company's representative to employees.
Communicate and implement management decisions within own area of responsibility.
Carry out management decisions.
Pass on and track important information from employees, customers, etc to the appropriate decision making level of the company.
Convey important information to management.
Responsible for planning, maintenance and development within own organizational area.
Lead and allocate work.
Authority to start, stop and prioritize work within own area of responsibility.
Order overtime and time off, alt leisure leave.
Establish action plan or business plan in accordance with overall company strategy and targets (scorecard).
Implement action plan/business plan.
Compile monthly reports and statistics.
Ensure that mechanized equipment is maintained and renovated as necessary within own area of responsibility.
Order repairs or new equipment in accordance with approval plan/ grandfather principle.
Establish scorecard/targets for own department/group.
Follow up and implement.

Management by objectives.
Establish group and individual targets
Conduct collective bargaining negotiations together with the Personnel Department.
Negotiate agreements within own area of responsibility according to the grandfather principle.
Actively work for continuous improvement and ensure that incoming errands are attended to.
Implement improvements in accordance with the approval plan.
Create opportunities for implementation.
Clarify for superiors what resources and authority are needed to reach targets
Conduct department/group meetings.
Require participation.
Budget responsibilities/ signing and approval authority.
Establish departmental/group costs or sales budget, taking into account the departmental requirements for investment and human resources. Signing and approval authority as defined in finance handbook.
Negotiate purchasing contracts within own area of responsibility in accordance with signing and approval plan.
Make purchases. Make purchasing decisions in accordance with signing and approval plan.
Follow up costs.

Personnel responsibilities
Recruiting, termination, setting salaries.
Recruiting, termination and setting salaries in accordance with grandfather principle.
Approve working hours in HR system, AGDA. Access to administrative system AGDA for approval of working hours.
Delegate responsibility, tasks and authority. Delegate environmental responsibility after consultation with PQM.
Establish the company's core values as a natural mind-set in the daily routines for the group and the employee.
Conduct, implement, carry out, team building activities and personal development for employees (following the grandfather principle and with the support of HR).
Encourage preventive healthcare. Make appointments with company health service after consultation with HR.
Conduct performance reviews. Develop proficiency plans. Grant training opportunities in line with budget responsibilities and/or grandfather principle.
Follow up absences due to illness and rehabilitation.
Make appointments with company health serv