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Plant Manager

Job ID: 7448

THE COMPANY

We have been retained to by a global leader in high speed and high-density connection systems who solves system design challenges with integrated interconnect solutions for application in networking, communications, data storage, and computer server markets. This global leader currently seeks a Plant Manager for the Commercial Products Group to lead a plant start-up in Mexicali, BC, Mexico to manufacture High Speed Cable Products for consumer, e-vehicle, energy storage and IT data.  This will be a semi-automated plant with wire preparation, assembly, and electrical testing.

THE JOB

Job description:

Reporting to the Commercial Products Group General Manager based in France, the Plant Manager’s role is to provide leadership and management of a multi-function team in the areas of safety, quality, schedule and cost performance over the complete operations. The Plant Manager is accountable for the successful start-up and meeting and improving the business P&L. Driving a culture of continuous improvement in all facets of the operation is necessary for success.

Main responsibilities:

  • In charge of launching a new plant operation which will include:
    • Travel to existing manufacturing sites in the USA and abroad for indepth training.
    • Hiring a leadership team and development of all team members including local management team reporting to the plant manager.
    • Installation and startup of all equipment
    • Establish existing supply chains to a new location and develop new sources to localize material sources.
  • Partners with Commercial Division Global Management Team to set production goals and objectives that align with the needs of the Customer and BU targets.
  • Develop and implement procedures to ensure that manufacturing processes run reliably and efficiently by monitoring the supply chain for the production center from raw materials to shipping and invoicing.
  • Efficiently communicate and manage in a matrix environment across Quality, Supply Chain, Customer Service and Engineering
  • Ensuring that health and safety regulations are met.
  • Determining and implementing world class quality control mindset and standards.
  • Accountable for the business P&L, meeting and improving financial margins.
  • Provides leadership and talent development to managers staff including establishing objectives, setting goals, and managing accountability for attaining deliverables.
  • Manages production operation expenses and budgets for the production center, including direct and indirect manufacturing expenses and capital expenses.
  • Partner with human resources area to manage salary/hourly manpower, training, and development.

THE CANDIDATE

  • Previous solid experience as a Plant Manager preferably in mid-to high volume and mid-to low mix semi-automated manufacturing environment. Must have at least 10 to 20 years’ experience in overall manufacturing.
  • Ideal candidate will have a background interconnect solutions like cables, harnesses, or connectors. However, will consider candidates with transferable experience like electrical or electronics or other.
  • Experience with budget elaboration and control is required and at least partial P&L experience.
  • Strong background in lean and continuous improvement methodologies.
  • A technical engineering background is preferred.
  • Manufacturing plant start-up experience is a plus, but not required.
  • Knowledge of the Mexicali is a plus but not required.
  • Solid knowledge of quality and production planning / scheduling.
  • Excellent leader with solid management skills. Solid history of hiring, mentoring, training and developing high performing teams.
  • Resourceful problem solver who is able to anticipate and execute in a demanding environment.
  • Results-oriented with effective communication and influencing skills.
  • Bilingual. Fluent in English and Spanish.
  • MSOffice, ERP user.
  • Bachelor degree in engineering, business, operations, supply chain or similar. Master’s degree a plus.

 

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