Head of Operations

Posted 13 Jan 2022

Arklow, Wicklow - Ireland

Req Id 238289



A career at our company is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 58,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in Healthcare, Life Science and Electronics. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others.


Head of Manufacturing Operations – Arklow Site



Provide leadership to the Operations Unit Team to fulfill the Production and Supply Chain requirements of the Arklow Site

  • Total site sales revenue supported: € 70M p.a.
  • Total number of employees supervised in operations: 45-50
  • Manufacturing active pharmaceutical ingredients, full GMP requirements
  • Product portfolio ~60 final goods and ~500 batches produced annually


Your Role:

In this highly impactful and future orientated role you are responsible to oversee plant manufacturing and direct all aspects of production activity to ensure that the desired quantities and quality of products are manufactured on schedule in a safe manner at minimum costs. Together with your leadership team you lead an organization of +45 employees including the supply chain warehouse, goods receipt and final shipment.

Reporting to the Site Director, you join a dynamic site leadership team and support two of the business sectors in the Life Science division. i.e. Process Solutions and Applied


Your key deliverables are:

Deliver safety above all else, drive a zero injury culture grounded in proactive risk management

Deliver the operating plan in volume and with cost adherence  

Support a fast growing business through continuous process improvement (operational excellence) and deliver new technologies in the plants

Further develop the site with the leadership team, preparations for future growth and expansion

Deliver a 3-5yr strategic operations roadmap for the department covering people, process, systems, and infrastructure

Define and evolve the critical key measures of performance and success in the (4) manufacturing plants


Who you are:

Demonstrated leadership, people development, mentoring and coaching skills

Bachelors degree and/or certification in operations management or related areas required

Minimum of 8+yrs of successful experience in a operational leadership role with successful demonstration of the key operational responsibilities

Experience working in the API or life sciences field desired

Proven track record to drive high engagement and a high impact culture, strong people development capabilities

Capable of delivering continuous improvement and operational excellence

Blue, Green or Black Six Sigma belt desired



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