Operations Manager

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Date: Jun 22, 2022

Location: Bradford, GB

Company: Bekaert NV

Bekaert (www.bekaert.com) is a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies. We pursue to be the preferred supplier for our steel wire products and solutions by continuously delivering superior value to our customers worldwide. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with more than 27 000 employees worldwide, headquarters in Belgium and € 4.4 billion in combined revenue in 2020.



We are looking to reinforce our BBU team with an:


Operations Manager


Purpose of Role:

Provide leadership and manage day to day operations; directly responsible for driving Continuous Improvement using the BMS platform within all business areas to improve safety, output, cost, quality and delivery service, technical, engineering and strategic targets are achieved.  Educate the organisation using lean methodology, bringing new ways of working from best practice and operational excellence.


Principal Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that our site Safety Policy’s and procedures are adhered to at all times to ensure internal/external customer expectations are met or exceeded. 
  • Ensuring that our customer satisfaction is at the forefront of every decision made.
  • Lead and direct continuous improvement activity to ensure achievement of operational and strategic business improvements, driving OEE. 
  • Standardisation of working methods and procedures.
  • Ensuring manufacturing and operational staff are trained to create a cross functional team.
  • Create actions and improvement projects to further drive operational KPI’s.
  • Improve quality in line with company standards.
  • Promoting our continual improvement platform in all areas.
  • Providing analysis of operation and performance of the production machines, establishing root cause, corrective actions and the subsequent effectivity.
  • Lead cultural change through knowledge, skills, capability and engagement to ensure group HS&E objectives are effectively delivered and regulatory compliance is exceeded as a minimum.
  • Provide leadership for and development of direct reports, establishing measures, priorities, SMART objectives and accountability in line with company strategy and KPI’s. Ensure cascade of PDP throughout operational management team.

Key Skills and Qualities:

  • Apprentice trained/degree level mechanical engineer or similar level of experience.
  • At least 5 years hands on experience in a manufacturing management environment.
  • Ability to quickly learn and understand Bekaert processes and procedures.
  • Self-starter, ability to influence all levels of the business to achieve results.
  • Familiar with lean manufacturing techniques and quality systems.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Proven track record of problem solving using root cause analysis tools.

Preferred Skills:

  • Project management skills.
  • Knowledge of hydraulics & tooling.
  • Electronic & Electrical engineering.
  • Degree level.
  • Good mathematical skills.
  • Good communication skills internal / external.
  • Team working.
  • Knowledge and experience of lean manufacturing tools e.g. 5S, OEE, VSM, 7 wastes.
  • Excellent IT skills.
  • Be familiar with ISO900 and ISO14001 Quality Management Systems.



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