Operations Manager Coatbridge/Grangemouth

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Date: Aug 5, 2022

Location: Coatbridge, 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.



Bridon-Bekaert The Ropes Group are looking for an Operations Manager to join our Synthetics team in Coatbridge.


The purpose of the role is to Provide leadership and management for the day to day operations of the synthetics operations, ensuring that the site delivers on time, right first time, and within budget. Direct responsibility for a multi disciplined management team, covering Manufacturing, Cost and Strategy.


This is a largely self directing role. Requires a strong, “quality approach” to risk analysis and problem resolution. In conjunction with the Technical & Operations Director, develop, communicate and cascade group vision and develop and deploy appropriate short, medium and longer term goals via detailed strategies and plans (OGSM) in conjunction with key stakeholders. Develop and communicate inter group and external benchmarking process to ensure best practice. Develop and deliver robust KPI’s and reporting at factory and departmental level and develop reports.

The main accountabilities include but are not limited to:


  • Provide sound leadership and direction to ensure all organisational H&S objectives are effectively delivered and ensure regulatory compliance.



  • Ensure adherence to site and group policies and procedures to ensure internal/ external customer expectations are met or exceeded.



  • Responsible for budgetary control across both sites and all functions.  Lead and direct continuous improvement to ensure achievement of operational and business objectives
  • Delivery
  • Evaluate, plan and oversee lead time reduction programme on all critical processes in line with Group growth plans



  • Provide leadership for the development of direct reports, establishing measures, priorities, SMART objectives and accountability in line with company strategy and KPI’s. Lead the implementation of the Company vision and behaviours and challenge the status quo where appropriate.  Ensure cascade of the PPM throughout operational management teams.
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Manage OGSM deployment programme across all functions, with regular reviews to ensure activity plans are delivered on time.



The role holder has:

  • Sound understanding and proven Operational management of the following disciplines:- HS&E, Quality, Finance, Technical, Operations, Engineering and Continuous Improvement
  • Experience in a operations role
  • Strong leadership skills, with a ‘sleeves rolled up’ approach 
  • Comfortably deal with complex issues, capable and agile thinking
  • Hold frequent development reviews, constructing development plans and ensure execution
  • Set challenging and stretching objectives and targets
  • Exceed goals, bottom line orientated, pushing self and others for results
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and written
  • Demonstrable record of achievement in driving continuous improvement
  • Working with a variety of Lean techniques and various problem solving tools such as 8D


Desirable skills

  • Degree level qualification
  • NEBOSH Level 3 or equivalent
  • Formal engineering qualification
  • Understanding of metallurgy & materials
  • Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Experience within a heavy industry manufacturing environment
  • Experience of preparing budgets, capex plans and CI proposals


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Bridon-Bekaert The Ropes Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer.



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