BVB Operations Manager

Date: Jun 11, 2021

Location: Van Buren, US

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.



Incumbent is responsible for 3 primary areas:

  1. Leads work behaviors as a model/champion of facility and team members industrial health and safety. 
  2. BVB production of the necessary volume of products that meet or exceed company and customer quality expectations/specifications.
  3. Implementation of Lean manufacturing & 5S program on the production floor.




  1. Ensure Safe work environment for BVB team members.
  • Model of Safe Working Behaviors.
  • Positively/Cooperatively Engages with SHE Manager/team and team members at all levels for promotion of safe work environment.
  • Seeks and identifies areas of improvement.
  • Promotes acceptable behaviors through coaching and, if necessary, consequence management.
  1. Understands and Ensures production of Planned Production to meet Sales book expectations.
  • Reviews daily/ongoing/urgent Planned Production Schedules.
  • Provides/Supports necessary assets to meet expected Production Schedules.
  • Supports necessary trials, etc. needed to grow/develop new products/materials, etc.
  1. Champions and Implements Continuous Improvement methods and 5S standards that promote achievement of expected productivity, quality and other similar gains that meet/exceed plant goals/expectations.
  • Ensures plant compliance with CI behaviors including 5S methods, active engagement with local, regional and other team members to meet Bekaert and BVB expectations for efficiency gains, productivity gains, etc.
  • Ensure a clean and orderly work environment that promotes high levels of production volumes that meet/exceed customer demands.
  1. Manages team of Supervisors and their production teams in a manner that results in positive, professional work relationships.
  • Demonstrates leadership and direction that result in consistent achievement of production goals in ways that promote and demonstrate Bekaert Values.
  • Promotes acceptable behaviors through coaching and, if necessary, consequence management.
  • Recommends hiring and termination decisions; assesses performance of team and conducts annual performance evaluations of same.
  • Conducts weekly team meetings with direct reports and senior managerial meetings with other department directors in order to create department policies and oversees implementation, etc.


  1. Holds team members accountable for meeting expectations and/or coaches team members toward necessary improved behaviors/performance necessary to meet expected goals, etc.
  • Provides clear directions/expectations for direct reports and team members.
  • Coaches team members for optimum performance.
  • Determines, based upon consistent application of appropriate policies, etc., disciplinary and counseling needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical, Industrial, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering. 
  • Prior leadership experience in a manufacturing environment (7+ years) 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Specialized knowledge of SWS products and system operation.
  • Customer Service Methodology.
  • Ability to think clearly and write accurate data/reports.
  • Provide both short and long-term goals for the development of the support department.
  • Proficiency in MS Products required for data analysis and reporting, etc. 
  • Must have strong process improvement skills and enjoy shop-floor interaction with production operators, supervisors, and maintenance personnel. 
  • Must be able to perform duties in a professional environment, working as a valuable team member with Quality, Engineering, and Management personnel.


The position has 10 direct reports, it interfaces with all personnel in the company (400 employees total) and works daily with the production workers (275 employees) on the plant floor and all members of the management team.



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