Operations GM

Wärtsilä is a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and energy solutions of its customers. In 2015, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5 billion with approximately 18,800 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.
Application deadline 2018-04-30
Position description • Provide leadership and management of Wӓrtsilӓ Seals & Bearings UK’s Operations functions, across two sites.

• Integrate and optimise Operations activities across the combined S&B UK-Sweden sites, in collaboration with the Swedish management team and for the benefit of the combined UK-SE business.

• Provide leadership to S&B UK management on all strategic Operations issues.

• Ensure a high degree of operational expertise and competence to deliver S&B UK’s products and services on-time and in line with quality, cost and lead time targets.

• Drive Operational Excellence throughout the Operations group, to improve the performance of current processes and to introduce new, improved processes.

Tactical: Develop the Operations team and implement processes and standards to achieve Operational Excellence and to hit key Operations KPI’s.

Strategic: Design and execute Operations strategy to support and deliver the business strategy, including:

• Transition from an OEM, own-product manufacturer, delivered via a traditional supply chain, to become an own+3rd party product-and-service provider, delivered via an international value network
• Transition from a make-to-order business to a make-to-stock / customise-to-order business, using Sales & Operations Planning methods
• Increase the use of plastic composite materials in place of metals.
• Migrate from single-mission, 3-4 axis machine tools to multi-mission 5 axis machine tools.


S&B UK’s Operations across two sites, including:

• Finished product assembly and test
• Inventory management
• Manufacturing engineering
• Metal part machining
• Packing & despatch
• Plastic composite winding, moulding and machining
• Planning
• Supply chain management (strategic & operational)
• S&B Sweden’s Operations, in collaboration with the Swedish team

Responsibilities • Lead & manage all Operations functions.
• Develop & implement manufacturing strategy & action plan.
• Secure improved productivity and adherence to quality standards.
• Adapt and implement Wärtsilä’s chosen manufacturing process methods.
• Ensure that all Operations processes are effective and efficient.
• Prioritise, plan and coordinate manufacturing activities to deliver agreed quality, delivery precision, lead time and costs.
• Ensure that continuous improvement system exists, is maintained and optimised.
• Adapt best HSE practices to minimise related risks.
• Manage and recover potential deviations from agreed budget and plans.

Requirements Desired behaviours:

• Proactive, positive, energetic - makes things happen.
• Results driven.
• Lean leadership:
• Focusses on the customers’ values
• Improves the process to deliver the KPI’s
• “Sees” and removes non-value-adding activity
• Makes time for improvement
• Leads from the shop floor (not from the office)
• Empowers the team to deliver
• Considers the end-to-end value stream (has experience of value-streamed organisations)
• Uses visual, real-time management in all areas
• Plan-do-check-act approach to everything
• Planning & target setting.
• Innovative: willing to experiment and fail to achieve greater success
• Coaching style.

General Skills:

• Good interpersonal and communication
• Assertive
• Strong decision making
• Numerically strong
• Financial knowledge
• Presentation skills
• Reporting & analysing skills
• English language

Professional Skills:

• Management & Leadership Competencies:
• Strategic planning and target setting
• Change management
• Team building
• Communication
• Leadership
• Management
• Problem solving and decision making
• Project and planning competencies No specific requirement Successful previous performance in a senior management role, within a manufacturing business

Proven history of:

1. Achieving Operational KPI’s (Q, D, C and LT)
2. Achieving Operational Excellence
3. Leading and managing diverse teams
4. Collaborating with international teams
Contact person to give further information Please contact Chris Rowlands for further information regarding this post.
Country United Kingdom
Job area Manufacturing