Connecting linkedin


Interim Site/Plant - Belgium - Tier 1 OEM supplier

Interim Site/Plant - Belgium - Tier 1 OEM supplier

  • Location


  • Sector:

    Procurement, Supply Chain

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    €600 - €1200 per day

  • Contact:

    Sally Davis

  • Contact email:

  • Salary high:


  • Salary low:


  • Job ref:


  • Published:

    5 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 months +

  • Expiry date:


  • Startdate:


  • Consultant:


Are you a proven operations leader with focus on managing and optimizing international production, preferably in the automotive sector? This exceptional interim role requires a highly results-oriented leader with significant experience of best-in-class industrial production.

As interim Site Director you will be responsible for the whole operations and turnaround of the performance of the site. Developing a culture based on high commitment to operational excellence, safety, transparency in communications and empowerment and engagement of employees will be a key enabler.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Fluent Dutch language skills
  • Happy to be based at least 3 days per week in the Belgium plant
  • A background with a TIER 1 Automotive Supplier
  • A proven track record of running the operations of a standalone plant and building a cohesive and stable workforce.
  • A hands-on attitude combined with pragmatic, action-oriented approach and transparent communication. Simultaneously, a strategic thinker, well experienced in larger sites and seeing a much broader picture.
  • Experience in dealing with all stakeholders in such a process (labour unions, employees, politics, etc.)
  • Strong inspirational team leadership, results orientation, and perseverance as well as a certain "robustness" in driving tough programs to success.
  • Be well-versed in the European manufacturing environment.
  • Bring technical functional depth and credibility and the requisite executive leadership traits required to effectively interface with the Senior Leadership Team.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead Plant operations to achieve all business objectives including safety, quality, delivery, continuous improvement, production throughput, profitability, customer service, and other internal metrics.
  • Ensure development of employees including but not limited to staffing, training, and empowerment of all plant employees.
  • Ensure permanent customer satisfaction and confidence through relationship building quality and deliveries.
  • Manage variable margin through direct labor efficiency and productivity, material cost consumption, scrap and rework reductions.
  • Manage fixed cost including indirect labor, manufacturing costs, and inventory.
  • Manage inventories through appropriate information management and physical flow in the plant.
  • Set plant lay out for optimal flow and efficient use of equipment: capacity, reliability, operating costs, CAPEX control.
  • Drive continuous and breakthrough improvement.
  • Drive supplier performance improvement and material consumption reduction with purchasing department.
  • Participate in Strategic Business Plan construction to confirm plant mid-term vision and future.
  • Manage and develop effective labor relations.
  • Work closely with the construction and engineering on the planning and budgeting process for the buildout, communicating the timeline internally and adjusting the plan as necessary.
  • Recruits and develops a high-performing team, scaling up the plant capabilities to ensure that the plant is fully staffed.

Apply asap, immediate start ideal.