Plant Operations Head

For the Italian plant of an international company specialized in hot steel forged parts, supplying different industrial sector, we are looking for a:




The position, reporting to the General Manager, will oversee the whole operations, which include Production, Quality, Production Planning, Maintenance & EHS, Dies & Tooling.


Main activities:

  • Plan, organize and control plant operations for the Italian plant to deliver on the production, quality, cost and delivery and maintenance (PQCDM) targets;
  • Lead cross department planning for responsible departments;
  • Ensure safety and morale of the plant operations team;
  • Define and lead projects to control costs and improve efficiency such as value engineering, reduction of non-value added activities, energy saving, tool line enhancement, etc.;
  • Engage actively with JV partner, Suppliers and Customers to ensure smooth operations;
  • Review metrics to ensure achievement of set production objectives for plant Profit & Loss (P&L), Efficiencies, PQCDM, Inventory and EHS;
  • Engage with customers regarding production/delivery planning, SOPs, PPM, customer audits, new product launches, etc.;
  • Engage with suppliers to understand issues causing quality / delivery issues, if any, and find solution;
  • Establish individual performance expectations and regularly review individual performance of the team.


Main requirements:

  • 15+ years of experience in similar position in the forging and machining industry is a must;
  • Technical degree in Mechanical/Production Engineering (minimum requirement);
  • Past experience of leading complex plant operations, with similar product categories;
  • Past experience of developing operations teams and interactions with Labour Unions desirable;
  • Team player and ability to develop team members regular performance discussion, coaching and mentoring;
  • Prioritization of tasks and ability to influence activities with other departments for time bound delivery;
  • Working knowledge of English;
  • Ability and willingness to grow within the organization.



Location: Lombardy, Italy


Forseen level: Manager/Executive


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