Head of Operations (m/f/d)

Our customer is an international family-owned company and technology group headquartered in Hanau, Germany. The company’s roots go back to a family pharmacy started in 1660. Today, the group includes businesses in the environmental, electronics, health, and industrial applications sectors.

One of their start-up businesses focusses on the development and production of porous carbon additives increasing the performance of Lithium-ion batteries. On behalf of this enterprise, we are looking for a Head of Operations (m/f/d) to further scale-up the production.

Head of Operations (m/f/d) - Battery Technology


Your tasks:

  • Leading the international production & process development as well as supply chain and logistics team (currently 2 sites: Netherlands + Germany)
  • Responsible for on-time production of the different product grades according to customer-specific product quality requirements
  • Management of direct reports, department budget planning and technical project execution for process modifications and/or capacity increases
  • Identify and implement process and product optimization and cost saving potentials by automation, industrialization, and digitalization
  • Cooperate with product developers to test new production methods on a large-scale
  • Define a global manufacturing strategy and site selection criteria to develop a ramp-up plan for our performance carbon additive
  • Prepare the organization for IATF16949 certification and participate in audits by customers and inspection bodies
  • Definition of product and process KPIs and reporting them to the management
  • Close cooperation with other departments, e.g. Sales, Innovation, Purchasing, Finance, Analytics, EHS, Legal
  • Streamline and optimize logistics processes (packaging, shipment, customers)
  • Serve as a first point-of-contact for environmental and permit topics

Your qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in process/production engineering with relevant experience
  • Proven experience with executing large CAPEX projects (>1 M€) in a chemical production environment, preferably including commissioning and start-up
  • Experience with mechanical and thermal processes, in particular milling and carbonization
  • Experience in working with quality management systems (IATF, ISO)
  • Awareness of battery materials quality standards for automotive applications
  • Understanding of product quality evaluations in Minitab or by other statistical tools
  • Understanding of safety and risk mitigation methods and HAZOP studies
  • Basic understanding of plant automation systems
  • First leadership experience
  • Ability to deal with fast-changing priorities
  • Knowledge on working with SAP systems is a plus
  • Good communication skills, ability to work in a team and openness to new tasks
  • Good command of German and English language in speaking and writing
  • Willingness to travel 25% of the time
  • In the possession of a driving license

Interested in this position? We look forward to receiving your application!

Should you have any questions in advance please call:

Dr. Andrea Sandmöller, Managing Partner

as@search-notchdelta.com, Tel. +49 172 3546586

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Dr. Andrea Sandmöller
Tel +49 611 962 5525

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