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Plant Manager ( Drachten)

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Company: Philips
Contract: PERM
Location: Drachten, Friesland, Netherlands

Job Title

Plant Manager ( Drachten)

Job Description

Plant manager Operations Drachten

Your challenge

In this exciting position with growth opportunity, you will be leading one of the largest Philips factories in Europe where we produce Male Grooming products for over 65 years. You will lead the factory into the new opportunities coming up by making Philips Drachten a shared factory, leading the way in Industry 4.0 including digitalization of the end to end Supply Chain.

Your responsibilities

  • Delivering Products on time, with the requested level of quality to customer and at the right cost.
  • Translation of strategic objectives into financial implications for the business. Determine the financial impact of potential decisions and act accordingly. Drive cost control and systematic execution of financial targets and commitments
  • Drive flexibility and speed in the organization to respond to change in circumstances
  • Exercise supervision in terms of costs, methods, and staffing according to BG Operational Plan. Executing productivity plan linked to processes and equipment.
  • Defining, executing CAPEX, OPEX budget as well as inventory.
  • Be relentless in the focus given to building talent both within your own Management Team as well as throughout the business.
  • Defining, executing resource plan capacity, capabilities in line with S&OP and Strategic Workforce Planning.
  • Master the Lean transformation journey including problem solving, daily management and continuous improvement activities across the Site.
  • Use depth and breadth of experiences to see the “Big Picture” and create accountability to internal stretch goals in an effort to drive continuous improvement.
  • Lead the factory in the new era of Industry 4.0 and focus on continuous improvement on processes, equipment and tools. (Smart automation, 3D printing, high precision metal forming and materials and finishing)
  • Coach and mentor others for personal and professional development, routinely demonstrate coaching as part of the way you lead. Practice coaching by going to the shop floor, making sure you are where the players are.
  • Apply regulatory policies and local regulations.
  • New business development for existing and potentially new business on the site for operations (shared factory).
  • Company wide stakeholder management (key market visits, Philips and/or PH leadership visits, external VIP’s, customers etc).
  • Development of a site vision and bringing that to life.
  • Be governor of the Workscouncil for Personal Health Operations.

Your team

In Drachten you will lead a multi-functional management team including Safety, New Product Introduction and Process Engineering, Logistics, Manufacturing Management, Maintenance, LEAN implementation and Industrial Cost Engineering. You will be part of the global Products Delivery Model ISC management team. You will be reporting into the Head of Manufacturing Products.

We are looking for

To be successful in this challenging environment you bring:

  • Strong Leadership of and inspiration for direct reports as well as the broader organization.
  • Capable to drive deep culture change, track record of transformation and change management in the manufacturing environment
  • More than 15 years’ experience in industrial/ manufacturing engineering leading role, of which at least 5 year as Plant Manager.
  • Experience in leading a production team(s) and building a network of support from functional areas for successful and timely execution of customer needs.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills on all levels of a corporate organization.
  • Combination of the ability to think strategically with managing detail. Apply breadth of thinking and observation of environment and others. Use       the “Go and See” approach when making decisions or taking action on root cause.
  • A strong vision on how new technologies, industry 4.0 and digitalization can help in building the factory of the future.
  • A good understanding of mass produced consumer goods.
  • Expertise and practical hands-on experience with Lean tools. You understand what it takes to create a lean culture to increase productivity through elimination of waste.
  • Winning mentality and persuasion skills.
  • Courage, authenticity and learning agility.
  • English language skills, fluent Dutch is a plus.


In return, we offer you

A challenging role, working for an employer whose activities have a major positive impact on people's lives all over the world. Sharpen your talents with new challenges in our growing organization, developing new technologies. We are happy to provide you with this opportunity to develop your career. Join our team as we offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and flexibility in a career with a positive and supportive atmosphere in which build your talents further.






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