Purpose of employment
We are looking for a Regional Industrial Performance Director, (region East) to support factories in the Eastern region (Glass Mineral Wool and Rock Mineral Wool) as indicated below.
The Regional Industrial Performance Director, (region East) will be responsible for the implementation and oversight of Knauf Insulation’s industrial strategies in the regional plants, both the Glass Mineral Wool and Rock Mineral Wool facilities.
This includes standardization and the optimization of the manufacturing processes for existing and new plants.
The Director will also have oversight for strategic operations (the 5 year plans), strategic services, manufacturing plant budgets (output, plant cost report), projects, new investments (CAPEX), people and talent management, knowledge management, quality, safety and process improvement.
He/She will facilitate and achieve company’s and manufacturing objectives in compliance with laws, company’s policies, and Knauf values.
The Regional Industrial Performance Director reports hierarchically and functionally to the Group Industrial Performance Director.
The position is based out any of Knauf Insulations Technical hubs: Belgium, the UK or Slovenia.
50% of time travelling to the regional manufacturing plants based in EMEA will be expected to execute responsibilities in the most pragmatic way.
Missions and responsibilities
Working directly and closely with Group Industrial Performance Director, the mission and responsibilities include:
Functionally managing all plant managers of the East region, currently 6 plants.
Overseeing the manufacturing activities, costs, CAPEX investments and KPIs for efficiencies
Aligned with strategy, deploying continuous improvement culture and standards as well as sustainability objectives and HSE requirements
Coordinating all activities related to the regional manufacturing plants in term of production, organization according to the HR model structure, plant management, training, work instructions and best practice deployment
Managing and optimizing costs for product manufacturing whilst maintaining the highest possible quality, health, safety, and other standards.
Ensuring the budget is met (output and PCR cost)
Supporting innovation and product development
Ensuring Knauf Values, safety first and product & systems quality as per standard are deployed and met
Participating at optimization manufacturing environment and standardization of the plants within the region
Publishing weekly, monthly and quarterly reports
Establishing, disseminating and maintaining best practices for manufacturing sites within the region
Production line benchmarking, auditing, standardising and troubleshooting
Implement plans for quality improvement, energy saving, waste reduction, operating efficiencies improvement and process enhancements
Promoting the use of statistical tools for continuous improvement and sustainability
With the support of the Digital Director implementing and optimizing tools and systems across the sites
Fostering networking among plants, technical teams and other relevant parts of the business
Promoting and coordinating technical knowledge within the region
Organise specialist technical support to the plants of the region when needed
Proposing capex plan and control plant capital expenditures
Contributing to the scope of major expansion/rebuild as well as new plant projects in line with the Group Industrial Performance Director and in liaison with the Knauf Insulation Engineering & Process experts
Supporting the local plant and HRD teams with:
The development of technical personnel, talent and succession planning
Ensuring training, coaching and disciplines systems are in place
Assigning accountabilities, monitoring and appraise job results, developing incentives
Developing a climate for offering information and opinions; providing educational
Qualifications and experience: required
Minimum 7 years’ experience in plant manager position at senior level
Engineering Master degree or Postgraduate Qualification, in either industrial process, mechanical engineering or science
Strong Business Acumen of specific industrial and technical environment
Management experience at a senior level
Experience of communication and liaison with various stake holders and regulatory authorities
Familiarity with the requirements Management standards, ISO Standards and HSEE
Experience in a plant environment running 7/7
Qualifications and experience: Highly Desirable
Know-how in manufacturing, industrial performance, safety, people management, quality standards, continuous improvement
Working knowledge of insulation process and industry
Experience in managing industrial safety risks in heavy industry
Experience in skill matrixes, succession management
Working knowledge of Continuous Improvement techniques
Experience of international assignment, being exposed to different culture and environment
Passionate and motivated to drive manufacturing standards and performance
Collaborative and leadership skills
Ability to engage and communicate with and influence all levels within the organisation.
Curious, desire to learn, to further develop
Competent in digital tools and solutions
Strong organisational skills: ability to handle several tasks simultaneously
Team player with high degree of stakeholder focus (listening and questioning)
Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
Analytical skills, pragmatic and solutions oriented
Open, flexible, listening and ability to work in multi-cultural team
Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and presentation) at all levels
Excellent negotiation / influence skills
Good financial appreciation
Ability to drive change in a multifaceted organizational structure
Ability to travel without restriction
Proven Mentor and Leader within the industry
Computer literate on MS Office and Email
Fluency in English (French, German is a plus)
Health – Safety – Environment – Energy -Quality
Every worker has the obligation to take care of his / her safety and health, as well as that of his colleagues, including subcontractors. The worker also ensures the respect of the Values, knows and respects the rules and contributes to the objectives of the site and the group with regard to HSEEQ.
Any team leader needs to update the entity's HSEEQ indicators and actively participate in the improvement of the entity's HSEEQ indicators. He is also the guarantor of the respect of these rules with his team.
About Knauf Insulation
Knauf Insulation products save energy, cut emissions and make sure buildings are good for the environment and keep people healthy, safe and well.
With over 40 years of experience in the insulation industry, we now employ nearly 6,000 people across more than 40 countries. We have with 29 manufacturing sites in 15 countries.
Knauf Insulation (KI) is part of the Knauf Group, which employs about 40,000 people worldwide, operating more than 300 factories, generating sales in excess of 12.5 billion Euros.
The Knauf Group was founded in 1932 and is a family-owned company driven by the values of Menschlichkeit (Humanity), Partnership, Commitment, and Entrepreneurship.
These values and the fast-moving environment in which we evolve allows us to take initiative and implement new processes or structures, working together and taking care of the others. We have lots of opportunities inside the company who allows you to consider to make your career with us.
Our Belgian site in Visé is representing the biggest Glass Mineral Wool Plant in Europe and is location of Knauf Insulation Head Office. Today there is a strong focus on such topics, as sustainability, energy efficiency and waste reduction. Knauf Insulation brings one of the solutions to climate change and that’s why we are proud to be working as leader in the insulation industry.
In 2020 we launched our sustainability strategy For A Better World with a focus on four key goals: Put People First, Achieve Zero Carbon, Deliver A Circular Economy and Create Better Buildings. To ensure these words were translated into concrete action we set mid-term targets for 2025 that everyone can start achieving now.
** We encourage and welcome all applications **