Head of Operations

Location Lichfield
Job Type Executive
Salary £70000 - 90000 per year incentive plan - 10% + car or car allowance + pension - 8% employer contribution + employee stock pu
Contact Ajay Bhella
Call 07827 918 324
Reference 12093444

Head of Operations


  • £70,000 - £90,000 basic salary
  • Incentive plan – 10%
  • Car or car allowance
  • Pension – 8% employer contribution
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Life assurance and health care cover
  • 25 days’ leave + public holidays


Location: Commutable to the Lichfield or the Tamworth region


You will ideally be located: Leicester, Coventry, West Midlands/Birmingham, Tamworth, Lichfield, Stafford, Burton on Trent or Derby



ATA Search is working for a multi-site and £multi-million manufacturing business supplying a range of chemically processes/plastic products to various market sectors. Boasting sales of over £190m, they are highly profitable and driven by strategic growth both organic and through acquisition.


Well established and identified as a market leader in their field, this company sets the standard by employee satisfaction, excellent customer service and providing a product that is unrivalled by their competition.


Employee engagement is key to their success with a low staff turnover and loyal workforce. Aside from this, the group is driven by sustainability and improvement projects significantly reducing their carbon footprint and energy consumption.


As a result of a restructure within the business, this company is looking to recruit a strategic but hands-on Head of Operations from a chemical process background. Ideal expertise related to industrial chemicals, paints, foam, plastics, lubricants or related backgrounds will be highly advantageous, where you will need to establish yourself as a credible leader with the gravitas to drive the business in line with the overall group strategy.

For further information on this confidential assignment, please email an up-to-date CV and contact number to ajay.bhella@ata-search.co.uk


Key accountabilities:


  • Manage a unionised operation with overall responsibility and accountability for the performance of the manufacturing and warehouse facility (300,000 square feet)
  • Technically and operationally understand the manufacturing processes to be able to support the business about problem-solving, operational improvements and development towards working to the future
  • Increased employee involvement and improvement projects in the workforce reducing cost
  • Overall accountability for your senior leadership team and up to 180 staff
  • Manage day to day activities around technical changes, material, engineering, flow and continuous improvement
  • Day to day management and the performance of the plant and technical improvements via regular team engagement
  • Manage the business against operational KPI’s and ensure they are met and exceeded - Output, scrap, customer satisfaction, cost per unit, manufactured goods vs plan and OTD (on-time delivery)
  • Actively engaged in team-based practical problem-solving issues and support the team related to quality, material, machine downtime etc. and ensuring corrective actions are executed
  • Budget management – Managing labour and materials for the factory
  • Manage the material supply chain, cost components, material usage and warehouse
  • Actively involved in strategic business discussions




  • An operations type background either as an Operations Director/Manager, Manufacturing Director/Manager, Production Director/Manager, Plant Director/Manager or Factory Director/Manager
  • Experienced in working in a process manufacturing environment where there is a chemical engineering aspect
  • Ideal sectors such as plastics, chemical paints, foam manufacturing, industrial lubricants etc.
  • Suitable engineering or scientific qualification, degree preferred
  • A hands-on and strategic individual with a track record in leadership management, employee engagement and change management
  • Collaborative, democratic and someone who can command authority


You will have full autonomy to manage the department as you see fit. As a stock listed business that are driven by growth, there will be numerous opportunities for you to progress within the larger group.


How to apply:

Please click “apply” or for further information or please contact Ajay Bhella at ATA Search by emailing an up-to-date copy of your CV to ajay.bhella@ata-search.co.uk


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