Assembly Manager

Posted 1 month ago

Job Function & Key Purpose

  • Responsible for the Assembly activities, to ensure quality parts are to the plan, with the correct allocation of resource.
  • Responsible for the safe and efficient running of the operations, the equipment and the personnel across the department.
  • Responsible for managing the day-to-day moulding operations of the business, ensuring the manufacturing functions are running efficiently.
  • Responsible for all moulding related concerns/issues for both current and future Projects/Contracts across the business.
  • Responsible for implementing the manufacturing strategy, alongside the Operations
  • To support the business leader to develop a continuous improvement environment within the organisation.
  • Develop a high-performing production team with a culture of delivery and continuous improvement through a responsible team.
  • Responsible for ensuring adequate skills and manpower are available for meeting operational targets, including capacity planning.
  • Support and input during the NPI process, ensuring we are setup to succeed in the long term.
  • Overseeing the workforce, spanning all Assembly operations.
  • Any other task as reasonably required to fulfil the job function.

Principle Accountabilities

 Is directly accountable to the business leader for the effective, safe and efficient running of the Company’s operations, the equipment and the manufacturing personnel across the company’s Assembly operations.

  • Responsible in conjunction with the leadership, primarily Head of Quality and Head of Supply Chain, for ensuring activities meet Company & Customer requirements and the total cost of Non-Conformance.
  • Controlling and managing Key Performance Indicators (KPI), to ensure the business meets both the production/output goals, planned output of each product, on time, in full.
  • Accountable for implementation of the Manufacturing Strategy with Stakeholders, in terms of quality, cost and on-time delivery.
  • Play an instrumental role in developing and implementing the processes, procedures, guidelines and tools to enable all Assembly within the manufacturing arena to meet set milestones and targets
  • Installing a continuous improvement / lean culture within all facilities/plants.
  • Ensure financial targets (QAF) and other agreed targets are met in all manufacturing areas.
  • Ensure Assembly maintains conformance to defined quality standards; TS16949, AS9100, etc.
  • Ensure business standards, processes and procedures are always maintained and adhered to across all facilities/plants in manufacturing.
  • Ensure Assembly operates in line with the company’s Health and Safety Policy at all times:
  • Drive the reduction of waste; ensure production operations do not exceed defined levels.
  • Ensure all manufacturing employees are appropriately trained to defined standards

Principle Responsibilities

  •  Lead all Assembly activities within the business, ensuring the requisite availability of the required personnel and holding reviews to ensure the business delivers against customer expectations.
  • Work closely with all internal and external stakeholders in order to ensure all projects are delivered on target on time and to resolve any operational issues that occur.
  • Manage, mentor and support the team to achieve operational excellence in manufacturing.
  • Ensure all department employees are appropriately trained to defined required standards:
  • Support the design and implementation of systems and processes in the manufacturing arena which support the business in delivering the necessary operational targets and best in class principles/practices incl. continuous improvement approach.
  • Develop and communicate the KPIs for ensuring the strategy to realise excellence in manufacturing can be implemented, measured and reviewed.
  • Improve processes and systems in order to improve manufacturing standards.
  • Ensure that all direct reports engage, mentor and develop their team’s capability
  • Lead the identification and co-ordinate the implementation of continuous improvement of all manufacturing processes. Introduction and deployment of ‘lean manufacturing’ techniques in order to achieve and maintain excellence standards.
  • Ensure safety regulations are followed and a safe working environment across all facilities/plants.
  • Review and approve equipment/capex needs.
  • Responsible for the PCR process across the manufacturing facilities; supporting engineering and project stakeholders for the ECR requirements.
  • Ensure the successful and efficient introduction of new products into manufacturing.
  • Extensive interface with new product development, commercial, finance, HR and sales colleagues.
  • Set and review budgets and managing cost.
  • Managing processes planning for single piece flow, labour efficiency, material efficiency, driving Cost down
  • Work with the Engineering function to deliver technology improvements within the business.

Values & Behaviours


  • The ability to work independently, to be self- driven and able to set and monitor own goals
  • Able to lead and influence change.
  • Autonomous thinker and proactive in reaching out to stakeholders in order to drive change and implement necessary actions on a day to day basis
  • A hands-on leader with good leadership skills; a motivator with strong communication skills, capable of developing and leading multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Effective planner
  • Big Picture thinking
  • People focused
  • Able to work effectively in a team
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the customer and within the company
  • Takes Initiative: The tendency to perceive what is necessary to be accomplished and to proceed on one’s own
  • Analytical: The tendency to logically examine facts and situations (not necessarily analytical ability)
  • Analyses Pitfalls: The tendency to scrutinise potential difficulties related to a plan or strategy
  • Finance Business Interest: Interest in commercial or fiscal management
  • Wants Challenge: The Willingness to attempt difficult tasks or goals
  • Wants to lead: The desire to be in a position to direct or guide others
  • Authoritative: The desire for decision making authority and the willingness to accept decision making responsibility
  • Enthusiastic: The tendency to be eager and excited towards one’s goals
  • Planning: The tendency to formulate ideas related to the steps and process of accomplishing an objective


  • Collaborative: The tendency to collaborate with others when making decisions
  • Influencing: The tendency and skills to try to persuade others
  • Optimistic: The tendency to believe the future will be positive
  • Pressure Tolerance: A tolerance and comfort related to working under deadlines and busy schedules
  • Self-acceptance: The tendency to like oneself and be comfortable with oneself
  • Self – improvement: The tendency to attempt to develop or better oneself

Education, Experiences & Qualifications

  • Minimum of seven years senior operational management experience
  • A proven track record of delivering results at a senior level in the automotive manufacturing sector
  • Appreciation of process improvement tools and techniques – essential
  • Degree educated – desirable

Other factors

  • Adaptability in the location of work including ability to be flexible with business travel as and when necessary

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Responsible for adherence to the Production Plan.
  • Responsible for the introduction and improvement of OEE across the Plants, monitoring, setting stretch targets and improving performance.



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