Head of Operations

  • Location

    Portsmouth, Hampshire

  • Sector:

    Aerospace Manufacturing

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  • Contact:

    Janet Mottram

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  • Published:

    9 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months

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Head of Operations with a manufacturing background and preferably experience of polymers, chemicals and/or rubber required to be responsible for developing the operational performance of the Portsmouth site to meet and deliver on the strategic objectives of profit and growth, people development and value creation. This role also has overall responsibility for the Production of materials and components (inclusive of Silicone Business Unit), Procurement function and strategic responsibility for the site facilities function.


  • Planning operations of small batch, large variety products to tight customer schedules and regular new product introduction.
  • Managing the Operations team on a day to day basis, while planning to To meet / exceed Operational budgeted targets in respect of revenue, operating profit and expenditure which directly impact inventory and cash flow
  • Lead the silicone business unit through future development
  • To contribute to and deliver the company's strategic objectives
  • To operate within the Group's Finance, Health & Safety, Quality and Environmental systems, policies and procedures
  • Manage internal supplier arrangements.
  • Manage, coach, develop and mentor subordinates
  • To encourage and support integration and connectivity across the group
  • To leverage financial and efficiency benefits by promoting and utilising inter-group services and facilities
  • Attend and contribute to senior management meetings on a regular basis
  • To improve operational efficiency through standardisation of measurement and reporting systems and procedures
  • To deliver and further develop operational improvement strategies and tactics
  • Identification of business opportunities
  • Ownership of monthly sales forecast
  • To contribute to contract and commercial management issues via tender process and contract review Formulation and review of operational KPIs
  • To support strategic growth of the site infrastructure through capital investment associated with sales growth and safety improvements
  • Support the refinement of business processes around the facilities function to ensure safe operation for employees and external contractors



  • Operations management experience in one or more significant organisations, which engineer and manufacture technically differentiated products into the engineering and manufacturing sectors.
  • Likely to come from Aerospace (not OEM) environment where a history of continuous improvement culture, strong process management and strategic improvement exists.
  • Accountability for significant customers or programmes and been involved in commercial negotiations, both pre and post contract.
  • P & L responsibility for £multi-million business.
  • It is essential that candidates can demonstrate experience of personal implementation of improvement (bottom line) and not just having been in the business while it happened. The following key attributes are considered fundamental to success:
  • Problem solving ability
  • High degree of personal energy
  • A highly systematic approach
  • Methodical management
  • Excellent communicator at all levels
  • Understands and has proven success within a World Class manufacturing company who understands the balance between consistently achieving aggressive targets for quality, cost and delivery (QCD) whilst meeting internal commercial metrics for profit and return on capital
  • Multi-site responsibility in a highly customer-sensitive environment.


Exposure to modern and varied styles of current thinking and techniques within manufacturing operations, particularly in implementing sustainable improvement programmes.

  • 5S
  • Kaizen
  • Kanban
  • Lean Implementation
  • Cell Implementation
  • Value Stream Mapping

Understanding of engineering and technical disciplines.

  • Strategy
  • Sales
  • Commercial & Contract law
  • Business operating systems
  • Employment law


A Bachelor's degree in Production/Manufacturing Engineering or a similar technical discipline, would be positively regarded as an indication of academic achievement and acumen. Evidence of further qualifications such as an MBA from a leading business school e.g. Durham, Warwick, Aston etc. would also be a strong indicator of ambition and drive and be seen as providing a candidate with recent exposure to latest business thinking and practise.