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General Manager - Engineering (Ayrshire)

Summary of the Role

The General Manager is a critical role within Engineering, reporting to the Head of Engineering & Innovation.

The role is responsible for all manufacturing activities within the Group, including the overall leadership of circa. 30 employees.

The role has both strategic and tactical, responsibility for implementing manufacturing strategy and strategic operational goals to exceed customer expectations for product quality, cost and delivery, maximising efficiency, optimising production levels and driving operational excellence.


Strategy & Development

  • Overall responsibility for Manufacturing activities across the business
  • Create and implement best practice manufacturing vision, strategy, policies, processes and procedures to aid and improve business performance
  • Ensure that manufacturing strategies and processes are in place to meet business objectives and operational needs in terms of price, quality and delivery targets and which enables the company to function and compete effectively in the market
  • Evaluate the challenges faced by the business and take action to mitigate risks and develop opportunities
  • Contribute to overall business strategy and annual budget process
  • Take ownership of the manufacturing policy, guidelines and any associated documents

General Management

  • Lead, develop and implement variable cost productivity programmes across all areas of responsibility
  • Implement a customer focused operational culture delivering world class customer service levels
  • Coordinate team activities to optimise cost performance of the plant through capital investment programmes, optimising operating working capital usage and minimising waste through the development of a continuous improvement culture encompassing lean principles and clear strategic development
  • Budget development and management including the development and management master production schedule and operations budgets for products to directly support and ensure that the product is delivered to agreed cost, quality and timelines
  • Operate a process for safe selection of external contractors. In conjunction with the Purchasing Lead ensure all external maintenance contracts are regularly reviewed to ensure best value
  • Provide design for manufacturing input at early stages in the new product development process, coordinating with and supporting the new product development team to implement new and revised designs and developing effective processes to ensure manufacturability of product while maintaining quality, safety and environmental standards and achieving cost targets
  • Manage the accurate and on-time introduction of new products
  • Support project management to cross functional activity required for project execution
  • Ensure that Environmental, Health and Safety, manufacturing and quality standards and procedures are adhered to within the IMS

Leadership & Management

  • Provide leadership to departments under control and coach, mentor and develop direct reports and manage a high performing team that delivers continuous improvement, added value and cost reductions
  • Establish strategy and best practices for staff to ensure achievement of overall business objectives.
  • Work with the Manufacturing team to translate site strategy into specific annual performance goals and departmental objectives including KPIs, and to track them
  • Ensure strong communication between teams under leadership to facilitate exchange of information and in order to implement change and improvements
  • Ensure that the function operates in accordance with any health, safety and environmental policies and procedures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and visitors
  • Responsible for developing the appropriate organisational structure, resource plans and culture to support the business objectives and customer deliverables
  • Complete regular performance reviews, manage attendance, holidays, disciplinary issues and procedures as appropriate

Knowledge & Skills

  • Proven leadership and management skills with the ability to optimise team performance and development
  • Excellent relationship management skills with the ability to engage, negotiate and manage key stakeholders and suppliers
  • Strong and confident negotiator with the ability to negotiate at all levels
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving abilities
  • Results orientated with ability to plan and deliver against project deadlines
  • Commercially and financially astute with experience of managing budgets
  • Resilient, self-motivated and able to work well under pressure
  • Technical mindset
  • An appreciation of and an ability to positively resolve issues arising from different culture


  • Educated to degree level (preferably Masters) in a relevant engineering /manufacturing discipline or equivalent NVQ Level 7 qualification.
  • Preferably a Fellow or Chartered Member of an industry related Professional Body
  • Preferable Lean Six Sigma Black Belt qualification

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