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Head of Operations
- Responsibile for Asia-wide Operations
- Reporting directly into the CEO
About Our Client
My client is a global multinational organisation operating across multiple commodities markets and support businesses including, agricultural products, foods, oils, metals, logistics and shipping.
With 34,000 staff worldwide and global revenues totalling USD $46 billion, this market leading company has committed to continued investment in China & Asia as one of its strategically important, high growth markets.
As part of this investment, they are now looking at add capability to their senior management team by appointing a new role: Head of Operations China/Asia.
Reporting to the CEO for China and the Global Operations Head you will be responsible for delivering a programme of operational improvement throughout the business including multiple manufacturing plants, trading platforms, shipping, logistics operations and IT. You will be responsible for identifying opportunities for achieving cost savings and efficiencies whilst also mitigating operational and commercial risk. You will also provide strategic input on CAPEX, OPEX & G&A investment decisions and actively influence the strategic planning and decision making process.
Being customer focused, responsive and highly adaptable is important due to the nature of the industry: where commercial decisions can start and stop production and logistics operations quickly.
You will manage senior stakeholders and demonstrate the benefits of implementing lean practices in to their operational business units. You will also be directly involved with Production and Supply Chain operations within individual business units, identifying opportunities for improvements and delivering them successfully, whilst supporting the ongoing business operations. You will also be responsible the functional P&L and for selecting and developing direct reports
The Successful Applicant
The successful applicant with be a seasoned Supply Chain and Production professional with broad experience of delivering lean improvements to complex, multinational business operations; including significant exposure to working in China; experience of the wider Asia region would also be advantageous.
You will be a creative problem solver, being able to deliver multiple projects simultaneously, independently, on time and to budget. You will have strong financial acumen, analytical skills, attention to detail and be happy operating in ambiguous situations. Chinese language skills would be advantageous.
You will be comfortable managing senior stakeholders, often with conflicting interests. You will have a proven track record of gaining the sponsorship of the business unit heads. You will also be hands-on with the Supply Chain and Production functions of the individual business units in order understand the opportunities for improvement. Ultimately you will be responsible for making the right strategic decisions and delivering change successfully.
Candidates will be considered from a broad range of industries including, but not limited to process industries and general manufacturing.
What's on Offer
A highly critical role within the organisation, you will be given the autonomy to really drive change in the business. Reporting into the CEO for China and with weekly contact with the Chief Exec, this is a chance to drive your career forwards at an exceptional rate. The significant investment in many of their business units means your role will continue to expand.