Head of Production Vehicle Engineering

Posting Date: 05 January 2021

Location: Walsall, West Midlands, GB, WS2 8LD

Company: Babcock

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Head of Production Vehicle Engineering


About the role


Main purpose of the role:
Directs and coordinates the internal structure of the production organisation based on company policies, goals, and objectives to ensure a safe and efficient working environment and that deadlines are met consistently. 


Overall Purpose of the Role:

Strategic and tactical responsibility for implementing production strategy and operational goals to adhere to customer expectations for product quality, cost and delivery, maximising efficiency, whilst optimising and driving production excellence.

Work closely with internal and external key stakeholders, customer service, manufacturing, sales and customers regarding production support of their activities.


Responsible for all areas of the Production function and quality of service delivery, striving for best in class products and business practices to deliver to the customer’s expectations, managing teams and projects across the business. Provide clear leadership and vision, inspire and motivate staff to achieve excellence and mentor them as they develop new skills. Drive Key Performance Indicators across all areas of the Production function to ensure that all projects are delivered on cost and on time to the highest quality standards.


Ensure Health, Safety and Environmental issues are prioritised and facilitate, direct and drive implementation of Lean Business strategy and drive Continuous Improvement across all production related areas of the business.


Key Responsibilities:


Strategy and Development :
• Overall responsibility for Production activities across the business
• Create and implement best practice production vision, strategy, policies, processes and procedures to aid and improve business performance
• Ensure that production 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 production policy, guidelines and any associated documents
• Initiate and develop creative and innovative production processes


General and Task Management :
• Oversees daily activity of the team
• Manages team workloads in order to meet goals and deadlines
• Improves existing systems and policies
• Providing production support to the business development, estimating and onsite sales teams
• Responsible for overseeing all aspects of production, from contract award to handover
• Lead the preparation of production documentation for bids and contract for issue and analysis of returned tenders
• Assisting projects with value production and financial control of contracts during construction stage
• Develop planning and prioritise processes to ensure that multi-disciplinary resource is well aligned to maximise delivery of projects
• Ensure any new equipment or production activity is supported with appropriate qualification documentation and that this is appropriately stored. Ensure up to date drawings are maintained appropriately
• Work with Marketing department on product development, market opportunities and trends
• Coordinate with production to ensure effective and efficient production of product while maintaining quality, safety and environmental standards and achieving cost targets in a timely fashion
• Support project management to cross functional activity required for project execution
• Operate a process for safe selection of external contractors. In conjunction with the purchasing function ensure all external contracts are regularly reviewed to ensure best value
• Report on Production activities on a regular basis to the Senior Management team, ensuring accurate and timely reporting of the relevant Key Performance Indicators
• Ensure that Environmental, Health and Safety, production and quality standards and procedures are adhered to
• Establish quality and reliability standards by studying industry benchmarks and the requirements of customers and research/design and development, and define the metrics required to assess performance against standards required


People 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
• Set department objectives and monitor ongoing progress and performance
• 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
• Provide leadership, coordination and coaching to the team, ensuring they are trained enabling them to achieve the operational and financial metrics within their areas of responsibility and succeed in their roles
• Complete regular performance reviews, manage attendance, holidays, disciplinary issues and procedures as appropriate
• Establish strategy and best practices for staff to ensure achievement of overall business objectives. Work with the Production team to translate site strategy into specific annual performance goals and departmental objectives. including KPIs, and to track them


Financial Budget and Control:
• Prepare the annual Production budget and forecasts and all Capital Expenditure proposals as well as ensuring compliance with customer and legal requirements. Manage the budget from identification to completion of projects
• Input and hold responsibility for production budgets


Relationship Management:
• Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure optimal performance
• Work with the rest of the leadership team to decide which production projects are the highest priority against the business targets and which can be executed with the available resource
• Work collaboratively, negotiate and engage with key stakeholders to facilitate delivery and compliance with the production strategy
• Communicate with stakeholders the impact of market and technology change and potential effects on production. Recommend solutions without compromising quality or service while optimising cost
• Contribute to new business initiatives and projects and review and communicate the impact on production activities
• Support Sales team in developing production schedules and other quote activities
• Liaise and coordinate with clients, members of the production team and contractors on technical and commercial issues
• Leverage appropriate external contract resource as required to support projects and programmes and ensure that all required compliance projects are completed in line with regulatory expectations and that the top priority business projects are executed


Self-Management :
• Inspires and motivates the team
• Consistently manages performance firmly and fairly
• Knows and develops the team
• Resilient, optimistic and open to change
• Is self-aware
• Shows moral courage, openness and honesty in all dealings
• Is confident, assertive and self-assured
• Has an Adult:Adult, collaborative approach to others
• Self-motivated and able to work well under pressure


• Review environmental strategies that impact on future ways of operating and ensure implementation where possible
• Review the use of technological systems that support a more environmentally friendly approach
• Ensure environmental audits for production activities are carried out
• Review opportunities to be as environmentally friendly as possible


What do I need to do the role?


Skills and Attributes:
• 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
• Technical mind set
• An appreciation of and an ability to positively resolve issues arising from different cultures


Qualifications and Experience Levels:

• Educated to degree level (preferably Masters) in a relevant production discipline or equivalent NVQ Level 7 qualification.
• Ideally Fellow or Chartered Member of an industry related Professional Body
• Demonstrable experience of leading an production function with a proven track record in strategic production leadership delivering effective production strategies, policies, processes and systems
• Ability to add value, reduce costs and make business improvements
• Proven project management and supplier experience
• Experience of operating and influencing at a strategic level
• Knowledge and technical understanding of automotive processes, components and design techniques

What else do I need to know?

• All applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK and be subject to satisfactory security clearance which includes 3 years reference checks. Verification of any qualifications/passport/licences must be shown at interview stage.


Application Guidance

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We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strives to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. 

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