Group Leader

Salary: £36,000 - £38,000 pa

Industry: Automotive

Job Type: Permanent

Location: West Midlands

Reference: 27557-aj

Expiration date: 14 July 2017


Job Purpose: This is a position that will be responsible for coaching and mentoring of all direct reports, creating an environment of genuine employee empowerment in order to achieve ‘World Class’ standards. The incumbent will be responsible for achieving volume, quality and cost targets through the combined team effort of direct and indirect departments. Implement and develop customer / supplier philosophy within the company.

Key Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Continuously improve all areas of operations including quality, schedule achievement, cost and people development
  • Plan and Co-ordinate manufacturing operations within areas of responsibility
  • Monitor, control and maintain the quality level within the areas of responsibility to the company quality standards ensuring that the customer (internal and external) is protected,
  • Ensure that the departmental area of responsibility can function at all times in terms of labour, consumable materials and maintained equipment in order to achieve the required volume and quality levels.
  • Motivate, support and lead the team through coaching and mentoring.
  • Achieve world-class performance in areas of housekeeping, waste management, and compliance to safety and environmental legislation.
  • Control all waste in order to meet departmental budgets ensuring cost effective use of both company and natural resources.
  • Enable the team to set work standards / processes, implement assignments / labour loading and achieve production targets.
  • Facilitate the removal of non-value added work within the manufacturing team in line with company improvement processes (Six Sigma, Kaizen, AMPS).
  • Facilitate team measurement of performance in line with departmental measurables, enabling the team to work on problem resolution and customer protection
  • Plan labour requirements and where necessary ensure procedures are followed to recruit labour.
  • Maintain an effective level of communication at all times across all areas and levels of the business
  • Assist and facilitate training to develop team members and minimise impact of labour shortages.
  • Manage level one / 8D problem resolution and facilitate team efforts in level zero / 8D investigation.
  • Ensure data collection is up to date and accurate.
  • Audit all visual management in area of responsibility ensuring any corrective action plans are put in place
  • Develop and implement robust problem containment and resolution to protect the customer (internal and external) at all times.
  • Manage and resolve Industrial Relations issues at a local level.
  • Monitor team local budgetary spend on overtime, tooling and other consumable type items.
  • Challenge the status quo by not accepting the current ‘situation’ as the best or the normal.
  • Maintain a level of confidentiality with delicate or sensitive company information.

Qualification & Experience:

  • Greenbelt trained, or willing to undertake such training.
  • Good general knowledge of a plant operating procedures to ISO9001, (or equivalent recognition).
  • Proven ability with team development and team motivation.
  • Experience of ‘lean Manufacturing’ tools and techniques
  • Good general PC applications knowledge – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to influence others.
  • Enthusiastic and determined, highly self motivated.