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Innovation, Operational Excellence and Innovative Materials Production

Our client is an important international group in the chemical industry with a production site in French-speaking Switzerland. Recognised by a global clientele, its success is based on very strong corporate values that honour safety, social responsibility and excellence. It provides innovative and global chemical solutions to differentiated markets like aerospace, automotive, electronics and construction. To respond to rapid growth, our client has appointed us to recruit a

Production Manager (m/f)

You will steer a production sector operating 24/7, comprising different manufacturing and packing units and delivering several thousand tons per year. You will manage production resources, ensure safe operations and compliance to all relevant EHS / process safety and quality standards and will manage the human, technical and budgetary aspects of the operations. You will take responsibility for production schedule adherence, maintain contact with clients and guarantee total customer satisfaction. In increasing the flexibility and efficiency of production methods, you will anticipate future investments and ensure KPIs follow up. Working together with all the site’s departments, you will provide real leadership and maintain employee commitment to production objectives. You will report to the Head of Production and be in close contact with the Executive Committee. You will have the chance to work within a company that is focused on people, innovation and excellence.

We are seeking a chemist or chemical engineer with a master’s degree and ideally an MBA. You have already managed a chemical production entity of this size for at least five years, with experience in lean manufacturing and agile methods, and you are a manager who knows how to support team members in the development of their career. As a very good communicator and coach, you know how to gain the support of your employees and anticipate the problems. You are naturally innovative, a facilitator that fosters and drives continuous improvement towards excellence. You are resistant to pressure and know how to make the right decisions and think logically, even in emergency situations. You are at ease at all levels of discussion and can address facts in an objective and concrete manner. You are fluent in written and spoken English and French. German and other languages would be a valued asset.
If you are interested in this challenge and recognise yourself in this profile, do not hesitate to call us for additional information or to send your complete application by e-mail.

  • Job title Production Manager (m/f)
  • Sector Mechanical engineering / Mechanics / Automation
  • Occupational group Production / Assembly / Commissioning
  • Region Valais
  • reference number 3438.VD
  • Your consultant
    Eric Chatelain (EC)
    Eric Chatelain - eric.chatelain(at)
    Engineering Management Selection E.M.S. AG
    18, avenue d'Ouchy, 1006 Lausanne
    Tel. +41 21 613 70 00

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Tel. +41 21 613 70 00

Education & Experience

Consultant for industrial micro information technology and design of real-time systems for international companies, as well as member of the board of a leading company in industrial automation. Long-term experience in coaching, in selecting and recruiting specialists and managers. Instructor at the engineering school of Lausanne. Partner of E.M.S. SA Lausanne.

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