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Head of Production – Medical Device

  • Negotiable
  • North County Dublin
  • Permanent

Our client, a market leading medical device manufacturer, wishes to add to their senior leadership team. The Head of Production will be responsible for a cohort of 150 staff, will manage the production process (planning, resourcing, process improvement, ramp ups, staffing), as well as actively contributing to strategy, within their remit, and as a member of the senior leadership team.

Successful applicants will have 3-5 years+ experience in a “Head of” function within a large scale manufacturing environment.

For more information, call Cormac Spencer on 01 845 4651

Salary: Highly competitive and based on experience

Benefits: Flexible working hours, Pension, Bonus, Healthcare, Phone, Car Allowance, 25 days AL, Gym, and more.


  • Manage the Dublin site product-specific production and test functions to obtain the scheduled output of a high-quality product whilst meeting the required quality/regulatory/quantity/time/safety/cost objectives.
  • Plan, schedule and resource to ensure production schedules and customer scheduled delivery dates are met.
  • Foster good employee relations through effective feedback and communication.
  • Champion “Continuous Improvement” of production and plant operations.  Develop and implement “Best Practice” processes and procedures to achieve lowest total delivered cost, highest manufactured quality, and timely delivery objectives.
  • Manage a production rating system that shall ensure performance of key metrics are met in the areas of manufacturing, inventory, cost, quality, and customer responsiveness.
  • Co-ordinate with peer functions to resolve any issues that may impact meeting production schedule and with Customer Services to co-ordinate priority sales order changes.
  • Lead and actively drive new product/process introduction, including strong participation of  group in cross-functional project teams, coordinating requirements and objectives with  manufacturing and development functions.
  • Analyse situations within a global business setting, organise the necessary facts, and make prompt judgments in an effort to optimise production capacity, delivery, cost, regulatory compliance, and quality of product.
  • Interface with Dublin site Quality and Engineering functions to ensure effective implementation of notified product design changes and performance enhancements.
  • Develop and monitor budget activities, control of overtime and related expenses for the production function.
  • Work closely with counterparts across the globe.
  • Ensure the regulatory compliance and safe operation of production activities.
  • Assure performance management and development planning processes are in place for all production employees.
  • Evaluate plant manufacturing and testing capacity on an ongoing basis and make contingency plans and recommendations to plant management staff in an effort to prevent interruption in product delivery.
  • Key contributor in Make vs Buy decisions.
  • Oversee a large team, including manager grades. Experience in overseeing a team of 100+ will be an advantage.

Candidate Requirements

Successful applicants will have:

  • A Business, Manufacturing or Engineering degree.
  • A minimum of 10 years production management experience, including 3-5 years in a “head of” function
  • Working knowledge of and experience in material planning systems (MRP/MRP II), inventory management, and up-to-date production processes and scheduling.
  • Experience with advanced continuous improvement and Lean Manufacturing processes.
  • The ability to analyse details and organise into a professional business plan.
  • Strong Employee Relations/IR experience in maintaining good employee relations on the site.
  • Experience overseeing a large team, including manager grades. Experience in overseeing a team of 100+ will be an advantage.

If this Head of Production position sounds like you, Call Cormac on 01 8454651

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