Vice President of Manufacturing (Global but based in Denmark)

This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing organisation and lead the global Manufacturing function as VP of Manufacturing across all NKT Photonics (NKTP) facilities (currently Birkeroed, Denmark, Cologne, Germany and Southampton, UK). Whilst based at the Birkeroed facility, NKTPs headquarters, you will be required to travel to other sites in the region for up to 25% of your time.

NKTP is looking for a leader that can build a successful volume manufacturing organization whilst focusing on continuous improvement in driving down cost and increasing quality and on-time delivery. The successful candidate would see the potential in optimizing a ‘high mix – low volume’ production to reduce product variance and be able to improve New Product Integration (NPI) by balancing the need for manufacturable products and a fast transfer.

As a global organization we are culturally diverse and hence experience in working in a cross-cultural company is required. NKTP is an internationally renowned laser company and as such requires a VP of Manufacturing that has experience of working within the laser industry ideally or wider photonics industry as a minimum.

You will be reporting to the CEO of NKTP, based in Birkeroed.

The role could be raised to Chief Operating Officer (COO) should candidates have proven skills and experience at that level and have the background we are looking for.

Job Summary

Responsible for leadership, management and continuous improvement of activities at our global manufacturing facilities to meet production goals, quality and cost objectives. Prioritises production schedules based on NPI, equipment efficiency and materials supply. Plans and administers procedures and budgets. Makes budgetary recommendations on capital expenditures and direct/indirect labour. Selects and develops personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the production functions. Develops schedules and manpower requirements for assigned areas.

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