Production Manager Cathode Materials

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Location of the job : China (Jianmen)

Purpose of the job

The Production Manager Cathode Materials manages the production activities of the plant to produce rechargeable battery cathode materials within budget and cost price, in the volumes ordered by the customer, in the right stable quality, while following EHS rules and assuring people satisfaction in his/her department.

Strategic focus

Key is to flexibly produce an even wider mix of products at a lower cost, with a consistent quality and excellent safety performance. In order to sustain this, continuous development of the key people in the production department is high priority.


  • Define the yearly production OPEX budget. Regular follow up of the cost price while setting, following up and realizing ambitious cost saving targets. Set forward yearly priorities for the CAPEX investments in the cathode materials production;
  • Regularly update the long term production planning in accordance with the customer forecast, as well as the raw materials and sub materials planning;
  • Continuously follow up the production performance: product quality, process stability, OEE,...; standardize the production conditions, stimulate continuous improvement (lean, 5S, QCC, 6 sigma projects,...);
  • Execute the production part of the ROCE strategy by setting, following up and communicating objectives and KPI’s in the department;
  • Implement the ACE strategy in the production department by taking the lead to continuously improve the department’s safety performance, to reduce the workers exposure to dust and the overall environmental impact of the UMK production plant;
  • Organize the work in the production department. Assure development and retention of people at all levels with a specific focus on development of the key people within the production department, emphasizing on developing self-sufficient teams.


Arranges the supply of raw materials with the business supply team or with BU suppliers (JUC). Plans the production volumes and timing together with the Asian and EU commercial teams and other BU customers (UJKP); continuously communicates directly with people at different levels (operator, staff, assistant manager) of his organization; works closely together with the warehouse and internal logistics coordinator for all internal logistics, packaging, labelling and inventory related arrangements and with the AM department for expansion, improvement and maintenance of the installations; Interfaces with the PT department for process improvement, transfer of new products and establishment of new lines. Directly interacts with all supporting departments at the plant: Quality department for analysis of the product and product quality, EHS for improving the safety performance and workplace conditions, Plant Controlling for cost follow up, SS for purchases and logistics, HR for hiring and evaluating people. The production manager is a leader of a section of the cathode materials production team. Shift and day shift leaders directly report to him/her. The total workforce in the cathode materials production section can vary from 40 - 80 people.

Job Location: China (Jianmen)


  • Min BSc with experience in an operational environment;
  • Knowledge and understanding of powder production processes;
  • Knowledge of operations management (planning, production systems, 5S, Kaizen, ...);
  • Basic knowledge of product cost calculation;
  • Basic knowledge of Q, E and S management systems (ISO 9001, TS16949, ISO 14000, OSHAS 18001);
  • Computer skills: office software (Excel, Access, Word and Sharepoint);
  • Basic knowledge of statistical tools (6 sigma);
  • Ability to identify and solve problems;
  • Ability to define needs and promote change;
  • Analytical thinking, problem solving ability;
  • Self-motivation, reasonable, opened mind, organization skills and adaptability to change team spirit;
  • Positive attitude and challenge spirit for new environment.

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