Head of Operations, Wuxi

Posted 29 Jun 2019

Wuxi, Jiangsu - China

Req Id 189318


A career at our company is an ongoing journey of discovery: our around 52,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others.

Your role:


  • Environment, Health, Safety & Security

    The Site Leader is responsible for all EHS issues. Working in partnership with the Site EHS Leader, the Site Leader ensures that:

  • A site culture of zero risk and continuous improvement on all EHS matters exists
  • All local EHS legal requirements & corporate EHS policies and procedures are fulfilled
  • All EHS risks are correctly assessed and mitigated against and employees are encouraged to proactively identify safety risks
  • Site Leader leads the site EHS Committee
  • Abatement equipment and processes are aligned with the site’s mandate
  • Investment in EHS related areas is appropriate
  • Corporate EHS programs are implemented locally
  • The site has at all times all required permits to conduct its activities in accordance with applicable laws and regulations
  • In case of EHS crisis the Site Leader leads the site crisis management team


  • Quality and compliance

    Working in partnership with the Site Quality Head, the Site Leader will ensure that:

  • All manufacturing activities are carried out in line with ISO9001, approved specifications for manufacturing processes and products, and applicable regulatory requirements
  • A site culture of zero risk on all quality and compliance matters exists
  • Create a site quality culture where all colleagues ensure all relevant standards are fulfilled daily
  • Ongoing and appropriate investment in plant and equipment is carried out to ensure that the facility meets appropriate standards
  • Audits and inspections from customer and regulatory bodies are supported
  • Supports the Site Quality Leaders in ensuring that all quality systems and measures receive appropriate focus
  • A mid to long term quality strategy which is aligned between the site and LS Quality, predicting upcoming compliance/regulatory trends and incorporating same into the site strategy to ensure risk minimization
  • Customer Service

    Working in Partnership with the Supply Chain to:

  • Ensure that installed capacity will meet short and medium term demand
  • Ensure all orders are manufactured to schedule
  • Promote a culture of transparency between all relevant stakeholders
  • Proactively identify and communicate when problems or potential risks to supply arise and take appropriate counter measures.
  • Optimize inventory level to expected levels
  • Ensure that agreed service levels are reached
  • Drive responsiveness and flexibility in order to be able to produce any SKUs at any time


  • Efficiency
  • Ensure that the drive for efficiency is seen in the context of our other guiding principles – Safety / Quality / Regulatory Compliance / Service
  • Constantly challenge cost to ensure that the plant is operating efficiently within the context of allocated volume. Monitor all relevant performance indicators, predicting impact on annual results, taking action to mitigate any over runs and eliminating waste
  • Provide guidance and drive to the Site Management Team when creating the annual operating plan
  • Develop in cooperation with the Strategy team a long-term development and investment plan for the site (site master plan & CAPEX investment plan) as well as annual CAPEX plan on EHS, compliance and quality, capacity growth and asset maintenance investments
  • Ensure proactive plant risk management and risk mitigation in order to prevent service disruption


  • Site Leader role within the site Network
  • Provides input and ideas which are focused on optimizing the ISCO network, not just individual plant efficiencies
  • Fosters cooperation, learning and best practice deployment across sites
  • Ensure success of technology transfers to / from other sites and partners
  • In line with corporate and business objectives, is responsible for the overall prioritization and monitoring of site priorities and goals
  • Keeps abreast of technical developments that may impact the engineering and business aspects of the plant
  • Keeps abreast of regulatory requirements that may impact planning and execution of manufacturing, quality and compliance activities
  • Scope of People Responsibility
  • Provides leadership to the Site Management Team to ensure that each department is aligned to achieve site goals
  • Cooperates within matrix structures recognizing that final decision on some issues may be taken outside the plant
  • Implement HR policies and procedures which promote positive employee relations and are consistent with local statutes, client requirements and market conditions
  • Continually enhances the skill level of the organization by investing in the learning and development of the organization's employees, and by actively participating in the selection of external talent
  • Promotes a climate of positive employee relations by fostering two-way communication and by resolving employee issues in a timely manner




Who you are:

  • Requires extensive professional experience (minimium of 10-15 years as a guide) including substantial managerial experience in diverse roles – minimum 5 years’ experience in a manufacturing plant management function
  • Requires considerable depth and breadth of expertise combined with in-depth knowledge of market and competitors
  • Prefer candidate from Pharma or Life Science background
  • Requires good understanding of the Chinese market
  • Strong project management experience is ideal, i.e., managing high level integrated projects and meeting tight deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively across the matrix organization interacting in particular with Supply Chain, Strategy and Quality functions.
  • Strong leadership characteristics, ability to attract, motivate and retain talent
  • Open and transparent, not afraid of reporting bad news to prevent unpleasant surprises
  • High energy, passionate and self-motivated - , someone who has a strong desire to succeed
  • Challenges both himherself and others by managing employee performance, including the timely completion of performance appraisals and mid-year reviews, regular feedback, and appropriate action planning
  • Skilled at managing supply chain to deliver on time best cost solutions to customers
  • Working knowledge of quality principle and methods
  • Related degree in technical or business fields
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with strong leadership attributes


Funtional Area: Manufacturing

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