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Operations Manager (External Manufacturing)

  • Job reference: 927858
  • Location: Limerick
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Sector: Life Sciences, Procurement and Supply Chain
  • Date posted: 24/09/2019

Orion Group are looking for an Operations Manager (External Manufacturing) for our multinational medical devices client based in the Limerick area on an initial 12-month contract with the potential to extend.


Job Purpose
Reporting to the External Manufacturing Make Director, the Operations Manager will be responsible for the governance and oversight of a global portfolio of External Manufacturers (EM). The focus of the role is continuously improving the operational performance to delivery products meeting quality, service and cost standards. The role requires excellent levels of communication and collaboration with both the External Manufactures and all internal functions that constitutes the Supply Chain.

This position may require up to 50% domestic and international travel.


Main Responsibilities of the role

  • Ensures all quality and service contracts are executed to deliver optimum cost, reliable and compliant supply of products across a portfolio of Global External Manufacturers
  • Lead a global Supplier Relationship Team (SRT), which is the cross functional team supporting the EM portfolio, to deliver all operational performance results and improvements across quality, service and cost
  • Implements policies, standards, and guidelines in line with the client based EM governance processes developed within the company
  • Ensures best practice risk management processes and tools are implemented to identify and manage all risks across quality, service reliability, capacity and cost
  • Build strong strategic relationships and partnerships, internal and external, to deliver on business-critical priorities to support short term needs and long-term strategies
  • Continuously improve supply and service reliability by leading the SRT to ensure successful process improvements and project execution, review prospective improvements, corrective actions, validations and manufacturing scale ups at the external sites, and provide leadership in escalating and resolving problems
  • Provide regular performance metrics and reports to the management teams which demonstrate appropriate performance management in areas such as quality & compliance, customer service; reliability and cost
  • Maintain awareness of current industry trends and conditions that affect suppliers, cost of goods, pricing and may have operational or strategic implications for the company

Desired Experience and Background of the successful candidate

  • Five to eight years of experience in any combination of the following related areas: Manufacturing, Contract Manufacturing, Quality, Supply Chain Planning, Engineering, Strategic Sourcing, and Distribution
  • Three to five years' experience in Medical Device manufacturing is required
  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree is required, preferably in Engineering, Supply Chain or Business
  • Proven high levels of effective communication skills, oral and written is required. Comfortable with virtual communications and with global attendees across multiple levels in the organization
  • Demonstrated strong project management skills, negotiation, financial, or analytical skills would be highly beneficial
  • Prior experience in managing suppliers, negotiating contracts and working on supplier agreements is preferred
  • Experience with Six Sigma/Process Excellence tools, training and/or certification is preferred
  • Self-starter/entrepreneurial/highly motivated


Our role in supporting diversity and inclusion
As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.

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