Are you looking for a challenge beyond your current scope? Ohly is now looking for a proactive and experienced Site Director in Boyceville, Wisconsin

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Oct 2, 2014
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Ohly is one of the world’s leading suppliers of yeast extracts, using state of the art research and application centers. Combined with factory linked pilot plants and a wealth of expertise, Ohly develops new products that provide solutions to the changing market demands. We are now looking for a proactive and experienced Site Director leading our operations in the US, from our main plant in Boyceville, Wisconsin. Boyceville is located only 1 hour drive from Minneapolis and only a 15 – 20 minutes drive from charming Menomonie, home of the University of Wisconsin-Stout University and a campus of Chippewa Valley Technical College.

The main objective of this role is to lead Ohly´s US operations (functional and disciplinary lead) with a two-dimensional responsibility, first as a Site Director leading all technical operations, and second as the formal General Manager and the disciplinary leader for all other US functions. The role is dynamic and will likely expose you for an array of leadership tasks, from performance management to team building. As such, we are looking for someone who enjoys this range of responsibilities.

You will be a visible player in a growing company consisting of highly competent colleagues. International peers will appreciate your presence at a variety of international Site Manager meetings; as well will your local leadership team demand your local presence and leadership. This role is central in terms of ensuring the building of a strong company culture, optimized production, and continuous improvement progress. The position offers an opportunity to make a difference on a production site in development. You will be visible to top management, in an international company and have the opportunity to take ownership and lead locally.

The Site Director has the following responsibilities:
Site Operations Manager Role

  • Responsible for all operations and optimization processes at the plant in Boyceville
  • Lead the operations group to maximize performance, efficiency and flexibility; ensuring to maximize margin and volume objectives.
  • Develop operational leaders forming one Ops team striving for excellence
  • Provide short term and long-term operational planning strategies together with ops leadership team
  • Maintain a close dialogue and alignment with the Global Head of Operations (HQ Hamburg)
  • Provide accurate planning for plant utilization, production, volume and material forecasts for current and upcoming years
General Manager Role

  • Representing Ohly US as the legal leader of the company
  • Initiate and drive culture building
  • Help promote a company culture that encourages top performance and high morale
  • Work closely with Ohly Corporate leadership team and local leadership team to set and/or implement policies, procedures and systems and to follow through with implementation
  • Analyze and identify the needs of all local functions
  • Become the trusted partner and mentor for the local leadership group, by facilitating meeting, legal signings and be responsible for all governmental contact and negotiations
What we expect:

  • Hold a degree in engineering, production management or business
  • Have management experience within a manufacturing; preferably within operations, engineering, maintenance or supply chain  
  • Excellent people management skills, with strong skills to influence and motivate colleagues and stakeholders, you will also have excellent leadership and team-building skills to create a strong and enthusiastic company-wide team culture.
  • Experience from change management processes
  • Cross-cultural experience and the ability to work closely with different stakeholders in an international environment
  • Demonstrated a strong working knowledge of Environmental, Health and Safety regulations
  • Strong working knowledge of Quality Management / Continuous Improvement Systems
This is an exciting and challenging leadership opportunity in an important production site for Ohly. In this role you will have the chance to work with highly skilled and committed colleagues, while building excellence and forging innovation. Simultaneously, you will be reaping the rewards of intensive personal and professional growth solving problems and creating innovative solutions. This is a key role, so we offer competitive compensation including attractive benefits, as well as excellent long-term career opportunities both locally and internationally within Ohly.

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