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As a global leader in its field, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S has a clear mission: to protect and save lives all over the world. This relies on continuous innovation, manufacturing, sales, service and training in safety equipment, which is made possible by the great people we bring together.
Develop your skills the international way
Join our team as we develop game-changing safety solutions for the world’s largest cruise and ferry owners, leading commercial shipping giants, major offshore energy operators, navies and a wealth of other maritime organizations worldwide. Experience a dynamic and inspiring working environment as part of a skilled and diverse workforce. We see the world as our home market – and we think and act from a global perspective.
Where do you come in?
We are looking for an ambitious Manager heading Manufacturing Excellence, who will be reporting to our COO at the headquarters in Esbjerg, Denmark.
At VIKING, the world is our home market. So when we say Global Manufacturing, we mean a truly global unit across Europe and Asia, which comprises around 1,000 VIKINGs distributed among nine factories. Each plays its own unique role in our global production setup. At our factories we produce a variety of products securing a complete supply of Liferafts, LifeCrafts, Evacuation systems, Lifeboats, Davits etc.
As Manufacturing Excellence Manager, you will work closely with the Management team in Global Manufacturing.
With your strong focus on execution, you will serve as facilitator between these factories.
Primary tasks and responsibilities
We strive to have the industry's best and most competitive production and to embrace new technologies and digitalization to streamline processes and capture data across the organization. We call this Manufacturing Excellence.
As Manufacturing Excellence Manager, you will play an international role with global responsibility for the Manufacturing Excellence Program, which will deliver year-on-year improvements measured on Quality, Health & Safety, Speed, Dependability, Flexibility, and Cost.
- Your role will be cross-organizational, heading and facilitating projects between the nine factories in collaboration with Management team
- Your focus will be within Supply Chain and Manufacturing including supply chain design, risk management, capacity planning, etc.
- You will also be responsible for developing processes and supporting leaders in change management and operational improvements
In the medium term, there are various potential management career opportunities for the right person.
You should expect 60–80 travel days globally per year, depending on COVID-19 restrictions, of course.
You have a degree in production engineering or a similar technical education. Keeping up to date on the latest technologies and digitalization is your top priority, and you see opportunities where others see limitations. An MBA is an advantage, but not a requirement.
Optimally, you have a proven background from a similar position at a large global company, where you have successfully managed projects with a keen understanding of the project management discipline and best practice.
- Proven experience in manufacturing and digitalization is crucial
- Project management skills – both planning, execution and implementation
- International work experience
- Strong communication skills and cultural adaptability
- Keen analytical mind, both strategically and operationally
- Mastery of manufacturing disciplines such as LEAN, Six Sigma, Kaizen etc.
- Experience working with SAP would be a definite plus
- English is our corporate language – fluency in both spoken and written English is a must
Moreover it is important that you are able to maintain a good overview of business processes from the broader perspective of the business goals and requirements of a global organization.
If you live abroad, you might live in proximity to one of our local factories, preferably in Denmark, Norway, China or Thailand.
On a personal level, you feel comfortable communicating on all organizational levels. You are self-driven, have a positive and results-oriented attitude, and you thrive in a busy environment where cooperation is a must. So, obviously, you are a team player.
Moreover, you are innovative, professional in your workstyle and experienced in implementing new processes and systems in a global organization.
VIKING headquarters is located in Esbjerg, Denmark – the center of a thriving region with a strong business environment, outstanding nature and plenty of sports and cultural activities to enjoy. We always strive to be the best and to raise the bar when it comes to safety, creating exciting products to support diverse markets. We offer interesting and varied work with ample opportunity for professional and personal development.
How to apply
In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), all applications are to be submitted online.
Applications are submitted online via “send application”, which is located at the top-right of the page. Applicants will be contacted throughout the hiring process, and the position will be filled once we have found the right candidate. All applications will be handled confidentially.
Depending on Covid restrictions and your residence, interviews are held either virtually or physically at VIKING in Esbjerg.
Desired start date: as soon as possible, but we are willing to wait for the right candidate.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Senior Global HR Business Partner Jane Simonsen by phone: + 45 2542 8269.
For further information, please visit our website www.VIKING-life.com to learn more about our company, our products and our core values.