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Date Added: Mon 24/05/2021

Innovation & Development Leader

Devon, UK
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Job Type: Permanent, FullTime

Salary: £43000 - £45000/annum flexible salary + benefits

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join a small and successful Site Leadership Team in Plymouth. The focus of the Innovation & Development Leader is largely on growth and development of the business. The successful candidate will need to work closely with Sales and Marketing to develop and maintain a product pipeline for future operations, to ensure engagement with the delivery of new products and processes.

Working hours are Monday to Thursday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM with an early finish on Friday 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. The Innovation and Development Leader will work closely with the Operations Director and Site Management to identify growth opportunities and implement process improvements in; safety, quality, cost and delivery. Key focus areas include; NPI, Optimisation & Process Improvement, Lean, Root Cause Analysis and most fundamentally - Continuous Improvement.

Key Responsibilities

* Lead the Innovation and Development team to optimise production processes, improve reliability and introduce new products and process to the business, extending beyond existing capability.

* In conjunction with the Operations Director, drive a culture of continuous improvement through the Plymouth operation team to introduce best practice, optimise processes and automate where possible.

* To drive and develop a culture of Continuous Improvement to improve safety, productivity, reduces cost, enhance quality and maximise delivery.

* To facilitate the development of improvements to processes, specification of production equipment and tooling.

* To lead the introduction of new products and processes through the development of business justification with the commercial team, approval of capital investment with finance and with buy in and support from the operations team.

* To monitor, measure and report on CI activities in line with business and approvals requirements. Create a framework that the site/function can use to drive operational improvements.

* Ensure suitable training and development of team members.

* Provide strategic leadership and tactical planning for business wide process improvements.

* Ensure compliance with HT and Aptiv policies and procedures.

* Through a team approach facilitate root cause analysis for areas of non-conformance and provide robust corrective actions to eliminate cause.

* Day to day leadership and management of the Innovation and Development Team including performance management, appraisals, and employee relations matters.

* Manage departmental expenditure within budget constraints.

* Provide support within the company to ensure that the Business strategy / objectives are achieved.

Knowledge / Experience / Qualifications

* Minimum HNC/ HND in Engineering or similar.

* Experience applying Continuous Improvement tools and techniques within a manufacturing environment.

* Previous experience of managing and leading a team.

* Competent in Microsoft office (Excel, work, PowerPoint, Visio, Project).

* Budget and project management experience.

* Lean Manufacturing qualification.

* Solid works / AutoCAD drawings and design experience.

* Proven track record of implementing and embedding change.

* Experience of project management in an automotive environment would be useful.

* Experience at justifying key business spend for capital investment.

* Effective communication skills both verbal and written.

* Ability to work effectively both within a team and using own initiative.

* Experience of leading and managing a high performing team.

* Takes accountability and deals with problems and issues in a timely manner.

* Experience of planning and organising effectively in line with business initiatives.

* Experience of challenging the status quo and driving change.

If you feel you would be the right fit for this position, please submit an up to date CV and I will be in touch to discuss role in more detail and the next steps! This is an exciting opportunity, with great progression opportunities, certainly not one to be missed
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