Sr. Director Operations (m/f/d) - Performance Coatings

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Date: Sep 14, 2023

Location: Brussels, Brussels (Capital), BE, 1160 Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, GB, HD2 1YZ Barnsley, GB, S71 3HW Ritterhude, DE, D27721 Sant Cugat del Valles, B, ES, 8173

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

About Lubrizol  
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is committed to enabling a sustainable future. Our unmatched science unlocks immense possibilities at the molecular level, driving sustainable and measurable results to help the world Move Cleaner, Create Smarter and Live Better. Our solutions are used by people every day, improving billions of lives around the world. 

We value diversity in professional backgrounds and life experiences. By enabling a consistent, unbiased, and transparent recruitment process, Lubrizol seeks to create a positive experience for candidates so we can get to know them at their best. We recognize unique work and life situations and offer flexibility, ensuring our employees feel engaged and fulfilled in every aspect of life.


Join Our Thriving Team at Lubrizol as Sr Director Operations (m/f/d)


Unleash Your Potential! At Lubrizol we're revolutionizing the advanced materials industry and looking for exceptional talent to join us on this journey. If you are ready to join an international company with 8000 employees around the world and want to make a real impact, we want you on our team! 


What You'll Do:  


As Senior Director Operations (m/f/d), you'll be at the forefront of our innovation, driving our operational performance in support of our Performance Coatings strategy. You'll lead multiple manufacturing facilities globally, execute on the operations strategy and manage the operations team and organization. You’ll collaborate with a diverse group of passionate individuals, pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo. Your work will directly impact the business success of our Performance Coatings Group.


The position is preferably located in our offices in Brussels or one of our Lubrizol sites in the UK, Germany or Spain.


What We’re Looking For:


  • Develop and execute mid- and long-term manufacturing operating plan of the Performance Coatings business unit based on business and corporate operations strategy, such as network optimization, product transfer, strategic investment, etc
  • Manage the annual operations planning and management tasks such as objectives setting, budgeting, capital planning, performance review, organization planning, talent review and engagement.
  • Manage the global manufacturing performance measured in the areas of HSES, Quality, Delivery, Costs, Capital, Continuous improvement, Asset efficiency, and Organization development.
  • Build strong relationships throughout operations as well as improve and implement operations functional excellence management system by working with operations COE functions such as HSE, Quality, Manufacturing Technology, Operations Excellence, etc.
  • Act as a partner for and build strong relationships with the Performance Coatings business and commercial teams with a business driven and one team collaborative approach.
  • Develop the manufacturing team and organization as highly engaged, with high ethical standard, commitment to HSE, business driven, high performance expectation and functional excellence. Manage, lead, coach and develop the team and talent.


Qualifications That Set You Apart: 


  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical, chemistry, polymer, material, or relevant engineering field, advanced degree in engineering or MBA is a plus.
  • Minimum 15 years manufacturing leadership in the chemical or relevant industry including plant management.
  • Experienced at driving team development and performance, ensuring a high level of employee engagement.
  • Fluent in English. Other European languages are considered a plus.


Skills That Make a Difference: 


  • Demonstrated success delivering results in a matrix organization.
  • Excellent communication and networking skills. Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills as well as facilitation experience.
  • Self-motivated, proactive with the ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced, “high energy”, team-oriented environment.
  • Must demonstrate enthusiasm, a sense of urgency, attention to detail, commitment and follow-through while maintaining confidentiality and meeting deadlines.
  • Cross culture and international experience.

Considered a plus:

  • Experience in large multinational chemicals environment and working globally.
  • Experience with surfactant, Polymer, resins manufacture and coatings industry
  • Experience at managing different manufacturing facilities/technologies.
  • Experience at inspiring/leading large teams.


Diversity and Inclusion:


At Lubrizol we embrace diversity and foster an inclusive environment where everyone's voice is heard. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds. 


Ready for your next career step? Apply today and let's shape the future together! 



If you’re interested in the position, we encourage you to apply. Lubrizol is always looking for candidates who embody our cultural beliefs in everything they do. If you’re All In, Lead Decisively, Take Action, Think External, and can Be Courageous, Lubrizol could be the place for you.

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