Manufacturing & Operations JobsOPERATIONS MANAGER

  • SJ50098
  • Permanent
  • Mayo, Sligo

Collins McNicholas

OPERATIONS MANAGER – Medical Devices   

The primary focus of the role is to provide day to day operational leadership to a Value Stream business unit, contributing to the delivery of the annual business plan within budget. This entails leading and coordinating Production activities and resources. This role reports to a Value Stream Manager and sits between the VSM and the Production Team Leaders. 


Leadership of headline metrics including safety, quality, service and cost

  • Lead and develop Health & Safety culture and systems.
  • Implementation of Production System
  • Support Quality System Requirements, compliance, CAPAs and develop a culture of quality excellence.
  • Customer-focused, understands business finance & importance of the Value Stream key operational performance indicators including OEE /efficiency, effectiveness, and waste reduction.
  • Contribute to Value Stream budgets development including headcount with subsequent accountability for all direct, indirect & overhead cost elements

Typical Daily Activities

  • Manages effective daily shop floor stand-up meetings/pulse walks to delegate priority tasks to provide clear ownership & direction.
  • Liaise with SME Engineering and the VS Maintenance function thus ensuring that effective maintenance systems support schedule adherence.  This responsibility includes escalation of unplanned interruptions and root causing of same.
  • Work closely with QA to ensure the production of quality products and generally seeks methods to improve quality performance.
  • Support production planning initiatives and requests for planned interruptions.
  • Support, coach and mentor direct employees to ensure they are competent to implement HPS, run GB/BB projects, 5S and other tasks.
  • Manage labour planning requirements for both direct and indirect.

Communications and People Development & Engagement

  • Provides clear leadership, delegation & coaching support to the VS team. Builds & delivers effective communications at all levels.
  • Development of the Team Leader structure and performance management within the Value Stream
  • Employee selection, development & engagement


Internal and External Networking

  • Networks to build relationships internal and external to the Value Stream
  • Maintains open & immediate communications with the Senior Management Team on critical operational issues.

Plant Business and Strategic Planning

  • Participate as a key contributor to Plant strategy formulation and execution including future growth objectives. 
  • Contribute to the business planning process, including budget formulation and tracking.

Employee Relations

  • Coordinate internal Value Stream relations with internal Shop Stewards and participate as required in meetings with elected representatives.


  • Primary degree in an Engineering, Manufacturing or Business discipline. 
  • Postgraduate degree in Continuous Improvement, Operations, Business or Engineering discipline advantageous
  • 5 to 7 years functional leadership experience in a high volume manufacturing environment with 3 years Lean/Six Sigma experience.
  • Previous experience of Class II medical device industry and experience with moderate to high automation is also beneficial


For a confidential discussion and more information on the role, please contact Davin Ferguson on 0719140251 or email

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