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Operation Manager

Job location : Zhangjiagang, China
Created moment : 07/27/2021 - 02:00
Job reference : REQ - 04603

The Company

The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, technological expertise and its material science know-how to deliver solutions based on beneficiation of its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.

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The Position

Operation Manager

Job Summary


The operation manager leads the production team to meet customer’s requirements on product quality and on time delivery, ensuring production activity is carried out safely and efficiently.

To do continuous improvement to improve the performance of EHS, quality ,cost, efficiency, customer satisfaction at the site.


  • Full implementation and compliance with company EH&S policy and regulations in the production department.

  • Ensure daily production activity is carried out safely. Make sure company safety protocols and work procedures are followed strictly, and improve the safety maturity score 

  • Be responsible for daily production planning, work with sales and customer service closely to make sure on time delivery.

  • Ensure finished goods and raw material safety stock is appropriate and well maintained. manage the operation working capital, especially in inventory control, keep good balance of OWC result and on time delivery

  • Ensure all the production data are recorded correctly and input into KPI and TRS tools, monitor and analyze productivity and operational efficiency performance.

  • Improve productivity and operational efficiency through the implementation of “continuous improvement” projects.

  • implementing preventive maintenance to improve the productivity efficiency and equipment lifetime

  • Ensure the products are made in compliance with quality control requirements.

  • Together with QA and QC to run the root cause analysis for quality claim and taking correction 

  • Instructed by ISO 9001 system, and make continuous improvement

  • Ensure all the receipts and consumptions are acknowledged into the company ERP system.

  • Initiate and lead quarterly stocktaking activity.

  • Annual capex budget and execution  

  • Production cost control and management

  • Develop subordinators by setting expectations and providing performance feedback. Provide coaching and positive/negative feedback to reinforce operation discipline

  • Implement and maintain good housekeeping in the production area.

  • Cooperate with the company to fulfill the tasks related to ISO ISO9001:2008 and ISO14001:2004, including but not limited to communicating company environment information, make related action plans and follow it up.

  • To do continuous improvement by being the local champion of the I-cube team and making a positive contribution to the projects implemented at the site led by the country leader and industrial director

  • Other tasks assigned by the country leader and industrial director


Education, background, level of experience

  • Bachelor degree or above in mechanical engineering, chemistry,  materials science or other applicable engineering field from a major university, an MBA or equivalent is a plus.

  • 3-5 years of working experience in management positions.

  • Full experience on factory management such as 5S, TPM, project management.

  • Good knowledge/ skill of Continuous Improvement and tools/standards: Process mapping, PDCA, SPC, visual management, meeting review system,and so on. 

  • Good at analyzing the issue in a systematic way and solving it in a constructive way. 

  • Have good management and communication skills in multiple foreign companies. Good team player.

  • Candidates from the auto industry are preferred.

  • Experience in high-value industrial products for B2B.

  • Proven capacity to build a network of relationships.

  • Initiative, self-motivation, results-oriented, team player, good communication skill.

  • Fluent in English & Chinese, both written and spoken.

  • Good leadership qualities, with ability to create very good relations to coworkers. To us, good leadership means the ability to enthusiasm and inspire coworkers.  To create energy and pace is crucial. A clear vision and to be present are other important qualities we value, in order to lead and develop the country.

  • Ability to communicate on several levels.

  • Ability to cooperate with the rest of the management, in China and in the rest of the world. 

  • Ability to work in matrix organization.

  • Capacity to build frameworks and structure the processes.

Position Type

Full time


Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

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To ensure fairness and legal compliance in our recruitment processes, only applications received through the online application process will be considered. 

IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.

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