Maintenance Operational Excellence Manager

Based in Walloon Brabant, our Client produces, processes and markets flat glass for the construction industry (external glazing and interior decoration), car manufacturers and other industrial sectors (transport, solar power and high-tech).

It has over 100 sites throughout Europe and employs around 15,200 employees. Its operations are present in Europe and South America and are driven by 3 strategic Business Units.

They are currently looking for a Maintenance Operational Excellence Manager.

Function description

Your role will be to reshape the Maintenance activity at the best industrial standards (including sustainability, safety and “Industry 4.0”) by defining the ambitions and targets of your function coherently with the Business Unit’s strategy.

You will translate the plan into actions to create the right processes in order to achieve least-cost maintenance and eliminate reliability and operational problems.

Your responsibilities will be:

  1. to define the best maintenance strategies in all our sites
  2. to organize a continuous follow-up through KPI’s definition
  3. to build and share best practices leading to global and continuous improvement
  4. to achieve the lowest global maintenance costs (direct and indirect costs)
  5. to validate the maintenance budget of our European Plants including investments for efficiency improvement and extraordinary expenses.

You will have regular meetings with the Plants’ Maintenance Managers but also centrally with the Engineering, Supply Chain, IT functions and the Division.

You will work in a European context with a travel time above 50%. Your location will be in any of our European plant or in Belgium headquarters.

Job requirements
  • You have 10 to 15 years of experience in Maintenance management or equivalent role and experience in team management. Preferably in complex and international companies.
  • You have lean methodologies knowledge with concrete practice & experience.
  • You are a pro-active problem solver with a pragmatic approach and the ability to simplify complex problem into solvable tasks.
  • You have a strong experience in project management.
  • You learn fast and adapt to new contexts and concepts. Digitalization approach is embedded in your way of working.
  • You are an excellent communicator capable of influencing and motiving people. You work in a cross-functional organization.
  • You are expert on supporting significant change / transformation projects within a multi-site manufacturing environment.
  • You want to contribute to the improvement of our company carbon foot-print.
  • Your English is fluent, any other European language is a plus.
  • You want to make our customer experience’s Fast, Easy and Fun remaining Reliable and Cost Effective.

A longer term assignment after the IM period is possible, where you continue to invoice via your management company. 

Organizational and departmental definition

This role will report to the Manufacturing Europe Director. You will be Operational Excellence Manager for all the Maintenance activities related to the 12 plants of the Business Unit and you will functionally lead a team of Maintenance managers. 

You will be part of the Manufacturing Operational Committee.


Patrick Michielsen Partner