T&I Manager - Upfield

T&I Manager

Are you passionate about Product & Process changes? Are you a leader, with project management skills, ready to be the central point of contact, manage the team and manage the technology & process transfer between the factory & R&D? We are looking for someone to be responsible and ensure all projects are landed on time and efficiently


Location: Kleve, Germany

On Site


About the position  

In this role  you will manage projects related to innovations, renovations, value creations, supply chain resilience, technology transfer & process improvements specifically in capacity, waste reduction & OEE improvements. This role has 3 direct reports. This role reports to the Technology and Innovation Manager in Europe, you are in charge to lead the T&I team in Kleve, lead the process validations E2E manufacturing level, keeping factory excellence and productivity by design.


So what are the key objectives / projects you will deliver in the first year 

You will develop the depth of technical knowledge within the manufacturing network, building the skills within the T&I team.

Responsible for assessing manufacturing impact on innovation input for business case. Responsible for mapping and building factory capabilities.

Provide technical expertise to the operations and site network ensuring excellence by design:

- Coordinate factory functions to implement changes and mitigate risks.

- Roll-out new process settings providing trainings on change management to operators.

- Interface and support Engineering where process installations are being altered or introduced.

- Ensure the projects are launched within Zero Based Waste targets and expected operational efficiency.

- Review and update changing over matrix, supported by R&D.

- Troubleshooter for product, process, and packaging performance. Provide solutions to bottlenecks prior to commercial productions.

Implement efficient project tracking ensuring correct prioritization on day-to-day T&I tasks, identifying risks, and helping to shape a plan to put in place proportionate mitigations.

So what does it take to be successful in this role?  

Maybe you have worked in a similar role for the past 5 years in a similar role within Operations, Manufacturing or R&D and are now ready to go into a more hybrid role. You have knowledge or experience in quality or product development. You have a strong process & product validation background with a strong focus on project management.  You are very proactive and are able to set up your own structured way of working. You are ready to enjoy working in a fast-paced environment & we will give you the full ownership you need to make a real impact. Being fluent in German is required.   


What’s next  

If this position sounds interesting, please hit the apply button now! If you have additional questions, you can send myself, Andre Vleeming an email on andre.vleeming@upfield.com   


We understand your resume might not be up to date, we recommend that you apply with what you have or your LinkedIn Profile. Upfield is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse workplace, we understand that you might not hit all the requirements stated in the description, but we encourage you to apply anyway. You might be the right candidate for this role or other roles.   

We prefer to receive your application before 15th of January. The first stage of the process will be a Video interview with me.  


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