Senior Process Leader – Nights


The Senior Process Leader is accountable for delivering overall operational performance within one of the four units. With a clear focus on the business KPIs, working with other functional teams to deliver sustainable improvements within the manufacturing process.

Working with the Operations Director to build a fully enabled team to deliver business results. Work to develop the team and provide support and guidance as required.

Deputising for the Operations Director as required.

The Senior Process Leader will have a good overall understanding of the business and be involved in the management of the P&L and delivering business performance.

Ensuring consistent standards are met, achieve rigorous SQDCP performance improvements and customer satisfaction by delivering products OTIF from a vertically integrated process stream. Responsive to customer / supplier demands and NPI’s and proactive in moving the business forward.

Scope and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the operations activity within one of the four business units.
  • Deputise for the Operations Director as required.
  • Developing good working relationships with all functional teams.
  • Headcount ranging from circa 50 – 110 heads with circa 4 -5 direct reports.
  • Leading the operations team, provide guidance and mentoring for the Process Leaders within the business unit.
  • Work with the Operations Director and Finance team to deliver budgeted P&L performance
  • Active involvement in defining and delivering ‘Plan On A Page’ (POAP) commitments
  • Ensure Process Leaders are focused on managing departmental costs, to ensure budget targets are achieved, with particular attention to:
  • Payroll
  • Consumables
  • Tooling
  • Sub Contract
  • Overtime

In conjunction with the Business Planning team, establish business plans to support the management of:

  • Machine resources to ensure productivity and minimal downtime
  • Load & Capacity
  • SIOP (Sales Investment Operations Planning)
  • OPE
    • Performance Management / Production System
  • Manpower – People management, absence, productivity, skills, training
  • Machines – Asset care / Die Care
  • Methods – Standard Operations
  • Material – Production plan, Flow, Logistics, inventory
    • Delivery metrics – OTIF, Arrears reduction, Customer satisfaction, Business unit costs and revenue output in line with budgets, build and maintain buffer stocks
    • Standardisation of process and consistent application
    • Working environment – compliance to Mettis Policy and EHS directives.
    • Leading, setting standards, guiding and coaching in line with vision mission values
    • Responsible for the process stream 24/7
    • Working with COA’s to provide accurate and reliable feedback to customers
    • Meeting with customers
    • NPI / RPI in line with project management policy milestones


 Supporting Operations Director in delivering to Mettis Business Plan;


  • Compliance to policy
  • Risk Assessments
  • Safe systems of work
  • Accidents/Incidents
  • Housekeeping


  • Customer issues
  • Customer returns
  • Concessions
  • RFT (Internal)
  • Non-Conforming
  • AS9100 compliance


  • Schedule adherence (MPS)
  • Build to plan in sequence
  • Customer OTIF
  • Launch to plan
  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
  • Arrears burn down
  • WIP/ Inventory reduction
  • Lead time
  • Sub- contractor performance


  • Sales revenue
  • Value Add
  • Operating Budget
  • Capital Investment
  • Cost of Non Quality
  • Overall People Effectiveness (OPE)


  • Communication, Involvement & Engagement
  • PDR’s
  • T&A
  • Learning & Development
  • Succession Planning


  • Strategic future projects
  • Ambassador for Mettis Aerospace
  • Role model for the Company’s Vision, Mission and Values
  • Industrial Strategy

 General Leadership Competencies (GLC)

  • Health & safety awareness
  • Aerospace (and alternative sector) Quality requirements
  • Production techniques
  • Planning and Project Management
  • Problem solving
  • Lean tool deployment
  • Strategy deployment
  • IT skills
  • Properties of Materials
  • Production Engineering
  • Product Knowledge
  • Management of Employee relations
  • Performance Management to SMART objectives
  • Process Confirmation (Go – Look – See)
  • Visual management
  • Relationship management
  • Coaching
  • Communication to all levels
  • Facilitation
  • Decision making & Prioritising
  • Change management
  • Team building
  • Action orientation

Performance Measures

KPI’s / PI’s in line with accountabilities as agreed at PDR.

Experience and Qualifications

  • HN / Degree qualification in Mechanical / Production Engineering / Business Analysis (Preferred but not essential), or relevant experience
  • 5+ years in manufacturing operations
  • 5+ years in management of operational teams
  • Proven track record in delivering sustainable improvement and developing teams
  • Ability to coach and mentor employees on a one-on-one basis as well as a group


  • Profitable and secure future investment
  • Centres of competence
  • Processes that flow seamlessly and efficiently
  • Leaders who set industry standards


  • Deliver customer recognised value
  • Obsessed with eliminating waste
  • Enable the operation to perform
  • Support other Process Leaders and Heads of Business
  • Challenge the status quo with pace, passion and rigour

Values / Principles

  • We are credible professionals who set the standards
  • We are leaders not followers, bold and courageous
  • We are innovative, creative, agile and responsive
  • We engage, inspire, involve and respect
  • We have pride, passion and belief
  • Team work – together everyone achieves more. One bleeds we all bleed.
  • Contract: Full Time
  • Term: Permanent
  • Salary: Competitive Salary

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