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Head of Operations

Sector Location Job type Salary
Date added
9 September, 2019

Job Description

My client, an industry market leader, operates a number of global manufacturing sites with their Headquarters located in the Basel region. They currently seek a Head of Operations to lead the direction, strategy, planning and execution for the company's manufacturing operations, including end to end supply / value chain solutions. Following a sustained period of investment my client has established a reputation for proven, quality manufactured products. They have a dynamic and diverse business model which incorporates a wide range of products.


Head of Operations, Basel, Switzerland


As their long established brand looks towards expansion following continued growth, my client is offering an excellent opportunity for the Head of Operations to lead their operational and strategic vision across EMEA. You will enhance a professional, pro-active culture ensuring that, as the company grows, manufacturing capabilities meet or exceed all industry and customer requirements for cost, quality and responsiveness.


Reporting into the VP of Operations, the Head of Operations is tasked with enhancing the productivity levels via engineered solutions and people engagement. You will lead all manufacturing and supply chain initiatives whilst working closely with the VP and other global C level stakeholders to formalise operational plans, goals, and future product innovations.


As Head of Operations we are looking for high calibre leaders with the following skill sets:

  • Educated to Degree or equivalent level in a Technical/Engineering discipline, preferably with an MBA but not essential
  • Formal qualifications in manufacturing management, engineering, six sigma or lean or supply chain focused areas
  • Previously led senior-level negotiations with client companies and manufacturing partners - realistically you will have led in a proven GM/Site Manager role
  • Be able to develop and manage budgeting and budget execution with a focus on product costs and margins
  • An ability to establish relationships with the full range of worldwide sub-contract manufacturers and familiarity with their capabilities, pricing strategies, and negotiation tactics
  • A minimum of 7 years leadership and people management experience is essential
  • Be proactive in promoting Health and Safety in the working environment
  • Travel is essential, around 50% which could rise on occasions


If you are interested in applying for this Head of Operations role please register your interest using the link above, alternatively please send your CV to or for a confidential conversation please call John Byrne in our Zug office on +41 41 508 7007.