Production Manager

  • Signium Ireland
  • DECOTEK Automotive, Mullingar Road, Robinstown, Collinstown, County Westmeath, Ireland
  • 16/06/2022
Full time, Permanent Engineering Management Manufacturing Mechanical Engineer Production QA - Quality Control

Job Description


Production Manager


Decotek Automotive specialises in the design and manufacture of premium decorative exterior trim components for the global automotive industry. Based in Collinstown, Co Westmeath in the Irish midlands, it employs over 300 people in a modern, highly skilled manufacturing environment. Supplying some of the most iconic sports & luxury car brands in the world; it has a reputation for quality, reliability and guaranteed customer satisfaction.


Working with Aluminium and Stainless-Steel materials, Decotek’s manufacturing, engineering and design teams produce lightweight components that meet the highest international standards for surface finishing and corrosion resistance. As a Full-Service Supplier, its integrated in-house solutions provide a distinct competitive advantage; allowing it to have full control over the entire Metal Forming and Surface Finishing production processes – from product design to assembly line; delivering to world class automotive industry standards.


Reporting directly to the Managing Director and leading a team of circa 240 people as a key member of the Management Team, the Production Manager has primary responsibility for meeting the needs and expectations of Decotek Automotive Customers in terms of product quality and delivery; overseeing all operational functions including production, engineering, facilities and maintenance.


Based in Collinstown the Appointed Candidate will:


  • Lead all site production activities, achievement of the production plan, fulfilling all related Customer expectations including on time, in full deliveries and delivered quality
  • Lead the creation, ongoing development and deployment of best practice Lean Manufacturing strategy and framework; ensuring consistent and rigorous application across the business in line with best practice including: improvement projects/initiatives; continuous improvement and developing an enthusiastic, diverse, agile and flexible team in collaboration with all other functions
  • Develop and accurately monitor / report on manufacturing process performances using appropriate measurement tools; identify and implement process and systems improvements resulting in better yields, efficiency and cost savings while maintaining product and process quality
  • Develop and manage operating budget for the Production Department, in agreement with the Financial Controller
  • Initiate and oversee optimum employment and engagement levels through the effective recruitment, training, leadership, mentoring, development and management of all key operational managers including Cell Leaders, Department Heads and Manufacturing & Maintenance Engineering; proactively leading organisational development activities throughout the plant - while ensuring harmonious industrial relations
  • Inspire the production team to challenge existing processes and implement solutions that enhance the overall effectiveness of the production systems/processes by fostering a culture of Continuous Improvement
  • Actively promote an EHS culture within production; ensuring that personnel adhere to safe work practices & standard operating procedures; ensuring safe, compliant, efficient and effective operation of the Production process including specific compliance with IATF 16949, ISO 14001, all Environmental, Health, Safety and Regulatory requirements
  • Ensure any required investments in relation to production are identified and supported by the appropriate business case and ensuring their implementation & validation
  • Set operational performance goals which are ambitious, achievable and tied to long-term corporate goals; establish and report on appropriate measurement tools and performance indicators to reflect key success factors across all elements of manufacturing


The Successful Candidate will have:


  • A degree in Mechanical/Production Engineering or equivalent
  • At least 5 years manufacturing experience, preferably at production management level, within a team-based engineering manufacturing environment
  • Proven track record in Lean Manufacturing and familiar with Operational Excellence & Efficiencies and Right First time Philosophy
  • A collaborative leadership style; evidence of successfully creating a highly talented, engaged and performing team and navigating cross functionally in an evolving and dynamic environment – allied to the ability to motivate, influence, align, mentor and train others while being an effective role model across the organisation
  • Demonstrated efficient work methods, analytical & problem-solving skills, process improvement orientation and the ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment
  • Natural intellectual curiosity with an original thinking and business/operational intelligence mindset - an ability to see the bigger picture and positively challenge accordingly.
  • Ambition for the business and for their own career progression – sees the opportunity for the role to evolve and expand once there is a best practice and highly efficient Production function in place
  • Commercial and financial awareness with excellent attention to detail as well as strong organisational, follow-up and presentation skills


This role offers an exciting, demanding and fulfilling career opportunity for the successful candidate to become a leader and central contributor to the long-term success of a leading Irish manufacturing business; driving its growth and development at an exciting and pivotal time.


As well as an opportunity to build out a sustainable and serious career in this values-based, dynamically evolving organisation, this significant leadership role offers a progressive remuneration package; reflecting the scope, seniority and importance of the role to the organisation’s long-term strategic development.


To apply please email in strict confidence, quoting Ref. No 22672, giving full career details and summarising your relevance to:


Signium Ireland

130 Rathgar Road

Dublin 6




Tel: + 353 1 496 6500             Email:          Web:

KEY Competencies

Engineering, Mechanical, Lean Manufacturing, Production