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Production Unit Leader

Date: Aug 6, 2022

Location: Cork, Munster, IE, T45 VE28

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Role Overview


Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Production Unit Leader supports all points of the value stream, from raw material purchases through to customer order fulfilment. This hands-on operational role includes leadership of production activities, scheduling and supply, EHS, quality, and continuous improvement within the production area and supply chain business processes.

Job Requirements


• Deliver excellent operational performance, leading the planning and execution of the production 
schedule to meet customer demands in an increasing culture of compliance
• Champion of safe behaviour at all times through consistent demonstration of leadership and 
employee safety expectations and practices including reporting and audit compliance
• Drive site operational performance through visual management, cross departmental collaboration 
and data analytics
• Lead site manufacturing activities, working across functions within the site and the wider 
organisation to resolve issues, ensure process capability and achieve plant OAU and capacity targets
• Strong collaboration with front line operations and deployment of resources to successfully achieve 
the production schedule
• Effective liaison with plant scheduler and procurement activity in support of the production plan
• Development of the plant MRP process and NIU consumption and planning process to support the 
production plan and inventory objectives, in line with agreed KPIs
• Provide technical and manufacturing expertise on the plant’s various product portfolios 
• Lead production aspect of product quality investigations in conjunction with quality assurance 
including the assignment and management of corrective and preventative actions
• Partner with quality to meet all product quality requirements in accordance with approproiate 
standards and lead key quality improvement initiatives in the production unit including error 
reduction, 100% audit readiness and right first time

Educational Requirements


The education and experience you need for the role: 


• Bachelors degree in chemical engineering or equivalent, a MSc or PhD qualification is desirable 
although not essential
• 6+ years experience in a lead manufacturing role in the pharmaceutical or chemical industry 
• Ability to lead, motivate and mentor frontline operations personnel 
• Knowledge of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies with Green or Black Belt qualification preferred
• A strong interest in data analytics and development and deployment of Digital and Data Analytics 
• Comfortable dealing with ambiguity and managing multiple competing priorities
• Ability to see big picture and think longer term, balancing short vs. long term priorities
• As the Production Unit Leader it is vital that you demonstrate strong communication skills and 
decision making abilities with a proven aptitude to influence stakeholders and gain consensus

IFF is an Equal Opportunity Employer


At IFF, we believe that your uniqueness unleashes our potential.  We value the diverse mosaic of the ethnicity, national origin, race, age, sex or veteran status. We strive for inclusive workplace that allows each of our colleagues to bring their authentic self to work regardless of their religion, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, or disability. Visit to learn more.