Production Leader

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Production Leader

Are you motivated by making good products even better, do you like achieving targets, and do you want to support the transition to solar mobility by supplying the world with the best solar panels? Do you feel passionate about producing quality parts efficiently in high volumes, and are you comfortable leading a production team?

Full-time · Venray

Where: De Amfoor 2 Venray, located directly next to the A73, in our center of solar development and manufacturing.
Domain: Operations
Experience: at least 5 to 10 years of experience in a similar role
Degree: at least a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field including an analytical and practical way of thinking.

Working at Lightyear is a unique experience. You get the opportunity to work for a company with a pure and meaningful mission. A mission that will make a positive and lasting impact on future generations. 

What will you do as a Production Leader?
As a Production Leader you’ll play a major part in the production process of our technology leading solar panels in the right volume on time and to the best possible quality. In fact, you’ll be the person in charge of the entire production shop floor team.

As such it is also your responsibility to ensure the team achieves their output targets by keeping them motivated, removing any roadblocks, or providing clarity and direction when needed.

In order to achieve these results, you’ll have to excel in collaborating with various departments such as logistics, supply chain, procurement, quality, and process engineering. Reporting wise the Production Leader reports directly to the Operations Manager. As a Production Leader you will have the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Setting up a working schedule and clear method of communicating production results to the Operations Manager and other stakeholders.
  • Identifying opportunities to further improve the production process and ways of working throughout.
  • Creating clarity for your team and the entire organization.
  • Developing and Implementing better ways of producing by applying.
  • Lean Six Sigma development.
  • Set up a production schedule.
  • Ensure the team can work as planned and that targets are reached.
  • Collaborating with various departments to arrange all resources, materials, and services needed for production.

A day as a Production Leader
You get into the office, grab a coffee or tea, and then you start by reviewing the production schedule for the day. Next, you’ll meet up with the area leads and go over the production data of the previous day. Production disturbances are discussed, repair and maintenance activities scheduled and any action following is appointed to the right action holder. You check with quality on their findings on the parts produced and see if any correction to the activities is needed.

Then when your team goes to work and the machines are humming you’re on standby for emergencies or questions, the leads can’t solve by themselves and focus on what is needed for the next week and month and how you can achieve the long-term schedule. The demand planner is your best friend on this matter. During lunch, you have time to reflect and relax. You are free to have a good walk or eat your lunch in the canteen.

In the afternoon you have a brief meeting with the process engineering and maintenance teams and align on schedules and you provide your input and ideas to further improve the processes. Then you do your round on the shop floor to see if all is well and if there are lean practices to implement, before heading off to logistics to sign off the batch of parts ready for despatch.

At the end of the day, you list the numbers produced and align them with the Operations Manager, if needed, before heading home.

What do we expect from a Production Leader?
In order to succeed in the dynamic world of Lightyear; pro-activity, professionalism, communication, and adaptability are crucial. We are looking for someone with an ambitious attitude who learns from the past but who is especially open to transforming new developments or ideas into the ‘tried and tested’ of the future! You thrive on working team-based, but working independently shouldn’t be an issue. You are flexible and can work under pressure. Furthermore, we are looking for someone with:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or process technology and an academic way of thinking.
  • At least 5 to 10 years of experience in a similar role, and in that capacity experience in managing a larger group of people within a complex production environment.
  • Experience in a high-tech and/or complex manufacturing environment is considered a plus.
  • Experience in solar manufacturing or automotive is a tremendous plus.
  • Preferably Lean Six Sigma or Green Belt certified.
  • Knowledge of OSHA, IATF, and/or automotive APQP is a tremendous plus.
  • The ability to perform well under pressure.
  • Extensive lean manufacturing skills and the track record to show for it. 
  • Excellent people skills and you’re great at organizing work.
  • Strong communication skills and leadership skills.
  • Proficient in English and Dutch.
  • A 100% match between our core values and your values as a person.
  • Mission-driven and eager to deliver the change.

What can you expect from Lightyear?
In addition to a challenging role we also offer:

  • A high degree of freedom and independence in your role.
  • A role within a multidisciplinary team consisting of highly motivated, inquisitive, and talented people with a broad diversity of experience.
  • A role at one of the fastest growing technology companies in the Netherlands with tremendous potential.
  • 40 vacation days per year.
  • An interesting and balanced pension through Zwitserleven that is in line with the mission of Lightyear.
  • The ability to participate via shares and to be involved in the growth and success of Lightyear.
  • In addition to a dynamic working environment, there is time for relaxation during our already epic Friday afternoon drinks.

About Lightyear
Lightyear is an innovative and progressive scale-up with one mission: clean mobility for everyone, everywhere.

Lightyear originates from the legacy as a multiple world championship of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge® Cruiser Class. Officially established in 2016 by 5 visionaries with the dream to make this groundbreaking technology accessible to everyone, everywhere. In order to accelerate the transition towards a truly sustainable solution for mobility, we believe that it is necessary to completely rethink automotive design by starting from scratch, not limited by industry conventions.

At Lightyear, we all strive for the same goal. We have a team with diverse skill sets and backgrounds; all working tirelessly towards clean mobility for everyone, everywhere. We’re proud of our culture and live up to our core values: think independently, be bold, deliver the change, put people first, and take responsibility. Our shared vision is what unites and drives us.

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