WABTEC Operations Manager (Interim or Permanent) in Brunntha, Delaware


ANNAX Group joined the Wabtec / Faively Transport Family in April 2018.Sincethen it forms together with our Faiveley Facility in Tours (U3) the Business Unit "Information and Safety. ANNAXis an integral and exciting part of our strategic pathway to success and performance. For our Production Cycle (Process from Tender Management, Project Management, Engineering, Manufacturing, Production, Supply Chain and Logistics) we need for ANNAX GmbH in Germany support during the Integration Phase.

This role can be on Interim Basis as well as a Permanent Opportunity, dependent on your qualification and desire.

It is crucial that you are Fluent in German and English.

The Operations Manager is responsible for creating and directing high quality, low cost manufacturing operations; building manufacturing management team capability; creating and sustaining a high performing, lean culture; and assuring safety across all manufacturing operations. The Operations Manager is fully responsible for meeting safety, quality, delivery, productivity and budget goals for manufacturing operations.


  • Responsible for all aspects of the manufacturing process, including safety, quality, cost, productivity and schedules

  • Establish a zero accident culture including expectations, responsibilities, training, measurement, auditing, corrective action, and continuous improvement

  • Assure employee compliance to all health, safety and environmental program requirements

  • Establish strategic goals, objectives, and operational budgets for manufacturing operations

  • Develop, implement and direct manufacturing schedules and resource requirement plans

  • Supervise staff, including hiring, employee communications, training, discipline, evaluation, and corrective action responsibilities

  • Drive the Wabtec Performance System (WPS) to establish a fully lean manufacturing organization

  • Establish key performance indicators and drive shop floor metrics to lead improvements in safety, quality, productivity, on-time delivery and cost reduction

  • Provide leadership to the organization and establish high performance standards and accountability at every level on the team

  • Set priorities and collaborate with engineering and project management in capacity planning to assure on-time product delivery to customers at optimum cost and efficiency

  • Direct manufacturing teams and all related people management responsibilities, including hiring, employee communications, training, performance management and corrective action responsibilities

  • Accountable for day to day manufacturing team performance and results, including identification and removal of obstacles to success

  • Drive implementation of LEAN Manufacturing tools and ensure effective systems for continuous improvement, corrective action, and preventive actions are in place

  • Create and ensure effective management review processes are in place in order to achieve performance goals related to safety, quality, schedule, and project management targets

  • Create and maintain a positive team culture enabling the organization to act as a high performing team

  • Communicate goals and strategies to the team to drive change, motivate employees, provide direction and align efforts

  • Develop team members’ skills to expand their contribution, and prepare them for advancement

  • Measure and monitor performance and address performance issues appropriately

  • Reward and recognize people for achievements

  • Develop succession strategies for critical roles


  • Minimum 10 years’ demonstrated accomplishments in operations management in a manufacturing environment

  • Demonstrated leadership in driving change throughout an organization

  • Strong background in lean manufacturing and 5s, with experience in leading initiatives and implementing principles into manufacturing processes

  • A track record for delivering results in a project design to spec environment

  • Analytical and reasoning ability for problem solving, strategic planning and creativity/innovation

  • Excellent judgment ability for complex decisions

  • Capable of planning and organizing work and processes; ability to direct multiple projects and meet deadlines

  • Financial acumen for planning and managing operations

  • Excellent verbal and written communication/language skills, including ability to provide clear written and verbal instructions, compile and present business reports/ correspondence, present information clearly, and effectively provide direction

  • Excellent communication skills to clearly, comfortably and effectively present business information and recommendations

  • Interpersonal and supervisory skills, such as coaching, providing feedback, and evaluating performance of subordinates, and the ability to coach and motivate employees to achieve management expectations and assigned performance criteria

  • Proven ability to recruit, train, and motivate a team in order to balance staffing strength with profitability and growth

  • Interpersonal skills to work in a team-oriented, collaborative environment

  • Customer service and quality orientation


Functional AreaManufacturing & Production

Business UnitRegular Full-Time

TypeAnnax GmbH