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Manager Production - Operations

Mitsui Chemicals Europe Sittard-Geleen Chemelot Area 40 uur Procedure succesvol ingevuld


Mitsui Chemicals is a Japanese chemicals company, listed on the Nikkei with business interests in Japan, Europe, China, Southeast Asia and the USA. The company produces performance materials, petro and basic chemicals and functional polymeric materials. Mitsui Chemicals is active in the sectors Mobility, Food and Packaging, Health Care, Next Generation Business and Basic Materials. Looking to its business line Mobility, with a strong position in the US, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, China, Thailand and India, it is the companies’ ambition to also play a strong role in the European interior and exterior automotive market. Due to this objective, there is a need for an own compounding plant in Europe. For various reasons, including (technical) infrastructure and other, it has been decided to build a new plant on the Chemelot industrial estate with the name Mitsui Prime Advanced Composites Europe BV (ACE). A new factory will be built here with a capacity of 30,000 tonnes and an expected work force of around 60 employees.

The ambition is to start production by mid-2020. At present, the new plant is in the engineering and design phase. The year 2019 will therefore be devoted to prepare for the start of production in 2020. This involves supervising the entire construction process, installing the equipment, conceiving the new ideal organizational structure as well as the phased recruitment and training of the right employees.

In order to give form and content to these preparations, it is important that a Manager Production (MP) is appointed on a short term in order to work with the Japanese colleagues to fulfil the ambitions mentioned above. Therefore Mitsui Chemicals has asked Equipe Professionals Only to support them in the search for a new:

Manager Production
Hands on, analytical and pragmatic team builder who has the power to construct and elevate the production plant


As mentioned above, the Mitsui production plant will be built in the Chemelot industrial area. The whole production plant and its team still need to be constructed from scratch. This process has already been started by internal and external specialists. They are leading the process of setting up of the production plant in which the MP will be actively involved. Altogether, the short term objective is to be operable shortly. Subsequently, the long term objective is to make the production plant run as efficiently and effectively as possible. This makes the position as MP a key position in the future success of this new organisation.

With regards to the involvement of the MP in the set up of the plant, a couple of things need to be taken care of, such as, the engineering design and its construction, the governmental permitting process, commissioning, trial production, the setup of the plant process scheme, the standard organizational procedures, and the operations and management rules.

Once the first stage is completed and the production site is operable, the MP will have to focus on the core of its role. This entails the planning, coordination, control and optimization of the manufacturing processes. As well, the MP is responsible for maintenance and supply chain management. Also, the coaching, motivation, training and the performance reviewing of the production team will be the MP’s responsibility. Besides, the MP will be liaising among different departments and implement the company’s policies and goals as a member of the Management Team.

To conclude, while taking safety, health and environmental aspects into account, the MP ensures that the production of goods and services are cost efficient and of high quality.


A university (of applied sciences) degree is required, preferably a (master) degree in Engineering with a minimum of 5+ years experience in the role of MP. As well, experience with implementing continuous improvement methodologies is preferred (e.g. Lean 6 Sigma, TMP, 5S, Kaizen activity). Moreover, to successfully build up the plant, knowledge of engineering and construction management is necessary. As well, experience with commissioning and trial production for the plant set up and expansion project is needed. Also, to be successful as a MP it is important to have good communication skills; planning and organising skills; strong negotiation skills; and analytical skills. Furthermore, it is essential to be stress-resistant and to be able to motivate others. In addition, since Mitsui is an international company, it is also essential to have good intercultural skills, the willingness to travel and to be flexible. In terms of languages, you need to be fluent in English and Dutch. Lastly, having experience working in a Japanese company or experience in setting up a new company are an absolute plus.


A key position at an internationally successful organization with a strong influence on bringing this production plant to a success. Accordingly, the remuneration package will be substantial.

What specifically draws your attention in this vacant position? We invite you to apply via our website You can find the job opening on #7691.

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For more information please contact Bas Thissen ( on 06-12286511 or Milo Gordijn ( on 06-82253832. You can also contact our office in Maastricht on 0031 43-3299955.

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