Productivity Manager WEEM – pladis Global – Zaandam

  • Zaandam

pladis Global

Want to help us bring happiness to the world? Want to join an ambitious and fast growing global biscuits and confectionery business investing heavily in iconic global brands, infrastructure and people? Then this is the place for you.

As proud bakers and chocolatiers and custodians of iconic global brands, we don’t compromise on the quality of ingredients in our products or on the people we hire. We are looking for entrepreneurial spirits who share our passion for bringing happiness to our consumers and who embody our Winning Traits.

To succeed at pladis you need to be purpose-led , resilient and positive to succeed here because we expect pace and agility , we insist on collaboration and demand accountability. If that is your thing, then pladis offers global ambition, a clear Vision and roadmap for success, challenge, and unrivalled opportunities to learn and make an impact

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The Challenge

We are looking for a Productivity Manager, with a big passion for R&D and biscuits. We offer you the opportunity to join our team and contribute to our mission to bring ‘Happiness with every bite’.

The position entails

As the Productivity Lead for Western Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa & Australasia at pladis Global, you will play a vital role in driving efficiency, process improvement, and cost reduction initiatives to drive profitability in operations. Your responsibilities will include specification rationalization, recipe improvement & optimization, and continuous improvement of our manufacturing processes.This role will drive the cost base reduction agenda, managing technical oversight and prioritization, and coordinating project delivery from conception through to delivery with the support of the local region(s) and procurement.

Your main responsibilities

Your responsibilities will include product specification and recipe improvement, commodity and supplier optimization, and continuous improvement of our manufacturing processes.

  • Cost Optimization: Identify opportunities to reduce the cost base for the company by analyzing operational processes, supply chain, and manufacturing procedures.
  • Process Improvement: Collaborate with cross-functional teams to streamline production processes, increase throughput, and reduce waste, ensuring quality and safety standards are maintained.
  • Product Specification & Recipe Improvement: Work within the R&D team to enhance product specifications and recipes, resulting in cost-efficient, yet high-quality products.
  • Commodity & Supplier Optimization: with the support of procurement, develop strategies to optimize commodity procurement, vendor relationships, and sourcing practices to reduce costs while maintaining product quality.
  • Data Analysis: Utilize data analytics and performance metrics to track and measure the success of cost-saving initiatives and recommend adjustments as needed.
  • Change Management: Implement and drive a culture of continuous improvement, providing guidance and leadership to operational teams.
  • Project Management: Organizecross-functional site teams and projects aimed at achieving cost reduction goals, ensuring timely and successful project completion with stakeholder involvement.
  • Risk Management: Identify and mitigate potential risks to supply chain and manufacturing processes, ensuring continuity and cost control.
  • Business Sustainability: Support the pladis Global Decarbonization science-based target ambitions.
  • What do you bring?

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in Science, Engineering, Supply Chain, or a related field. Advanced degree is a plus.

  • Minimum of years of experience in a similar role within the baked snack manufacturing industry, ideally with a focus on cost optimization, process improvement and/or quality control.

  • Strong understanding of R&D, supply chain, and production processes.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional teams and drive change within an organization.

  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills, with proficiency in data analysis tools.

  • Strong project management skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.Excellent self awareness.

  • A willingness to travel up to % as needed internationally, experience working with different teams and delivering results across different countries & sites is advantageous.

  • Must be fluent in English, fluency in Turkish, Dutch, or French is advantageous.

  • What we offer

    Working for pladis means challenging jobs, career opportunities and an inspiring environment that allow you to enhance your personal development. pladis recognizes that the on-going success of the company depends on the continued development and engagement of our employees and pursues a fair and competitive remuneration policy, recognizing individual and team competencies and performance.

    A few of our benefits:

  • Fixed term employment ( months) with possibility of a permanent contract
  • Development opportunities through our pladis Academy & other training programs
  • A competitive salary
  • Fulltime employment (, hours per week)
  • holidays (based on fulltime)
  • Pension in pensionfund ‘Zoetwaren’
  • Discounts on health insurance, gym memberships, bikes etc
  • Biscuits, chocolate and other snacks from our personnel store;
  • The best colleagues in an informal working environment.
  • Who are we?

    Koninklijke Verkade, founded in , with amazing brands like Verkade en Sultana, is part of pladis since . pladis  is one of the world’s leading snacking companies. We are the proud steward of over years of family baking and confectionery experience. A worldwide community with colleagues around the world. Each of us bring our experience in happiness. Each of us is unique, but we find each other as a family of bakers and chocolatiers, hardworking, with pride and purpose. After all these years we believe that biscuits and chocolate bring people together. We are pladis. We bake Happiness. Happiness with every bite.

    pladis succeeds because of people like you. People who wake up in the morning excited to get to work. Who believe in themselves and their potential. Who want to grow as part of a global community of like-minded colleagues.

    pladis colleagues care deeply about being the best. About winning, staying the course and never giving up. Whichever part of the world we’re in, whatever our role. Whether we’re baking, working in HR, finance, marketing or many other areas – we win as one pladis team.

    And while we’re all unique, we share something in common. It’s the code by which we live and work. We call it our ‘Winning Traits & Behaviours’:  Purpose Led Agile, Collaborative, Positive  and  Resilient . Five aspects of pladis life that define who we are, how we interact and get things done.

    If pladis sounds like the place where you can thrive and help write the next chapter in our growth story, then check out opportunities around the world and follow us for the latest information from our teams.

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    To apply for this job, please send your letter of application and resume to pladis Global via our website.

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