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Plant OpEx Manager - Beaurepaire (France)


Beaurepaire, Auvergne- Rhône- Alpes

Job ID:  37461
Estimated Travel:  0%
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Talent Area:  Operations & Manufacturing - Management

Trivium Packaging is a global sustainability leader in metal packaging with more than 60 locations worldwide, nearly 8,000 employees, and an annual revenue of approximately €3.0 billion. Trivium serves a diverse range of customers in a variety of end markets such as food, seafood, pet food, nutrition, beauty and personal care, household care, and premium beverages.

Trivium wants to shape the industry and has embarked on an ambitious transformation journey. In the near term, focus is on building & upskilling the team, deciding where to play & how to win, and increasing financial performance by executing the Trivium Business System (commercial, operational, and supply chain excellence). Sustainability is embedded in our materials and in our actions. Trivium has ambitious sustainability targets and focuses exclusively on products that are infinitely recyclable. Our company sustainability journey has been awarded with a Platinum medal by EcoVadis, the world’s leading rating agent who allocated this award only to the top 1% of the >75000 companies reviewed. Sustainability is embedded in each and every function at Trivium, it‘s in our DNA. The global head office is at Amsterdam Airport; however, many people work in virtual teams from different countries. Our culture is results-driven, entrepreneurial, informal, and highly multicultural. Our people have a high degree of responsibility. 



Job Summary:

The Plant Opex manager is the facilitator of key technology and customer initiatives, with full accountability for all aspects of project management.  This role reports into the Plant Manager Beaurepaire.  Projects may involve capacity expansion, new system & technology implementation, process improvement and tooling.  This role will manage all aspects of Operational Excellence and projects including technical, financial, operational, supply chain, sales, and commercial. Additionally, this role will lead and support the development and execution of plant operations-focused initiatives, improvements, workforce skills development, and best practices propagation.  The Project Manager will be more a manager taking full responsibility of the projects instead of a pure technical engineer.


With its 9 production lines, the BEAUREPAIRE plant produces around 130 M cans (aerosol cans and bottles for beverage and beauty & personal care), mainly for major key accounts in Beauty and Personnal Care market as L’Oréal.

The Plant Manager reports (solid) line to the General Manager of the Business Unit and has direct control over all plant related resources respectively cost except centrally procured (bundling effect) key materials such as tinplate, aluminum, energy and lacquers. The Plant Manager collaborates with BU Sales (Business Unit sales organization serving all plants of the respective BU) and the Global Key Account Organization.  There are not plant dedicated Sales Managers/’Plant Sales’, but it is the Plant Manager’s decision to target the optimized cost price per SKU.




The Plant OPEX Manager is an important driving factor during the transformation. He is responsible in getting employees to adopt to the new operating models and ways of working to become best in class in our industry and strive to Operational Excellence to be a role model of Trivium Manufacturing Excellence. Creating an operational excellence culture in the sector by implementing and communicating the Trivium Manufacturing Excellence strategy including identifying improvement opportunities, coaching and train employees to support achieving the sector KPI’s.


Job Duties:


  • Collaborates closely with project teams or local/sector leadership to develop project business case and scope. Project proposals include scope of work, timelines, labor requirements, cost, and economic return on investment.
  • Prepare and present detailed analysis including project budgets, schedules, ROI analysis, and forecasts. 
  • Follow-up on all the initiatives by sub-owners in timeline and actions to be realized.
  • Prepare, submit, and support project-related Capital Appropriation Requests (CARs)
  • Prepare and execute Special Manufacturing Authorizations (production trials).
  • Understand and develop process routing information required to support manufacturing enterprise system requirements (SAP)
  • Manage cross-functional teams and report on project team progress to include schedule, cost, action items, risk, and risk remediation.
  • Generates Scope of Supply documents and works closely with Purchasing Manager in negotiating capital purchases. 
  • Manage and forecast of associated project capital spending compared to budgeted costs.
  • Presents multiple solutions when presenting project options.




  • Make analysis of the total difference between current performance and the ideal scenario
  • Identify room for improvement and improvement potential per loss category
  • Support the analysis and reporting on the adoption and/or resistance to the new ways of working, including escalating identified roadblocks to execution of the transformation
  • Assist in mentoring employees on the tools required by the new methodology to obtain results and maintain controls after implementation. Provide for professional or technical growth through assignment, mentoring, or training
  • Implementing a continuous improvement culture in the plant including identifying improvement opportunities using LSS tools (e.g. Kaizen, Project planning, FMEA, DMAIC).
  • Provide functional perspectives on the initiatives to make sure the projects will not jeopardize success of other initiatives


Qualifications and Experience Requirements:


  • Experience in a high-speed continuous manufacturing environment.
  • Prefferred experience / working knowledge in Impact Extruded can making.
  • Good Microsoft Office skills and communication skills in English and French
  • 5+ years of manufacturing project management experience
  • Experience in managing multiple, large capital projects as well as smaller continuous improvement initiatives
  • Minimum B.S. in Mechanical, Electrical, or Industrial Engineering or business management with ioerational experience
  • Excellent organizational and leadership abilities
  • Ability to cope with pressure and change
  • Interpersonal skills (influence and develop others)
  • Drive to improve, challenges status quo and focused to achieve results as a team
  • Knowledge of adult learning and training techniques
  • Based in Beaurepaire plant and reports directly to Plant Manager




To reach our goals, we know we need colleagues at all levels who are truly diverse in every way. That’s why we are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status. Our customers come from a wide range of backgrounds, and so do our people and It’s business critical for us to ensure all our people have what they need to perform at their best and can be their true selves at work.