Operations Manager

Weaving Operations Manager vacancy
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If you have a passion for manufacturing or technical textiles, we have an exciting opportunity within our Woven Fabrics business for an Operations Manager.


At Heathcoat Fabrics we strive to be bold and dynamic in everything we do. We are ambitious and not afraid to experiment and push boundaries within our industry. Our highly specialist products are manufactured for use in the Automotive, Healthcare, Defence and Aerospace industries, to name a few, and we rely on the creativity, skill and dedication of our people to contribute to some of the most innovative fabric making projects in the world. We are committed to ensuring our people have the skills and confidence to excel in their field and provide opportunities for progression at all levels.


About the department and role

Our Woven Fabrics business is responsible for the manufacture of technical textiles through a variety of processes such as Texturising, Warping, Drawing-in, Weaving and Inspection.

Our Operations Manager is responsible for the planning, manufacture, and quality of all Woven Fabric products and for driving efficiencies across the production areas. The ideal candidate will be managing budget constraints, ensuring managers measure performance through Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost metrics and initiating and implementing continuous improvements through all relevant stakeholders. Our Operations Manager is responsible for working with the divisional Director to develop and implement a World Class Woven Fabrics production strategy to ensure the division is able to meet all current and future business demands to the high standards expected by our customers.

The successful candidate will lead the delivery of the production strategy through target setting, monitoring achievements and appropriate milestones with each accountable Manager and/or Team Leader. The ideal candidate will have a passion for manufacturing or technical textiles and will play an active role in the development of Woven Fabric management, promoting and encouraging an environment focused on delivering world-class service and a positive employee culture. They are hands-on, leading and motivating their team of Managers and Team Leaders. The successful candidate will be an ambitious individual with a strong drive and motivation to develop within the Company.


Skills, knowledge and experience required

  • Degree or equivalent qualification and/or experience in a relevant subject, preferably in Engineering, Technical Textiles or Manufacturing
  • Proven leadership skills in manufacturing with considerable experience managing a large team
  • A strong desire to drive change and deliver large scale business improvements
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to influence at all levels
  • Organisational and project management skills with the ability to problem-solve
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes, especially Excel
  • Experience with lean manufacturing preferred
  • Knowledge of the textile industry is desirable but not essential


    Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.00pm


  Training and development opportunities available



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What you can expect from us

  • Engaging work culture
  • Environmentally conscious company
  • Company profit share scheme
  • Company contribution pension plan
  • Personal learning and development
  • Leadership development and mentoring programmes
  • 34 days holiday per year
  • Canteen
  • On-site car and cycle parking
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Enhanced maternity benefits
  • Health & dental plans
  • Company sick pay and life assurance
  • Tech and Cycle Schemes
  • Discounts with participating local shops and businesses
  • Contribute to high-profile textile projects
  • Privately owned, debt-free company

For further information on this vacancy please contact:

Human Resources Team
Heathcoat Fabrics Limited,
Westexe, Tiverton EX16 5LL UK