Plant Manager Halle


Halle, VBR, BE, 1500

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At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!


About the role


The mission of the Plant Manager is to create a true performance culture at every layer of the organization and to develop a lean efficient organization with strong leadership competencies at managerial and at front line level (approx. 400 people in total). 
One of the key goals to achieve is to build a strong partnership with social partners on Safety, Performance, Productivity and Labor flexibility.
Reporting to the Supply Chain Director Belgium you will be responsible for organizing and coordinating all operations activities within the site, in order to meet short- and medium-term operational goals and budget targets. And also, together with the Business Development Manager, you will work on our Growth Plan for Halle.
Key Responsibilities include:


  • Leading, directing, controlling coordinating and managing the day-to-day activities of the plant
  • Contribute to the supply chain strategy & setting the local business strategy
  • Translate the Operations strategy into local strategy and plans, and drive implementation in the area of responsibility 
  • Building positive relationships with Unions
  • Optimize the performance (capacity, ability, cost-effectiveness, processes, cross factory perspectives) of the operations environment
  • Ensure delivery of production output according to cost, schedule, quality standards, customer specifications and time
  • Ensure that equipment and technology used throughout the site can handle short, medium and long-term requirements.
  • Work out & propose short- or medium-term investments 
  • Manage the team ensuring staff are motivated, trained and ready to achieve objectives, in a positive social climate 
  • Manage people planning to achieve short and medium-term business results

About You


Essential experience & knowledge:

  • You have at least 15 years of relevant experience within an industrial environment in leadership roles
  • You have proven leadership achievements in a matrix organization, ideally within a demanding high volume Manufacturing or B2B organization
  • You are experienced in building satisfactory relationships with the Unions
  • You can manage upwards as well as downwards, you continuously strive for improvements in ways of working, processes and approaches, best practice delivering a more effective management
  • You are a decision-maker with an analytical, strategic, project management mindset and have a positive, engaging and charismatic, driven personality and robust character
  • You have excellent learning agility; have the ability to accept responsibility, ensure quality, and truly understand the importance of being a leader
  • You are ideally French-speaker, with good knowledge of English. Dutch is a plus.


Interpersonal competencies & Leadership competencies

  • We expect you to bring to this position:
  • Strategic vision combined with hands-on execution
  • Effective and proactive problem-solving skills
  • Innovative and able to challenge the status quo
  • A self-starter mindset to work autonomously, as well as be part of a successful Team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

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