Turnaround Manufacturing Excellence (Senior) Manager

Turnaround Manufacturing Excellence (Senior) Manager

  • Consulting Exit
  • Private Equity
  • Amsterdam/Munich/Stockholm/Vienna
  • Gepubliceerd op: 23 juni 2024
  • Vanaf 5 jaar werkervaring


  • Over 5 years of experience  
  • In a manufacturing environment
  • With a background in consulting
  • And experience with Lean Principles
  • Pragmatic and analytic
  • Entrepreneurial change manager
  • Local language skills and fluency in English
  • Willingness to travel 4 days a week 

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Mutares is an international private equity investor focused on medium-sized companies in transitional phases. The Turnaround Manufacturing Excellence (Senior) Manager will lead operational transformations on-site at portfolio companies’ factories across Europe, implementing change to streamline processes and drive profitable growth.

About Mutares

Mutares is a listed European-based private equity holding company. They specialize in restructuring medium-sized companies and spin-offs. They also acquire parts of major corporations (carve-outs), and medium-sized companies with revenues from one hundred million euros to 750 million euros, during transformational phases. By leveraging the development potential of traditionally distressed target companies during an active turnaround process, their operational specialist teams restructure the businesses, leading them to stable and profitable growth paths. 

Known as ’the equity entrepreneurs,’ Mutares supports its portfolio companies with their own consulting teams and through strategic add-on acquisitions. The international holding company is owner-managed, with approximately thirty-seven percent of shares held by the Management and Supervisory Boards, which are closely involved in the value-creation process. Their portfolio companies operate across a range of industries worldwide, mainly in Automotive and Mobility, Engineering and Technology, Goods and Services, and Retail and Food. 

Since opening its first office in Munich in 2008, Mutares has become a global player in the carve-outs and restructurings market and continues expanding even further across Europe and globally. It now employs 27,000 professionals across its portfolio companies. Its team of 140 internal operational specialists manages the entire value-creation process from thirteen European offices.  

Mutares has ambitious plans. They are currently expanding their local teams of operational professionals, who understand the market and speak the language, to guide new portfolio companies towards sustainable growth. 

Vacancy: Turnaround Manufacturing Excellence (Senior) Manager 

The Turnaround Manufacturing Excellence (Senior) Manager will lead the restructuring of operational efficiency and drive the overall performance within the manufacturing facilities of Mutares’ portfolio companies. Taking a hands-on role on-site at factories across Europe, they will analyze existing workflows, identify areas for improvement, and implement strategies to streamline operations and drive profitability. 

The role includes working on a wide variety of company-wide operational model redesign projects, including plant, department, and process improvements, as well as implementing digital transformation journeys for shop floor operations. The (Senior) Manager will critically assess each element of the portfolio companies’ manufacturing and warehousing processes, identifying opportunities to enhance production capabilities and reduce costs. They implement change quickly and effectively, introduce best practices, streamline operations, and improve EBITDA. 

The (Senior) Manager will implement quality control measures and ensure facilities meet strict industry standards and regulatory requirements. They will report to Tobias Horst, Practice Head of Manufacturing, and collaborate with cross-functional teams to establish and monitor KPIs and track the effectiveness of manufacturing processes. The right candidate is familiar with cutting-edge technologies and innovative methodologies like Lean Management, Toyota Production System, Six Sigma, and WCM. The (Senior) Manager will identify and utilize tools to increase efficiency at specific manufacturing facilities and use strategic data and insights to identify and prioritize necessary measures for improvement. They will also be responsible for financial and P&L analysis and management accounting processes. 

Understanding that operational excellence is only possible with the right people in place, the (Senior) Manager also invests in building relationships with on-site employees, offering training and guidance, assessing performance, and making strategic hiring decisions. They will play a critical role in motivating local teams to adapt to change. Creating a culture of continuous improvement, this key role fosters innovation, and drives initiatives to increase employee engagement and higher product quality and consistency. 

The Turnaround Manufacturing Excellence (Senior) Manager will bring missing expertise to our portfolio companies’ factories. It’s an opportunity to use to improve processes, maximize efficiencies and train people on new skills, making a significant impact on their daily operations and the company’s success. – Tobias Host, Practice Head of Manufacturing of Mutares

Mutares offers a dynamic international working environment and prides itself on fostering exceptional cooperation and teamwork. The (Senior) Manager will join their ambitious and diverse team of operational professionals and work four days a week on-site at portfolio companies (generally Monday through Thursday) and one day a week at one of the offices in Amsterdam, Munich, Stockholm or Vienna. This strategic role is an ideal fit for an entrepreneurial leader with a background in consulting and experience working in a manufacturing environment.  



Mutares is working with Top of Minds to fill this vacancy.
To express your interest, please contact Roland Vetten at roland.vetten@topofminds.com


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