COO / Chief Operating Officer (m/f/d)

International Joint Venture for Vehicle Manufacturing in North Africa

Our client is an established, international joint venture with strong German participation in the field of special vehicle construction. Most of the know-how, the licenses, the technology, the materials, the parts and the senior management are also provided from the German side. It employs currently about 600 people, who are in their majority locals. The plant as well as the administration are located in a medium-sized city in the French speaking part of North Africa with solid infrastructure and an international airport. To take the company and the plant to the next level and also to support the CEO, we are now seeking a production and supply chain oriented Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Your Job

  • Management and control of day-to-day operations
  • Development and optimization of processes including LEAN and efficiency management
  • Management and coordination of business units, departments and their employees
  • Responsibility for strategic projects, for organizational development and local production
  • Identification and activation of performance potentials
  • Close coordination with licensor
  • Technological supplier qualification and support for quality assurance
  • Close cooperation with CEO and the shareholders

Your Profile

  • Engineering studies or a comparable degree
  • Fluent in French and English, ideally also in German
  • Excellent knowledge of production methods in the automotive industry or closely related technical industries
  • Several years of experience in a comparable position (e.g. as COO, VP Operations, Plant Manager, Head of Production, etc.), ideally combined with strong international exposure
  • Expertise in mechanical and precision mechanical manufacturing in “metal-related” industries
  • Extensive know-how of methods in production planning and management as well as Lean Management tools
  • Very good knowledge and experience in the introduction and optimization of production and supply chain processes
  • Experience with at least one of the established ERP systems
  • Construction/design experience for mechanical and electronic components
  • Experience in quality management according to ISO 9001:2017
  • Experience in project management
  • Pragmatic management style and ability of intercultural communication
  • Motivator, coach, sparring partner for managers and employees with the will to pass on knowledge

If this international challenge appeals to you, then please send us your CV under reference P1361219 to TOPOS Personalberatung GmbH, Hans-Henny-Jahnn-Weg 35, 22085 Hamburg, Germany or by e-mail to:

For further information or questions please contact Florian Koenen under +49 (0)40-27 84 99-20 or Stephan Löw under +49 (0)40-27 84 99-30. We guarantee complete confidentiality.

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