Operations Manager (M/V)

Operations Manager M/V


About Cordial

Cordial is an internationally leading manufacturer of industrial adhesives for paper and board applications. From the Winschoten head office in the North of the Netherlands a dedicated and professional team of 40 people works together to offer you tailor made adhesive products.
Worldwide, Cordial supplies over 60.000 tons of adhesives to companies in the paper and board industries. Quality adhesives are essential for the success of these industries.

Cordial develops innovative adhesives that meet the highest environmental standards, both in the production process and in usage of the end product. We believe taking care of the environment is a key factor in the continuity of both Cordial’s and their client’s business success.
Cordial’s research and development staff is in tune with the latest developments in the paper and board industries. In the own state of the art laboratory, Cordial develops innovative standard adhesives and modify existing products to meet specific needs. During the strictly controlled and safe production process, Cordial continuously analyse and check batch samples, in order to ensure the highest quality.

Cordial only develops and produces water based adhesives. The water used in the production process is 100% reusable, thanks to our very own water recycling facilities.
Cordial offers a wide variety of adhesives, from powder to liquid products. Liquid adhesives are typically safely packaged in containers of different sizes, from small containers to huge tankers. Powder adhesives are also manufactured both in bulk and special batches, and packaged and stored in a variety of ways.

Job summary

As an Operation Manager you will provide day-to-day leadership to the plant team and oversee daily operations. You are focussed to produce the orders in time and meet our strict quality requirements for the produced goods. Furthermore the Operation Manager oversees (preventive) maintenance and ensures compliance regarding safety and environment requirements. You will be supported in your work by experienced professionals such as our Technical Sales Engineers, HR, QHSE and Finance.

Key responsibilities


  • Plan, organize, direct and run optimum day-to-day operations in close cooperation with the CEO, Production Manager, Laboratory & Quality, Logistics and our Backoffice Sales,
  • Drive performance management, ensuring that all employees are adequately trained, equipped and motivated,
  • Comply with and ensure that existing safety policies, procedures and ISO guidelines are followed,
  • Oversee machinery performance and follow up on increase of OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness),
  • Allocate resources effectively and fully utilize assets to produce optimal results,
  • Initiate projects to improve plant efficiency and encourage continuous improvement,
  • Determine and implement quality control standards,
  • Initiate cost improvement projects for labour, direct and indirect materials and overhead,
  • Continuously search for improvements on products, service and/or processes in order to minimize waste, without sacrificing productivity, efficiency and quality,
  • Set annual and long-term strategies for the production facility,
  • Prepare and monitor annual budgets for manufacturing, maintenance and production related investments,
  • Report a set of KPI’s to the CEO on a regular basis,


Required profile

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering or business administration,
  • At least 8 years of proven work experience as a Plant Manager or Operations Manager, or Production Manager,
  • Fluent in Dutch, German and English (written and spoken),
  • Experienced in working with ERP-systems, preferably Exact Globe,
  • Experienced in working with Siemens TIA portal v. 15 and preferably Winn CC Scada v7.5,
  • Knowledge of business and management principles (budgeting, strategic planning, resources allocation),

Skills and competencies:

  • Strong team building, decision-making and people management skills,
  • Influencing and leading skills,
  • Very good organizational skills,
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills,
  • Experience with lean manufacturing, Six Sigma,

Job contact

  • Job Holtrigter

    Office: Amsterdam



    Tel.: +31 (0)20 800 61 72

    +31 (0)627 139 003