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SEARCH - VP Operations (Filtration Technology) - Remote

Melium's global manufacturing division set about securing a VP Operations to look after a substantial business unit that produces water management systems, for a world-leading Filtration manufacturer.

Search overview

The company

  • Employing 20,000+ people globally with EUR 4.8 billion yearly turnover
  • Extensive Manufacturing network (80+ sites) encompassing a range of product-specific business units
  • Producing a range of filtration products sold to varying industries of differing complexity and needs

The search

This individual was tasked with full operational leadership over five factories across North America, Europe, and Asia. They were tasked to develop and execute global footprint strategies aligned with wider business objectives. This strategically important hire was a priority for the business to institute a homogenous approach to operational efficiency, and optimising SQDC performance, taking ownership of deviations.

At the stage of instruction, our client felt the need to put a lens on advanced manufacturers to see what talent was available to help them push the needle in this area. Particularly a focus was placed on adding diversity into the current LT.

We needed a leader who was able to commit to regular travel and be a “present" influencer, with a hands-on style, and vocal voice to advocate continuous improvement strategy and implementation on all five sites.

S-CAP Tools deployed

  •   Engage Melium Alliance Partner
  •   Operational Maturity Assessment
  •   Cultural Assessment

Mutually agreed Search approach

  • Critical success factors and desired future state outcomes
  • Competency matrix definition (Technical and Behavioural)
  • Designed bespoke evaluation assessment from S-CAP inputs
  • Value proposition creation to attract passive candidates.
  • Project plan the process, stakeholder accountability, and route to success


Research & Outreach

  • Understand what it takes to effectively engage with multiple     plants across diverse geographies and cultures
  • Who and where would we find the experience of someone     capable of being present and engaged across global manufacturing     facilities
  • What firms in manufacturing industries are effectively running and     supporting advanced sites with a focus on Operational excellence and     continuous improvement


  • Pragmatic leadership style with the ability to challenge, create, and communicate new ways of working.
  • Spike” in expertise in Operational Excellence and Global Manufacturing
  • Design, develop, and deliver long-term strategy and roadmap to enable safe, reliable, flexible, and cost-efficient manufacturing
  • Fundamental understanding of the theoretical and practical applications of Lean, Six Sigma, and TPM methodologies
  • Experience in managing work council union relationships with prior experience leading these engagements and being the point of contact for conflict resolution.
  • Seasoned leader, who can humbly foster the ideas and innovations coming from the internal teams and external partners
  • Global search, shortlist delivery within the agreed time frame accompanied by a detailed search report and SWOT analysis for each prospect.


The result came from a known professional in our network with a strong background in multi-site management across three continents.

Our knowledge of the European Manufacturing Excellence industry meant the strongest candidate was an individual based in Barcelona, who after re-engaging with Melium fit the profile of having the perfect balance of OpEx understanding and desire for hands-on engagement and travel commitment.

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