Vita Liquid Polymers (VLP) is part of the renowned Vita Group (a Euro 670m+ turnover group, recently acquired in May 2018 by new supportive investors.) VLP is a market leading specialty Polymer compounding Business which produces innovative, liquid polymeric compounds that have diverse applications. VLP UK has a turnover of Euro 9m, with a small sister business in Poland Euro 1.5m t/o, it supplies B2B end users in major markets; including automotive oil and fuel filtration, medical devices, floor and wallcoverings, textile coatings, adhesives and sealants.
This excellent NW based opportunity exists due to an imminent retirement. This is a very exciting time to lead VLP into its next phase of growth, as the Wythenshawe site has just completed a major £1m investment in the UK, enabling its entry into the exciting ‘Prepolymer’ market and the ability to now supply the high internal group demand from the UK, with significant increased sales growth forecast for 2019.
As the overall Business / General Manager for VLP UK and Poland, you will report to a forward-thinking Divisional MD, working in a positive peer group of sister-company Business Managers. You will hold full site management and Profit and Loss responsibility for this autonomous, fast-paced business. Your leadership style will enable you to develop and inspire the existing strong management team of six, including Operations, Technical and Finance, and indirectly a team of c30 people. Maximising EBITDA, investment spend and cash performance, you will set budget targets and maintain the highest standards of Health, Process Safety, Quality and Compliance as a top priority. You will also take the Commercial and Technical lead to reshape Sales and Business Development, this will include personally managing strategic key accounts, developing new customers and growth markets, along with driving new product development by encouraging technical innovation. This role offers the opportunity to travel throughout the UK and Europe, engaging with third parties and cross-functional colleagues in this matrix group.
We seek a self-motivated, commercially-astute, ‘all-rounder’ Site Business Manager, with excellent communication skills and at least 3-4 years previous P&L experience managing another small business. Your experience will ideally have been gained in Chemicals, Polymers, Compounding or a related manufacturing sector. You must be a proactive, hardworking leader, with the initiative and potential to succeed in this highly competitive, fast-paced environment and in this ‘visible’ role.
Role: Business / General Manager - UK & Poland
Location: Wythenshawe, Manchester, North West
Salary: Highly Competitive Salary and Benefits package
To apply, please forward your full CV to Anita Caldwell at RMG, as the retained adviser, and quote ref: AC/12529SM
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