CEO / COO China Metal Forming in Automotive Industry Suzhou, China Jobs

CMN - The China Management Network Ltd, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

About Company:

On behalf of our client, we are looking for qualified candidates for the position of the CEO / COO China in a WFOE in Suzhou. The operation started many years ago. Our client is an international automotive Tier 1 supplier with headquarter in Germany and manufacturing plants in Germany, China, Canada, Czech Republic and Mexico. He design and produce metal components and systems to enhance driver safety and comfort. He is also a leading manufacturer of metal sheet forming tools. Our customer portfolio features almost every OEM within the automotive industry. The group’s business culture is based on shared values such as commitment, transparency, continuous improvement, team spirit and entrepreneurship. In China he operates plants in Suzhou and Shenyang (assembly plant). Currently he employs more than 300 employees in China. He established excellent relationships with international and Chinese customers. His global workforce counts 3,500 employees.

About this job:

Job description and responsibilities:

The CEO / COO China will be placed in Suzhou with a request to account for all China operation activities to ensure continuous and efficient operation in order to reach the set targets for quantity, quality and cost.

  • Grow business and lead operations (press shop, assembly shop, tool shop, logistics, general maintenance, quality management) as well as sales and project management. Also leading CFO China (finance, controlling, human resources, organization & it, purchasing)
  • Execute business plan, production strategy and manage plant resources within budget guidelines, based on global best practices and customer sector product portfolios
  • Ensure profitability of the plant in order to achieve KPI goals concerning efficiency, quality; driving continuous improvement processes, lean manufacturing and lean office principles and process standardization activities
  • Define and control related capital expenditure (CAPEX)
  • Build up organizational capabilities and ensure cross-functional cooperation in order to foster a high performance culture (e.g. by leading and coaching of direct reports and developing and mentoring talents)
  • Managing the efficient use of the staff, material and production equipment in order to fulfill company targets and ensuring safety and environmental friendly regulations
  • Regularly reporting to superiors
  • Establish objectives, policies, standards and production schedules in the production department to ensure volume, quality and cost effectiveness
  • Advises management on manufacturing activities, performance & results and recommends corrective action
  • Close cooperation with the Management Board and functional department heads in Germany
  • Ensure compliance and acting as legal representative
  • Reporting line: Direct report to management board of the German headquarter
  • Other tasks as assigned


Our clients offer:

  • Exciting and challenging senior executive role at an international, innovative and growing automotive supplier
  • Market-leading position in the fields of light weight construction and metal sheet deep drawing
  • Financially sound and profitable group
  • Modern workplace and equipment
  • Opportunity to bring in your own know-how and ideas
  • International environment with well-known premium and high volume customers
  • Innovative technical products
  • Performing in attractive, growing market
  • Wide scope for decision-making
  • Good working climate as well as highly motivated team identifying with the company and its products
  • Varied activities including occasional business travelling
  • International career and growth opportunities in the group
  • Attractive conditions including performance-oriented bonus and company car

Requirements and candidate qualifications:

  • Track record in operations/production within the automotive supplying industry incl. Chinese market and cultural know-how
  • Strong technical knowledge as well as a commercial mind set and a good sense for attractive business opportunities
  • Experienced in sheet metal forming serial production (progressive and transfer presses), incl. tool shop and maintenance
  • Excellent project management skills and experienced in change management, process optimization and continuous improvement
  • Willing and prepared to perform successfully in an international environment as well as in group structures with matrix elements
  • Working experience in China as well as in Europe. Minimum 3 years working experiences in similar position with a foreign invested company
  • A hands on manager with excellent leadership skills
  • Fluent in English and Mandarin, German would be a plus
  • Nationality: Chinese leader with international/European background preferred; Western leader with extensive professional experience gained in China and Chinese language skills is also an option
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to drive growth and change
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong (management) team building skills (involvement, alignment, enablement)
  • Visionary and strategic
  • Positive thinking, optimistic
  • Result orientation
  • Very structured and analytical
  • International mind set
  • Highly motivated with a proactive attitude
  • Energetic - problem solver
  • High ethical standards
  • Reliable and trustworthy
How to apply:

Interested applicants should provide their English or German resume (incl. photo, salary expectations) with reference to “CEO / COO China, Automotive” by e-mail to: CMN- HR Recruitment, e-mail:

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