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Our client

Our client, a family-owned business based in The Netherlands, is leading in the distribution and sales of medical devices and personal protective equipment in the Netherlands and beyond. One thing that the COVID-19 pandemic taught us is that the competition to obtain such equipment is fierce and the need to produce them in the EU is clear. Therefore, an opportunity is identified and realized to develop a manufacturing plant for the production of (medical) examination gloves in The Netherlands. Location of this production facility is in the north of The Netherlands; sound and solid funding is secured.

In order to lead the realization and growth of this plant, we are looking for a:

Plant Manager (m/f/x).

The Challenge

“Tekort aan handschoenen voor zorginstellingen”

Nederlands Dagblad 4 Juni 2020

“Na mondkapjes is er nu wéér een tekort: handschoenen”

Trouw 5 Juni 2020

“U.S. faces nitrile glove shortage ahead of national COVID-19 vaccination effort”

CBS News Dec 6 2020

“Growing concern over shortage of medical gloves amid pandemic”

ABC news Oct 29 2020

“Malaysian medical glove exports face more delays amid shipping container shortage”

Reuters Jan 15 2021

Using state of the art innovative yet proven technology, our client has engaged in the production of (medical) examination gloves in the most efficient, sustainable and advanced way possible. The plant is set to be operational in Q3 2022. It will consist of an integrated, highly automated facility converting raw materials into medical examination gloves including R&D, quality control, packaging and distribution. Such department will be set up and led by you! As such, a unique opportunity is created to realize a production plant from scratch and lead it to success.

The Role

You, being a natural leader, will be responsible for the implementation, execution and monitoring of the production strategy. You will be end-responsible for the realization of this plant, resources allocation, continuous improvement programs and quality management from a technical and organizational perspective. In addition, you will, as a member of the management team, provide input in financial, strategic and business decisions.

If you are more of a list type, maybe this helps:

  • End responsible for production QHSE and technology development
  • Attract, manage, develop and train local management and production staff (±30 employees), to their full potential
  • Initiate, lead and monitor continuous improvement programs over all departments
  • Set up, maintain and improve production plans and reports (KPI’s)
  • Drive the innovation roadmap (energy and raw materials savings, circular initiatives, transition to biobased materials)

Your profile

First and foremost; we are not looking for an expert in the manufacturing of examination gloves (although it would certainly help…;-). Rather, we look for someone with a keen interest in the manufacturing of such products, a natural and inspiring leader, strategic thinker with tactical capabilities, able to keep an overview on developments and being able to manage these accordingly.

Just like our client’s employees, you are a people’s person and are able to set up and develop a skilled production team, qualified support staff of high performing members not discriminating on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, physical or mental disability, or age (neither do we).

You have a technical background at bachelors or academic level (e.g. in chemistry, chemical engineering) and a track record in the successful realization of complex green- or brownfield projects in the processing industry.

Your personal characteristics are described as someone who is able to think outside the glovebox, a strong opinion on how a plant should look like and able to share this opinion with enthusiasm and positivism. Your communication style is open, transparent and warm and you are able to communicate in English and Dutch or at least willing to develop your Dutch skills with the support of our client.

The offer

Great jobs come with great renumeration and this one is no exception. Apart from a good base salary (100k+), travel reimbursement, a decent set of tools such as a laptop and phone we offer a state-of-the-art training program, a great office with a nice history and facilities to relax from this demanding job with a lounge, dartboard and table football, drinks and bites on Friday and off course a daily fresh lunch.

Interested to hear more or apply?

If you made it to here, it means that we have aroused your interest and that means that we must talk! The contact person for this role is Mr. Gijs van der Zanden and he welcomes your resume and motivation via .You may also use the button below.

Any questions? You are more than welcome to reach out to Gijs via mail ( or via phone or WhatsApp via +31 6 53 87 53 79. He welcomes your call or text.

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