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Kongsberg Automotive provides world-class products to the global vehicle industry. Our products enhance the driving experience, making it safer, more comfortable and sustainable. With revenues of approx. EUR 1.1 billion and approximately 11.500 employees in 19 countries, Kongsberg Automotive is truly a global supplier. The company is headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland and has more than 25 production facilities worldwide. The product portfolio includes seat comfort systems, driver and motion control systems, fluid assemblies, and industrial driver interface products developed for global vehicle manufacturers.

Plant Manager


Shanghai, CN, 201319

Country/Region:  CN

  1. Reporting Structure


Supervisors job title:                                   VP Asia, Powertrain & Chassis (P&C)


Direct Subordinates                                     Departmental Managers SKADFM: Operations, HR, Finance, Purchasing, Quality, Sales, Logistics, Engineering (Direct reports may be shared w/ KA corporate structure)   



  1. Main Purpose of Role
  • Overall management of the Shanghai Kongsberg Automotive DongFeng Morse. Co. Ltd (SKADFM) business with full P&L responsibility, including Operations, local engineering and program management, sales & marketing and business development activities.
  • Providing leadership to SKADFM to meet the business objectives of P&C China strategy.
  • Maximising the full potential of resources available
  • Report and updates Board of Directors of J/V and fulfil obligations as according to J/V contract



  1. Main Duties
  • Develop and implement local strategic plans, with cooperation of the local management team; set operational targets and budgets that support the P&C Strategic Planning (STP), priorities and policy deployment.
  • Ensure that business objectives and targets are clearly communicated to the local organisation.
  • Building relationships with key strategic customers. Support of the marketing organisation with regard to deliveries, quality performance, logistics, visits and personal contacts
  • Ensuring full integration of KA Standards, and working practices into SKADFM, including the One KA Factory.
  • Carry out all duties and responsibilities as outlined in the SKADFM J/V contracts and agreements.
  • Facilitating the Knowledge Based Development (KBD) New Product Implementation (NPI) process and product development for the Chinese and Global customer base.
  • To develop an efficient and skilled organisation with a clear assignment of responsibilities and duties. To secure optimal usage of own resources.
  • To ensure observance of the quality management systems accordance with ISO/TS-16949 and ISO-14001, through clearly defined assignments of responsibility and duties towards other managers within the operational unit.
  • Formulate and install standard manufacturing practices based on comparative studies of methods, costs and production figures. Implementation of Lean practices.
  • Ensure the operational unit conforms to local and national governmental regulations and those set by Kongsberg Automotive. Also ensuring full compliance with SKADFM Code of Conduct in all areas and departments.
  • To ensure observance and conformity to all health & safety policies and regulations, and develop a Health & Safety focused working environment.
  • To fulfil all legal obligations required as the local MD.



  1. Areas of Responsibility
  • Building customer relationships within regional scope.
  • Financials of the SKADFM facility
  • To secure communication and to co-ordinate the organisation with corporate common resources 
  • To achieve customer satisfaction
  • To put forward proposals for strategic amendments connected with organisation, products, equipment which will safeguard the competitive position of the plant.
  • To utilise the human resource potential within the organisation and ensure it is adequate for the attainment of operational objectives.
  • To make an unbiased analysis of the strong and weak points of the local organisation as well as of external threats and opportunities on the basis of knowledge of the future requirements of the customers and the expected future position of competitors.
  • To report in accordance with normal reporting routines but also to report on events and situations for which no reporting routine exist.
  • To continuously optimise the production process by initiating cost-saving activities (EBIT Improvement plan) based on internal and external expectations to contribute towards increasing the competitiveness of the products.



  1. Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)
  • Maintain the sales and profit at operations in line with budget and rolling forecast and STP.
  • Meet or beat ROCE/ NWC targets.
  • Effective management of inventory and reduction plans
  • Set up production and sales planning to enable level loading of factory manufacturing
  • Champion Strategic development
  • Champion the development of the Lean culture for complete site adherence
  • Meet all objectives related to the Scorecard established for the operational unit.



  1. Competence Profile


Skills, Knowledge, Experience



  • Fluent in Chinese and Level 6 English
  • Educated to Degree level, ideally MBA. Preferred areas Business Management, Economics, Technology / Engineering,
  • Operational experience, ideally gained within KA with broad understanding of KA processes.
  • Negotiation and excellent communication skills
  • Experience in building relationships at all levels; management, employees, suppliers, customers.
  • Knowledge of Financials, and financial reporting beyond balance sheet and P&L
  • Proven leadership skills; ability to develop effective teams.
  • Proven track record in a management role, with people responsibility, in a manufacturing environment.




  • Coaching skills
  • Experience in Lean manufacturing principles





  • Strong communicator
  • Strategic thinking and planning
  • Management profile and high degree of personal integrity and confidence.
  • Ability to make quick decisions based on experience and analysis as well as advice from other people and colleagues.
  • Driven to achieve results


Problem Solving


  • To have a systematic approach to dealing with issues that challenge the desired procedures or performance of the department, while being mindful of the departments objectives and KPI’s
  • Familiarity of company procedures is essential when tackling problems




  1. Health & Safety Responsibilities


Demonstrate a personal commitment to Health, Safety and the Environment by following:-


  1. Kongsberg Automotive Corporate health, safety and environmental policy.
  2. Local legislation for SKADFM.
  3. KA Minimum requirements.

We want your integrity, accountability, creativity and teamwork mindset and skills

In Kongsberg Automotive we embrace diversity within our workforce. We make recruiting decisions based on experience and skills and pride ourselves on having a strong culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness.

We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds, providing a limitless pool of ideas and opportunities, who will incorporate our core values within their work. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles and offer an unlimited contract within a dynamic and international environment with prospects for personal growth.

Welcome to an outstanding career in Kongsberg Automotive!

Application Id:  838
Posting date::  Jan 13, 2021