Chief Operating Officer

Kayser Automotive Systems

Kentucky Area


About this vacancy

As the Chief Operating Officer you will become part of a growing team for our German client.

Job description

Kayser Automotive Systems is a globally operating component supplier and calls many well-known automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers its clients. As an industry leader in injection molding, and blow molding, Kayser Automotive produces high quality modules and ready-to-install systems for engine and passenger compartments as well as fuel tanks. Manufacturing, assembly, and testing of metal and plastic components as part of a module and/or ready-to-install system are our core competencies.
The U.S. manufacturing facility is located in Fulton, Kentucky. For 2018, the company anticipates tremendous growth and is forecasting to nearly double manufacturing output. Under your leadership the team in the U.S. must grow from its current 115 employees to facilitate the forecasted increase in revenue without sacrificing delivery deadlines or quality. The position requires a level-headed professional that excels under pressure and is used to the rigors of a 24/7 high-volume manufacturing environment.
For further expansion and continued success, you will be given the opportunity to help Kayser Automotive grow their business and maintain their status as an innovative market leader. The Chief Operation Officer is a experienced manufacturing operations executive who has generated significant impact through the strategic and tactical direction of both the production areas as well as the operations area. This position will direct and develop department heads in all areas of the facility.
As the Chief Operating Officer you must have experience and/or knowledge of Injection & Blow Molding/Production, Finance, Human Resources, Materials/Supply Chain, Quality, Engineering, Tooling and Purchasing.Through experience you have learned to communicate and lead seamlessly in the American and German business cultures. As part of the North American management team you will be a key link between the German headquarter and Kayser Automotive Systems operations in the U.S.

Key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Strategic planning and execution to enhance profitability, productivity and efficiency throughout the company's operations.
  • Responsibility for all technical and production aspects of the plant, including machinery and equipment, molds maintenance and facility.
  • Implement and monitor financial and production KPI's and use the data to drive improvements in productivity, safety, quality, maintenance and cost reductions.
  • Oversee all financial aspects for the facility to ensure meeting and obtaining budget expectations.
  • Monitor and enforce compliance with all company policies and procedures and all federal, state, and local laws that govern the site; and ensure that appropriate actions are taken against violators.
  • Develop and direct the management of the Production/Operations areas to ensure efficiency and quality to meet and exceed all customer expectations with a cost-effective focus.
  • Perform employee actions to include interviewing, hiring, administering employee actions, or overseeing those human resource processes in a manner that complies with all company and legal guidelines.
  • Develop and maintain a team environment by encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among departmental team members and intra departmental employees.
  • Interact regularly with German management team to ensure that company's operational priorities are aligned with total company direction.


  • Competitive salary
  • Employer sponsored Health/Dental/Vision insurance
  • 401K Retirement Plan with a company match
  • Paid Holidays & Vacations
  • Employer sponsored health initiatives

Candidate profile

  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering is preferred. (or similar experience)
  • 10-15 years of progressive manufacturing experience
  • Currently in operational role overseeing production with significant P&L responsibility
  • Automotive and/or Tier 1 manufacturing experience is required
  • Management experience in a 24/7 manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of plastic resins, production processes, quality assurance, cost management, and manufacturing effectiveness.
  • Expert knowledge of quality standards such as ISO/TS 16949
  • Demonstrated knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, employee relations, effective leadership techniques, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of plastic processing machinery and tools, including their design, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Expert knowledge of lean manufacturing principles, tools and systems. (Six Sigma training preferred)
  • Demonstrated ability to apply logic and reasoning to identify appropriate recommendations and solutions to production issues.
  • Ability to apply problem solving techniques and identify appropriate options and implement solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate concepts, ideas, and instructions in written and verbal English.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a highly productive workforce.
  • Bilingual in German is required.

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Matthias Oertzen

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