Manufacturing Manager

Job Description

At Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) we are leading the global energy transition by developing a portfolio of renewable energy and green hydrogen projects.

Our large scale, low-cost hydropower, geothermal, solar and wind assets will support establishment of green energy and green product industries around the world.

FFI is committed to building thriving communities by delivering social, environmental and economic benefits.


Manufacturing Manager


Work Location: Gladstone, Queensland

Roster: Monday to Friday


FFI is transforming regional Australia through green industry manufacturing with a Global Green Energy Manufacturing Centre (GEM) in Gladstone, Queensland.  Stage one of the six-stage project will establish Australia’s first multi-gigawatt-scale electrolyser factory – a world-class facility with an initial capacity of 2 gigawatts (GW) per annum – more than doubling current global production.

The Manufacturing Manager role is an integral member of the leadership team and is responsible for management of all aspects related to operations of a local manufacturing including the full scope of production, planning, procurement, process, continuous improvement and logistic functions.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, you will be confident in moving in a fast-paced environment whilst ensuring related activities are performed in accordance to company policy, contractual agreements, quality standards, health, safety & environment requirements, financial targets, as well as scheduled commitments.

This role will see you liaising with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, so you will need to have great communication skills, a resilient attitude and ability to take on varying challenges on a day -to day basis. You will also be driven to achieve and keen to learn.  In return you will be part of a new business in an exciting new green energy industry where you will have the opportunity to grow your skills and experience working alongside similar professionals.


Key accountabilities will include:

Manage daily manufacturing operations
Develop programs, projects, goals, and metrics to lead the organization to the highest level of operational performance while optimizing working capital throughout operations
Collaborate with teams to integrate lean manufacturing principles into production processes
Prepare annual manufacturing budgets, oversee progress, and determine actions to cost issues as necessary in order to manage operations within the budget and resources
Report to management on critical constraints to meet current and future demand.
Provide recommendation and feedback on improvement opportunities to cost, quality, safety and process.
Ensure achievement of established targets through oversight and definition of improvement actions as needed
Focus on achievement of operating cash flow, manufacturing on-time and on-cost, delivery on-time and achieve specified cost reductions and increased production outputs
Develop and execute plans to reduce non-value added costs, increase revenues, and delivering products on time with high efficiency, First Pass Yield and quality while ensuring HSE requirements are met
Key targets - production volume, cost, OEE, operations and equipment downtime, HSE, scrap and rework and after sales warranty metrics
Ensure manufacturing operations is adequately resourced, staffed, trained and directed
Build an effective, capable and high performing organization
Develop talent, appoint teams and review effectiveness
Train and coach teams to improve safety, quality and continuous process improvement
Drive quality improvement through target setting, monitoring and benchmarking to continuously improve processes
Ensure manufacturing operations are in compliance with applicable standards
Drive continued improvements in productivity, delivery performance and cost optimization
Propose and manage the annual maintenance budget
Monitor the costs and effectiveness of activities to optimize resources and determines actions to cost issues as necessary
Ensure all maintenance activities and asset management activities are executed as per requirements by the maintenance teams
Collaborate with the team to develop plans to improve reliability and availability of automated manufacturing and testing lines, reduce maintenance costs and equipment safety

Qualifications and skills required:

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Management
5 years+ experience in successful leadership of manufacturing operations
Lean six sigma green belt certified/ trained
Demonstrated skills in managing health, safety and environment issues, assessing risks and hazards and implementing processes to manage those hazards to prevent incidents, injury and damage
The ability to articulate the company vision and values influencing individual and group goals and management systems
A proven track record for consistently accomplishing tasks that engenders trust with the executive
Ability to proactively develop effective working relationships at all levels of the business and demonstrated track record of working collegiately with the operations and executive team
Ability to problem solve and capacity to generate creative solutions utilising team or external resources to deal with organisational challenges and opportunities
Excellent communication, conflict management and resolution skills
Demonstrated ability to build effective relationships at all levels
Proactive and self-motivated, with a drive for excellence

Candidates must be able to bring a flexible mindset, challenge traditional thinking, and be prepared to work outside of their comfort zone.

Our values drive our culture and performance through a strong focus on safety, family and determination. We celebrate and respect people’s differences and commit to providing an inclusive work environment. This is an exciting time to join Fortescue.

We encourage Aboriginal Australians and female candidates to apply. [link removed]

Fortescue reserves the right to close applications early should a suitable pool of candidates be identified