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Head of Innovation, Solutioning & Implementation (m/f) Automotive

Head of Innovation, Solutioning & Implementation (m/f) Automotive

CHEP Deutschland GmbH
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Head of Innovation, Solutioning & Implementation (m/f) Automotive 

Cologne, Germany


CHEP is a global leader in managed, returnable and re­us­able packaging solutions, serving many of the world's largest companies in sectors such as consumer goods, fresh produce, beverage and automotive. CHEP's service is environmentally sustainable and increases efficiency for customers while reducing operating risk and product damage. CHEP's 7,500-plus employees and 300 million pallets and containers offer unbeatable coverage and exceptional value, supporting more than 500,000 cus­tom­er touch-points in 49 countries. Our customer port­folio includes global companies and brands such as Procter & Gamble, Sysco, Kellogg's, Kraft, Nestlé , Ford and GM. CHEP is part of Brambles Limited.

The Head of Innovation, Solutioning & Implementation is a key member of the Automotive Executive team (AET) responsible for:

  • Defining, prioritizing and leading the global Innovation strategy
  • The ownership and governance of the global solution portfolio
  • Leading, supporting and developing a team that provides solutioning expertise to the European and Intercontinental businesses

Key Accountabilities

  • Define and maintain an Innovation project portfolio that aligns with business goals, industry trends and customer needs.
  • Continuously research new technologies and assess potential for Automotive business.
  • Engage with Brambles innovation team to ensure integration of Automotive business into strategy development and delivery
  • Lead the development of an Innovation strategy that maximizes potential and effectiveness to deliver revenue growth
  • Govern the global solution portfolio including identifying consolidation opportunities to realize benefits of reduced complexities and shared solutions..
  • Provide technical guidance on product development and validation protocols to the regional solutioning teams
  • Final signatory approval on all product changes and new products
  • Develop relationships with key strategic suppliers to monitor new developments and support procurement on a global sourcing policy.
  • Provide leadership to the EU and Intercontinental solutioning teams to ensure efficient use of resources to deliver customer satisfaction and maximize growth potential.
  • Drive solutioning excellence in terms of speed, quality and professionalism of output.
  • Provide leadership to the EU and Intercontinental implementation teams to ensure efficient use of resources to deliver customer satisfaction.
  • Drive implementation excellence in terms of speed, quality, reliability and professionalism of output.
  • Provide governance through the setting of priorities and conflict management
  • Develop a culture of continuous improvement utilizing process development and new technology to improve efficiency and professionalism.
  • Create and manage budgets for the Innovation, product development, solutioning and implementation pillars
  • Ensure a Zero Harm culture is maintained across the business with regard to safety and a positive working environment.
  • Oversee the mentoring, recruiting, training, competency, structure, ongoing development and retention of a world class team

Skills/ Qualifications/ Experience Required

  • Honours Degree in Engineering or Business with an emphasis on engineering and project management. Postgraduate degree or MBA desirable.
  • Project management certification or training desirable
  • Six Sigma minimum Green Belt
  • A minimum of 5 years' experience in a fast paced customer solutioning/product innovation role
  • Project management/LEAN experience
  • Working across a matrix organization and building ownership & accountability within complex global teams
  • Supply chain understanding (not necessarily with Automotive Operations but this would be an advantage) with pooling/asset management as desirable
  • Proven track record of managing teams that deliver and implement solutions to meet customer needs and desires, which are commercially viable
  • Fluency in English is required, German is a plus.
  • Technical expertise
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Stakeholder management
  • Perseverance – able to handle setbacks and roll with the challenges of very different sets of businesses
  • Critical thinking, consultative approach

Why join CHEP?

  • You'll join an energetic team that's reshaping the global economy in ways that benefit our customers, our team and our world
  • Be part of an international growth company that's continually expanding into new markets and industries-accelerate your career across the region and globally
  • Lead in a truly entrepreneurial environment where you have the opportunity to shape the direction of a fast-growing business and team-your ideas not only mater, they become reality and change how business gets done
  • Our entrepreneurial environment is complemented by the power of a global company with deep expertise and resources that can be leverage to ensure your success
  • As a leading global service provider you get to optimize hundreds of customer supply chains at the same time
  • You'll be working for a sustainable company that's reducing greenhouse gasses, preventing deforestation and giving back to our communities every day

CHEP is part of Brambles, a global leader in supply chain solutions, helping the world move goods in 60+ countries representing more than 90% of the world's GDP and 70% of its population. Listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, Brambles is part of the ASX-20, with a market cap of $19 billion AUSD, 14,000 employees and operations in more than 60 countries worldwide.