SMS group is renowned worldwide for its future-oriented technologies and outstanding service for the metals industry. In 2022, our team of over 14,400 employees around the world generated sales of more than 3.1 billion euros. We apply our 150 years of experience and our digital know-how to provide the industry continuously with innovative products and processes that extend beyond our core business. We are the right partner for challenging projects and support our customers throughout the entire lifecycle of their plants and equipment. Paving the way for a carbon-neutral and sustainable metals industry is our stated goal.

Become a part of our future at SMS group GmbH in Mönchengladbach, where we're looking for a

(Senior) Manager Operational Excellence / Expert Industrial Engineering (m/f/d)


You – as a (Senior) Manager Operational Excellence – will be responsible for identification and realization of business opportunities and challenges within our Operations & Maintenance business, your tasks – as goal focused DRIVER - will include:

  • Acquire, lead and / or be engaged in interdisciplinary Audit / Consulting teams for technically / operationally complex and integrated business performance improvement driven projects in a multi-cultural environment - also directly at customer site worldwide
  • Together with the Audit/Consulting team you identify and determine value adding prioritized areas for performance improvement in a qualified and quantified manner
  • Develop / scale sustainable, mutual beneficial solution packages in a full partnership approach and translate them into quantified business cases as the foundation for the complete “partner performance plan”
  • Be the direct contact and advisor for the customer as a trusted partner and coordinate all relevant activities in terms of setting up the “partner performance plans” for short, mid & long term improvements
  • Be the entry point for the regional operational excellence manager and drive in mutual agreement the continuous improvement of our “partner performance plans” in alignment with the operational teams throughout the contractual phases
  • Contribute to the “excellent” product development of our operational products and business model overall, engage product & process owner as well as business stakeholders to assess existing and identify opportunities to improve
  • Comprehensible preparation and presentation of all projects content and result, both internally & externally
  • Act as a Trainer & Coach for the customer & project team and internal line organization
  • Drive company’s mindset towards Continuous Improvement, Business Reliability / Asset Management and Lean Management/Six Sigma
  • Contribute to the strategic development in terms of “Business Excellence”


You have a master degree (or equal) in Engineering and at best / or a business history with a strong technical / operational background in metals industry.

Other important skills and qualifications:

  • Several years (7+) of professional experience in technically complex products/projects or line management function in the metals industry
  • Experience in an international environment, ideally (5+ years) in production, production management, supply chain, maintenance, workshop etc.
  • Strong ability to think in an entrepreneurial manner - ideally a passionate CIP manager at heart, with a strong degree of independence and readiness to perform beyond benchmarks
  • A mindset, passion and profound understanding of Lean Management, Six Sigma, Business Reliability / Asset Management (Certifications - such as but limited to Six Sigma black / green belt etc. - in those are a definitely a plus)
  • Strong ability to use Data Analytics to detect business opportunities and a robust capability in transforming Business/Production/Maintenance Data and Visualizations into improvement solutions
  • Sound knowledge of business management / process management and administration
  • Personal competences and characteristics in leading (project) teams (e.g. ability to work in a team, empathy, assertiveness, conflict management, motivation, integration of multi-disciplines)
  • Proven experience in training, coaching and supporting others (project teams, customers, etc.)
  • Outstanding communication skills (demonstration, presentation, negotiation) in an international environment
  • Fluent English language skills, both written and spoken; knowledge of another foreign language would be an advantage
  • Hold a sound acquaintance of the well-known (PM) tool-sets as well as MS Office
  • Willingness to travel worldwide


As an innovative and international employer, we offer you a performance-oriented salary package and the opportunity to achieve the ideal family/work life balance, e.g. with our in-house children's daycare center, flexible working hour models, and homeworking options. Click here to learn more about the benefits of working for SMS group.

Are you keen on shaping the future with us? If so, feel free to send us your online application. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Mrs. Kalinowski.

SMS group GmbH
HR Management
Magdalena Kalinowski
Telephone: +49 211 881-6706