Current Roles

Chief Operations Officer

Salary: Executive package

Our client designs, develops and markets medical devices used in neuroscience. The business is a well established market leader and poised for significant international growth.

The business has gained an international reputation and has longstanding contacts with key opinion leaders within the clinical and academic sectors.

Overall Purpose of the Role

This is a key and new appointment as a Director in the UK Operation with full operational responsibility. The COO will have particular responsibility for Product Development, Quality, Regulatory Compliance and Production.


The COO will consolidate and improve the progress the business has made over recent years. He/she will lead the product development program and enhancement of leading-edge timely production methodologies. The COO will drive operational and business strategy encompassing new product and market development as well as driving continuous improvement throughout the business. Quality and Regulatory Compliance will naturally be at the heart of all operational improvements.

To drive continuous improvement and optimisation of all processes through clear direction and effective leadership
To oversee all daily operations of the site and develop processes that will maximise productivity, quality, and safety
Hands on position that is responsible for maximising daily production
Playing an integral part in operations, special projects, with responsibility for developing and maintaining a motivated workforce and for developing and achieving budgetary and production targets
Key Responsibilities

Review financial statements, commercial and activity reports and other performance data to measure productivity and goal achievement and to determine areas needing investment or cost reduction and program improvement
Provide a work environment that engenders positive energy, creativity and teamwork among employees 
Establish and implement organisation policies, goals, objectives, and procedures
Implementing strategies in alignment with strategic initiatives and provide a clear sense of direction and focus
Ensure that the key roles are staffed with people who can effectively undertake their roles in the business and that the roles are clearly defined and understood and all personnel are motivated and developed to achieve the business’s objectives
Developing and aligning the business direction with clear performance objectives for each employee, ensuring they attain the required competencies, behaviours, knowledge and personal attributes for the role
Drive initiatives across the organization that delivers operational excellence while improving operational systems, policies, procedures and standards
Planning, scheduling and reviewing workload to ensure production output, quality and on time delivery targets are achieved cost effectively
Develop systems and processes that track and optimise productivity and standards, quality and performance targets to ensure effective return on investment
Provide visible and effective leadership
Motivating and inspiring others to achieve individual and organisational objectives through highly visible and effective personal intervention
Effectively manage labour requirements/manpower planning, production planning, stock management, instrumentation calibration, plant modifications and develop innovative systems and processes utilising all available technology Implementation and adherence to Health and Safety procedures encouraging "safety first" culture
Assuming responsibility for setting and controlling budgets, targets and objectives (KPIs), highlighting variances from these

Graduate; ideally in a technical/electronics/software engineering discipline
A relevant business qualification will be helpful.
Technical Skills and Knowledge

Demonstrable track record in managing successful new product development programs
Proven track record operating in an environment where quality and regulatory compliance is very important.
Problem solving and root cause analysis
Preventative Maintenance/TPM
Knowledge of engineering and technology principles and practices
Knowledge of practical application of quality systems accreditation and standards
Knowledge of business and management principles (budgeting, strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources)
Familiarity with gathering and analysing production, quality and maintenance data
Experience of compiling and presenting  production and financial reports
Proactively engage with equipment suppliers to ensure that their expertise contributes to the effective operation of production equipment and resolution of problems
Capacity to manage change identify problems, their causes and practical solutions

Experienced and proven profit responsible Senior Operational Manager/Director ideally from within the Medical Device Sector. With responsibility held for New Product Development and Production Proven experience in fast growth, changing environments will be advantageous.
Operational experience with P&L growth, with an understanding of strong cost control
A successful track record of delivering growth
Proven experience of creating and managing a fast growing and highly successful business
Experience of the international marketplace
A charismatic leader who clearly demonstrates an ability to empower and motivate a team
The Opportunity

Our client is a market leading, successful and well respected business with strong growth plans. This is a particularly exciting time for the business as it continues to build on its success and further develop its UK and International sales channels.

This appointment will enjoy significant levels of autonomy whilst being a key influencing factor to the company’s success, playing a major part in the strategic development of the business.

The successful candidate will enjoy a stimulating and rewarding high profile role within an exciting and respected business and with a genuine opportunity for career progression.

Board Director/Partner

Life Science

Swansea Vale, Swansea (GB)

Job Ref No: COO-DP

This job has now been successfully concluded.