Business Unit Manager

  • Vakgebied Manufacturing
  • Dienstverband Fulltime
  • Vacaturenummer VAC-10016017
  • Locatie Vaals
  • Type overeenkomst Contract with Client
  • Branche Engineering, Industrial


For VLUKON in Vaals, we are recruiting a Business Unit Manager.

Over de functie


In 2017, they started modernising the production culture, machines, supply chain, production planning software and the quality system. Now after 4.5 years they conclude that a big step has been taken but that within the factory there are still opportunities for optimisation and modernisation in many areas. In order to reduce short delivery times, particular focus is needed on reducing changeover times, among other things by implementing more modern and flexible machines. Guaranteeing the quality of suppliers is important, as is internal quality management. In 2020, the new ERP / MES software went live, making the production planning more transparent. Good English and German language skills are a must

General description of the role

In your daily work, you are involved in the entire process to deliver the output of rims in accordance with the established agreements regarding time, quality, budget and the required technical qualifications. You are thus the 'spider in the web' between the supply from the suppliers and the various departments, and ensure that all work processes are clear.

In addition, your colleagues also know how to reach you when it comes to (structural) 'bottlenecks' in the process, and they expect you to come up with a solution so that the problem can be resolved. Ideally, you will have located these 'bottlenecks' yourself through your very sharp analytical skills and proactive attitude.

Given the nature of the job, you are naturally a person of initiative, and you take the initiative by using your broad technical knowledge to discover future problems in their early stages. In addition, you can inspire, motivate and naturally convince colleagues to achieve the common goal.

Team and people; As a production leader, you are actively involved with the employees on the shop floor. That is where you have to deliver results, and that must be your challenge. You shape and implement the personnel policy and ensure that both individual employees and your team develop themselves and contribute to the LEAN process.

Planning and control; The daily close monitoring and adjustment of the production will give the production manager insight into how and where the production efficiency can be increased in order to deliver the output of rims, in accordance with the established agreements regarding time, quality, budget and the required technical qualifications.

Quality management; securing the quality system according to Lean principles, whereby quality control takes place during the process.

Increase efficiency by reducing changeover times      

Over het bedrijf

VLUKON is one of the 6 producers of metal rims for pneumatic tyres in Europe. They are unique in developing and manufacturing metal wheel rims, tailored to the needs of their customers, in medium series quantities and with short delivery times.

Their objective is to enable their OEM customers to incorporate a high-quality wheel rim into their machines or installations, which mainly focus on agriculture, forestry and various industrial applications. Customers are supplied both directly and through a European dealer network.

The factory is strategically located at the 'three-country point' of the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, 5KM from the city with the largest technical university in Europe, Aachen. 

Based on the wishes of the client, the rim is drawn to size. Vlukon obtains semi-finished products from a sister company and focuses on the production steps, welding, punching, CNC turning, CNC milling, sawing, deep drawing and powder coating and 3D laser cutting, in order to manufacture client-specific rims. Every year, 1,400 tonnes of steel are converted into 300,000 rims, some of which are assembled with bearings and tyres. Their team consists of 35 employees, and the factory covers an area of 5,500 m2, total area plot 10,000 m2.


An appropriate income package is available with a fixed and a variable component. The level of the fixed component is in line with the market and is determined on the basis of background and experience. The amount of the variable component depends on the results achieved (based on KPIs to be determined in consultation). Following a relevant study, for example further development in LEAN manufacturing or process control, is encouraged.

Depending on the preference of the new Business Unit Manager and the progress of the improvements in the production process, tasks can eventually be delegated so that growth to a management position becomes possible.


The ideal candidate has a managerial background in a metalworking production environment with and solid experience in both LEAN and production planning. Has gained 5 to 10 years of work experience since graduation, of which a number of years in a managerial position. Production automation and quality management experience are a plus. The production manager has experience with change processes within organisations and has developed the necessary skills in effective coaching and communication with his team to create support for his changes. In addition, he can act on an analytical level and has a highly developed level of abstraction. Enjoys tackling tough issues. Acts quickly, proactively and is very pragmatic. Is quick on the uptake, enthusiastic and driven. Is more interested in content than in talk. Minimum Bachelor (hbo) working level. Speaks German.

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