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Plant Manager Rotterdam

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Date: Sep 18, 2021

Location: Maasvlakte Rotterdam, NL, 3199 KA

Company: Bunge


People are a business’ biggest asset and your major capability is to support them to thrive in a food production industrial operations environment. Sounds familiar? Then you might be our future Plant Manager in Rotterdam! 


For our hyper modern edible oils plant in Europe we are currently offering the role of:


Plant Manager Rotterdam (Maasvlakte)


As our new Plant Manager, you will be heading daily Industrial Operations of the plant with over 80 employees (full responsibility & accountability). Our production facility is in a major transition over the next 3 to 4 years, which brings great challenges and opportunities for now and in the future after the transition.


“In November 2020, Bunge Loders Croklaan announced the sale of its refinery plant in Rotterdam. Bunge is reinvesting and optimizing its European footprint by building an innovative and sustainable multi-oil greenfield plant that should be operational end of 2024.”


The core of this role is to use to safeguard the team through these challenges and use your outstanding communication skills to build and maintain a close community.


The role


As the Plant Manager you are responsible & accountable for People, Asset, Environmental and Product Safety in Rotterdam.   

You plan, organize, coordinate and control all Industrial Operational activities in order to contribute best to the Bunge Loders Croklaan growth plans, strategies and business performance. You will be an active driver for any further integration of Industrial Operation functions, structures, processes and organizations such as material planning/disposition, production, warehousing/logistics, engineering/maintenance, QA and Safety across the Supply Chain. 

Having the responsibility for overall Industrial Operations performance includes optimization according agreed business targets and long-term, medium and short-term improvement of the production assets and all related efficiencies/costs of the entire supply chain to costumer. You ensure that all product and process development activities in Rotterdam are in line with legal requirements, local & regional laws and regulations, market requirements and overall Bunge B2B/ EMEA strategies. As an active driver of analysis and development of competitive state of the art structures, processes and sourcing strategies to produce all our (edible) oils portfolio in a highly efficient way, you will leverage Industrial Operations and Supply Chain structures, processes and results to the best of EMEA. In order to do this optimally you are able to build strong relationships across the organization and are seen as a team builder, bridging departments locally and facilities internationally.

Main Accountabilities 


  1. Lead and develop the entire local Operations team (Safety, Supply Chain, Production, Logistics, Technics / Maintenance, QA/QC) according agreed plans, Bunge policies and legal framework. 
  2. Ensure pro-actively the fulfilling of legal and auditor requirements concerning assets, equipment and premises. 
  3. Provide a safe work place and environment.
  4. People Development.


What do you bring to the role?


  • A Bachelor/Master Degree, preferably in the Engineering field and/or 10 years relevant work experience;  
  • Fluent communication skills (both written and spoken) in Dutch and English is an absolute must;
  • Ability and experience working in a multi-national matrix organization / environment;
  • Experience in a production environment and food industry; 


As our Plant Manager, you bring the right technical and functional expertise to lead the plant. You are experienced in leading change and innovation and fully understand the organizational perspective. You have the mindset of a performance and result orientated manager, however always with a people first approach. Inspiring, developing and coaching people to bridge organizations and build a close community comes natural to you. You see development of people, talent management and succession planning as a core responsibility of any leadership role.


What we offer

A key role in an organization with colleagues around the world, who are dedicated to improving the global Agri-Food value chain, one day at a time. We do this in an informal culture where an entrepreneurial mindset is valued. With a constant need for innovation, a broad variety of challenges and development opportunities can support your long term career at Bunge. We value and stimulate development through training, education and experience and offer tools and resources to support you in your journey.


If this description reflects your profile and ambition, we’re looking forward to see your application and motivation in English by hitting apply!


In case of questions, please reach out to marinke.vanstekelenburg@bunge.com


Acquisition by agencies is not appreciated, we do not use agencies at this moment for our recruitment. Open proposals of candidates are at own risk. 


About Bunge


Bunge (NYSE: BG) is a world leader in sourcing, processing and supplying oilseed and grain products and ingredients. Founded in 1818, Bunge’s expansive network feeds and fuels a growing world, creating sustainable products and opportunities for more than 70,000 farmers and the consumers they serve across the globe. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and has 25,000 employees worldwide who stand behind more than 350 port terminals, oilseed processing plants, grain facilities, and food and ingredient production and packaging facilities around the world.


Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.  Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

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