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Chief Operations Officer – COO

Type Permanent

Salary Negotiable

Location Louth

Ref # 7405

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Chief Operations Officer – Manufacturer, Distributor, and Wholesaler Co. Louth

Barden have been exclusively retained by one of Irelands leading manufacturers and distributors of machine parts for the automotive industry.  With a strong commitment to quality and innovation, our client is seeking an experienced Chief Operations Officer to lead their operational efforts and drive excellence in their manufacturing and distribution processes.



  • Develop and execute manufacturing strategies that optimise production processes, ensure product quality, and meet customer demands.
  • Oversee production planning, scheduling, and capacity utilisation to maximize operational efficiency and minimise lead times.
  • Collaborate with engineering and R&D teams to introduce new products and improve existing ones, ensuring alignment with market demands.
  • Implement and monitor lean manufacturing practices to reduce waste, improve cycle times, and enhance overall productivity.
  • Ensure compliance with safety regulations and maintain a safe working environment for all manufacturing personnel.


  • Lead the distribution and logistics teams to ensure timely and accurate delivery of products to customers.
  • Implement effective inventory management strategies to minimize carrying costs while meeting customer demand levels.
  • Optimise warehouse operations, layout, and automation to enhance order fulfilment efficiency.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with shipping carriers, freight forwarders, and logistics partners to ensure cost-effective transportation solutions.

Cross-Functional Collaboration:

  • Collaborate with the sales and marketing teams to align manufacturing and distribution strategies with customer needs and market trends.
  • Work closely with the procurement team to manage supplier relationships, negotiate terms, and ensure timely availability of raw materials.
  • Provide leadership to cross-functional teams, fostering collaboration and ensuring a cohesive approach to achieving business goals.

Quality and Compliance:

  • Implement and oversee quality control processes to maintain product standards and compliance with industry regulations.
  • Lead continuous improvement initiatives, including root cause analysis and corrective action plans, to address quality issues

Operational Efficiency:

  • Analyse operational data and performance metrics to identify areas for improvement and implement process enhancements.
  • Develop and monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) to track the efficiency, productivity, and overall performance of manufacturing and distribution operations

Team Management:

  • Provide leadership, mentorship, and guidance to manufacturing and distribution teams, promoting a culture of excellence, accountability, and continuous learning.
  • Foster a collaborative and inclusive work environment that encourages employee engagement and development.


  • 5+ years of experience in manufacturing and distribution operations.
  • Proven track record of successfully leading and optimising manufacturing and distribution processes.
  • Strong understanding of lean manufacturing principles and process improvement methodologies.
  • Experience with inventory management, supply chain optimisation, and logistics coordination.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, with the ability to analyse complex operational challenges and develop effective solutions.
  • Proficiency in utilising manufacturing software, ERP systems, and data analysis tools.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively across different functional areas.
  • Demonstrated leadership and team management skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate teams to achieve operational excellence.
  • Knowledge of industry regulations, safety standards, and quality control practices within the manufacturing sector.


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Sandra Quinn is qualified, big 4 trained accountant and leads our executive search recruitment practice in Ireland supporting senior appointments across industry, financial services and professional services firms. With a deep understanding of executive level recruitment Sandra specialises in CFO/Finance Director or similar appointments but also handles other executive appointments for key clients on a retained basis. Sandra and her team are where CEOs and Boards in Ireland go for advice before they start hiring their leadership team.

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