Manager – Leadership Trainee – North America ()


Manager – Leadership Trainee – North America High-potential with general management ambition within automotive industry Ohio (US) – Our customer is one of the most successful and rapidly growing global players in its sector. The organization with headquarters in Europe is a leading service supplier with a full service concept towards the automotive sector. The OEM customers deploy its services from the early concept phase throughout the entire lifecycle of the product. The package provides a comprehensive service for engineering, quality, purchasing and logistics.

Due to expansion and the consequent need to reinforce the corporate management team, our customer currently has a highly interesting opportunity for a charismatic professional to gradually take over the lead of the Northern American activities out of Ohio.

A participative role in a growth scenario

•  You start in a management role focusing on operations and logistics
•  You assist the actual Managing Director in building and safeguarding a KPI-oriented, entrepreneurial and proactive, solution-oriented culture within the organisation  
•  You help to strengthen the local value proposition, to define the business plan, develop and implement strategies, continuously driving and coordinating improvement projects
•  You lead by example and manage by walking around, closely following up on operations
•  You ensure efficiency, quality, service, cost effective management of resources and well being of the internal human capital
•  During the course of the next 2-3 years you will be exposed to other function domains and responsibilities like sales, sourcing, finance,…
•  The plan is to finally (after 2 to 3 years) take over the strategic, operational and P&L responsibility for 5 recently acquired branches in the US and Mexico (150 employees in total)
•  At that point you will lead the local management team, work in close collaboration with the international corporate management team in a matrix structure, in a direct reporting line to the corporate CEO and to the board.

Strong analytical, communication and people management skills required

•  A pragmatic and hands-on, process and customer-oriented team player with a first experience in logistic, operations or plant management, mandatory within the automotive sector
•  Knowledge of XPPS is an asset
•  A higher degree, affinity with engineering and logistics, above average level of common sense and practical intellect, the potential, the eagerness and the ambition to grow
•  An open, international mindset and past professional experiences within an international (preferably Europe and US implicating) environment
•  A (future) leader with emotional intellect to drive and inspire a team
•  A strong business acumen and a nose for improvement; mere continuation management doesn’t thrill you, you think ‘opportunities’ and ‘solutions’
•  No fear for remote responsibilities and the drive to make things happen in team
•  Fluency in English, any other language is an asset
•  Attracted by relocation to, and permanent residence in, the US.

An interesting challenge and a tangible career plan

A unique opportunity for a passionate and ambitious individual with a strong professional attitude.

Contact details Mercuri Urval:
ref. 33.10750 -104  – tel. +32 (0)11 28 78 28 –



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