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    about 1 month ago

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TXM Recruit are excited to announce an opportunity as a Business Unit Manager with a well-established Rail Overhaul & Refurbishment business based in Cardiff.

Role Overview:
The Business Unit Manager will be responsible for providing an efficient and effective day-to-day planning, coordination and operation of the workshop, ensuring that the business unit meets and exceeds safety, profitability and quality production targets.

Role Responsibilities: 
  • Plan, direct and control production so that production and quality targets are met alongside safety and environmental standards.
  • Full responsibility for setting and maintaining a broad range of budgets within the designated business unit, with reference to overtime, PPE and training requirements.
  • Ensure that the Business Unit profitably delivers against all agreed operational targets, and contractual conditions on each contract.
  • Participate in developing short, medium and long-term plans to achieve contract requirements in a cost-effective manner.
  • Develop KPIs related to the contract deliverables to monitor and control the progress of the targets, driving business improvement.
  • Monitor and manage the operational working processes, including planning, reporting, and working patterns.
  • Establish effective business planning and reporting processes, across all aspects of the business unit to ensure right first time and on-time delivery. (Project planning tools, operational reporting mechanisms, project performance management measures and financial performance).
  • Collaborate with others to improve profitability through the implementation of continuous improvement tools and techniques.
  • Anticipate and address customer issues; implementing solutions that maintain good relations and high service standards.
  • Collaborate with other teams to ensure production costs remain within budget.
  • Maintain knowledge of customers’ businesses and plans together with wide rail industry strategic and regulatory developments.
  • Drive improved individual performance to ensure all employees are competent to carry out safety critical work and identify and ensure future training needs for business unit are met.
  • Supply operational information and reports on business unit’s performance at the weekly review meetings and as required by the Performance Manager.
  • Input to the weekly and monthly business reviews, including operational performance, project reporting and overhead levels.
Role Requirements:
  • Demonstrated success in operational management roles.
  • Has made significant change or transformation in the running of operations.
  • Relevant experience in railway, engineering, safety critical, or manufacturing environments.
  • Proficiency in managing budgets and controlling costs.
  • Strong commercial awareness.
  • Experience leading change programs to enhance business performance.
  • Familiarity with logistics, product flow management, capacity planning, and scheduling.
  • Knowledge of continuous improvement methodologies.
  • High numeracy skills and familiarity with project accounting.
  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in computer applications such as MS Office and Project Management tools.
  • Excellent customer and supplier relationship management abilities.
  • Ability to innovate and problem-solve, meeting deadlines and targets.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, collaborative teamwork, and confidence in communication.

if you are a driven and innovative Business Unit Manager with a passion for the rail industry, we want to hear from you! Take the next step in your career and apply today by submitting your CV to

TXM Recruit is an equal opportunities employer. If you have any specific requirements or require assistance or reasonable adjustments to be made for you during the selection process due to disability or long-term health condition, we will do our best to assist you.