International Hightech | TecDAX

Pfeiffer Vacuum stands for innovative solutions, high technology and dependable products, along with first class service. Vacuum technology is a key enabler for shaping the future of many industries. As a technology leader, we want to significantly expand our market share globally. To achieve this, we will heavily invest and go through a transformation phase in the coming years.

Due to the concurrent challenges of growing and transforming the business into a world class operation, we are searching for a highly self-motivated, engaged and experienced entrepreneurial personality m/f as

General Manager
Operations (COO)

for Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH at a significant manufacturing location. In joint P&L responsibility with your colleague responsible for sales and service, you will manage your company with around 700 employees in all aspects of manufacturing engineering, component machining, product assembly operations, supply chain & logistics, direct & indirect material procurement, quality and EHS.

Reporting to the Group COO, you are responsible to deliver customer requirements within market expected lead times with high quality products produced in a safe and compliant work environment, where a culture of continuous improvement is fostered and promoted within the organisation.

Your key objectives include:

  • Drive with the Management Board the transformation into an agile, empowered, solution oriented organisation to reach the group targets.
  • Manage the capacity expansion with substantial efficiency improvements, make or buy decisions, and ramp-up support for new operations.
  • Analyse, develop and realize future investments needs into the infrastructure, machinery and layout and define best in class future solutions.
  • Establish challenging and appropriate key performance indicators which will deliver a balanced operational performance for the operation as a whole and for individual departments.

In close cooperation with the other operations GMs in the organisation, you ensure alignment for standardisation and best practice approach.

You hold a university degree in engineering or a comparable qualification, ideally with a focus on production engineering. You have a proven successful track record in the management of a cross functional matrix operating organization in the manufacturing industry.

You think entrepreneurially as a whole, set an example as a hands-on leader, lead your teams in a goal-oriented manner, motivate and develop your employees further and specifically promote their willingness to change.

You are demonstrably in a position to manage a company successfully in business terms. With 10+ years of experience in leading operations positions, you are used to communicating necessary changes proactively and convincingly to management and the entire workforce.

As an assertive manager with a high level of self-motivation, entrepreneurial attitude and a focus on results, you are looking specifically for the cultural environment of a larger, successful medium-sized high-tech company. We assume that you have a good command of both the German and English language. The financial and other contract conditions correspond to the importance of the position.

If you are interested in this role please send your application to our recruiting agent by indicating the reference GM 22171. Applications via e-mail are welcome at: If you have any questions in advance please call Dr. Jörg Heil or Mr. Jörg Engelbrecht on 0049 221 270 88 80. You can be assured that we will treat your application with the utmost discretion.

Engelbrecht Unternehmensberatung
Große Neugasse 4 - 50667 Köln
Tel: 0049 221 270 888 0