Global Head of Lean Management in leading heavy industries company

Drive substantial transformation in global production environment

RHI Magnesita is the global leader and driving force in the refractory business – they develop, produce, sell and install heat-resistant materials and products for high temperature production. Without RHI Magnesita cars, planes, glass, roads and many other things that we take for granted would not exist. RHI Magnesita has 35 production plants – 5 of them in connection with a mining pit and 10 stand alone mining pits globally. Do you have substantial experience as production leader and international lean management and are you able to provide major change in a challenging environment then we have the role for you.

Here are two presentations of RHI Magnesita:

Develop and lead global Lean management

You lead a team consisting of 5-6 team members covering Global Lean Reporting, Analytics, Maintenance and related. On each production entity there is a local Lean Manager taking care of the daily operational Lean tasks. RHI Magnesita has conducted Lean assessment on 20 plants primarily in Europe and Americas to understand the current situation and develop the frame work for future Lean development / continuous improvement which the company is ready to roll out. Outstanding is the last app. 15 production entities primarily in India and China where the same initial Lean assessment needs to take place. The needed development is very wide Lean / continuous improvement scope within automation / technology 4.0, processes, new modern optimized equipment and machinery, it, systems and related. The expectation is that you and your team together with local Lean Management provides 3% yearly improvement on conversion costs and 2% increased performance rate.

You report to the COO and the role is ideally based in the global RHI Magnesita HQ in Vienna. You should expect travel up to 80% of the time. For the right profile there are great career development opportunities in RHI Magnesita.

Experienced Production and Lean leader  

You have several years’ experience as Head of Production, Plant Manager, Cluster Head of Production or related combined with some years’ experience working with Lean / Continuous Improvement in an international or global production environment. This experience is ideally obtained in Chemical / Petrochemical process industry, O&G, heavy industry production, Pulp & Paper or related.

Further the right candidate has the following personal traits and skills:

  • You are acknowledged for your management skills – your direct reports know their roles and responsibilities and success criteria and they know how they are performing
  • With your technical and business skills you are able to drive the Lean / Continuous Improvement agenda in a global complex company
  • With you great communication skills and empathy you engage with stakeholders at all levels of the organization in a fast paced and challenging environment to reach common goals
  • With your structured, organized and analytical approach you are able to handle the highly complex task of providing major Lean improvements to 35 production plants and a number of mining pits globally

About RHI Magnesita

RHI Magnesita is the leading global supplier of high-grade refractory products, systems and solutions which are critical for high-temperature processes exceeding 1,200°C in a wide range of industries, including steel, cement, non-ferrous metals, and glass. Our purpose is to master heat, enabling global industries to build sustainable modern life. With a vertically integrated value chain, from raw materials to refractory products and full performance-based solutions, RHI Magnesita serves customers globally, with around 12,000 employees in 35 main production sites and more than 70 sales offices. RHI Magnesita pursues an innovative and industry-leading path in technological development and sustainability, including CO2 emissions reduction technology.

Do you recognize yourself in this role?

For this position we are working with the executive search company, Brinch & Partners, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact Partner Arne Kyed at or +45 2970 2031.

If you are interested in the position, please upload your CV via the link at your earliest convenience.

Arne Kyed

+45 29702031