Operations Director – North Wales region

23 Dec 2020
20 Jan 2021
Job Title
Associate Director
Contract Type
Full Time
Founded in 1968, Griffiths is one of the leading civil engineering and rail contractors working throughout Wales, the midlands and south–west England. With an annual turnover of circa GBP225m our 1000+ directly employed, well–trained, dedicated and highly competent workforce deliver client solutions which includes Welsh Government, Network Rail, Highways England, local authorities, Utility Companies and selected private sector organisations.

Operating out of strategically located centres, with a large directly employed workforce and extensive plant fleet we have the flexibility and resources to respond swiftly to clients' needs. Our experience embraces both the public and private sectors and includes major and minor capital projects, framework and term maintenance contracts, partnering and joint venture alliances. As a regional company, we have an inherent interest in the social, economic and environmental well–being of the areas within which we live and work. We invest in these local communities through every project we undertake.

In 2018, Griffiths became part of Tarmac, the UK's leading sustainable building materials business and a wholly owned subsidiary of CRH. Griffiths has over 1,000 employees operating across 100 sites or schemes at any given time.

We're ambitious and are looking to leverage from the Tarmac acquisition to take Griffiths through the next phase of growth to ensure the business continues to perform and to help us achieve this we need a suitably experienced Operations Director for the North Wales Region. The successful candidate will contribute to the creation, and be responsible for the safe, efficient and profitable delivery of all projects within the operational business unit. You'll provide leadership, guidance and direction to direct reports and teams within the unit. You will be a proactive and collaborative communicator and cascade relevant information as required. You'll also ensure the delivery of an environmentally compliant and quality product.

As the Operations Director you will ensure full compliance with safety, environmental, quality and business policies and procedures, ensuring that financial return is maximized on all projects undertaken. In addition you'll ensure applicable allocation of resource and drive best practice and continuous improvement across the business unit. Naturally in this leadership position you will manage, coach and develop your team in order to contribute to proactive succession planning.

Main ResponsibilitiesIn this role you will be responsible for a number of tasks including:

Ensuring compliance with health, safety and environmental policies and that they are clearly communicated and cascaded within the business unit
Driving performance improvement in relation to zero tolerance towards accidents and incidents, instilling a culture of health and safety best practice by setting a personal example of visible leadership and driving and promoting the SHEQ Initiatives
Monitoring training requirements to ensure compliance with relevant training matrices
Driving efficient site performance to ensure adherence to quality procedures
Driving the business strategy ensuring operational activities comply with business policies and procedures
Delivering EBITDA targets in line with business plan objectives for the business unit
Driving the effective management of exposure to both financial and contractual risks, maximising financial return on all contracts
Providing monthly declarations, forecasts and cash targets for the business unit to ensure prompt cash collection
Supporting pre–construction on tender submissions and financial reviews
Maintaining and developing key customer, client and industry relationships and identifying opportunities for future growth and assist in securing work
Driving performance improvements and sharing best practice within the business
Allocating sufficient resource to projects to ensure safe and efficient delivery
Effective management, coaching and development of all direct reports and driving full employee engagementThe Ideal CandidateIdeally the successful candidate will demonstrate senior leadership skills that create a positive team culture and demonstrate visible leadership and influence across the business. Your strong customer focus experience will show clearly how you have built lasting partnerships and used your deep understanding of customer needs to implement ideas that deliver value. As an experienced hand at continuous improvement you are able to readily identify and create new and innovative ways of doing business and drive improvements where necessary.

Of course as you'll be managing people, you'll have proven experience of developing people in your team by thinking ahead and taking action to ensure that team skills and capabilities meet the future business needs and working to identify development potential in everyone.

You'll be a confident and influential communicator who is at ease selling your own ideas by linking them to other people's values, goals or ideas. In addition you will willingly and confidently communicate issues and ideas to gain senior management support on a range of issues and plans.

To support the teamwork agenda you should have experience of building a positive team culture through building relationships with other teams across the wider business to share ideas, break down silos and maximise performance.

Finally, but by no means least, you'll be a confident and driven individual who can flex to suit their surroundings or the situation but be able to know when to step back from complex situations to gain a better understanding of problems and solutions.

Why TarmacWe offer an extensive range of career development opportunities and industry–leading rewards, incentives and benefits:

Contributory pension scheme
Access to the Tarmac Reward website with discounts on retailers, holidays, etc.
Access to our Employee Assistance helpline for free and confidential advice
Training and development opportunitiesInterested? Why not click here to find out more? Go on??? are you ready to build your future?

At Tarmac we are passionate that our workforce reflects the communities where we operate. Our ambition is that everyone regardless of level, role, or background will enjoy an environment of respect, inclusion and belonging. We actively remove barriers to ensure everyone is supported and can reach their potential with us. We take active steps to encourage people from a broad range of backgrounds to apply for jobs at Tarmac as we believe a diverse, inclusive company will enable everyone to thrive. We are a disability confident employer and will make reasonable adjustments as required. We are committed to support part–time and flexible working and believe getting the balance right is critical to personal and professional success

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