Production Manager

How would you like to join one of the world’s largest commercial security printers, and work with an established team of professionals?

De La Rue is the world’s market leader in currency printing and has successfully printed currency in Malta for over 40 years.

Our new investment in Malta continues to strengthen the production of currency for our global customers whilst expanding our operation to deliver citizen identity and product authentication solutions for our customers making our Centre of Excellence in Malta a unique one stop shop for governments towards a secure global economy.

At our company, we are committed to attracting, retaining and deploying the very best people. If you are looking to work for an international company, with fantastic career opportunities, then we can provide you with a unique and exciting challenge.


The role of The Production Manager is to manage day to day operations of a defined process, ensuring that the manufacturing of the finished product exceeds customer expectations on Quality, Cost and Delivery. In addition, the production manager is expected to embed Operational Excellence whilst leading this process towards continuous improvement.

As part of the transformation towards Operational Excellence, the Production Manager will mentor, coach and guide the development of the workforce towards through effective management of People, Quality, Cost, Delivery, Safety and Security targets for the assigned process/es.

This, whilst supporting the Process Manager in providing leadership and support to direct reports ensuring they are appropriately motivated, developed and performance managed.

Key responsibilities:

Main areas of focus for the Production Manager would include:

  • Lead and Empower HPT (High Performance Teams) - Making People before making products
  • OpEx - Coaching and Mentoring
  • CI (Continuous Improvement) - Kaizen as a way of life
  • Operational leadership - Day to day focus on operations management of assigned process/es

Within these areas of focus, some challenges will include

Operational Leadership

  • Ensure the cost effective use of manufacturing equipment
  • Ensure all staff have appropriate skills and behaviours, through training and development plans to push the teams towards continuous development
  • Lead an environment that promotes interdepartmental cohesion and communication, aligning key deliverables with supporting functions in order to drive tangible and sustainable improvements in SSPQCD
  • Works to a balanced set of KPIs and strategic objectives set by the Process Manager

Leading, developing and managing people

  • The Production Manager should provide excellent leadership to help people perform to their potential through motivating, development and empowerment to create High Performing Teams

Providing structure, direction and purpose (Effective communications/regular meetings)

  • To coach, mentor and guide the execution of the OpEx Strategy, methodologies and tools
  • To lead and facilitate the adoption of lean manufacturing techniques and nurture a culture of continuous improvement towards achieving higher levels of operational excellence. Frequently in the context of Lean & Kaizen, these tools include 5S and Visual Factory techniques, Problem-Solving, Standard Work, PDCA Process Improvement, Value Steam Mapping, Kaizen and TPM

Setting Standards, Expectations and Objectives

  • Be clear about expectations – Business Plans, Team Charters, Objectives and KPIs

  • Objectives set and/or followed should be specific, measureable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. (SMART)

  • Be clear about what authority/decision-making is delegated to individuals - Empowerment & Accountability.

  • Be clear about what authority is not delegated and how/when you expect to be consulted or referred to – Escalation.

  • Be clear about expectations for standards of behaviour and the ethics that apply to your type of work – Discipline.

  • If particular policies, legislation or standards apply, ensure they are appropriately monitored and enforced - Manage

  • Be a good role model for behaviour and promote discipline on the shop floor - LEAD.

Driving Continuous Improvement as part of day to day


  • Focused on identifying, assessing, and analysing opportunities for achieving the established operational excellence levels in order to drive tangible and sustainable performance improvements in QCD-SSP.

  • Directly interacts with organisational teams to align training and improvement plans with the Group and Site Specific objectives, and ensures that projects have clear ownership within the organisation to drive execution.

  • Develops Current and Future State maps that provide organisational teams with a roadmap for driving safety, quality, delivery, and cost productivity improvements

  • Extract, Create & Analyse Data from OFX and other available sources, translating it into information to drive recommendations for improvement and decision making.

  • Make documented proposals (A3 driven) for process and procedure improvements and communicate with management and leadership team on implementation of changes.

  • Manage and control the improvement projects using project management tools.

  • Track, measure, and report progress on improvements using standard, established Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

  • Create and maintain visual displays and storyboards within the site to propagate the OpEx message and inform every one of the ongoing activities

  • Establish PDCA CI Cycle on key processes as routine. Utilise OFX to measure performance.

  • Lead, plan and facilitate improvement/kaizen activities.

  • Progress and support a TPM programme based on AM/PM.

  • Define blockages to continuous improvement and escalate to leadership & management.

  • Identify and specify equipment or tools that can be manufactured or purchased to support improvements.

  • To always act and behave in a way compliant with all De La Rue company guidelines and policies, especially those relating to Environmental Health and Safety, ethics and codes of conduct.

The above list is not exhaustive. You will be required to undertake other duties within your capabilities, consistent with this role, to support the needs of the business.



Essential Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Process/Manufacturing Expertise. Ability to communication vision and explain what good looks like
  • A thorough understanding of manufacturing processes. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication, influencing and relationship management skills at all levels, internally and externally

To apply:

Email your CV and cover letter to