Group Manager Operations

Vacancies 05 February 2019

At Saab, we constantly look ahead and push boundaries for what is considered technically possible. We collaborate with colleagues around the world who all share our challenge – to make the world a safer place.

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Hong Kong


Maarten Overkemping E-mail
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What you will be a part of

Saab Traffic Management (TM) serves customers around the globe with advanced solutions that enable the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. There are three operating units within TM: Maritime Traffic Management (MTM) solutions include Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), port and Vessel Traffic Management Information Systems (VTMIS), hydrographics; Air Traffic Management (ATM) provides airport surface safety and efficiency systems and tools, tower automation and advanced research, development and evaluation solutions. Public Safety and Security (PSS) which is the world leading solution provider for mission critical integrated operations.

Operations include all execution of customer projects as well as R&D projects, and the total organization is about 120 employees mainly in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands but also located in Linköping, Sweden and Hong Kong. For planning and preparations of the contracts, the Operation unit works closely together with Marketing & Sales and Product Management.

The Operations unit in Hong Kong is about 15 employees and consist of project managers, system engineers, finance and office management. The main responsibility is to meet the customer expectations (deliver agreed scope to correct quality and according to schedule) in our customer projects across Asia Pacific, and internally to deliver the planned gross margin. Our VTMIS product is developed in Sweden and the Netherlands and integrated with sensors like radar to a total system. Additionally the organization shall be prepared for future challenges, regarding competence, technology, processes and size of work force.

Do you want to lead this international unit from our location in Hong Kong committed to safe, efficient and secure maritime trade around the world? Do you have the talent and drive to really make a difference to complex maritime operations? We are looking for an experienced manager with ability to adjust the management style to the situation, willing to drive the cross-border challenges, passionate about the power of people and technology to achieve something unique. Someone dynamic and energetic who strives for collaboration and dedicated to meet targets. Someone who can build on the work of others and invite them into build on your work. Are you an enabler who has a growth mindset, with insatiable curiosity? Can you take something that is already good, to make it even better? If so we are looking for you...

Your role

You are responsible to manage and develop the skills, knowledge and competences of the people, to ensure they are able to perform their roles and to improve way of workings. You have a delegated responsibility for achieving the strategic scorecard objectives in terms of revenue, gross margin and customer satisfaction. Monitors the overall execution of customer contracts, oversees the costs, organization, quality, risk and opportunities, scope, schedule and technical performance of these contracts. Supports Marketing & Sales with bid preparations and deliver the operations data pack (e.g. scope, costs and resources). Take project management or system engineering responsibility in customer projects. You are a member of the Operations management team and report to the Head of Operations in the Netherlands.

Your skills and experience

As a candidate you should be a natural leader and easily get others' trust, have good communication skills, high drive and commitment to meet targets. The role requires an independent-minded person, able to identify and pursue opportunities, but also willing to contribute as part of a wider team. You are committed to delivering high quality and meeting deadlines in a fast moving international environment where decisions are followed by prompt action. You are able to meet expectations and enjoy taking ownership and responsibility. Your analytical and communication skills enable you to keep focus on and to deal with complex issues simultaneously.

As Group Manager Operations, your expected experience is

  • From international organizations, preferably as manager for an international team
  • Experience with Project Management, System Engineering of customer projects, preferably Maritime Industry, Customer Relations, basic Financials and Bid preparations
  • Bachelor or Master degree in a relevant field;
  • You communicate fluently in English;
  • Preferred affinity in Maritime environment;
  • Preferably Hong Kong residency or work permit

If you feel that this job seems to be interesting, you enjoy working with modern technology and you have some of the skills and merits mentioned above, then you should contact us or send in your application.

More info:

Acquisition to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Saab is a global defence and security company operating in the fields of air, land and naval defence, civil security and commercial aeronautics. We number 15,500 employees and have operations on all continents. Technologically we are leaders in many areas, and one-fifth of our earnings are spent on research and development.

Saab is also a company with opportunities. A company where we see diversity as an asset and where you have both considerable responsibility and good opportunities for advancing in your career. But also a company that respects each person’s needs for a rewarding life beyond work.

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