COO for global industry leader in manufacturing of high-end heat exchanger solutions

Vestas aircoil A/S, Lem, Denmark, POULSEN

COO for global industry leader in manufacturing of high-end heat exchanger solutions

Vestas aircoil A/S, Lem, Denmark

Experienced COO with a commercial mindset for developing business, processes, and employees.

Do you want to lead the optimization and improvement of productivity, quality, and revenue of an industry leading company? Are you able and motivated to spend 60-80 days a year travelling to ensure consistency, collaboration, and compliance across multiple manufacturing sites? Do you have the technical understanding, experience, and human skills needed to both develop and implement a clear strategy for the company’s operations? Then you may be the COO we are currently seeking on behalf of Vestas aircoil A/S.

In your capacity of Chief Operating Officer (COO) you will have the overall responsibility for both formulation and execution of group strategies as well as C-level management of Vestas aircoil Operations across all international sites. Operations include supply chain, procurement, disposition, logistics, stock, planning, material management, production, and quality. Furthermore, you will be responsible for compliance in all operational areas, specifications, drafting and monitoring global budgets, and for scoping, analyzing, and driving investments in facilities, production equipment, and processes. The COO will be a part of the executive board and will be registered as a director with the Danish Business Authority (Erhvervs- og Selskabsstyrelsen).

Criteria for success

Among your criteria for succeeding in this position will be drafting a clear strategy and a Master Plan for Operations including the modernization and optimization of all core processes which you will execute through action plans and systematic follow-up, ensuring that all employees are on board for change and efficiency improvement. Consistent, transparent, and effective processes across all sites are crucial to attracting and retaining skilled employees, while ensuring quality and customer satisfaction. 

You will work closely with the company CEO and be a pivotal part of the Vestas aircoil leadership team contributing to the continuous improvement of the core business through your analytical and knowledge-based approach. Through this you will also contribute to Vestas aircoil’s declared strategy of organic growth and continuous acquisitions.

Proud history and constant development

The history of Vestas aircoil dates back to 1956 when the engine manufacturer B&W asked Vestas, which at the time manufactured agricultural machinery, to solve the task of air cooling the turbochargers that B&W had begun to mount on large diesel engines.

Since then, there has been no looking back, and Vestas aircoil is now among the world's leading specialists in developing and manufacturing OEM quality cooling systems for the largest global engine manufacturers. The company has production facilities in Europe, USA, and China and has a worldwide network of distributors and agents. The product range includes individually designed heat exchangers and cooling systems for engines and machines.

Solid leadership and order production experience

Your academic background includes a higher technical education, e.g., as a production engineer, mechanical engineer or similar, preferably supplemented with a commercial extension. Your professional background includes solid experience from an order manufacturing company or serial/batch production of customer-specific solutions plus leadership and management of other managers across cultures and nationalities. Furthermore, you have experience with change management, preferably with solid insight into LEAN tools, including OEE, 5S, Kaizen and e.g., Six Sigma and preferably successful experience with implementing these. Further prerequisites could include experience from the heat exchanger industry, hands-on experience with order manufacturing, preferably from steel production, and a background as a factory manager in a medium-sized company, preferably with sites in different countries.

Personally, you are proactive, committed, and robust and you lead the way in all tasks. You have technical interest and understanding combined with a commercial mindset. Your maturity, strength in relations, and extroverted nature enables you to collaborate across the organization and across cultures. You are analytical and structured and have the ability to execute. Your English is fluent at negotiation level and you have the motivation and the opportunity to travel 60-80 days a year.

Application and contact

For further information please contact POULSEN at +45 75 39 34 31. All inquiries and applications are processed confidentially and will be forwarded to the company only by appointment.

About Vestas aircoil A/S

Vestas aircoil has been designing and manufacturing air coolers since 1956. Since then, the company has evolved to becoming the preferred partner for high-performance, customized, and reliable cooling systems for a wide range of the world's largest engine manufacturers. With an advanced R & D Center in Denmark and a strong and balanced focus on performance optimization, environmental impact and product quality, the company continues to develop new technologies and solutions. For further information please visit

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