SMS group GmbH

SMS group is renowned worldwide for its future-oriented technologies and outstanding service for the metals industry. In 2023, our team of over 14,400 employees around the world generated sales of more than 3.4 billion euros. We apply our 150 years of experience and our digital know-how to provide the industry continuously with innovative products and processes that extend beyond our core business. We are the right partner for challenging projects and support our customers throughout the entire lifecycle of their plants and equipment. Paving the way for a carbon-neutral and sustainable metals industry is our stated goal.

Become a part of our future at SMS group GmbH in Hilchenbach (near Siegen) or Mönchengladbach as a

General Manager Flat Rolling Technology (f/m/d)

You are responsible for leading the Flat Rolling Technology department within the central R&D global support function (GSF) of the SMS group. The area includes Flat Rolling Technology for Hot Rolling and Cold Rolling plants / products. The role has a global and international standing, covering whole SMS group. You will be responsible for a potentially international department, with resources located in different entities and countries.

You are working in close alignment with the Center of Excellence Flat Products (CoE FR), globally responsible for all Flat Rolling related products and plants, and particularly with the Technology Department within the CoE.

Your area of responsibility covers:

  • detailed understanding and the description of the technological process for flat rolling (hot and cold rolling)
  • development of the area specific technological models, in cooperation with other departments within the SMS group (specifically RDZ, FRE and SX)
  • development and implementation of an area specific rolling technology innovation strategy in cooperation with CoE FR
  • process evaluation with regard to function and economic efficiency (total cost of ownership)
  • support and execution of RD projects for the specific expertise area
  • support of customer sales and project execution activities
  • support of technological commissioning and rolling process optimization at site, when required
  • represent SMS technological know-how in the specific product area, via publications, participations at fairs and conferences as well as in international associations, where appropriate;
  • establishment of an international technological setup
  • methodical support of the FR related divisions and companies

You have successfully completed a master technical degree or Ph.D and have a strong passion for flat rolling technology and process as well as for innovation.

What is important to us:

  • several years of experience in flat rolling area (hot and/or cold) in technological and/or process related roles
  • several years of experience in disciplinary management roles
  • entrepreneurial and cooperative thinking and acting
  • habit to working within an international setup and with international teams as well as customers
  • correspondingly ability to work in a team, with high level of commitment and flexibility, within an international and cross-company setup;
  • ideally: knowledge of SMS at local and/or international level
  • strongyl preferred: significant field (site) experience
  • structured, independent way of working, strong analytical skills, economically focused and goal-oriented thinking and acting
  • confident demeanor and the ability to present complex technical issues in an understandable manner
  • very good English skills, both spoken and written

As an innovative and internationally active employer, we offer you performance-based compensation (including profit-sharing) as well as an attractive company pension scheme. We also provide you with the opportunity to balance family and career optimally, for example, with our childcare services, flexible working time models, and the possibility of mobile working. Here you can learn more about the benefits of working at SMS group.