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Managing Director Brazil

Campinas (Brazil)

Christeyns in Ghent, Belgium,  is one of Europe’s prominent manufacturers of detergents, soaps and associated chemicals, turning over €250 million and employing over 800 people in 26 countries. With an average growth of about 20% over the last 10 years and a portfolio of enviable accounts, this family run company is on the verge of a breakthrough as solid worldwide group. The last five years Christeyns  recently developed  branches in Brazil, the United States, and has solid plans to grow into the Middle and Far East.

Key factors for this success are a choice for solid and value adding relations with their customers, a continuous investment in research and equipment, but above all an entrepreneurial and informal company culture, enabling new concepts, innovative ideas and customer oriented specialties.

After the acquisition of an industrial site in the neighbourhood of Sao Paolo, and after having set the initial footsteps on the Brazilian market,  the company is looking for a (F/M)

General Manager Brazil
Hands on pioneer

The Job:

• First and foremost you are the entrepreneur, willing to be the driving force behind the development of our Brazilian operations and our global business in the various activities in the whole country.
• You are a hands on pioneer enjoying the opportunity to develop sales, to set up a production plan, to organize purchasing, and to arrange the relations with the public authorities. You are combining these roles all by yourself in the beginning.
• You will have the overall responsibility for the set up of the production plant, and will work closely together with engineering  in Ghent to take maximum benefit from our existing manufacturing know how. 
• You will have end responsibility for the integral business development, which means the development of a market strategy, the development of a relevant customer network and the hiring and developing of a performing sales force in the future.
• Candidates will be expected to have excellent people management skills, not only to attract and develop a team, but to maintain and develop good customer relations.
• You will have total profit and loss responsibility for all Brazilian operations. You are in charge of a monthly financial reporting to the head office.
• You are reporting directly to the Managing Director in the Head Office in Belgium.


The Profile:

• Candidates must have a degree in engineering plus an MBA or equivalent.
• You have a proven experience in Brazil and are fluent in Portuguese.
• You are able to start from a stand alone position.
• You will have already attained a senior management position or are near to promoting to a Director level.
• You have experience with the management of a multidisciplinary team.
• You will be required to live in the neighbourhood off Sao Paolo .

We offer you:

• A strong, stable and growing company with a highly respected position in the market.
• A role enabling you to be part of the future growth and success of the company.
• A Group Direction, ready to offer full support to take on this challenge.
• A package commensurate with the responsibilities of this position.

Please send your cv by email to HR@Christeyns.be
Or send to Christeyns, HR, Afrikalaan 182 , Ghent, Belgium.