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Artek is a Finnish design company, founded in Helsinki in 1935 by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl. Their goal was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means.” In keeping with the radical spirit of its founders, Artek today remains an innovative player in the world of modern design, developing new products at the intersection of design, architecture, and art. The Artek collection consists of furniture, lighting, and accessories designed by Finnish masters and leading international designers. It stands for clarity, functionality, and poetic simplicity. 

For over 80 years, Artek’s products have enriched public spaces, museums, schools, restaurants, hotels, shops, as well as countless private homes all over the world. Since 2013 Artek has been part of the Swiss design company Vitra. With a small, yet dynamic and highly dedicated team, we aim to further develop Artek as an independent heritage brand within the international environment of the Vitra group.

Production Manager f/m/d

Country/Region:  FI
City:  Littoinen
Level of Employment:  100%
Duration:  permanent
Required Travel:  0%
Company:  a-factory oy

Our common goal
As Production Manager f/m/d  you will lead and develop the production teams in our plant in Turku. You are responsible for a smooth production flow, take over the technical and disciplinary leadership of the four foreman leaders of the production and lead projects for the holistic optimization of our production in cooperation with the plant manager and other interfaces of Artek and Vitra. You are reporting to the plant manager.
What you can expect

  • Take responsibility for the overall production and resource management
  • Plan and manage lean end-2-end production and optimize resources and utilization in collaboration with the foremen and the plant manager
  • Analyze and improve the production relevant KPI's
  • Perform strategic personnel planning and training
  • Ensure a common understanding between the customer orders and production
  • Manage the production of products according to our quality guidelines
  • Support the preparation and execution of audits (ISO, Gega, suppliers, 5 S, etc.)
  • Coordinate and execute production projects
  • Ensure the programming of scheduled machine maintenance
  • Maintain the existing capacities in SAP
  • Manage and update the factory layout and its further development as well as the material flow

How you can convince us 

  • University degree (Bachelor or higher) in engineering or another related field
  • Ideally, you bring experience in the field of wood processing and have a good understanding of its production process
  • In-depth knowledge and experience with operational excellence methodologies such as TPM, Lean, and 6 Sigma
  • Empathy and great communication skills that contribute to your leadership skills  
  • Independent, self-reliant and goal-oriented way of working
  • Experience in using an ERP system (ideally SAP) and MS Office
  • Business fluent Finnish and English language skills


Enjoy working at Vitra 

  • We offer a dynamic, creative, and innovative environment and pursue a sustainable corporate strategy
  • Office design is our specialty - our work environment offers space for creativity including areas for focus time
  • Welcome to Vitra - our orientation and welcome program 
  • "How to work better" - our concept for the hybrid working world - enables mobile working in different facets 
  • We promote lifelong learning through our internal academy and target group-oriented talent management programs 
  • Benefit from attractive discounts on products from Vitra and Artek 


Do you still have doubts? 

You do not bring all the qualifications listed? 


Don't be discouraged: We are convinced that with an eager-to-learn, open-minded attitude, mountains can be moved. 

So, apply anyway and show us why you are the right person for this position. 


We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and living diversity. Your personality and expertise are the only factors that determine your suitability. 


Jukka Silvennoinen,,  will be happy to answer any questions you may have.