General Manager - Manufacturing
The General Manager, Manufacturing role is an important appointment which will help us achieve our ambitious profit and growth targets. apetito ltd have seen year-on-year growth for the past 10 years both in terms of volume and product range and this has led to increased pressure in the Manufacturing Facilities.
The role of General Manager, Manufacturing is a Senior role and as such is a member of the company senior management team. The role will be challenging, stimulating and varied. It will enjoy a good level of autonomy and thus this role is for experienced, self-starters who can create their own strategic direction and lead people to implement their ideas.
The role includes the day-to-day management of 5 main production areas including high care food production areas, working 24 hours, 5 days per week on a 3 shift basis. There are around 280 full time employees who are managed through a team of 7 managers. The area budget is around £18 million. The new General Manager will have experience of managing large complex manufacturing units.
In addition to the day-to-day operations the General Manager will have key involvement in the implementation of a site expansion project (£31m investment). An important responsibility for this role will be coordination with the Project team and key stakeholders to ensure that the implementation of the project does not impact negatively on customer satisfaction or operating costs as well as engaging the teams and managing what will be a significant change.
The successful candidate will be a high calibre individual and will have excellent leadership skills. They will possess sufficient gravitas, be able to interact with Customers, the Company Executive and at times the International Main Board.
They will be logical, self-assured and capable of presenting new ideas to all levels of the organisation both verbally and through written reports. The ability to influence at all levels and negotiate will be essential to success.