Factory Manager

Protea Recruitment Ltd
City of Edinburgh
Salary in the range of £45K-£55K
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

Job Details

Job Description and Person Spec – Factory Manager

Are you a Production Manager looking for a step up into a factory manager or a factory manager looking for a more autonomous role?

My clients brand stretch throughout Scotland, England even abroad and due to a change in personnel are looking for the “right candidate who will oversee all production and dispatch activity across all teams. To organise teams effectively ensuring that there is sufficient raw material, and staff resources to achieve customer orders are right first time, in full and on time. You will be expected to collaborate with all team managers to help improve productivity & yield, product quality and staff turnover rates within their areas.


  • Accident-free days
  • 100% Audit ready compliance
  • OTIF and right first time
  • Material and labour variance
  • Attendance & Staff turnover
  • Productivity by team & are


  • Ensure a safe and secure working environment delivering our “safe food, made safely” philosophy, by continuously building our food safety culture
  • Ensure all teams are fully staffed & prove all reports are inducted, trained, and recertified as required by their role
  • Support your direct reports to ensure there is adequate cover during absence and holidays
  • Clear communication of all planned activity, daily, weekly, and 28-day plans
  • Manage staff levels, including additional agency staff
  • Monitor daily/weekly labour KPI’s and understand variances to standard
  • Consult with planning to schedule production resources
  • Ensure daily orders are completed, on time and in full
  • Allocation of material for departments, consult with planning to ensure scheduling of material
  • Support the finance team through analysis of performance against standard costs to ensure achievement. Improving accuracy as well as being the primary contact to discuss and review variances, usage, and labour and to get stock issues resolved.
  • Ensure process instructions are strictly followed, paper documentation and ERP recording is completed accurately.
  • Support continuous improvement initiatives by ensuring key colleagues are available and involved


  • Company policies, practices, and procedures
  • Business objectives and short/long term goals
  • Numerate, use of Standard costs and variance KPI
  • Confident in IT systems, ideally have a comprehensive understanding of ERP systems
  • Up to date working knowledge of products, processes, and systems
  • Leadership – Ability to motivate
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • People Management
  • Collaborative management style
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to influence others and/or present ideas confidently
  • Conflict Management


  • Leading, Controlling, Planning & Improving
  • Managing people, conduct and attitude/behaviour
  • Working in accordance with deadlines and budget
  • Ensuring the correct headcount, materials and products is in place to achieve targets
  • Monitor and control raw materials and labour resources within the factory

Job title:

  • Factory Manager
  • 40 hours per week
  • Hours will vary depending on the circumstances
  • Direct reports: Yard Supervisor, Production Manager, Dispatch Manager
  • Indirect reports: 30-50 depending on season flex


  • £45,000 to 4=55,000
  • Employer pension contribution
  • 30 days holiday &  your birthday off
  • Three times death in service insurance
  • Free annual flu jab
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Product allowance, Colleague referral scheme, Free on-site car parking


With over 15 years of recruitment experience, Protea Recruitment constantly strives to be the best in the market, offering a flexible, pragmatic and honest approach to recruitment.

Specialising in the Food, Drinks, FMCG & Consumer Goods sector, Protea offers the full recruitment service from Head Hunting & Retained to Search, including Permanent, Interim & Contract solutions throughout the UK and further afield.

Partnering with both the client and candidate, we focus our search on talent, experience, ability, team fit, and culture

Our specialist areas include:

  • Technical & Quality
  • Hygiene
  • Health and Safety
  • NPD and Development Chefs
  • Product Design
  • Project Management
  • Engineering
  • Supply Chain
  • Warehouse / Distribution
  • Logistics & Transport
  • Marketing Jobs
  • Production & Operation
  • Packaging
  • Sales & Marketing
  • IT
  • Finance
  • General Manager
  • Director/ Board Level/ CEO/ Managing Director
  • HR

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