Operations Area Manager

SJR Partners
Leicester, Leicestershire
£40,000 - £50,000
Closing date
22 Jun 2023

Job Details

Are you currently a Production/ Shift Manager wanting more autonomy to develop and progress? We are looking for a strong Production Management specialist with experience in Food Manufacturing or from a similar FMCG environment. This is a crucial role for the business, and we need someone that at certain times will be the most senior team member on site.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Operations Area Manager will be responsible for all operations within the High-Risk area.

Job Details

  • Create an organisational structure and culture that promotes employee involvement, with open communication teamwork, and cooperation.
  • Build empowered and fully engaged teams that are responsible and accountable for their areas.
  • Lead daily area meetings and reviews.
  • On a regular and timely basis, clearly communicate information to the team whilst promoting, encouraging, and improving 2-way communication.
  • Manage and motivate the FLM’s ensuring that they are sufficiently skilled and capable to fulfill the requirements of their roles. Perform regular reviews which identify areas for improved performance.
  • Manage skills development and training plans within the area, building succession plans and inducting new team members.
  • Conduct performance reviews for the team giving constructive feedback, to drive performance and encourage commitment to achieving targets.
  • Drive continuous improvement with the team, guided by data and facts.
  • Manage allocation of daily tasks (e.g. determining and allocating supervisory tasks, pre-production checks, and team tasks within the business area)
  • Lead by example and embed a culture of safety, promoting behavioral safety.
  • Proactively manage safety by working alongside the HSE Manager, driving the HSE agenda.
  • Ensure that all technical procedures and policies are robustly adhered to in production to ensure all products are food safe and meet all quality standards
  • Liaise closely with the technical team on non-conformances to drive continuous improvement and maintain high standards.

What we are looking for

You will ideally have worked previously in a high-risk Food Manufacturing environment and experienced in an equivalent position managing a Production Department. 

  • Experience in food manufacturing ideally high risk
  • Ability to manage, control and influence safety, hygiene, training, quality, quantity, and cost for the department
  • Experienced in people management
  • Forward planning and forecasting
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to influence at all levels and functions across the organisation
  • Strong project management skills
  • Coaching and mentoring skills

What happens next?

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SJR Partners was established in 2018 by Jamie Stevenson who had spent 15 years working/studying within Manufacturing and for 11 of those years specifically recruiting hard to find talent into varied Manufacturing and Supply Chain focused organisations.

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