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Dumfries and Galloway

Operations Manager

Southern Scotland

  • Reference: 385733
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: Competitive + benefits

  • Location: Dumfries and Galloway

The company & location

Nigel Wright are excited to be working with a food manufacturing business that really do offer something unique when it comes to company values. They genuinely put their people first and pride themselves on achieving a culture of positivity, creativity and passion. As a site, they are a valued part of the community and are looking to hire a Site Lead that wants to continue to build on the strong ties to the area and the people that have already been created.

Kirkcudbright is one of Scotland’s most vibrant communities with events, exhibitions and activities taking place throughout the year. A lively fishing port, surrounded by coasts and hills of outstanding natural beauty; ideal for cycling, gentle walking, challenging hiking or a lazy day at the beach. Enjoy the spectacle of the tattoo, watch history come alive on historic tours and see the traditional Riding of the Marches. Experience the Art and Crafts Trail with over 100 venues, have fun at the Children’s Festival, celebrate the great outdoors at the Country Fair, and indulge in great tastes at the Food Festival. 

Easily accessible to Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle & Edinburgh, meaning the rest of the UK and Europe can also be reached through strong transport links. 

When asked to describe this best things about this business, people said:

  • The people, philosophy & view
  • Relaxed, part of a team, can show my own initiative
  • People are helpful & friendly
  • Good working environment

The role

This is an integral role that offers full site responsibility across Production, Engineering, Technical, Supply Chain, Warehouse, Health & Safety and Forecasting with all stakeholders working together collaboratively.

The Site Lead will focus on delivering the appropriate customer requirements both efficiently and cost effectively, alongside the development of a broader organisational improvement programme, which is key to moving the business towards its aim of being a World Class Food Company.

Some of the key responsibilities of the role are:

  • Lead and motivate a team of operational, technical and product development colleagues
  • Engage all colleagues in a programme of lean manufacturing, identify methods and utilising tools and techniques to reduce waste and improve efficiencies
  • Provide direction to the reporting departments to ensure that the production plan and customer requirements are fulfilled
  • Successfully identify and manage KPIs which are aligned both to the UK business strategy and the sites production targets.

The candidate

We are looking for an experienced leader who has a proven track record in optimising plant performance with their people and embedding a positive lean culture on site, with a collaborative but challenging approach. 
Some of the key qualities and attributes we are looking for are:

  • Experience in a plant management role within the food industry
  • Collaborative approach to key stakeholder management
  • Proven success managing site P&L
  • Proactive approach to problem solving 
  • Experience playing a proactive part in the wider business community of the local area

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