Site General Manager

There could not be a better time to join the Biggleswade Operations team as we have recently invested in a state-of-the art Bar plant which has increased our capacity, capability and flexibility and the Cereals plant has also had significant investment. JDR is expanding into a number of strategic markets which the Biggleswade site operations will play a key part. As site GM your key objective is to provide great leadership, ensuring the site has a clear focus on people development, continuous improvement, safety and food safety, alongside operational performance. You will provide strong leadership to the Biggleswade site and have substantial influence over the wider Cereals business, shaping, driving and delivering the strategic objectives, improving commercial, financial and operational performance for the total Cereals business in the UK and Internationally. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to join us who is passionate about  food manufacturing, leading great people and taking the site to the next stage of operational strategy.  If you are looking for an opportunity to genuinely make a difference, this role could be for you.

Key accountabilities

• Maintaining as a minimum and continually improving the safety, food safety and plant performance across the site
• Driving a culture of continuous improvement with a well-established team
• Thinking broadly beyond Operations. Commercially astute and ability to lead the business on its 2 – 5 year strategy whilst delivering the 1-2 year delivery plan
• Change agent – ability to change a people culture and improve engagement year on year
• Ability to network across ABF and leverage the network to support the business goals
• Driving a culture of cost control and cost risk together with a high performing culture
• Driving change with the teams to establish a culture of high performance across the balanced scorecard
• Expert knowledge on operations and coaching the teams to perform at their best
• Managing change and making sure a seamless transition to anything new- product, recipe, standards, processes and projects
• Driving root cause analysis to reduce the non-conformance and incidents within operations so that performance is continuously improving

What does "great" look like?

Great Judgement
  • Leadership: Able to effectively lead and motivate site team to deliver on objectives and strategy. Excellent leadership qualities and ability to build credible leadership across the business
  • Team Building: Able to build a cohesive team that works together effectively to deliver the business objectives
  • Conflict resolution: Able to effectively manage and resolve conflicts both within the team and with external stakeholders
  • Highly numerate, able to analyse and interpret data and formulate solid action plans to improve performance
  • Excellent decision-making and clarity of thinking skills
  • A strength and resilience of character to take the site and business to a new level
  • Commercially astute and highly numerate with the ability to analyse and interpret technical and business data
Cultural Fit
  • Highly developed persuasion and influencing skills enabling the individual to manage and influence to all levels of the business
  • The personal presence and professional credibility necessary to have an immediate impact with internal contacts and central functions
  • Self-starter, highly driven and self-motivated to make a significant difference
  • A motivated team player that is also able to work independently
  • Excellent levels of self-awareness
  • Strong active management skills: Does not shy away from or avoid positive confrontation in the event of performance issues within the team or across the business
  • Communication skills: Able to communicate using non-technical language to ensure that any issues are clearly understood by all concerned
Motivated to Make a Difference
  • Ability to operate successfully in a fast-changing environment. Keen to get stuck in and operate across functional boundaries
  • Continuous Improvement Focus: A strong bias towards actively seeking ways to improve plant performance and methods of operation
  • Problem solving: A focused, pragmatic approach to solving problems. Able to use root cause analysis to identify, assess and select the most appropriate course of action to resolve issues
  • Ability to work under pressure: Able to remain calm under extreme pressure and to effectively manage team in such situations
  • Communication: ability to communicate at all levels – from ABF Board through to the JDR Board through the operational teams across all functions. Excellent communication style that’s motivating, clear and gets things moving

Experience and Skills

• Degree qualified or equivalent qualification ideally in Supply Chain, Engineering, Operations Management or Food Science (essential)
• Significant  management experience (essential)
• Food manufacturing experience – ideally in bakery sector (essential)
• Thorough understanding and working knowledge of safety, food safety and employee legislation (essential)
• Process Development experience (desirable)
• Experience and qualified in Lean Manufacturing techniques or Continuous Improvement techniques (Essential)
• HACCP Level 3 +
• Advanced Food Safety
• Executive level leadership
• Knowledge and experience in working with Allergens, Vendor Assurance, Risk Management, CI programme, Environmental Programme Management, Capital Programme Management, Process Contaminants, Organic Management and working knowledge of British Retail Consortium standards, Non-GMO and IFS (Essential)

Closing date for applications: 27 December 2019
Position: Full Time
Location: Biggleswade

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