Production Manager

30 Nov 2018
30 Dec 2018
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

Production Manager


Chilled Food Manufacturer

BV Dairy - who are we?

Well firstly, we’re a family-run, innovative and dynamic specialist in producing chilled dairy products. But we’re much more than that, we’re on a mission to become the leading independent UK provider of specialist chilled dairy products to food manufacturing, food service and contract manufacturing customers. Now run by the third generation of the Highnam family and in our 60th year, both the business and the range of specialty products has grown and developed to form one of the most respected and successful independent dairies in the South West. With a turnover of circa £38m and over 120 people the business now occupies a modern, well equipped production facility employing the latest manufacturing technology situated on the edge of North Dorset’s lush and fertile Blackmore Vale. We’re ambitious, we’re growing fast and we’re investing in our people and our facilities (including a multi-million pound investment over the next 12 months).

At BV Dairy, we believe that our people and our culture are the backbone of our success and we try to live and breathe our values every day. We’re looking for pretty special people to join our team and help us on our mission. The good news is that we have great products and our customers love us!

Job Description

Reporting into the Operations Director, as Production Manager it is an exciting time to join and a real opportunity to make a mark as we expand our factory and continue to invest. With our exceptional growth, we have created a new team leader structure, overseeing all of production, that will report into you. You will have the opportunity to provide the vision, to coach, mentor and ultimately develop your team in world class manufacturing techniques and performance management. As you develop your team and help them solve problems through route-cause analysis, you will then be able to progress from focussing on the day-to-day to longer term strategies and sustainable Continuous Improvement. To be successful in the position you are an engaging and inspiring production manager with a track record in implementing systems and procedures; in problem solving; and, ultimately, in improving all manufacturing key performance indicators such as cost, waste, capacity utilisation and OTIF.

What we are looking for:

You are an experienced Production Manager who has a proven ability in leading production teams in food manufacturing environments (experience in the dairy sector is a bonus but not a necessity).

Here’s a few things that we see as critical for someone to be successful in the role:

  • Extensive experience of managing production teams in a food manufacturing environment
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • 1st class leadership skills
  • Experience in TPM/lean manufacturing
  • Project management skills
  • Change management
  • Strong systems/IT ability (we use Epicor ERP system which would be ideal, but not essential)

What’s in it for you?

We’ll offer you a competitive salary based on experience.

We’re big on professional development and we’ve got a strong coaching culture in BV Dairy. We’ll both support and mentor you in your career progression and expect you to help us develop a first class production team. We believe in continuous improvement, teamwork and collaboration as our fundamental ways of working around here.

You will be based in beautiful Shaftesbury on the edge of North Dorset’s lush and fertile Blackmore Vale.

The start date:

ASAP would be ideal

Are you the one we're looking for? Apply now by clicking the apply button for more information. The shortlist date is 14th January 2019, so if you have not heard back from us before then please assume you have been unsuccessful.

All third party, direct or speculative CV's will be forwarded to BV Dairy’s retained consultancy Kaizen Talent Solutions.

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