Head of Operations - Cambridgeshire

Focus Management Consultants Ltd
£100000 - £120000 per annum + car, bonus
Closing date
20 May 2021

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Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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Compelling Head of Operations opportunity that was brought to life by our recent visit to this heritage brand.

After receiving the most detailed pre-briefing recruitment pack I have ever had for a recruitment project, it was clear this Head of Operations role would be a good opportunity. After nearly 3 hours onsite with the MD and a factory tour that doubled up as my daily exercise, it confirmed this is a great opportunity.

Headline details:
  • Head of Operations for complex, automated large scale factory
  • Successful; they have captured almost two thirds of their market with plans to win more
  • Iconic & instantly recognisable brand
  • Significant CAPEX investment (5 concurrent projects underway)
  • Opportunity to broaden skillset due to more exposure to commercial elements than would normally be possible in other HoO roles
  • Part way through significant change program

This change program is not because anything is fundamentally broken; on the contrary the business has an excellent reputation in the area (staff turnover is 2%), it is highly profitable and has a clear plan for the future so this is evolution not revolution.

This is where you will come in - as a proven change leader within complex food / drink manufacturing environments you will be able to quickly assess where this business is and what it needs to do. You will ideally be operating at Head of Operations, General Manager, Manufacturing / Production Director currently.

It is worth you taking into account the scale, this is a large facility. It is also heavily automated (seemingly every other room had £1-2m newly installed robotics in it) and so you will ideally have an engineering bias or at least understanding from working within similarly automated environments.

One last point to mention, this is a rare opportunity. A business with happy staff and 2% turnover means opportunities to join are few and far between - please apply with your CV today to learn more.

REF: DAC895867


Since 1990, Focus Management has been changing the face of food and drink recruitment. 

During this time we have excelled to become the sector's leading recruitment consultancy in both UK and international markets.

If you're a candidate looking for food industry jobs, you've come to the right place. If you're a food or drink business looking for new talent, let's talk.

We have a wealth of experience working closely with a diverse range of food and drink manufacturers, food retailers, ingredients companies and food service businesses. In addition to placing candidates into Manufacturing, Technical, Engineering, Product Development, Sales, Marketing, HR, Supply Chain and Purchasing functions, we have built entire teams for some of the largest blue chip food companies in the world today.

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