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Department Manager (Production) - Selsey Site

Natures Way Foods Ltd
Closing date
16 Sep 2021

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Food Manufacturing
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Department Manager (Production) - Selsey

We are looking for 2 x Production Department Managers (Section Managers) to join our expanding production teams in Selsey, West Sussex. This site is now Europe's biggest bagged salad factory, so come and join us and make your mark!

If you have previous managerial experience in a Food Manufacturing, Manufacturing or FMCG business then we would love to hear from you!

The job

We make delicious salad meals, coleslaw, potato salad, bagged salads and leafy salad bowls. Our products are stocked by leading Retailers, supermarkets & restaurant chains and consumed by millions of customers in the UK, so you may well have eaten something made by us!

Our Selsey site is The Home of Babyleaf salad where we make bags of fresh salad for Retailers UK wide.

You will be managing a team of Production Operatives and overseeing the day to day running of your section in the factory. This is a very hands on role and you will be championing the quality of our products, the coaching and development of your team and ensuring that product runs on time and to specification.

You will need to be a passionate leader, with experience of motivating and engaging a team to success.

Fresh produce is an interesting and varied industry. Your problem-solving skills will be put to the test as you will encounter seasonal challenges, varying raw product quality and tight deadlines as we can't store our fresh products so it is a tight turnaround.

As well as leading your team to success you will also need to think about the bigger picture of your role and balance profitability, efficient manufacturing processes, process improvements, working to KPI's, GMP standards, food safety and health and safety.

This role will work closely with other functional teams e.g. Technical, Engineering, Hygiene, Logistics, H&S, Finance and Supply Chain.

You will report to a Shift Manager but will also have contact with the General Manager of the site.

Lettuce likes to be cool so temperatures on average are 3°C - 5°C so it is cold, think what it would be like to work in a fridge! Don't worry, you get a company fleece and plenty of free tea and coffee on breaks.

It's a fast pace environment but if you enjoy thinking on your feet, getting stuck into things and have a passion to be the best then we want to hear from you.

Covid update: All of our sites are Covid secure. We will provide you with PPE and there are plenty of hand sanitising stations.

Shift Pattern hours

Our employees love the benefit of our shift pattern - only working 14 days in a month.

Shift work - You will work 2 weeks on days and 2 weeks on nights. 12 hr shifts with 3 x 30 min breaks. You will always work on the same days of the week so you will always know your rota:


Week 1: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - 7am - 7pm

Week 2: Wednesday and Thursday 7am - 7pm


Week 3: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - 7pm - 7am

Week 4: Wednesday and Thursday 7pm - 7am

Repeat back to days.

If you want to take 1 week off and you plan it right, you only need to use 2 days of leave to be off for a full week!

About you:
  • Proven experience of managing teams within in a Food / Manufacturing / FMCG based factory environment.
  • Role models NWF Values, managing with passion, energy and authenticity.
  • Solutions focussed, manages a complex and demanding workload.
  • Clear, effective communicator whether verbal or written communication.
  • Able to balance priorities and make effective decisions in a timely manner, ensuring customer needs are understood and met.
  • Resilient and calm under pressure, able to manage your team when clear and rapid change is required.

Your journey with us

Whichever site you will be based at, we will partner you with an NWF trainer who'll teach you all about our products, you'll become an expert in your product category.

About us:

We are Lovers of the Leaf, Kings of Coleslaw and proud of our Stunning Salad Meals!

As a private label and branded food manufacturer, our customers are at the heart of what we do. Our products are sold in Retailers (including - Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Aldi) and Foodservice businesses (including McDonald's, Pret and Itsu).

Our manufacturing sites are centres of excellence and have grown significantly since 1994. 2020 saw the launch of our very first brand, a saucy salad meal kit called FLiNG and we have plenty of exciting projects still to come so watch this space!

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