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Maintenance Manager

Circa £55,000-£65,000 + £2000 signing on bonus + relocation assistance
Closing date
12 Nov 2021
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Kaizen is recruiting a Maintenance Manager for an international food manufacturer established for over a century, with sites across Europe and over 5000 people. 

Their food manufacturing plant in the heart of Worcestershire is ambitious, growing fast and is investing in their people and their facility. Having invested close to £15m on new equipment and automation they are increasing factory capacity and increasing shifts to cope with demand. They have created a new position of Maintenance Manager to lead a cultural change programme, instilling an improvement mindset and a best-in-class preventative maintenance culture.

Job Description

It is an exciting time to join and a real opportunity to make a mark. Reporting into the Site Manager, you will be responsible for all maintenance on site. You will have the opportunity to provide the vision, to coach, mentor and ultimately develop your team in maintenance engineering techniques and performance management, with the aim of creating a world class preventative maintenance culture. 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 will be an engaging and inspiring manager with a track record in pulling teams together; improving team communication; implementing performance management; and, ultimately, in delivering a preventative maintenance culture, decreasing the costs of mean time between failures and ultimately improving plant efficiencies.

What we are looking for:

You are an experienced manager who has a proven ability in leading successful maintenance teams in FMCG or Processing manufacturing environments (experience in the food 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:
•    A track record in implementing a preventative maintenance and Continuous Improvement culture.
•    Data-driven with a pro-active approach to problem solving.
•    Outstanding communication skills.
•    Positive can-do attitude with drive and tenacity to follow actions through.
•    Excels in managing OEE, PPM schedules, manpower planning and improving KPIs.
•    First class people management skills.

What’s in it for you?

Our client is an innovative, forward-looking business that continues to make significant investment in the Worcestershire facility, allowing it to grow and securing its future. They believe in inspiring their people and encourage personal development and growth. They know that good people need challenge and variety, and they’re big enough to offer you enough challenges to last an entire career. They are always changing, growing and questioning, which is why so many people stay with them for so long.

The start date:
ASAP would be ideal

Are you the one we're looking for? Apply now for more information. The shortlist date is week commencing 8th November, so if you have not heard back from us before then please assume you have been unsuccessful.


With the challenges and changing agenda presented by today’s global economy, the era of the generalist head hunter is behind us; this is unquestionably the age of the specialist. To be competitive, our clients need the insight and real time market knowledge provided by experts.

We are experts in identifying and attracting senior and middle management talent. We support our clients in diverse sectors, including manufacturing, logistics, utilities, professional services and management consulting, in making key appointments which have a critical impact on their organisations. Our clients range from multinational and listed organisations through to regional and privately held SME’s and start-ups.

Headed by Simon Owens, with over twelve years’ recruitment experience in the Lean/change field and in the engineering and manufacturing sector which helped create it, Kaizen is uniquely placed to enable our clients to appoint the very best senior individuals.

Operating from Birmingham-based offices, our niche focus is within the lean enterprise, operational excellence, programme project management and service transformation arena; as well as senior level operations, general management and engineering professionals focused on improving manufacturing and supply chain effectiveness, innovation and the continued drive for top line growth and a well managed cost base.

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