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Production Team Leader

The Kraft Heinz Company
Wigan, Greater Manchester, North West
£40000 per annum + shift allowance + bonus
Closing date
5 Feb 2022

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Contract Type
Engineering, Production
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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About Us

The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands and global sales of approximately $25 billion. We’re a globally trusted producer of high-quality, great-tasting, and nutritious foods for over 150 years. Our brands are truly global, with products produced and marketed in over 40 countries. These beloved products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, infant and nutrition products, and numerous other grocery products in a portfolio of more than 200 legacy and emerging brands.

No matter the brand, we’re united under one vision: To sustainably grow by delighting more consumers globally. Bringing this vision to life is our team of 39,000+ food lovers, creative thinkers, and high performers worldwide. Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership with Rise Against Hunger. We also stand committed to responsible, sustainable practices that extend to every facet of our business, our consumers, and our communities. Every day, we’re transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. If you share our passion – and are ready to create the future, build a legacy, and lead as a global citizen – there’s only one thing to do: join our table and let’s make life delicious!

Our Culture of Ownership, Meritocracy and Collaboration

We're not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. We empower our people at every level – from entry-level intern to senior leader – to own their work. We share a responsibility to think like Owners – to be mindful of the collective and sustained success of Kraft Heinz – which we apply to every situation, every day.

As part of Kraft Heinz, you're supported to grow and achieve. You’re expected to bring your authentic self to work every day, to lead with humility, and drive outstanding performance at every level – and you’ll be rewarded. You’re given opportunities to leave a mark and build a legacy. But you won’t do it alone. You’re supported by passionate teammates along the way, and our collective, collaborative spirit fuels our incredible progress.

 Description & Requirements

First Line Manager responsible for leading the production teams on a shift and daily basis. Delivery of production plan and OEE performance for the area of control whilst maintaining and improving standards and policies- manage within established company guidelines and precedents  

  • Supervises employees on an assigned shift to ensure manufacture of products- parts- components- or assemblies- or to perform service functions within established timing- quality- and cost standards.  

  • Has greater emphasis than Unit Supervisors I and II on skilled operations- such as machining- continuous process operations- assembly- and testing- quality assurance- and troubleshooting.  

  • Supervises production activities to ensure manufactured products meet or exceed all established quality requirements- including product integrity and production order documentation.

  • Directs all related personnel actions- including final selection- training- performance appraisal- discipline- safety- and grievance procedures in unionized environments.

  • Resolves manufacturing priorities based on established weekly production schedules and makes daily assignments.

  • Interprets specifications and makes judgments about the acceptability of production that is in process.

  • Implements departmental safety programs to ensure safety of employees working in the area.

  • Assures product quality. 

  • Assists operators in problem solving and exercises considerable judgment.

  • Directs routine equipment Maintenance and set-up.


  • Min 3 years’ experience of operating in a fast paced production environment 

  • Basic engineering understanding. 

  • Experience of delivering sustainable improvement plans which have given to business success. 

  • Strong leadership competencies required with the ability to demonstrate a systematic approach to problem solving. 

  • Ability to lead others and identify specific business improvement opportunities 

  • Be able to communicate efficiently at all levels and ensure communications are clear and understood- be able to engage and motivate teams and union partners when adapting and embracing change programs 


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