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Operations Director

DR Newitt
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
Competitive starting salary + benefits
Closing date
1 Jul 2022

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Contract Type
Operations, Planning, Production, General Management
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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Job Details

Are you an enthusiastic manufacturing professional & leader of people?

Can you demonstrate market-leading food manufacturing strategy implantation and the resulting benefits thereof? 

Our client, an international Food group, as part of the modernisation of the Senior Leadership team the business is looking to recruit a high calibre Operations Director with extensive experience in food manufacturing, reporting directly to the Managing Director. The position will be part of the senior leadership team at the site responsible for driving best in class operational performance across a complex operation.

The role will focus on design, implementation and overseeing all operational aspects of the company production strategy, setting strategic goals and KPIs with responsibility for the management of people and processes across the operations departments, including driving health and safety, quality, efficiencies, continuous improvement, best practice, ethics, food safety and sustainability. 

This is a varied role, both strategical and functional, with a strong emphasis on facilitating long term success!

Our ideal candidate:

Experienced in a food manufacturing environment. 
A strong understanding of the critical paths associated with running a dynamic business, including delivering projects on time and on budget, working around 'blockers’ and finding ways around supply chain issues and doing what it takes to deliver. 
Strong commercial acumen with the ability to contribute directly to the overall business strategy and work collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team on their functional commercial issues. 
Good understanding of cash flow and financial aspects 
A first-class communicator with excellent people skills and self-motivated. 
In personal terms, you will possess integrity, emotional intelligence, initiative, and energy and be uncompromising on quality standards. A robust personality must be in evidence - someone of stature, strong enough to gain instant credibility internally and externally. 
Be visible across the business, building relationships and developing an understanding of the business processes to drive valuable insight and deliver transformational process improvement. 
A master at Continuous Improvement initiatives and ways of working, preferably with a recognised qualification in this area such as Six Sigma 
Comfortable working autonomously and challenging business senior leaders 
Strategically and operationally, working closely with all the teams 

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a growing, innovative business. 

In terms of compensation, the business is offering a significant remuneration package.

If you are interested in this position, then please forward a copy of your most up to date CV to Simon Norris.
Due to the high number of applications, if you have not been contacted within the first 5 days your application has not been suitable.


Job vacancies from DR Newitt DR Newitt provide recruitment services to the UK, Ireland, Middle East and Worldwide FMCG market, including manufacturing, engineering and technical jobs. Established as a recruitment agency in 2002, DR Newitt’s experience of working with customers in these core markets enables us to be a key partner in the job supply chain.DR Newitt delivers permanent, contract and interim recruitment services via specialist divisions for:

  • Executive Management Jobs
  • FMCG Jobs
  • Food Jobs
  • Engineering Jobs
  • Manufacturing Jobs
  • Jobs in Pharmaceutical & Healthcare
  • Scottish Jobs

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