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Production Manager

KP Snacks
Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Leicestershire
c£45k base salary + bonus, pension & lots more great benefits
Closing date
6 Aug 2022

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Contract Type
Operations, Production, General Management
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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Production Manager

Ashby de la Zouch (Home of Hula Hoops, Space Raiders, popchips and more...)

3 shift rotation (06:00-14:00/14:00-22:00/22:00-06:00) on a weekly rotation


As a Production Manager, you will lead a Manufacturing Team to deliver a range of operational Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) and objectives aligned to business needs by:

  • Participation in the development and execution of the site’s continuous improvement vision and strategy
  • Actively facilitating the delivery of a bottom-up team development improvement process
  • Delivery of Operational and Engineering performance to enable the factory to control its cost base with variable plant utilisation


Working in a highly competitive, fast-paced market and located at 'Site' reporting to the Operations Manager, the role holder will be a key member of the Site Operational Team and Production Management Team.


As Production Manager, some of your key responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring the Manufacturing area is a safe, efficient and quality focused operation that satisfies all stakeholder expectations and requirements
  • As part of a Production Management Team, takes responsibility for day to day operational performance and ensures any issues are dealt with in the first instance and communicated to relevant Functional Managers
  • Ensuring a continual drive to jointly deliver, with relevant functions; a Site plan to prevent re-occurrence of any issues
  • Takes responsibility for coaching and developing their teams through effective performance management and promotes a culture in which lean manufacturing, both structurally and culturally is effective and sustainable
  • Encourages a culture where leadership and working in partnership to drive operational performance are demonstrated through adopting coaching and supportive behaviours

A little bit about the site:

  • Size: Employs around 500 people, is 54,000m² and operates 24/5
  • History: First opened in 1948 as a crisp factory for Meredith & Drew. Started extrusion and pellet frying in 1970. Hula Hoops moved to Ashby in 1995 and in November 2020, popchips production moved to Ashby
  • Products: As well as Hula Hoops, a range of other pellet and extruded snacks including Skips, Space Raiders and Nik Naks
  • Key stats:Produces 110 tonnes of finished products every day on 10 production lines including 3 million packs of Hula Hoops and 1 million packs of Skips!


The multi-award-winning culture at KP Snacks is friendly, welcoming and supportive. We encourage everyone to be the best they can be, working together to achieve great results.


We are also incredibly proud to have been named as one of the Top 25 Best Big Companies and one of the Top 10 Food & Drink Companies to work for in the UK (via Best Companies)



££competitive base salary

Car allowance



Good pension

Holiday buy scheme

Lots more great, flexible benefits to support your physical. mental and financial wellbeing


Key knowledge, skills, and experience

  • Masters/Bachelors’ degree or equivalent work experience in manufacturing, production processes, business, or another related field
  • Food manufacturing experience in particularly own/private label would be desirable
  • You will need to have hands on knowledge and experience within a manufacturing/FMCG environment, ideally in the food industry, using knowledge to make good robust decisions to resolve issues quickly
  • Experience in managing large numbers of people in a complex manufacturing environment


At KP Snacks we are passionate about our people and proud to offer exciting rewarding careers across our business.
Do you like the idea of joining KP’s awesome team of happy snackers?  We have a brilliant culture and opportunities in many different functions, so if you’re talented, enthusiastic and up for a challenge, we want to hear from you.
Wherever you work at KP Snacks, you’ll receive excellent training and support to help you be the best you can be.
We’re an expanding company and – as part of the privately owned Intersnack Group – there’s always the possibility to develop your career further afield in Europe as well as in the UK

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