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Head Miller

Whitworth Bros Ltd.
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire (GB)
Up to £54,266.90 + Benefits
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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Contract Type
Operations, Production
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing

Job Summary

Founded in 1886. From the nations favourite bakers to sour dough artisan bakeries. From chapatti and flatbreads and to cake bakers and pizza makers to food manufacturers. We are proud to be a family-owned business with a pioneering past and a focus that is very much on the future.

We are one of Europe’s largest flour millers. Committed to the sustainability and longevity of flour milling so we invest heavily in our people, our processes, and our products. We have an exciting opportunity for a Head Miller to join our team at our Wellingborough Mill. Our head office and largest mill in the Whitworth operation.

Main purpose of the role:

The Head Miller will be responsible for ensuring best practice and efficient operation of our mills, cleaning lines, heat treatment plants and wheat intake at the Wellingborough site.

The role will ensure extraction rates are achieved, improve the mill’s GMP standards & improve the quality of flour produced. The Head miller will take a lead role in standardising working practices between the production technicians on shift in both the Milling & FHT teams inclusive of all their personal development. You will be the go-to person when it comes to departmental training and upskilling of all technicians The role will focus on improving the manufacturing process from wheat in, to flour outloading. Benchmarking against industry & WBL best practices will be essential in this process.

The role is responsible for developing & implementing standard ways of working within production, to simplify working practices, improve efficiency and reduce nonvalue added tasks. You will be responsible for the Milling & FHT maintenance, working in partnership with the site engineering team. The Head Miller will enjoy dealing with a variety of internal and external customers. The Head Miller will be a key contributor to audit preparation & execution.

Key tasks and responsibilities:

  • Improve Milling & FHT efficiency and processes effectiveness, suggesting and implementing projects to increase productivity & improve site standards.
  • Lead the Milling & FHT team by displaying exceptional personal standards, ensuring standardisation of operations across both the Mill and the FHT Plants.
  • Continually monitor department standards to ensure we are operating at the highest level of both food safety & general health & safety. 
  • Continually monitor product quality to ensure we are always meeting customer specification.
  • To be a point of contact for Milling & FHT enquiries both internally and externally.
  • Lead the Milling & FHT team to identify the root cause of problems, breakdowns, and inefficiencies, ensuring long-term solutions are achieved in partnership with the engineering team.
  • Play a vital role in the continued training and upskilling of all technicians within both the Milling & FHT teams.
  • Develop and implement training plans on areas of weakness for the department.
  • Be responsible for the full training of new recruits coming into the department.
  • Support the engineering function by sharing machinery knowledge and upskilling individuals where required.
  • Work closely with other departments on site to make sure production requirements are met.
  • Carry out trials on both the FHT plants and all Mills in line with customer requirements.
  • Provide cover within the Milling & FHT Teams as required.
  • Provide cover for the Milling & FHT Manager as required.
  • Participate in site audits as and when required and support through the facilitation customer visits and mill tours.

 Required skills and/or qualifications:


  • NABIM Advanced Certificate in Flour Milling, or similar industry qualification
  • Extensive experience of operational flour milling.
  • Extensive experience of the flour heat treatment process.
  • Experience in a supervisory or management role within an operations environment.
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and organisational skills
  • Possessing strategy and the ability and desire to be hands-on Ability and willingness to learn additional technical skills and expand knowledge of the operational functions.
  • A strong work ethic and ability to be flexible with working hours and be contactable by phone out of normal office hours.
  • Strong motivation and desire to achieve results in all areas of work.
  • A professional and positive can-do attitude


  • NABIM Milling Diploma (or working towards).
  • Level 2 Award in Food Hygiene
  • HACCP Training
  • People Management Training
  • NEBOSH / IOSH / Safety Leadership Training



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