Assistant Plant Manager

  • Location

    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

  • Sector:

    Manufacturing, FMCG

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  • Contact:

    Richard Mariner

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  • Published:

    about 2 years ago

  • Expiry date:


Purpose of position

A key developmental position in the company's operations, heading up a state-of-the-art plant, manufacturing FMCG packaging.  This job will provide a springboard for a high potential candidate within the global activities of the company


Nature and scope

Reporting to the Plant Manager the jobholder is responsible for all aspects of production, spoilage and efficiencies within a 24/7 continuous operation, manufacturing site.  The Shift Managers, and Logistics & Transport Manager all report into the Assistant Plant Manager.


Principle Accountabilities

  • All Aspects of Production
  • Achievement of daily manufacturing output in line with OEE standards
  • Reduction of downtime and spoilage to theoretical limits
  • Investigate/follow up on all process problems ensuring necessary corrective actions are taken and maintained
  • Using the latest lean manufacturing techniques, create an empowered culture to achieve continuous improvement and cost reduction
  • As required present the plant in all matters and relationships with external bodies
  • Ensure the quality of the product is to customer standards
  • Ensure all team members are trained/supervised to carry out their duties effectively and to the highest standard of quality and safety
  • Promote and be a role model among his reportees for safety working practices
  • Manage Behavioural safety programme and train the employees
  • Provide positive and corrective feedback to team members
  • Create an environment which will promote and maintain good industrial relations, safe working practises and good housekeeping
  • Project work as required
  • The contents of the document are not a definitive list and may change over time in accordance with the changing needs of the business
  • Participate in workplace inspections/behavioural safety programme.
  • The Assistant Plant manager deputises in the absence of the Plant Manager and EHS Manager. The Assistant Plant Manager’s absence is covered by the Plant Manager.


Key Competencies

  • A high level of initiative, concentrating on the future needs and opportunities of the business
  • Strongly results orientated – seeks to exceed objectives, taking calculated risks when necessary and using the collective initiative of the team to optimise results
  • Focuses on the needs and expectations of the customer both internal and external, seeing the creation of long-term relationships as a fundamental route to success.
  • Open minded and innovative – actively seeks out best practise, always willing to challenge the paradigms
  • A strong leader who sets an example for the team and focuses their efforts on the achievement of stretch targets
  • A clear communicator who is willing to share information to facilitate decision-making
  • Sees thorough and accurate in-depth analysis and the collation of reliable data as a key requirement in the running of a successful business function
  • Sees meeting deadlines as a good measure of personal professionalism
  • Possesses all the technical and managerial skills necessary for a key line management


Requirements for this position

  • Engineering Degree
  • Preferably a post-graduate diploma (MBA, Msc Manufacturing science)
  • Black belt trained
  • Experience within EHS, ideally NEBOSH qualified
  • Problem solving/total quality skills
  • Manufacturing background in a high volume continuous process
  • Successful track record in man management
  • Change management
  • Experience in handling industrial relations issues
  • Good understanding of modern lean manufacturing techniques – SMED, Kaizen 5S, Kanban, Structured Problem solving, TPM/OEE, SPC, 6 Sigma etc.
  • Proven track record of achievement
  • A Management style heavily orientated to training and coaching
  • Working to KPIs
  • Good computer skills – ability to manage via computerised data
  • Fluent English