Operations Manager

31 / 05 / 2024

  • Otago
  • Permanent / Full Time
  • Manufacturing / Plant Management


The company
You will be joining a leading food group and one of key importance to New Zealand. With nationwide sites and operations, they provide products to both food service and consumers that play a key role in providing essential health and nutrition benefits to many New Zealanders.
The business is well-established and is on a journey of innovation to improve its operations, performance, systems, processes, and way of working. They have embraced innovation, invested heavily in automation (with plans to continue to do so), are adopting a culture of Lean and are committed to continuing to improve and lead the way as one of New Zealand’s leading food producers.
The business is looking for people who can make a difference as they consolidate their position as New Zealand’s market leader and embrace innovation and Continuous Improvement. If this excites you, this could be the leadership role that you have been looking for.
The opportunity – Operations Manager

You will join the business as Operations Manager of the business’s main South Island site, based within commuting distance of Dunedin. As such this is a prestigious leadership opportunity at a key site in the Group.
With a focus on people leadership and cultural and succession development, the pursuit of continuous improvement, and manufacturing excellence, this is a very attractive leadership opportunity.
As Operations Manager you will be responsible for leading the site, encompassing people management, packing engineering, commercial, quality, production, compliance, logistics and plant systems. Reporting to the National Business Manager and leading a capable and experienced team, you will take accountability for the overall performance of the site. Your main responsibilities will include, though not be limited to:

  • Provide proactive and strategically aligned leadership for safety and all employment values, culture, and sustainability.
  • Build the sites’ short and long-term plans in conjunction with the Leadership Team.
  • Lead the execution of improvements and BAU across all key dimensions of People, Quality, Production, and Engineering
  • Lead process improvement and attainment of excellence.
  • Driving efficiencies and a cost focus to achieve robust management KPI’s.
  • Drive commercial and operational performance; understanding profitability levers and risks within the business and making changes as necessary to achieve objectives.

What’s in it for you

This is a critical leadership role that requires proven operational leadership capability and strategic thinking in a larger-scale manufacturing context. You will be experienced in and passionate about both building performance-based cultures and manufacturing the highest quality food products.
You will also be responsible for leading a large processing team to achieve efficient and accurate delivery of quality products and great customer service. Ensuring health and safety standards are maintained and both financial and production targets are met is integral to the role.
If you are a dynamic individual who has the drive and motivation to succeed and is excited at the prospect of furthering your career, we look forward to hearing from you.

You will be rewarded with a remuneration package commensurate with your experience including a company vehicle.
If this opportunity is of interest, please submit your CV by following the link below. If you would like to find out more, please contact Wayne Fry on 021 656 502 or waynef@huntercampbell.co.nz for a confidential discussion

  • Lead a culture of safety and high performance
  • Contribute to business performance through exceptional operational leadership
  • Deliver operational plans and drive process excellence

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