Shift Manager

Job Title: Shift Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancashire
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum
Reference: J894720_1523270934
Contact Name: martin willemsen
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 09, 2018 11:48

Job Description

Shift Manager



£30k - £35k DOE

We have an excellent opportunity for a Shift manager to join an established Food/FMCG manufacturing plant.

Main Role

  • Responsible for safe, efficient delivery of the manufacturing plan.
  • To constantly look for ways and means of reducing waste in all areas e,g materials/manpower/duplicity of effort
  • To ensure that the Production team are adequately manned and trained and developed to achieve their maximum effectiveness
  • To develop and improve communication across shifts and across departments To work closely with Food Safety and Quality team to improve practises and procedures to a hygiene level that complies with all Good manufacturing practises
  • To ensure that shift rota's and manning plans meet the sales demand, balancing workload across individuals and teams
  • To manage the department costs within budget
  • Work closely with Engineering team to eradicate areas of downtime to achieve OEE >85%
  • To develop and operate KPI/Management system that is shared and effective across the business

Main Activities/Duties


  • To develop, lead and coach Supervisory team to meet the business plan
  • To review shift patterns and manning per shift to meet the growing sales demand, proposing and implementing changes to rotas as required
  • To ensure key raw materials are used effectively and implementing cost effective solutions to minimise waste and re-work on shift
  • To develop key metrics that enable effective reporting of cost areas


  • Work closely with Process improvement Manager and production teams to identify process improvements to develop bottom line profit improvement
  • Lead the team visibly on the shop floor, working closely with all team members reinforcing good practise
  • To Drive OEE >85% on all lines


  • Establish and maintain effective communication to promote close working relationships within the manufacturing and engineering unit.
  • Ensure the accurate flow of information to the right place at the right time.
  • To provide relevant KPI reports in all areas and projects being worked on in a timely manner (i.e. Daily/Weekly/Monthly)

Training and Development

  • To undergo and commit to all training as and when required
  • To ensure PDP 's for all key members of staff are in place and reviewed on a regular basis to ensure staff are developed to full potential
  • To ensure that appraisals are carried out not only for key individuals but for all team members on the shop floor


  • To identify cost saving measures in the business, together with implementing plan to deliver savings.
  • To manage Dept budget identifying areas for savings and having robust systems to quantify overspend


  • Drive Quality on the shop floor, not accepting second best
  • Improve ownership of quality by key operators
  • Identify barriers to on line QC working closely with TM and develop action plan to move the production team forward
  • Own NC improvement process and implement change as needed Health and Safety
  • Ensure that working practices safeguard the health and safety of all employees and visitors.
  • Through setting a good example and confronting unsatisfactory behaviour, help create a culture for an injury free workplace.
  • Investigate all accidents and near misses

Measurable Outcomes

  • Efficiency to plan and OEE
  • Spend Vs Budget
  • KPI system in place and effective
  • NC improvement plan
  • GMP scores
  • Key staff PDP and appraisals in place
  • Shift rota and shift plans for future growth
  • Waste levels
  • Absence levels
  • Waste reports implemented and Waste levels reduced from 2013 level

Levels of Responsibility

  • Responsible for developing and coaching Production team
  • Responsible for Food safety system operation in production
  • Responsible for H&S of staff and self
  • Responsible for cost effective production of quality products
  • Responsible for production budget
  • Responsible for shift patterns and rotas to meet the sales demand

Aptitude/Skills Required

  • Coach / Mentor / Leader
  • Good IT skills
  • Able to understand KPI's and interpret them in effective and meaningful ways for all
  • Understanding of manufacturing processes and how to assess them to reduce waste


  • Approachable and helpful at all times.
  • Flexible and open-minded.
  • Maintains standards.
  • Problem solver
  • Able to communicate at all levels
  • Tenacious
  • Willing to go the extra mile
  • Fair / Open / Honest
  • Integrity of the highest level

If you feel you have the skills and experience for this role please click the link to apply