Head of Production

Exclusive: HR Consultancy & Recruitment
£500000/annum Additional Benefits
22 Jul 2017
21 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
The Company

Exclusive have been retained to work with Smithers Oasis to appoint a new Head of Production. Smithers Oasis are a top 200 company developing floral foam products and are world renowned as the market leaders in their industry. The Head of Production will help to actualise a new stage in their journey to excel in all areas of production and expand their operations.

The Opportunity

This is a critical role within the business and a new approach is needed to turn what is already a very successful company with a strong market position into a world leader. With a stable, experienced and loyal management team supporting you, and operators with 30+ years' experience each, you will be part of an incredible team which knows the products and market well.

Working between three sites in Washington, an experienced manufacturing manager is needed with a proven track record of implementing Lean Methodology and continuous improvement, and maximising and optimising the production process and output.

Working to short lead times where the quality of the product is always number one, this is a challenging opportunity and one that will best suit an individual who is used to a varying production schedule which sees seasonal peaks and troughs across a range of approximately 650 products.

As one of the most important sites within a network of 17 other Manufacturing operations across the globe, as Head of Production you will be expected to participate in global network meetings and such, some foreign travel will be necessary.

The Person

An inspirational, approachable, natural leader is required; one which is versatile, self-directed with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. You will be attracted by the challenges and rewards and the prospect of enhanced responsibility in a company which encourages and supports continuous learning and self-development.

This is an opportunity to truly put your stamp onto a production process where you will dare to fail and take ownership and accountability of the production process. You will have played an integral part in the strategic operations of a business' success in the past; experienced in the commercial remits of a business whist still staying grounded in a Production Managers role.

Due to the nature of the role, it is expected that you have previous experience within a process driven production or manufacturing environment. Whether this is within FMCG, Automotive, Pharmaceutical or other fast-paced continuous manufacturing environments does not matter. What is key is the depth of knowledge and practical experience you bring with you which demonstrate your significant contribution to the enhancement of operational efficiency, achieved by the motivation and control of a willing workforce in a dynamic organisation, with exposure to a broad spectrum of engineering and manufacturing processes.

With a strong presence on the shop floor and a real hands on approach, you understand the whole production process and question it. Adaptability is needed with an ability to change your work-flow and patterns to the ever evolving needs of the business, delivering excellence and 'delighting' customers.

Degree qualified with substantial experience in a Production Management or Head of Production role, you will have demonstrable experience of not just delivering on KPI's but surpassing, exceeding and improving on these continually. Extensive knowledge of Lean and Kaizen methodology is essential in addition to having worked within a 5S and QMS system.

The Package

A comprehensive package is on offer for the successful candidate who can demonstrate the level of skill, commitment and passion we are looking for. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the future of Smithers Oasis and their Senior Management Team.

Please click to apply or call Exclusive today and ask to speak with either Andrew Lockey or Mark Ions. All applications will be forwarded to the retained partners of Smithers Oasis, Exclusive Ltd