Operations Manager

Be part of a Wellington food industry success story, driving the growth of one of the country’s most modern manufacturing facility

About the company:
Our food industry client, based in the Wellington region, has quickly become the leader in their sector in NZ, having developed quality baked products with a reputation as the best in its range. With their products established in New Zealand and a large modern site with a large capacity now fully operational, they are now expanding into international markets.
About the role/responsibilities:
The Operations Manager position is a strategically critical position within the company’s leadership team.  Reporting to the General Manager, this role will be responsible for managing and evolving the manufacturing operations to achieve budget, exceeding customer expectations in quality and service, and meeting product quality parameters.  With a stable mid-level management group and stabilised production floor running a 24/5 operation, this role will suit a dynamic, ideas-driven manager with a proven record of mentoring and guiding their team to improve both the efficiency of the plant and their careers.
As the successful candidate, you will need to be practical and pragmatic in your leadership, with the equal ability to positively influence your senior management team as to your shop floor staff. You ideally have prior experience in the food industry and are familiar with current associated quality standards. A problem solver, your drive and infectious enthusiasm to make things better will rub off on others to ensure that this company consistently overachieves compared to its competitors.

To be considered for this role, candidates must possess most, if not all, of the following attributes and skills:

  • A tertiary qualification in Food Science or Engineering or similar
  • At least 5 years experience at Production, Manufacturing, Technical, Quality or Engineering Manager level or above in the food industry
  • Strong leadership and mentoring skills
  • Well-developed interpersonal and relationship-building skills with the ability to communicate with factory staff through director-level contacts
  • Ability to effectively manage operational budgets
  • Proven ability to work to tight deadlines

Culture & Benefits:
From this company’s inception, they have always instilled the importance of maintaining a culture of passion for working together to deliver the best product they can.  So, for this vacancy, the cultural fit is as imperative as the technical skills you bring.  Your reward for delivering on these objectives is a competitive salary and the opportunity to build your reputation as someone who can grow a business.
For a confidential enquiry or to apply for this position please click on the relevant button below, alternatively contact Chiel van Asch on 04 282 0402, email chiel@trs.co.nz
Note: If this vacancy is not exactly what you are seeking, then please contact me in confidence to discuss your individual requirements.