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Production Front Line Leader

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Date: 19-Nov-2021

Location: Adbaston, GB

Company: Premier Foods

A great British food company 

Premier Foods is one of Britain’s biggest listed food companies, employing over 4,000 colleagues at 15 manufacturing sites and offices up and down the country.

Many of our brands have been part of UK life for more than a century and you’ll find them in 94% of British households.


Production Front Line Leader (Process)

Location: Knighton Foods, Adbaston, Staffordshire, ST20 0QJ


Your main role will be to lead, drive and promote a professional empowered environment where continuous improvement is essential in all areas to support the business needs. You will manage your teams ensuring goods are produced in a timely and efficient manner to meet customer requirements. You will lead by example and ensure you and your team adhere to stringent Health and Safety, Food Safety, and Quality standards & procedures, ensuring allergen controls and efficiencies targets are met. The role holder will further be responsible for promoting team ethics and developing team working through employee training and personal development.


Flexibility: you may be required to work on shift to cover for the Production Front Line Leader (Packing) as and when required and  “stand in” for the Production Manager (FLM).


What you’ll be doing:

  • Leads and promotes behavioural awareness to reduce accidents and increase near miss reporting.
  • Perform and engage in management audits and inspections contributing to the site H & S initiatives.
  • Adhere and enhance Quality conformance on site. Ensuring right first time is at the forefront of all activities.
  • Ensure that the operation complies with all legislative and ethical standards with regards to safety, food safety, food hygiene, quality, staff management and welfare.
  • Responsible for leading, motivating and organising all production on site to ensure daily / weekly / monthly targets are achieved (efficiency & yield) and customer orders are fully satisfied to the highest quality standards.
  • Proactively shape and manage the structure, culture and company values, ensuring the operational flexibility is maintained to ensure the factory is well placed to respond to current and future market demands.
  • Recruitment of direct and indirect team members in line with budget.  Training and development of staff to build a team that operates self-sufficiently to consistent high standards by promoting a high-achiever philosophy through a tailored appraisal process
  • Accountable for total operational performance of your department – Safety, Quality, environment, hygiene, delivery and cost
  • Maximising resources including materials, methodology, labour and machinery.


What we need from you:

  • Working knowledge and awareness of Health & Safety Legislation OHSAS 18001
  • Food Hygiene Level 2
  • HACCP Level 2
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a Shift Manager / Production Front Line Leader within the food manufacturing/FMCG environment
  • Good knowledge and understanding of quality management / production and process systems within a food manufacturing environment
  • Proven track record in delivering efficiency and continuous improvement 
  • Excellent communication skills, strong leadership and motivational skills being able to drive team’s performance


What we offer you in return:

  • Competitive Salary.
  • Up to 7.5% Pension
  • Life Assurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Employee discount scheme, with access to hundreds of nationwide retailers
  • Subsidised canteen
  • Free parking



Our much-loved brands include Mr Kipling, Cadbury, Bisto, Batchelors, Ambrosia, Sharwood’s, Oxo, Loyd Grossman, Homepride and McDougall’s, with some supported by our strategic partnerships with Mondelez and Nissin.