Production Manager (Shift Manager)

Location Ballymena, County Antrim
Job type Permanent
Salary Negotiable
Published 12 months ago
Start date 12.06.2019
Contact Aisling Reid
Job reference BANB0001_1560344287

Job description

Main Functional Responsibilities:

  • Review daily production plan and product specifications in order to meet production requirements and ensure the quality of products meets specifications;
  • Plan production activities, applying knowledge of production methods, processes, machinery, lay out and production capabilities of each line
  • Understand staffing requirements based on the production plan and schedule and liaise with shift management and supervisory teams to ensure adequate resources are available on each shift to meet production targets and objectives and that start up times are met in accordance with production schedules
  • Ensure operators have completed/received relevant handover documentation/communication to next shift/from previous shift; Ensure all relevant shift paperwork is completed e.g. Shift reports, audits, line clearance and CCp/QCP verification checks;
  • Support and develop Team Leads in execution of production operations to ensure the correct balance of technical and people skills are available, based on the current and future business requirements;
  • Orientate new members into the team through training and coaching and develop them to maximise their potential
  • co-ordinate the induction and training of new recruits
  • Supervise, lead and motivate all production personnel in the pursuit of maximum efficiency and productivity (KPIs) and increased levels of employee participation through involvement and providing feedback and support;
  • Monitor and improve OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) by tracking process/line reliability and performance;
  • Deliver change initiatives/projects on time and on budget by focusing on the people side of change, including changes to production processes, job roles, organisation structures, systems and technology
  • Use problem solving and investigation to identify the root cause of bottlenecks within the production process to prevent potential product loss in the process steps
  • Review current work practices to identify and support production process improvement activities e.g. waste reduction
  • Ensure all quality assurance and standard operating procedures are being followed, including the completion of related paperwork and traceability;
  • Responsible for the health and safety of all operations in the workplace and maintaining safe working practices for individuals
  • Deliver and maintain effective levels of communication across all teams. Communicate key business updates including performance, strategy and site updates, etc.
  • Ensure all operators perform daily and weekly preventative maintenance checks, escalating any issues, and work closely with engineering team members to ensure planned and reactive maintenance work is delivered
  • Meet weekly with the Senior Production Manager to report typical problem areas, technical skill/competence gaps and methods of corrections and improvement. Escalate opportunities and concerns from the Team.
  • Responsible for all aspects of the effective supervision and welfare of teams including time and attendance issues and absence management;
  • identify, manage and resolve work related disciplinary action, including investigations, in conjunction with Human Resources as appropriate
  • Overall responsibility for the daily maintenance of the time and attendance system (e.g. recording planned leave, ensuring that operatives are clocking in/out correctly)


  • GCSE English & Maths (Grade C or above) or equivalent
  • Level 2 qualification in Leadership/Management
  • Level 2 Food Safety for Manufacturing


  • At least 2 years' experience gained in a manufacturing/supervisory position within a manufacturing/production environment, preferably within a food packing environment to include supervision of more than one department
  • Experience working within the Food and Beverage Industry


  • A working knowledge of a manufacturing process
  • A working knowledge of health & safety standards
  • Knowledge of BRC standards
  • Competent IT skills

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