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Operations (Production) Manager - Oakthorpe Dairy Site Transformation

Who are Arla Foods?


At Arla, we do so much more than make some of the world’s favourite dairy products. We make healthy taste delicious, mornings worth getting up for & family dinners unforgettable. Cravendale®, Anchor®, Lurpak® & Tickler® – names like these make us a vital, natural part of modern life in over 100 countries around the world. We are 4,000 UK & 19,000 global employees at the heart of it. Every single one of us plays an important role & together we build on our 10bn Euros turnover & establish our position as one of the largest dairy companies in the world.


What is our Oakthorpe Dairy like?


Our Oakthorpe Dairy in Palmers Green is part of our Southern milk supply campus, producing branded and own label fresh milk and cream. At Oakthorpe we employ over 200 colleagues and are currently investing over 10m Euros in upgrading the site in order to improve process capability and make the site more environmentally friendly. With more investment planned over the next 5 years there has never been a better time to join the team!



What will the role involve?


Reporting into the Site Director, you will be a key member of the Site Leadership Team who will lead the Production Leadership Team through the cultural transformational change on site. You’ll be responsible for developing and implementing production business plans whilst contributing to the wider site business goals. Arla is a global business and this is a great opportunity to work closely with peers within the southern campus as well as the wider UK and global network to maximise operational performance and share best practice.


  • Overall responsibility of the production department, with around 80 direct and indirect reports
  • You will lead the safety and quality culture transformation within the department and contribute ideas towards future site culture initiatives
  • You will ensure that all activities within the team comply with the company, customer and legal standards
  • As a leader and role model on site you will implement continuous improvement tools and best practice within the department and work as an ambassador for the zero loss and CI culture within the team.
  • You will improve production efficiencies through CI and enhanced performance in line with the overall site strategy and KPIs.
  • You will be developing and executing the 5 year strategy and business plan for the production department and support with setting budgets in line with the wider site budget.
  • You will be developing the site CAPEX proposal and will demonstrate ROI analysis.


What will you need?


In order to succeed in this role you will need to be an ambitious, strategic and strong leader who has worked within a fast paced manufacturing company at senior management level. You will be able to demonstrate a wealth of experience in strong operational leadership with a deep understanding of continuous improvement, lean manufacturing principles, culture change and stakeholder engagement.


You will also need;


  • Degree qualified or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
  • Experience of leading either (Total Performance Management), IL6S (Integrated Lean Six Sigma), IWS (Integrate Works Systems) or similar
  • Previous experience of implementing digital tools would be preferred but not essential

We have a purpose for Good

At Arla, we strive to unlock the highest potential in each other while working together to create a sustainable future of dairy. We call it Stronger People Stronger Planet and it is deeply anchored in our organisation and founded on our commitment to respecting human rights, increasing access to healthy dairy nutrition, inspiring good food habits, and improving the environment for future generations. In order to succeed we need to hire people with a sustainable mindset. Could this be you?

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