Trainee Operations Manager

Company: Kepak
Location: Ireland
Salary: Competitive
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Job Title: Trainee Operations Manager


Reporting to:  Site Manager


Job Purpose: To gain the skills and competencies to drive operational excellence of the operations function as measured by core metrics of quality, safety, performance & people management.


Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the production of high quality products that meet specifications and expectations of the customer and satisfy ROI/ UK regulations.
  • Maintain a consistent effort to operate the department to the most efficient way possible to decrease expenses and increase revenues.
  • Read and analyze charts, work orders, production schedules, and other records/reports to determine production requirements and to evaluate current production estimates and outputs.
  • Confer with BU Managers to coordinate operations and activities within or between departments.
  • Management of Yield performance,
  • Maintaining staff by recruiting, selecting, and training employees;
  • Maintains a safe, secure, and legal work environment; by adhering to Company policies and procedures
  • Develops and drives personal growth opportunities.
  • Accomplishes staff results by communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; developing, coordinating, and enforcing systems, policies, procedures, and productivity standards.
  • Manages teams absence and holidays
  • Establishes strategic goals by gathering pertinent business, financial, service, and operations information; identifying and evaluating trends and options; choosing a course of action; defining objectives; evaluating outcomes.
  • Accomplishes financial objectives by through forecasting requirements; preparing an annual budget; scheduling expenditures; analyzing variances; initiating corrective actions.
  • Maintains quality service by enforcing quality and customer service standards; analyzing and resolving quality and customer service problems; identifying trends; recommending system improvements. Problem solving and team building.
  • Implement and maintain 5S to company standards
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the-art practices;
  • Ensuring customers specifications are met
  • Ensuring your department is always audit ready.
  • Managing waste disposal costs for their section
  • Work Shoulder to shoulder with HR management to resolve employee problems, complaints or grievances
  • Ensuring that the developing and managing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all processes/tasks undertaken by employees


Core KPIs

  • Optimise financia performance (yields)
  • Continuous Improvement Initiatives (Prize delivered to target)
  • People Metrics (Absence, Training Plans, Succession Plans)
  • Adherence to Lean Operations deliverables.
  • Quality – As per quality metrics
  • Efficiency – As per efficiency metrics
  • Safety – As H&S metrics
  • Cost – Budget & Labour


Skills/ Experience

  • Prior Food Manufacturing experience would be advantageous
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Computer and excel skills
  • A passion for driving operational business change.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective leadership and people management techniques
  • Excellent project management skills and the ability to lead projects from idea stage to implementation.
  • A Lean Six Sigma qualification would be advantageous.


  • People Management
  • Building High Performance Teams
  • Creating Positive Relationships
  • Service Driven
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Fostering Innovation
  • Influencing
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