Simpsons Malt are the UK’s leading, independent malting Company, with 150+ years of successful supply to brewers and distillers with a customer range from the smallest craft & micro brewers to multi-nationals in the UK and around the world.
Our Tweed Valley Maltings site and Head Office in Berwick upon Tweed in the Border country between Edinburgh and Newcastle has and continues to receive significant investment. One of the largest malted barley production facilities in Europe its focus is the production of a quality product. We are one of the securest employers out there-rated by credit agencies as in the top 1% of businesses.
This is a challenging production site, with 7X24 batch processingand a wide range of plant and equipment that includes driers, dressers, elevators & conveyors as well as increasingly PLC controlled germinating vessels and kilns. In line with this investment program and our increasing focus on continuous improvement activity, we are also developing our site management team and a vacancy has occurred.
This role will join a team of Production Managers who work on a Monday to Friday basis, but have 7X24, 360 degree responsibility for a part of the production process/site. You will ensure a quality product, motivate and maintain the health and safety of the operators in your area and actively seek to improve processes, equipment and performance against a range of metrics in your area.
While primarily M-F days based, there will be a requirement to undertake a late shift as part of a rota, take out of hours calls and there is a weekend rota with the rest of the team to ensure site staff can gain advice and quality judgements be made. Our vacancy is potentially covering the Barley intake and storage end of the process, but anyone who takes this role will need to learn the whole malting process and may change areas of focus over time.
While people management will always be important to a production manager role, this is a process driven site with a requirement to gain/grow knowledge around the science of malting in order to deliver the value added that our customers expect.
The site is safety and quality driven and so the way work is done is just as important as producing the malt delivery to satisfy customer demands.
Qualifications and Skills
It is likely that the successful candidate will have some leadership experience within a manufacturing operation. A malting or grain background/experience is advantageous with such a technical process, but this role will be very much about showing that you are willing to take ownership and drive forward, taking your team with you to achieve improved performance. Any knowledge around lean manufacturing tools would be useful combined with that prior experience of the different demands arising from bulk batch processing.
Communication skills will be important for the successful candidate along with a continuous improvement mentality-you will be described by colleagues as a problem solver, dedicated, a good team member, focused and helpful.
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