Operations Manager of a small biscuit manufacturer – Isle of Mull - Highland

Ref: 183 Date Posted: Wednesday 13 Feb 2019
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Operations Manager of a small biscuit manufacturer – Isle of Mull
In our opinion our client, Island Bakery (www.islandbakery.co.uk) make the best biscuits in the world - we have done a lot of taste testing!  Due to an increase in demand for their delicious organic biscuits and a desire to grow the business, they are looking for someone at a senior level to join their family run business on this idyllic island on Scotland’s West coast. 
Finding the right fit for the business is the key.  They want someone with a solid background in food production, who is commercially astute and can improve productivity, efficiency and over-all business performance. The focus will be on production and operations, so someone with good experience of production and/or operations management will be ideal. Adaptability, and a broad range of skills and experience in food manufacture are essential in joining a small business where you will have oversight of all aspects of day-to-day operations.
There is real potential for this post to develop and reward the right candidate.
We are looking for someone who has drive and passion for improvement, an eye for detail and can lead a team by co-operation and example. Playing a key role within a small business, you will have input across almost every area of the operation.  
This is a unique opportunity to come and work in a small but ambitious family business in one of the UK’s most scenic and peaceful locations, offering an enviable quality of life for the right person. To get a flavour of what Mull can offer please review www.isle-of-mull.net or www.holidaymull.co.uk .
As Operations Manager, you will be responsible for:
  • Continuous Improvement – ensure processes and production are running as efficiently as possible and introduce new ways of working to achieve this.
  • Operations – manage operations, control and improve the production cycle, ensure health & safety compliance, quality and budget management.  Play a key role in audits.
  • Leadership - lead and develop a management team of 4 to ensure skills are improved and utilised to best effect.
  • Business Transformation – play a lead role in growing the business, including  implementing plans for a factory expansion, and contributing to setting the strategic direction of the company.
As Operations Manager, the following skills & experience is required:
  • A background in food manufacturing, preferably in bakery. Biscuit knowledge would be ideal, but other food production experience would be considered. 
  • You will be familiar with production  and packaging machinery, production best practice,  and how to optimise operations to minimise waste and maximise quality.
  • Demonstrable track record in operations or production management and continuous improvement with examples of successful schemes you have implemented.
As Operations Manager, you will receive:
  • A competitive base salary
  • A company performance related bonus
  • Pension provision
  • Relocation assistance (if necessary)
  • The opportunity to live and work in an idyllic Scottish rural setting
  • The best biscuits in the world (our opinion!)
You can also find out more on the role and what life is like on Mull by taking a peek at our recent blog, https://www.cazden.com/blog/view/33/this-role-takes-the-biscuit.aspx where we include our short interview video with the owner.
If you meet the skills and experience above and are keen to learn more about this unique opportunity, then please send your CV letting us know when you are free to talk further.  We can call out of core office hours.