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Factory Manager - Auckland

Requisition ID 22547
Position Type FT Permanent
Recruiter #LI-SS1
Posting Type LI

Kerry offers the industry’s largest portfolio of Taste & Nutrition Systems and Functional Ingredients & Actives, serving the Global Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical industries. We work with the world’s top Retailers and Manufacturing companies to produce some of the best private-label products and tailored Food & Beverage solutions on the market. We also work with the leading Food Service chains helping to deliver appetising, relevant and innovative custom solutions, using our expertise in new product development, production and commercialisation.

Our Values:      Courage | Enterprising Spirit | Inclusiveness | Open-mindedness | Ownership

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

About the role

As the Manufacturing Manager - Auckland, you will be responsible for leading the operations and warehouse site teams to achieve quality, efficiency, cost and delivery targets which are consistent with business objectives with specific regard to plant utilization, process improvement, cost containment, labour and resource utilization.  You will facilitate continuous improvement (CI) to ensure practices are aligned with Kerry Group Continuous Improvement Practices and develop and lead teams to create and foster a team environment and culture which is consistent with the site objectives and the strategic direction of the Kerry Group.

Key responsibilities

To provide and demonstrate leadership and clear direction with a can do attitude, a desire to achieve success through others and support all functions on site.

Manufacturing Performance 

  • Develop and administer the manufacturing budget; examine variances and exercise financial control to ensure manufacturing activities operate at minimum cost.
  • Develop operational systems to ensure cost effective production within quality specifications. 
  • Determine production schedules, ensuring operations are at maximum efficiency within budgeted costs and meeting quality and delivery objectives.
  • Review developments in manufacturing operations and make recommendations relating to systems and capital expenditure planning.
  • Build teams, succession plans and develop internal talent for future roles

Data Analysis and Reporting 

Establish and maintain reporting mechanisms which provide analysis of:

  • Manufacturing costs
  • Production efficiency 
  • Delivery 
  • Inventory performance at site level 
  • Customer Service Performance

Quality Operations 

  • Provide the necessary resources, procedures, training and controls to ensure adherence to Kerry Standards and third party food safety and quality standards in terms of GMP; chemical control; sanitation control; HACCP; allergen control; non-conforming products; product trace/recall; customer/consumer response.
  • Establish and maintain reporting mechanisms which provide analysis of Quality Performance. 
  • Actively participate in and provide guidance to the Site HACCP Team. 

Warehouse Operations
Oversee the management of the Warehousing and Inventory Control Processes for the Manufacturing Site.

  • Ensure all activities involved in the receipt and storage of raw materials and the storage and freighting of finished goods is cost efficient and effective in meeting customer’s needs.
  • Human Resources; Environmental and Workplace Health and Safety Practices 
  • Establish an environment for harmonious industrial relations, safe work practices and compliance with relevant legislation for the site.
  • Ensure workplace culture, structures and resources support achievement of Kerry business plans and customer service commitments.
  • Ensure that ongoing performance management and development of all employees is consistent with current and future human resource requirements.
  • Ensure the Site operates within the guidelines of the relevant Kerry Group policies and procedures and local legislation requirements with regards to risk and environmental management.

Qualifications and skills

  • Previous operations experience in food manufacturing 
  • Minimum of 10 years relevant appropriate management experience 
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to influence and engage with key stakeholders at all levels 
  • Demonstrated ability to coach, mentor and develop employees
  • Superior analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent project management and interpersonal/communication skills
  • Knowledge of GMP, HACCP and WHS is essential


Key Competencies:

  • Analytical and project management skills
  • Develop effective working relationships with internal/external customers
  • Highly developed interpersonal communication skills
  • Leadership and team development expertise

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