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Operations Manager

Macfarlane Group UK Ltd

Operations Manager
Location: Chatteris, Cambridgeshire
Sector: Manufacturing (Packaging)
Package Basic Salary up to £80,000 (dependent on experience)
OTE up to £104,000 (including 30% Performance Related Bonus), Company car (or allowance) & other excellent PLC Company Benefits

The Company
Macfarlane Design and Manufacture are a division of Macfarlane Group PLC.
We are seeking to appoint an Operations Manager to continue the successful growth track record of our recent acquisition, Suttons Performance Packaging based in Chatteris Cambridgeshire.

Suttons Performance Packaging designs and manufactures bespoke protective packaging solutions for customers that require protection for high value products during transit and storage. Our customers are UK-wide and span a number of growing key markets including Aerospace, Defence, Electronics, Industrial and Medical Equipment.

Solutions are manufactured using corrugated board, polyethylene foam and a range of complementary products & fittings. Customers’ requirements can be complex and are often for very expensive products with high levels of quality compliance required.

Operations Manager Role
Assuming full responsibility for all site departments and the smooth and profitable running of the overall operation, this role will support the manufacturing division strategy to grow market share through innovative sustainable solutions, excellent quality, and service within a competitive environment.

Key Duties

  • Overall responsibility for production, logistics, internal sales, purchasing, quality & maintenance
  • Ensure customers’ requirements and objectives have been fully understood & are fulfilled
  • Manage site resources including P&L to ensure profit targets are exceeded
  • Lead ongoing staff development & training program
  • Responsible for and deliver continuous improvement initiatives
  • Contribute to the development of new sustainable solutions for the packaging market
  • Develop close working relationships with other group sites

Do you have the correct profile?
To apply you must have a successful track record and experience of managing a £10m+ manufacturing operation in a short batch/lead time environment.
The bespoke nature of our products and intensive service offering relies on effective co-ordination, flexible workforce, and collaboration across all departments to achieve our customers’ high expectations. Team leadership and the ability to motivate circa fifty staff is a key requirement.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds irrespective of your age, gender, disability, race, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, or sexual orientation. Should you require any specific support or adjustments during the recruitment process, please email our recruitment team directly.

The Package
In return we offer a competitive basic starting salary along with an attractive performance/profit linked bonus scheme and a flexible employee benefits scheme that includes up to 33 days annual leave (includes all bank holidays and service increase) & contributory pension scheme. Macfarlane Group is also dedicated to maximizing every employee’s potential, by providing career development plans and pathways in an environment that fosters personal growth and continuous improvement.

How to apply/next steps
The successful applicant will join us in January 2024, but we are keen to meet with people now and in the coming weeks to ensure we have identified the best available individuals at the interview. Please note that Macfarlane Group supports ‘hybrid working’ where possible and we often conduct our first stage interviews via video. To make an application please simply click ‘apply’ ensuring that your CV is up to date and relevant.

All applications will be acknowledged, shortlisted applicants normally hearing from us within a week or two. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified at the end of our process, although if you haven’t heard from us within 2-3 weeks of applying, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.


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