Position: The position of Head of Production will be responsible for running the full production capabilities of a producer of soy bean products. The company has 2 production plants which this role will manage, one for resins and texturization (circa 5K tonnes) and the other for cleaning, milling, and toasting of full-fat soy (circa 20K tonnes). The company has 40 employees in production consisting of Incoming Raw Material/ Silo Personnel, Order Processing, Logistics (raw and finished product) and Procurement of Packaging and Operating Materials and others. This position will have 5 direct reports. Both plants run 24/7 with staff onsite in shift patterns working from 4am to 11pm (remaining 5 hours run automatically).  

The company itself is active in over 80 countries worldwide. Customers include the world’s largest food producers. The company is characterized by steady growth, committed employees and an open corporate culture. 

Main Responsibilities:

  • Order processing in line with deadlines, quality and costs.
  • Management, organisation and control of production processes from planning and production to storage and delivery of finished products.
  • Planning, structuring and optimisation of sequences and production processes.
  • Implementation of measures to continuously improve product quality and productivity.
  • Personnel responsibility – disciplinary and technical management of assigned employees. Qualification of employees in production.
  • Ensures smooth operations through a structured and efficient way of working.
  • Responsible for monitoring and optimising production procedures and processes to improve product quality and efficiency.
  • Ensures the supply of labour, operating and production resources.
  • Checks whether safety regulations are adhered to in production.
  • Development of a shop floor management system in production.

Key Requirements:

  • 10+ years professional experience.
  • Experienced production manager from the food industry/ manufacturer of ingredients for the food industry/ milling industry.
  • Education in the field of food technology, process engineering, processing technology, milling technology, relevant apprenticeship training.
  • Experience with production management.
  • Experience in the field of extrusion technology would be an advantage.
  • Soft skills such as communication skills, leadership, goal-orientation, problem-solving skills, an analytical and process-oriented way of working are important. 

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