Production Leader

Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
£55000 - £70000 per annum
29 Nov 2016
27 Dec 2016
Recruitment Genius Ltd
Contract Type
Full Time
Reports to: Operations Director
Hours: Permanent position, 40 hours per week, 0830-1700 Mon-Fri
Holiday: 28 days inc public holidays
Salary: £55,000 - £70,000 negotiable depending on experience

This company is a well-established company who are creators of workspace furniture based in London, UK and Los Angeles, California, USA.

Position overview
The role of Production Leader is to maximise the efficiency and capacity of the production facility, and to take final responsibility for all activities relating to the manufacture and distribution of the company's products.

The total team under this position is 30+ and up to 50 production staff including team managers.

Qualifications and Experience
- Minimum of 2 years' experience in a similar role with all aspects of production covered
- Experience in implementing lean production systems
- Management experience in furniture or at least board based/woodwork manufacture a distinct advantage

- Excellent people management skills
- Alignment with company objectives
- Reliability in reporting
- Understanding of financial accounts

Key Roles and Responsibilities
- Production efficiency
o Implement and maintain efficient production processes and systems in order to reduce production costs and improve quality
- Quality control
o Implement system for tracking quality within the production process
o Implement processes to increase quality
- Growth of production capacity
o Continuously adapt the production and transport systems to stay ahead of sales growth
- Enable the company to cope with fluctuations in demand
o Create production systems that can be rapidly scaled up and down to meet sales fluctuations
o Prepare for seasonal peaks in sufficient time so that the company is always able to deliver in full and on time
- Develop new production processes in conjunction with R&D for new products as they are developed
- Proactively research and provide suggestions to management with cost/benefit analysis for capital expenditure on plant and machinery.
- Develop a highly motivated team of managers and operators who are aligned with the company's vision and values
o Manage quarterly appraisals for production staff in conjunction with the operations director
o Arrange interviews of potential new operatives as required and shortlist potential candidates
o Address HR issues in your department - where appropriate, in conjunction with the Ops Director
- Take responsibility for H&S of all production, warehouse and transport operations
- Other duties commensurate with the role and as appropriate to the company's development.

- Efficiency - reduce production and transport costs as % of sales, reporting monthly
- Quality - reduce snags incidence and costs to negligible proportions, reporting monthly
- Capacity - increase factory output capability, reporting monthly on progress
- Fluctuations - develop system for predicting and managing fluctuations in demand, reporting monthly
- Present objectives and progress to board