Author Archive Julian Saunders

Available – Shift Manager, Food, Cornwall, £35k.

A Shift & Hygiene Manager with +15 years’ experience at management level, focusing on continuous improvements and overall KPI improvements. With extensive qualifications is capable of reducing changeover times, Implementation of SIC, SMED, SOP’s KanBan & 5’s. Alongside delivering lean manufacturing based KPI improvements also manages COSHH, GMP, HSE, Training, Staff Development, Labour Utilisation, HR / Disciplinary, Operational Hygiene Contractor Management, Engineering Improvements, Product & Material Quality, Auditing, Compliance and BRC.

Previous Job Titles Include:

  • Shift / Process Manager
  • Hygiene Shift Leader
  • Continuous Improvement Lead


  • Health and safety
  • Intermediate food hygiene
  • Chemical awareness
  • B I I
  • Customer services
  • First aid
  • Manual handling
  • Managerial course
  • Professional Trainer Certificate
  • Intermediate Food Hygiene
  • Literacy Level 2
  • Numeracy level 2
  • Clait Diploma
  • AI Assessor’s Award
  •  PTLL’S  (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector)
  • ILM level 5 Management & leadership.
  • Introduction to Six Sigma
  • Lean Manufacturing Trainer
  • Level 3 HACCP

Available – Immediatly

Locations – Cornwall

Ref: MJR-CP-20156

Vacancy – Manufacturing Shift Manager, Cardiff, £33-37,000pa, 9pm / 5pm starts

Manufacturing Manager – Ambient Food Manufacturer

Salary £40,000 – £50,000 pa (full details on application approval)

Location – Cardiff Area, South Wales

Shift Based Role

My client is a main stream food manufacturer supplying a number of own label and branded products to major UK retailers and food service accounts. In recently restructuring they are recruiting for a Manufacturing Manager with proven improvements / achievements in delivering optimal production performance through the steady and continued implementation of lean manufacturing techniques.

In managing your shift, your focus is on the daily plant efficiency and KPI delivery. Taking full people and Operational responsibility you will be experienced in decision making on the go, and also be capable of planning workloads and effective people deployment.

With an eye for improvements you will seek areas that can be improved and add value to the business cost base, efficiency and people retention figures. The focus is to keep the plant running profitably, and not at the expense of people, service level or product quality.

General Duties:

  • People and performance on shift excellence
  • Set the best employee example yourself
  • Guide and lead and control your shift, dealing with faults
  • Delivery of a balanced scorecard
  • To maintain a shift ‘state of readiness’ (audits, re-planning, visits… …)
  • Deliver Continuous Improvements
  • Shift Escalation management (costs, materials, quality, performance, management)
  • Peer Manufacturing Manager Holiday Cover

People Responsibilities:

  • Provide Management Leadership
  • Organise, motivate, communicate, set objectives, review team performance
  • Employee empowerment and engagement
  • work with Engineering Technical Quality teams to maintain factory excellence
  • Building and developing high performance teams, competency reviews
  • review of working practices, shift planning, hours and shift patterns
  • disciplinaries, reviews, training & development, Talent Reviews
  • Next level of management development
  • Trade Union Communication and relationship management
  • PDP’s & PDR’s for all teams and managers

Operational Responsibilities:

  • Personal safety, food safety, quality, hygiene, environment and security compliance
  • Product quality & quality strategy management
  • Delivery of shift output & efficiency targets
  • KPI performance and delivery within target. Including safety, quality, service, cost, people and projects
  • Commitment to Continuous Improvement
  • Performance reporting, action planning & improvements

Within this factory and role you will be the main on shift performance, delivery and improvement manager, responsible for the entire plant and smooth profitable running for the operation whilst on shift. It is key that you have a significant experience in management within high speed high volume high complexity food manufacturing.

If you have not managed a shift in a food factory for a minimum of 5 years – please do not apply. I am specifically looking for highly experienced people and manufacturing managers. This is a premium business, and my focus is on how you get your achievements. I want to speak with people who can actually take a factory forward, lead by example based on experience.

If this sounds like the kind of role that you are looking for, please contact me directly or make an application here.

My Job Help Ltd Is A Recruitment Business.


AVAILABLE – General / Factory Manager, Food, Turnarounds, Investment, Lean, £80k +bens

Having significant site turnaround expertise through implementing Lean Manufacturing Techniques, has moved a number of non-profit sites back into profitability. In deploying Lean has always focused on stabilising new achievements to becoming sustained and manageable going forwards. In empowering people with new skills has significantly reduced waste, improved profit margins and sales volumes.

Is available Mid-April and looking for Permanent roles at factory / site management level.

Having held Factory Manager / Site Director / on both an Interim & Perm level with significant achievements, is looking for a role at a similar level within a factory / group I need of quick sustainable improvements and ‘step changes’ operationally.

With significant experience in adding value through investment in sites and equipment, is capable of upping plant performance in adding in new plant and machinery. Has managed investments from £2-£50 million.

Available – 22nd April

Locations – Ipswich / Humberside / East Coast / Lincolnshire / Midlands / Yorkshire / Northants / Cambs

?Where are your sites based?

Ref: MJR-CP-20153

Available – Interim General Manager / Factory Manager, UK Wide, £Enquire

A Senior General Manager / Operations Factory Manager with +25 years in delivering significant turnaround management for loss making sites. Significant improvement experience in taking sites through Lean Manufacturing and has repositioned a number of poor performing sites back into profitable sites.  Delivers sustainable improvements.

Individually is an inspirational and motivated self-managing leader seeking to exceed expectations. A driver of Employee Safety, Food Safety, Profit, People development, Customer Relationships  and Continuous improvement.  Focuses on developing people and processes whilst implementing lean structures and operational excellence within companies. Is focused on driving reduced costs, enhanced commercial partnerships and implements new core values and Ci programmes. 

Previous Positons Held:

  • Interim Production Manager
  • General Manager
  • Interim Operations Director
  • Perm Operations Director
  • Operations Manager
  • Factory Manager

Fully qualified to Degree Level, and also Lean Management techniques: Kanban, SIC, JIT, Six Sigma, 5S, Ceedaq, Standard Manning – All with proven results.

Available – Immediately

Location – Available / Working Nationally

Ref: MJR-CP-20154

AVAILABLE – Manufacturing Manager, Cornwall, £40-50k

A Manufacturing Manager with 20 years experience delivering a consistent level of improvements across a number of sites within a group of food manufacturing companies. Experienced at managing teams upto 700 staff on a 24/7 basis. Previously upsized & downsized factories succesfully. A facilitator of Lean / KPI’s / Waste Improvements / People Development / site growth.

Qualifications include:

  • FDQ Level 2&3, achieving food manufacturing excellence.
  • Advanced Food Hygiene
  • Intermediate Health & Safety
  • HACCP Level 3

Being based in Cornwall is currently looking for Senior Shift Management / Manufacturing Manager / Operations Manager roles. Is immediatly available for interview meetings.

Available – Immediately

Location – Cornwall

Ref: MJR-CP-20155

AVAILABLE – Interim Manufacturing Manager, Food, Norfolk, £enquire

With 25 years innovating efficieny drives and improvement projects, is capable of a full KPI improvements througn team management. Waste Reductions c10%. Lean Implementation. M&S compliance. Automation Projects. Upskilling. SIS / DWOR management & improvements.

Previous Job Titles:

  • Interim Manager – Operations Suppport
  • Interim Business improvement MAnager
  • Interim Shift Site Manager
  • Interim Operations Manager
  • Interim Site Manufacturing Manager
  • Factory Production Manager


  • Managing Safety
  • Royal Society of Health Food Safety
  • Lean Manufacturing Appreciation
  • Project Management Skills
  • Royal Society of Health, Meat and Poultry
  • Accounts for Managers
  • Institute of Public Health Meat Inspector
  • Ashridge Management College Leadership
  • Advanced Food Hygiene
  • IOSH
  • HACCP Management
  • Graduate Membership of the Institute of Food Technology
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Quality Assurance Assessor– BS5750/ISO900I

Salary – £enquire

Location – Nationally Available

Availability – AVAILABLE NOW

Ref: MJR-CP-20151

AVAILABLE – Interim Senior Development Chef, Food Manufacturing.

Experienced for 17 years develping and launching new products in ready meals, bakery, sauces, marinades, sandwiches, pizzas and salads. Individual Award Winner / several Award Winning Ranges developed successfully for Tesco, Costa Coffee, Starbucks, Nero, Compass, Waitrose, M&S, Sainsburys, Aldi.

Has increased categories by 200% through effective NPD / EPD management. 

In earlier career was an executive chef in award winning businesses.



Salary – £enquire

Location – Available Nationally

Availability – Immediately Available




Ref: MJR-CP-20150



VACANCY – Front Line Manager, Food, South Wales, to£37k, Night Shifts.

Front Line Manager (Night Shifts)

(5pm-5am / 9pm-9am – 3on 3off (non rotating))

Pontypool, South Wales

Salary: £30,000pa – £37,000pa + benefits

My client is an extremely well established ambient food manufacturer based in the South East area of Wales. With a long standing reputation of supplying some of the highest standard products into retailers (M&S… …) they are recruiting now for a Front Line Shift Manager / Production Shift Manager to fully manage develop and control all aspects of the production unit.

You will be fully responsible for Quality, Process Adherence, Technical, HR, HSE, COSHH, KPI’s (efficiency, plan attainment, complaints, returns, waste, staff utilisation, downtime, cost savings, product run times… …) Engineering, Data Capture, Shift Reporting, Staff Training & Development, People Utilisation, Material Utilisation and so on…

As a Production Manager I am specifically looking for an individual that really takes pride in not just their experience and knowledge, but someone who knows how to apply their experience to manage a team that is both respected and admired by the management team and customers. As the “Go To” person in production your team will respect you through your achievements and ability to ‘steer the shift’ in a manner that maximises area performance, product quality and people engagement. Getting an engaged shift is key to your success.

In running your area there will of course be daily issues for you to manage – The key to succeeding in your application is to be able to demonstrate and explain to my client, (and me of course), how you make improvements and gains that are sustainable.

  • Explain to me more than ‘I have Lean Manufacturing Experience…..
  • Tell me why you applied what parts of LM, why those were chosen, and what effects they had on the business.
  • Inform me of ‘What The Initial Problem Was’, ‘What Was Your Activity’, and ‘How Long Did It Take To Get That Result?’
  • Did you raise the initial alarm for the issues, did you get asked to investigate and report back?

I am specifically interested in How You Do What You Do – To Get The Results That You Get!

  • If you are just shy of this level now, and believe that you can ‘Step Up’ to this level and have an impressive and detailed CV make an application
  • If you are working at this level and are looking for a ‘better opportunity’ then make an application
  • If you are looking for a job, being available immediately, take the time to review your application and make an impressive application now.



My Job Help Ltd is a recruitment business.

AVAILABLE – Interim Head Of Technical / Group Technical Manager, Cheshire, £enquire

Interim Head Of Technical / Group Technical Manager, Cheshire, £enquire per day +expenses.

Recent Achievements:

  • Procedures Implementation = M&S Compliance moved from severe red to green
  • Gold Standars Audit Complaince
  • 30% reduction in complaints
  • Branded Approvals Achieved inside 10 weeks
  • Multi site management – 10 – 20 sites
  • Supplier Approvals
  • Product Launches
  • ReBranding Projects
  • QA Full reorganisation
  • QMS Imlementation
  • Cost Reductions – c25%
  • Non Conformance Reductions – 30%
  • Productivity Increased – 55%
  • Budget Responsible – £20 Million.

Sectors: Drinks, Snacks, Chilled, Meat, Poultry, Fish, Ambient, Frozen

Companies: Mars, Kellogs, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, COOP, Tesco, Asds, Costa, Lidl, Aldi, Nestle, Starbuskc, Waitrose, Lavazza.

Location: – Cheshire, Working NAtionally.

Salary: – £enquire per day +expenses.

Availability: – Immediatly Available





Ref: MJR-CP-20110



AVAILABLE INTERIM – Commercial Director / Managing Director, £enquire

AVAILABLE INTERIM – Commercial Director / Managing Director, £enquire

Ref: 20119

An senior Interim Commercial / Managing / Business Development Director capable of growing business / groups turnover through developing improved retailer relationships, better products, and new ranges introductions. Experience in directing growth for branded and own label products presented to any UK retailer. Previously employed in most of the top 10 food groups at director level since 1987.

+25 Years’ Experience In

  • Commercial Directorship Projects
  • Managing Directorship Projects
  • Business turnaround strategies
  • +25% market share increases
  • Introduction into European Markets
  • £+6 million turnover improvement – 18 months
  • Profit Improvements
  • Introduction of existing ranges to major multiples
  • Development and launch of new ranges into major multiples

Salary – £enquire

Location – Available Nationally, based in Hampshire

Availability – Available upto 4 days per week

Ref: MJR-CP-20119