Production Manager

Production Manager

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What do we have to offer?

An informal, no-nonsense and ambitious culture
An informal, no-nonsense and ambitious culture
Personal development through our Academies and other training courses
Personal development through our Academies and other training courses
Colleagues who like to share their passion and knowledge with you
Colleagues who like to share their passion and knowledge with you
We work For the Future of Farming. Would you like to join us?
We work For the Future of Farming. Would you like to join us?

About ForFarmers

#1 European Total Feed solutions provider
#1 European Total Feed solutions provider
Servicing over 27,000 farmers
Servicing over 27,000 farmers
Based in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Poland and the  United Kingdom
Based in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Poland and the United Kingdom
Listed since 2016 on Euronext Amsterdam
Listed since 2016 on Euronext Amsterdam


Newcastle Under Lyme

Production Manager


Full Time

What is the role of Production Manager?

The Production Manager is responsible in ensuring customer demand is consistently achieved through the safe, efficient utilisation of available resource. The successful candidate will need to lead by example to inspire a culture of “a great place to work” which is visible through high levels of engagement, performance & collaborative working.

Proactive monitoring of production KPI’s to improve performance through continuous improvement is key to the success of this role whilst taking ownership of production costs to attain budget/forecast performance. You will lead the team production team through coaching & development coupled with performance management to promote a culture of safety, efficiency & team work. 

Key responsibilities and duties of the role include:

  • To monitor the production processes to achieve the optimum performance of the plant, as well as the performance KPI’s set by the UK Management Team.

  • Work with the Engineering Team to ensure the maintenance plan minimises the time lost through breakdown.
  • Maximise throughputs, which should then enable planned shutdowns, enabling all departments to ensure customer requirements are met on time.
  • Ensure audits are conducted on a regular basis to ensure that HSEQ compliance is maintained at all times, including external audits UFAS, VMD, trading standards & environment agency.
  • Maintaining sites environmental management system to ensure ongoing compliance with 14001 & 50001 accreditations.
  • Monitor and control the costs of manufacturing consumables such as Dies, Rolls, grinder beaters, etc.
  • Ensure that feed is manufactured to the agreed Company quality standards and in compliance with all protocols and legal requirements.
  • With the Formulations department, review formulations on a monthly basis to evaluate the impact of any changes on quality or throughput.
  • Investigate, report on and implement corrective actions for any production related customer complaints.
  • Ensure the mill cleaning schedule is adhered to and all spillages and leaks are dealt with in the appropriate manner.
  • Build the ‘clean-as-you-go’ culture, so we can all have pride in our working environment. Including developing a site wide 5S programme.
  • Manage the site planning team work with the site planning team to assist with monthly stocktaking by managing physical stock checks of macro and micro raw materials.
  • Work with the Site Leadership Team to ensure that all mill costs are maintained within budget constraints.
  • Ensure that you encourage a safety first culture and provide a safe working environment for your team, protecting all visitors to the premises, and meet all business and legal requirements.
  • To work with the Site Leadership Team to identify and develop opportunities for manufacturing improvements.
  • Ensuring the production team engage and develop the sites recent introduction of Tier accountability.
  • Conduct regular objective reviews with direct reports and ensure direct reports feed objectives through their teams.
  • Ability to stand in for Operations Manager and take accountability for the role.
  • Budget management and understanding impact of actions on costs.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Reasonable experience in a similar manufacturing/production environment
  • Pro-activeness
  • A keen eye for detail
  • Confidence to challenge and address issues
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • IT Literate

Are you the Production Manager we are looking for?

If so, please send your CV with a covering letter through this link (or through the ‘apply’ button) or alternatively email

What are the benefits of working for ForFarmers UK?

  • Employee Assistance Programme (offering support on a range of topics).
  • No two days are the same offering variety in your role.
  • Opportunities to visit different sites, customers and suppliers.
  • Options to enhance your pension after 12 months service (increased employer contributions).
  • Opportunities to grow personally and develop within the business
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • B&Q Trade card offering 10% discounts in-store and online.
  • And much more!

Want to know a little more about ForFarmers?

Do you ever stop to wonder where your Sunday morning poached egg came from? Or the milk in your cafè latte? Or what about the sausage and bacon served with full English? It will come as no surprise to you that the animals which produce these products need to eat themselves too. And that’s where ForFarmers comes into the equation.

ForFarmers produces feed for cattle, pigs and poultry in both conventional and organic livestock farming. And that probably sounds a great deal simpler than it actually is. Make no mistake: an awful lot of knowledge, research and innovation has gone into one of those seemingly simple-looking chunks of animal feed. And these are the kind of things we, as a company, invest a great deal in.