Production Manager (R7580)

Production Manager (R7580)

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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, Poland and the  United Kingdom
Based in the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom
Listed since 2016 on Euronext Amsterdam
Listed since 2016 on Euronext Amsterdam



Job Title:                    Production Manager

Location:                    Portbury

Contract:                    Permanent

Hours:                        Full time, 40 hours per week

Reporting to:           Operations Manager   

Job Req:                    R7580

Your role

You will be responsible for the daily operation and performance of the site.  This covers all aspects of people motivation, safety, quality and cost.

Your responsibilities

  • To provide support and assistance to the Operations Manager ensuring that all costs are managed within budgetary/forecasted levels.

  • To  produce products to the required specifications and maintain effective quality control in order to meet the requirements of quality assurance schemes as specified.

  • Ensure the production and planning teams are performing to their full potential through regular monitoring of objectives, coaching, motivation, involvement and training.

  • Assist the Operations Manager with the site inventory to ensure minimum use of working capital.

  • Ensure that the mill operates to all current legislation and company procedures, including Health & Safety, Environment and quality Standards.

  • Achieve and monitor the energy usage against the target for the site (KWH/t) as set by the UK Management Team. 

  • Discuss and agree the CAPEX spend requirements with the Site Management Team on an annual basis.

  • To take the lead in the running of the site, in the absence of the Operations Manager.

  • 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, including the energy usage (KWH/t). 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Create a ‘clean-as-you-go’ culture, so we can all have pride in our working environment. 

  • Work with the Operations Manager to assist with monthly stocktaking by managing physical stock checks of macro and micro raw materials. 

  • Work with the Operations Manager 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. 

  • In conjunction with the Operations Manager, it is your responsibility to work towards these objectives by planning, training, supervising, consulting, investigating and preventing. 

  • Manage the site with an effective Environmental Management System. 

  • To work with the Operations Management Team to identify and develop opportunities for manufacturing improvements. 

Your profile


  • Significant mill manufacturing experience, alternatively in depth production process knowledge in related field 

  • Team Leadership experience 

  • Ability to multi task 

  • IT Literacy 

  • Continuous Improvement driven 

  • Supervisory experience in a manufacturing environment.

  • An awareness of the importance of our responsibilities to working within current legislation.

  • Conscious of Health and Safety procedures.

  • Great attention to detail.

  • Good communication skills.


  • Health & Safety IOSH or NEBOSH


  • Employee Assistance Programme (offering support on a range of topics). 

  • No two days are the same offering variety in your role. 

  • 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! 

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. 

Proud values:


Working for ForFarmers is more than a job; it's a passion. The farming business is what makes us tick. We do everything we can to future-proof the sector, and this ambition shines through in our behaviour and our way of working. We push back boundaries and go the extra mile for our customers, suppliers and colleagues.


Our actions have an impact. We help farmers work in a sustainable way so that together we can safeguard the continuity of the farming business. The same principle applies to our day-to-day operations: we take good care of our customers and other stakeholders, and always aim for the best, most efficient and most sustainable result.


Keeping an open mind enables us to support farmers in the rapidly changing agricultural sector. We are able to adapt to the needs and working methods of the industry and are always on the lookout for new opportunities. We are clear about our intentions and expectations and prefer to listen than to speak.


Addressing the challenges with which the agricultural industry is faced requires a joint effort and mutual trust. We join forces with colleagues and customers and work as one team towards our shared goals. In many cases we take the lead but we are also able to follow if that produces better results.


We have a natural ambition to get things done, regardless of how difficult the job is. We do what we say and say what we do. We are respectful, honest and direct at all times. It is the sign of a ForFarmers employee.


We value diversity in our workplace and welcome enquiries from everyone.

Please make us aware if your need any reasonable adjustments to participate in this process.

We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible and not wait until the published closing date as this can vary.