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Head of Production

About the role

Walkers Shortbread is one of Scotland’s most iconic and respected companies.

Their signature pure butter shortbread is baked in the Speyside village of Aberlour to an original family recipe perfected by Joseph Walker in 1898, and it has gone on to develop many other excellent products and a truly global business.  Indeed, its original product is said to be “Scotland at its finest”.  It is an award-winning business, most recently “Family Business of the Year” and “Exemplary Employer of Choice”.

We are looking to appoint an exceptional Head of Production to shape and structure the production side of our business moving forward. This will include overseeing the management and smooth running from planning, production through to despatch. As part of the Senior Management Team, you will have a keen eye for aligning capacity, efficiency, and output to meet market demand as well as exciting growth targets.

Reporting to the Managing Director, this role requires a clear presence and hands on approach to ensure production activity is lead efficiently.  You will be responsible for the running and strategic planning of the production areas, ensuring KPIs are set and met ensuring customer expectations are achieved and exceeded.  The Head of Production will take responsibility for taking the production team through a continuous improvement and value stream mapping journey.

The production function comprises 850 people across 6 production units, each of which is run by an experienced manager.  The Head of Production will work closely with this experienced team, pulling them together with a strong focus on operational excellence and growth.

Candidates should have a background in strategic and operational leadership experience at management team level as well as a good understanding of engineering, lean manufacturing and OEE.  You should have ambition and drive and excellent communication, problem resolution and people management skills.

This is clearly a fantastic opportunity to join the Leadership Team of a company with an amazing history and heritage and which is equally determined to have a great future.

We welcome your interest in this role and invite you to download a full candidate brochure here.

For further information and detailed conversation please contact Ailsa Sutherland by phone on 0131 539 7087.

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