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General Manager

  • Location: Thetford
  • Salary: Excellent salary for this opportunity to come in and make a difference!
  • Job Type:Permanent
  • Sector: Industrial
  • Contact: Emma Baylis
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  • Contact Phone: 03301 743814
  • Job Ref: SF61034
Are you a strategic thinker with a passion for manufacturing excellence? Do you possess strong leadership skills and a knack for driving operational efficiency? My client are looking for a dynamic and experienced General Manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of their manufacturing sites.
As a senior member of the team, you will provide the leadership necessary for the effective and successful operation of their manufacturing facilities. You will be an advocate of their strategy, purpose, aims, and vision, working collaboratively with colleagues to achieve the synergies that drive their objectives and results.
My client specialise in the production of custom manufacturing, helping their clients enhance their retail environments and showcase their products effectively. Each project is unique, tailored to meet specific client requirements and market demands. Their company is accredited by Ecovadis and CHAS, and has received multiple industry awards for design and ingenuity.
They are seeking a General Manager who will oversee the overall business operations, ensuring profitable growth by tightly controlling all processes. Your role will be critical in managing two local manufacturing facilities, focusing on output, productivity, and profitability. You will ensure high-quality products are delivered on time, within budget, and in a safe working environment.
As a leader, you will be responsible for managing manufacturing, operations, and back-office staff, in close collaboration with associated managers and supervisors. Your goal will be to lead, mentor, and develop a high-performing team, fostering a positive, safe, and collaborative work environment. You will conduct appraisals for direct reports, set and manage SMART goals, and support the HR department in staff development and coordination.
In terms of manufacturing responsibilities, you will oversee all aspects of the production process to ensure timely and efficient output. Developing and executing strategies to improve business performance and profitability will be key, along with maintaining high standards of quality. You will manage production schedules, resources, and workflows to meet project deadlines, and actively review and develop facilities to meet business requirements.
You will also develop and manage logistics strategies to optimise supply chain operations, ensuring a "just in time" methodology is delivered. Coordination with the project management team will be essential to ensure timely delivery of materials and finished products. Overseeing inventory management and the effective use of delivery transport options, including company vehicles, hauliers, and couriers, will be part of your responsibilities.
In project management, you will apply commercial considerations to ensure on-time, in-full delivery, quality, cost-effectiveness, and customer satisfaction. Monitoring project progress and adjusting plans as needed, ensuring the project management team liaises with finance for sales invoicing, and facilitating pre-quote review meetings for accurate project costing will be essential.
Health and safety responsibilities include ensuring procedures are adhered to and maintaining a safe working environment. You will oversee employee training in health and safety, the creation and maintenance of procedures, risk assessments, method statements, and appropriate signage. Facilitating monthly health and safety meetings and coordinating with external partners and regulatory bodies will also be part of your role.
Your additional responsibilities will involve developing a team culture that motivates and inspires excellent performance, supporting strategic planning and decision-making, and providing guidance on policies, procedures, and standards. You will also undertake ad hoc projects as delegated by the business owner.
The ideal candidate will have a proven track record at a senior level within an SME environment, exceptional organisational and problem-solving abilities, and a strong financial acumen with in-depth knowledge of pricing, costing, and operational delivery. Experience in managing a diverse and busy team, excellent communication, influencing and diplomacy skills, and a proven track record in improving operational KPIs, developing management initiatives, change management, and cost reduction are essential.
Desirable qualifications include a degree or equivalent in business studies, manufacturing, or a relevant field, IOSH or NEBOSH qualifications, experience in point-of-sale supply, managing a CNC machine shop environment, and knowledge of FSC, CHAS, and EcoVadis accreditations.

Please contact Emma Baylis at Select Recruitment now!