B&P Operations Manager

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Posting Date: 10-Sep-2021

Location: Northampton, GB

Company: Carlsberg

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Operations Manager (B&P)

Full Time, Permanent   
Based in Northampton 

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company is one of the newest, historic brewers in the UK. Formed out of a joint venture between Carlsberg UK and Marston’s PLC, who are both shareholders, we combine over 300 years of shared values, history and heritage in UK brewing.


CMBC provides its customers and consumers with an unrivalled portfolio of lagers, ales and craft beer brands from the very best of two master brewing teams, plus those under license from valued partners. These include Carlsberg Danish Pilsner, Carlsberg Expørt, 61 Deep, Hobgoblin, Wainwright, San Miguel, Mahou, Estrella Damm, Brooklyn Brewery and many more!


We are recruiting for a Operations Manager (Brewing & Processing) to join us, reporting to the VP Production, you will provide leadership and drive performance excellence building a culture of engagement and continuous improvement through lean in order to develop world class people and processes.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Champion change in all aspects of the B&P operation to achieve lowest cost base while meeting the quality and service requirements, also ensuring Health, safety and environmental compliance standards are met.
  • To build and execute strategic plans ensuring the team remains focussed on delivering results and build capability that will enable the brewery to become the leader in best practice for the Carlsberg Group.
  • Effective performance management of all direct reports, focusing on behavioural change that will both inspire and motivate individuals to deliver results
  • Develop a behavioural safety culture and promote a safe working environment by ensuring full compliance with all SH&E Policy and process
  • Recruit, lead, motivate and develop a flexible and agile multi-disciplined production team
  • Sets clear development strategy for team ensuring key targets and objectives will be achieved relating to quality service people and cost, driven through effective deployment of the performance management system and Lean tools and Techniques
  • Effectively communicates strategic plans, regular business performance updates and local KPI performance to teams and department manager
  • Take lead role in delivering improvement around Good Manufacturing Practice, embedding working practices that will deliver sustainable results creating pride with in the work place
  • Ensure that the team adheres to all quality standards including food safety, hygiene and BRC compliance and drive continuous improvement in the departments quality, customer service, environmental performance and RFT mentality
  • Remain a visible presence on shop floor ensuring consistent process confirmation of adherence to standards
  • Take responsibility for department level KPIs, including daily confirmation of service targets, engaging team to find solutions to variance using 5 why mentality, regularly review department performance collectively with peers sharing best practice across shifts
  • To help prepare and gain approval of the annual budgets for the Operations function and once agreed ensure that all the targets are met and/or exceeded
  • Deliver cost saving initiatives through teams rewarding success and building individual capability
  • Develops clear processes for managing material and non-material losses engaging teams to find sustainable solutions



Experience and Key Attributes required:

  • Significant operational manufacturing experience & knowledge (products, processes, maintenance) within an FMCG context
  • Role will require a high degree of flexibility, ability to operate on shift and day based will be required along with the need to attend management reviews between shifts
  • Experience in Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement techniques
  • Strong experience in a unionised background and dealing with complex Employee Relations environments.
  • Ideally qualified to degree level or of graduate calibre with demonstrable experience within a blue-chip food manufacturing / FMCG company
  • Holding a recognised brewing qualification, typically IBD Diploma or equivalent. Preferably studying for IBD Master Brewer or equivalent
  • Knowledge and experience of using Lean tools and techniques to deliver sustained improvements that will drive us to a world class performance
  • Knowledge of key standards in Quality, Health and Safety and Environmental would be advantageous
  • Capable and experienced people leader, standard setting, influencing, motivating, coaching and developing skills
  • Relentless desire to drive brewery output and performance through effective standardisation of processes
  • Ability to meet production targets, make decisions against tight timescales and proven budgetary control skills
  • Ambitious, driven, committed and takes responsibility for own development listening to feedback from others


On top of the culture and career development opportunities that make working with us so rewarding, we'll also give you flexible benefits including a generous bonus scheme and private medical insurance. So, what are you waiting for? Apply today and a member of the recruitment team will be in touch!


CMBC is a new company, fuelled by highly engaged, empowered and passionate employees who will go above and beyond to deliver best in class customer service and help grow our portfolio of brands and business. With their entrepreneurial spirit, these employees take personal accountability and initiative to act and find solutions. Our employees work hard and have fun, enjoying supportive relationships that extend across the whole business.