Assistant Packhouse Manager

Location Yeovil
Discipline: Agriculture, Farming, Food & Fresh Produce
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £Salary - £25,000 to £30,000 DOE
Contact name: Louise Palmer

Contact email:
Job ref: 14605LP
Published: 11 days ago
Startdate: Start of September 2021

​Assistant Packhouse Manager - Chilton Farm, Chilton Cantelo, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8BE

Bradon Soft Fruit Farm

Salary - £25,000 to £30,000 DOE

Start Date – Start of September 2021

Bradon Soft Fruit Farm is a family run business that has been operating for 6 years. We are a leading supplier of soft fruit to a number of UK retailers, making us a Company of choice for your strawberries!

We have an exciting opportunity to join our successful and hardworking Packhouse Division here at Bradon Soft Fruit Farm in the role of Assistant Packhouse Manager. We are looking for a passionate, proactive and hands-on Assistant Manager to motivate and lead a busy fresh produce packhouse site.

At Bradon Soft Fruit Farm our company values are an integral part of our business, and so we are looking for someone who shares our value of dedication; committing themselves to the business and wanting to strive for nothing less than the best.

If you are a get-up-and-go person, who is looking to make a real positive impact on our working environment, we want to hear from you!!

The ideal candidate will have the desire to drive and encourage the packing teams! Motivating them at every stage, and inspiring employees to get the best out of themselves.

We are looking for someone who loves their job, taking pride in their work and helping others around them do the same. Someone who promotes interest and enthusiasm is key; and quality is paramount.

What the role of Assistant Packhouse Manager for us will involve:

•Motivate, train and develop the team to ensure they got the knowledge, skills and attitude to achieve company performance standards and ensuring that the individual’s potential capabilities are realised

•Guide and lead the production team in the delivery of quality standards across all production lines making decisions where necessary in order to achieve customer service levels and standards

•Support and assist Line Leaders with machine set-ups and changeovers reducing our downtime

•Oversee the daily planning of production requirements, ensuring orders are completed in full, on time and at optimum efficiency

•Assist with job processing and control, ensuring correct fruit usage, packaging, mass balance and other specified job related requirements

•Coordinating, analysing and preparing performance data imputed by the team and assisting with the process to optimise the packhouse Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)

•Ensure all personnel and processes are managed positively and within the requirements of H&S legislation at all times

•Ensure the packhouse maintains GMP standards

•Responsible for the production planning and performance in absence of Packhouse manager

The ideal candidate:

•The successful applicant will not only be a natural people manager and a confident leader, but a great communicator with the desire to drive and develop the packing teams, line leaders and quality controllers

•The ideal candidate will need to have previous experience working in a packhouse supervisory role within soft fruit. This will be a challenging position; drawing on a range of skills therefore you will need to have demonstrated effective man-management experience in a fast-moving production environment

•The ideal candidate must also be an innovative thinker, making key decisions with a strategic focus, as well as having excellent financial and commercial awareness

•Good understanding of manufacturing and processing ideally gained within soft fruit production

•Experience with managing, developing and motivating production teams through a continuous improvement process

•Demonstrable knowledge, experience and skills with fresh produce packing and sorting equipment (Heat sealers etc.)

•Problem solving skills and attention to detail

•Knowledge on supply chain solutions and software (Prophet3 / PR3)

The successful candidate will be self-motivated and be prepared to work long hours at key times. Our harvest times are from April-July and October – December peaking though April – May and October – November each year. The role will be variable hours, working 6 days a week Monday to Sunday, so the ideal candidate must be happy to work 48 + hours per week during peak times. This is a permanent position.

If you enjoy working in a busy and fast paced environment, like the sound of joining us as an Assistant Packhouse Manager and can start in September please apply today! We look forward to hearing from you.

We thank all applicants who respond, but please be advised that only those short listed for interview will be contacted. All information provided to us will be treated with the strictest of confidence and in-line with the General Data Protection Regulations.

Bradon Soft Fruit Farm is an equality opportunities employer. Please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments made as part of the recruitment process.

COVID-19 Precaution(s): Remote first stage interview process, Lateral Flow Companywide Testing, PPE availability, practiced social distancing, open-air interviews

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