Production Manager - Cardiff

Position Overview:

Our production operation in Cardiff is rapidly expanding, to support this growth we are recruiting for a new Production Manager to lead day to day operations. Engage and motivate the team and ensure our products meet the highest standards.



Company Overview:

Pets Choice is a leading pet food manufacturer whose industry knowledge spans over 135 years. Based in Blackburn, Lancashire, the Pets Choice portfolio of brands offers a variety of products for pets and wild animals under its brands; Webbox, TastyBone, Meatiful, Spike’s World, Goodwyns, Davies, Oceanic and Vitakraft. Each brand offers a unique insight into animals from dogs to ducks and produces high-quality products that cater to a wide variety of consumer needs. As a trusted partner, Pets Choice provide private label goods including extruded food, wet food and retorted trays, and baked fresh meat treats. The business also offers additional services such as packaging design, fulfilment and logistics. With a broad range of capabilities and distribution channels worldwide, Pets Choice are proud to be a major supplier to the UK grocery, independents and pet speciality sectors.


  • Overseeing day to day operations to ensure optimum product Quality is produced to the correct specification and in line with production costs.
  • Set and implement standards and procedures to ensure high quality products are produced.
  • Effectively manage all working processes to meet internal audit criteria, including CCP’s, GMP, Complaints, Non-Conformances and Audit readiness.
  • Deliver operational strategy by motivating and giving clear direction to the team developing and maintaining Quality-based production, whilst monitoring individual, team and machine performance.
  • Conduct regular GMP and Health and Safety audits reinforcing positive behaviour and dealing with non-compliance
  • Involved with material planning, availability and yield KPI’s vs standards & operational budgets.
  • Ensure all manning is planned in line with cost’s and adequate labour is available to deliver production plans through Holiday/Absent Management
  • Lead production objectives and implement action plans to achieve set target’s
  • Analysis of current processes and procedures with a view to identifying bottlenecks and putting corrective actions in place
  • Root Cause analysis by driving SIC controls with clear timebound action plans
  • Gather and present data using a range of I.T platforms and software systems
  • Ensure all stock and inventory levels are correct and utilised as per specification
  • Deliver continuous improvement Action Plans through the Team
  • Absence and Conduct Management
  • Control the flow of work to meet customer deadlines; check and manage the product specification, making adjustments and keeping the Factory Manager informed, over-seeing the work of the staff, taking responsibility for the finished Product by monitoring and maintaining quality.
  • Engage with the team’s offering support and guidance and in doing so provide continual staff training and development plans. Creating a self-motivated engaged team with succession plans in place.
  • Provide manufacturing information by compiling, initiating, sorting, and analyzing production performance records and data; answering questions and responding to requests.
  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment by educating and directing personnel on the use of all control points, equipment, and resources; maintaining compliance with established policies and procedures.

Key attributes and skills:

  • Experience of leading a team 
  • IOSH managing safety qualification
  • Strong leadership including implementation of day to day HR processes
  • Coaching, mentoring & people development skills
  • Strong communicator at all levels with the ability to mentor, coach & develop others
  • Able to drive efficiencies whilst maintaining product quality & keeping costs down
  • PC Literate (Word, Excel & PowerPoint)
  • Proven ability to implement and drive change
  • Ability to balance multiple projects and priorities
  • 5 years’ experience in manufacturing (preferably FMCG based)
  • Experience of undertaking risk assessments and investigating accidents and near miss events

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