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Manufacturing Manager

Exciting opportunity to lead a multiskilled manufacturing team at the true home of the legendary Bega Cheese organisation.

The Company
Bega Cheese is one of Australia’s largest dairy, beverage and food manufacturing companies boasting some of Australia’s market leading iconic brands in cheese, infant formula, nutritional powders, vegemite, peanut butter and salad. In addition to their already impressive portfolio, the recent acquisition of Lion Dairy and Drinks further cements Bega Cheese’s market leader status within the dairy and food industry.

The Bega Cheese Lagoon Street manufacturing site is where the Bega Cheese story began back in 1899 and remains a key part of Bega Cheese’ true home. Today, the site boasts a team of approximately 200  and produces bulk cheese, butter, demineralised whey plus two specialist retail lines (Stringers and portions). Along with external sales, Lagoon Street is a major supplier to the nearby Bega Cheese Ridge Street contract manufacturing plant. Currently, the Lagoon Street team are in search for a new Manufacturing Manager due to a long-standing team member relocating overseas.

The Role
The Manufacturing Manager will be responsible for leadership of all site-based manufacturing related functions including production, technical, and warehousing/logistics teams. The Lagoon Street site is looking for a strong, passionate, collaborative and influential leader who can naturally develop teams, increase engagement and drive discipline. A leader that can walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk at all levels, who is technically experienced in cheese and wider dairy manufacturing, would be ideal.

In this pivotal role, you will build strong partnering relationships with cross-functional peers, in order to strengthen internal departmental relationships and maintain strong collaboration between Continuous Improvement, Environmental Management, HR, Quality and Safety. As part of the site leadership team, the Manufacturing Manager must also play a key role in building strong relationships and collaboration with connected Bega sites as a key supply partner.

The Manufacturing Manager will lead their team in managing day-to-day manufacturing as well as drive the site-based manufacturing strategy, increase standards, optimise processes, develop capability, increase productivity, visibility, maintain high product quality standards and manage operating budgets. They will drive innovation, have a solutions-based focus, and assist driving lean and continuous improvement principles across the site. They will hold joint responsibility for leading OH&S initiatives and programs and drive behaviours and culture towards safety.

Additionally, the ideal candidate will have a proven history initiating mid to long-term sustainable improvement and change management.

Skills & Experience
  • Tertiary qualified in Engineering, Manufacturing, Food Technology or a related discipline.
  • Minimum of 5-years of success in leading unionised manufacturing teams from within the dairy industry.
  • Significant cheese manufacturing experience.
  • Strengths across manufacturing strategy, production leadership, quality assurance, warehousing, costing/manufacturing finance and change management.
  • Strong coach and mentor with collaborative, hands-on style.
  • Excellent team building, influencing, communication, presentation and reporting skills at all levels.
In return for your career experience and proven capabilities, the position will offer a highly competitive salary package.  Relocation assistance will also be provided.

For More Information
Here at Miller Leith we are open to having a conversation about your next career move. For a brief, confidential discussion, please contact Lachlan Smith at [email protected] or 0413 035 140.  
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