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Operations Manager

North East England

  • Reference: 383592
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: Excellent Salary + benefits
  • Location: Hexham


Fentimans are a rapidly growing, privately owned SME that have been making naturally botanical drinks for over 100 years. They pride themselves on using natural ingredients and flavours, and a time-honoured botanical brewing process to create superior, unrivalled drinks. They utilise the highest quality ingredients that are sourced from specialist suppliers.

By taking a truly innovative approach, whilst being sensitive to their customer requirements, Fentimans has achieved extensive growth over the last few years. They have invested significantly in NPD and the launch of new packaging, both of which have inevitably had a positive impact on UK and international sales.

Currently implementing a 5 year growth strategy, they require an experienced production and supply operations manager to embark on a journey to lead a team of direct reports and support the wider supply chain operations in delivering an operational excellence program building operational capability over the next 3-5 years.


Fentimans are looking for an experienced Production Manager to lead an internal, process led improvement program introducing best practice and monthly business cycle to:

  • Drive a process led operational improvement plan  
  • Embed in house manufacturing into Operations (internal transfer)
  • Deliver year on year cost savings and continuous improvement
Supporting day to day Operations execution there is a need to externally manage key 3rd party partners;    
  • Manage 3rd party outsourced manufacturing initially in UK and European – support potential development of 3rd Party manufacturing other global locations  
 in order to drive key performance improvements in Right First Time, Quality and ultimately On Time In Full to customers.


Key requirements of the role include:

  • Degree educated or equivalent with demonstrable experience working across manufacturing and production within Food, Drink or wider FMCG
  • An analytical mindset, whilst having a natural ability to influence process
  • Proven experience successfully managing direct reports
  • Financial/budget management

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