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Cargill Lead Production Operator in Liverpool, United Kingdom

Position Purpose & Summary

The Lead Operator is primarily responsible for delivering line output of volume and quality aligned to safety. The role will implement the daily plan for production and coordinate the cross functional activities locally. The Lead Operator interacts effectively with other colleagues from departments primarily those based in Liverpool.

For the upcoming years, the individual in this role will focus on four main goals: contributing to the strength of their production team, increase capacity output through continuous improvement, improve the house keeping standards, reduce rework stock and yield loss.

The role will support the implementation and execution of the FSQR and EHS policies on site.

The role supports the shift production team and will report directly to the Shift Team Leader.

Principal Accountabilities


  • Ensures policies and procedures are followed on a day to day basis related to employee safety and food Safety.

  • Ensures compliance with Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) and Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory (FSQR) corporate safety policies and procedures addressing any non-compliance as appropriate.

  • Health & Safety: Demonstrates and enforces a culture of zero harm.

  • Food Safety: ensures monitoring risks associated with products. Ensures HACCP requirements are met.

  • Ensures workforce is trained in safety and food safety fundamentals.

  • Acts as ‘responsible person’ outside of office hours in the absence of a Team Leader


  • Ensure coordination with local Logistics to ensure loading and unloading meets set timelines.

  • Support execution and delivery of production commitments based on agreed weekly production plans.

  • Supports, prepares and reviews accordingly for planned maintenance/cleaning


  • Supports day-to-day operations (IDEX) for all production processes for multiple departments and processes.

  • Ensures plant is kept in line with required hygiene standards

  • Identifies, aligns, supports and provides relevant input to operational practices and efficiencies. Utilizes deep technical skills (i.e. production, engineering, EHS) and relevant experience to identify/solve problems and recommends/implements operating efficiencies.

  • Executes common reliability processes; focus on identifying and supporting the elimination of the root-cause of reliability problems, etc. Supports continuous improvement programs based on the Stable Ops/Six Sigma principles.

  • Champions a culture that promotes operational excellence. Gains feedback from the team and recommends process improvements and supports business case for new investments/innovations.

  • Supports the delivery of the overall production performance against daily production targets (liquid and solid lines).

  • Support and deliver the workload looking at the weekly plan.

  • In the absence of Team Leader, produce shift report and communicate to other teams covering KPI’s related to safety, production volumes, yields, rework, absenteeism.

  • Operate manufacturing equipment and automated control system, complete in-process testing, complete basic maintenance and cleaning of the process equipment.

  • Complete FSQR testing on WIP and finished product, complete relevant FSQR checks and documentation


  • Leads the shift consisting of approximately 7 operators in absence of the team leader.

  • Executes general workforce policies, philosophies and programs in the areas of communications, onboarding, staffing, training, evaluations, disciplinary actions and safety for their employees where appropriate.

  • Executes systems and processes to maintain a high performing workforce.


  • Cover for Team Leader and operators as required

  • Grade C+ GCSE Maths and English or equivalent

  • Extensive experience in a manufacturing environment

  • Relevant experience in a food or Pharmaceutical manufacturing environment

  • Ability to work in a crossfunctional organization

  • Demonstrated ability to implement production plans

  • Ability to drive results and deliver on key measurables and objectives

  • Solution/Improvement focused with the ability to develop and implement as appropriate

  • Functional/Technical skills in: Engineering, Quality, EHS

  • Ability to make informed decisions and set priorities in ambiguous situations

  • Change management – ability to implement and be open to changes

  • Ability to deal with Conflict to achieve positive outcomes

  • Ability to be calm under pressure and engenders this approach in others

  • Ability to communicate effectively and adapt style according to audience

  • Self Development mindset

  • Ability to drive performance within their team through effective leadership, delegation and development of employees

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully apply continuous improvement tools and principles

  • Solid understanding of food manufacturing technology and processes

Our Offer

In return for your expertise and commitment, we will provide a fast paced stimulating, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world.

Interested? Then please sendus your CV and cover letter today.

The recruitment process and your data

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