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Job Overview

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£45,000-51,000 Permanent




Telford - Halesfield


West Midlands



Job Overview

About The Role

At AO Recycling, we maximize value from the UK's discarded electrical and electronic equipment.

Our Telford, Shropshire site uses state-of-the-art technology to process items more efficiently than any other UK site.

We’re growing, offering many opportunities to develop and innovate. If you're an energetic, hands-on professional, this is the place for you!. We run a profitable business while doing the right thing for the environment.

Aligned with our core value of delivering excellence, the Production Manager will lead Shift Coordinators, Supervisors, and Operatives to exceed KPIs. They’ll develop the team by providing direction, support, coaching, and mentoring, ensuring future leaders are nurtured and employees retained, all while achieving budgetary KPIs.

The Production Manager must ensure top quality and performance, prioritise health and safety, environmental compliance, and employee welfare. Adapting to the changing dynamic retail sector, the plant must be managed to ensure flexibility and capability to move and flow with the changing patterns of volume.

The Production Manager will collaborate closely with all departments (transport, offload, SHEQ, HR, etc.) to exceed performance targets and support the entire value chain. At AO, we deliver quickly and efficiently.

Here's What You Can Expect To Be Doing

Reporting to the Operations Manager, you will manage the UK's largest and most advanced fridge recycling plant. Built in 2017 for over £10M, your role will focus on increasing productivity and optimizing processes.

You’ll plan, direct, and oversee the Processing Teams across four shifts to meet health and safety, environmental, quality, volume, productivity, and cost objectives.

Being accountable for time, cost, and volume quality performances, you’ll have a proven track record in delivering improvements.

A key deliverable is to develop your team to focus on quality and efficiency using methodologies like 5S, KAIZEN, or other CI techniques, ensuring a safe and clean work environment. You will create and manage a CI program to continuously improve productivity, proving past success in this area. You'll coach managers and staff to foster a CI culture, focusing on team needs while acting consistently and decisively.

You’ll ensure all departmental activities comply with site health, safety, and environmental policies and regulations. Working closely with the SHEQ department, you will help foster a world-class HSE culture, ensuring compliance with all relevant environmental regulations, permits, and licenses.

Working closely with the Engineering team, you will help sustain an effective planned preventative maintenance (PPM) and conduct regular reviews of operational capability to drive improvement.

A Few Things About You

  • Experience in automotive, aerospace, or FMCG manufacturing processes.
  • Minimum 5 years’ operational experience with at least 3 years at the Manufacturing/Processing Manager level or equivalent
  • Level 5 ILM education (or equivalent, could be through apprenticeship or other pathway) is a must
  • Six Sigma qualification with strong implementation knowledge of CI techniques, especially 5S and Kaizen.
  • WAMITAB preferable but not essential
  • IOSH Qualified
  • Management experience in a fast-paced, large-scale growth environment.
  • Demonstrated implementation of step changes in processes and introducing a visual factory

Our Benefits

We’ve designed our benefits to cover everything from big moments to little helps. As well all as the essentials, like pensions and holidays, we’ve got our own "AO Perks" to help you with the little things that matter.

To see all our benefits and perks, visit our AO Benefits page.

  • Our Value Creation Plan: We've created a unique long term bonus plan for every AOer to share in our success, giving you the opportunity of an exceptional reward in return for exceptional business performance.
  • 22 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • At least 5% contribution pension scheme*
  • Free lunch once a month
  • Training courses and career progression (including ILM management development)
  • Discounts; exclusive discounts across our product range.
  • Family leave; Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption leave.
  • Dedicated wellness initiatives that support your wellbeing, ranging from our 24hr employee assistance programme to subsidised gym membership.


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