The Role

Here at Hain Daniels we are currently recruiting for a Senior Operations Manager.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Drive the KPI agenda in pursuit of achieving the Site Vision and Operational Strategy in the Spreads Manufacturing Unit
  • Ensure all food safety, quality, environmental, health & safety and GMP standards, policies and procedures are understood by teams and their managers in the unit and adhered to consistently.
  • Optimise all aspects of the production of products, including management of materials, labour, capital allocation, engineering revenue spend and factory overheads. Particular emphasis is placed on the medium to long-term strategy of enabling the factory to respond to the growth plans of all products in area of control.
  • Work closely with customers, Sales teams, and Suppliers to build relationships and products which meet customer needs in terms of both functionality and availability with quality being a prime driver in achieving these and minimising customer non conformances.
  • Build increasingly self directing and flexible teams within Spreads Manufacturing with appropriate levels of holiday/absence cover and with succession planning built into the structure. Ensuring that appropriate training framework and plans are in place for short and long-term requirements.
  • Deploy Operational Excellence System of Lean 6 sigma and utilising programme management of change to build flexible lines and agile teams in line with the Site Vision.
  • To use Zero Loss Concepts to build bottom up Budgets and drive incremental improvement through Loss reduction across lines and teams. 

What you will need for the role / what it will take

  • Well-experienced in a similar operational role.
  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing and AM deployment.
  • ERP Systems knowledge.
  • Experience of controlling and managing budgets.
  • Proven record in problem solving, Lean deployment, and Pillar operating structures.
  • Proven record of developing and coaching high performance teams.
  • Confident operating within senior peer groups and customer senior management.

About Us / what we do:


At our Histon site, our largest single site within the Group, we manufacture ambient sweet spreads and jellies for a host of our grocery brands, including: Hartley's; Gales Honey; and marmalades under our Robertson's, Frank Coopers, Keiller and Rose's brands. We also produce private label products here.

The Hartley’s Jam heritage dates back to 1871, and today we are still Britain’s best loved jam selling enough each year to spread over 500 million pieces of toast. We offer you smooth jams, some ‘with bits’; convenient ‘squeezy’ packs; and our ‘Hartley’s Best’; which is packed with more fruit in an award winning jar.

And we know a thing or 2 about Jelly too. It is the fastest growing market in the UK Ambient Desserts category, and Hartley’s holds pole position. Our jelly tablet capability is unique to our Hartley’s brand. Our innovative ready-to-eat pots offer a quick and convenient snack, and are driving the category forward. Inherently low in fat, we also make sugar-free jellies in both convenient, individual pots, and ‘To-Make’ jellies; 10 Cal pot jellies; and pots with fruit suspended in jelly.

Why join us?

At Hain Daniels we’ve developed a real recipe for success: we create tasty food and drinks with goodness at their core, and work with some incredible brands whose ethos is the same as ours. At the core of everything we do are our people: without them, we simply wouldn’t be a market-leading food and drink specialist.

The typical Hain Daniels employee is friendly, hard-working and passionate about what they do. And by showing such commitment to us, we reward our team members with a lovely place to work and the chance to achieve their potential; with plenty of opportunities for personal development. We offer generous pay and a genuine opportunity to help the business grow.