Cam is a Nigerian dairy company that aggregates raw milk from settled pastoralist communities and processes it into nutritious dairy products.
We are recruiting to fill the position of:
Job Title: Production Lead
Reporting To: The Factory Manager and the CEO.
This is a great opportunity to lead and drive Cam's production team members and activities.
You will be responsible for supervising all production and process activities from raw material reception to finished product release.
You will supervise and ensure the consistent production, quality and storage of products that at minimum meet customer and regulatory requirements on time and to specification, in a safe and efficient manner to the company’s specified service and cost objectives.
You are responsible for making sure employees are safely and properly performing their duties to ensure food safety and quality of products manufactured at the facility.
Coordinate processing and production activities
Know and understand all equipment in the factory from staging, consuming and processing materials to packaging and storage.
Understand product and process specifications and be able to identify, execute and communicate all aspects where required
Create and implement daily production plans by scheduling and assigning personnel and resources; accomplishing work results; establishing priorities; monitoring progress; revising schedules; resolving problems; reporting results of the processing flow on production documentation and shift production summaries
Maintain workflow by monitoring steps of the process; setting processing variables; observing control points and equipment; monitoring personnel and resources; studying methods; implementing cost reductions; developing standard operating and reporting procedures and systems; facilitating corrections to malfunctions within process control points
Perform all work in accordance with company standards and established safety procedures
Involvement in the hiring and training of new employees and referring employees for promotions
Resolving personnel problems by analyzing data; investigating issues; coaching, counseling and disciplining employees; initiating, coordinating, and enforcing systems, policies and procedures
Identify training opportunities and needs within the production operations team.
Participate in the development of training programs and curriculum with relevant cross-functional teams.
Ensure employees are following GMPs, keeping their area clean at all times
Train team members in their various jobs in a way that promotes safety, a “zero harm” work environment, quality, and productivity
Ensure that the production team is engaged, motivated and has regular welfare, mentoring and performance evaluations
Enforce GMPs, champion HACCP, and support compliance with food safety programs and regulatory requirements.
Isolate any products that do not meet the established quality standards or may cause a food safety hazard
Ensure the safe receipt, storage, retrieval, warehouse control, and timely processing of raw materials, products and orders
Create and revise systems and procedures by analyzing operating practices, record-keeping systems, forms of control, and budgetary and personnel requirements; implementing changes and identify solutions; recommend courses of action
Lead team meetings and cross functional workshops
Provide manufacturing information by compiling, initiating, sorting, and analyzing production performance records and data; answer questions and respond to requests
Have an understanding of basic maintenance and downtime causes
Act in partnership with cross-functional teams, with the ability to identify personnel and teams to effectively address issues
Ensure key performance indicators are met
Monitor excess wastage and make sure this is controlled and reduced
Improve the process and production operations through detailed data collection and analysis, root cause analysis, continuous performance reviews and implementation of ideas to save costs
Lead root cause analysis of all issues and incidents that happen on shift, report on cause of deviation and indicating and/or take corrective actions
Audit the use of SOP’s on a continuous basis
Promote and maintain effective communication within the team
Report near miss incidents/accidents
Promote a culture of health and safety as well as continuous improvement
Initiate and foster a spirit of collaboration within and between teams.
Bachelor's Degree in related field
5+ years experience working in a manufacturing environment (previous experience in a food, drink or pharmaceutical production/processing facility preferred)
3+ years managing teams of people in a production environment
Experience in process development
Experience in equipment maintenance
Knowledge of GMPs, HACCP, and other food safety and prerequisite programs including allergen control, food defense, product release, preventative maintenance, approved supplier, environmental sampling, cleaning and sanitation and pest control
Food safety certification is a plus (e.g. HACCP, GMPs, SQF, ISO 22000)
Basic proficiency in Microsoft Office tools e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, and Navision.
Fluent in English.
Skills and Attributes:
Passion for food development
Excellent planning, organisational and communication skills
High degree of integrity
Strong attention to detail
Ability to work as part of a diverse team
Excellent people management skills
Superb problem solving skills - ability to anticipate problems and be proactive with regards to solving them
Ability to work under pressure in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
Ability to perform with a high level of professionalism
Flexible and able to adapt to change
Motivated and energised by challenges and opportunities to address them
Strong listening skills
Ability to prioritise and delegate tasks efficiently.