Frederick Hiam is a well-established farming and fresh produce company with a history going back over 100 years. Today the business is vertically integrated, farming over 7,000 acres of land and running two packhouses to produce and pack high quality vegetables for the leading retailers and wholesale markets across the UK. Due to significant investment in the factory, the business now requires a new Operations Director to lead all operations.

Reporting directly to the Managing Director, the Operations Director will have a significant amount of autonomy and the opportunity to develop long-term operational strategies that support the overall business objectives. As well as managing significant CAPEX projects, the role will ensure the business is developing best in class policies, practices and behaviours across all elements of the operation, setting priorities for their teams to focus on whilst coaching and supporting colleagues to achieve those objectives. The role will own their P&L, making commercially focused decisions to deliver sustainable returns and be a vital link across the supply chain, helping all stakeholders improve on key areas like planning, crop utilisation, waste, and energy.

To be suitable for this opportunity, candidates will have a proven track record leading site operations teams within fast paced, fresh food production facilities serving UK supermarkets. Candidates will have significant experience of managing, motivating and developing cross functional factory teams to support new initiatives and processes including Lean and CI. Crucially, candidates will have a growth mindset, strong commercial focus and a passion for innovation and technology with the creativity to think around a challenge and come up with solutions.

For more information on this unique and exciting opportunity, please contact Zaid Gulraiz on info@edensearch.co.uk or 020 3795 7735. All applications and enquiries will be forwarded to Eden Search & Select who are exclusively retained by Frederick Hiam on this project.

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