Vitacress Salads is vertically integrated from field to fork growing, washing and packing bagged watercress, baby leaf salads, spinach, rocket and salad bowls for leading UK food retailers and the Vitacress brand – Steve’s Leaves. The business is going through an exciting period in its rich 70-year history. Driven by long term commercial agreements, new customer acquisition and industry leading investment in the site, the business is on track to grow significantly in the next 5 years and now requires an excellent Head of Operations to lead this growth.

Reporting to the Managing Director, the Head of Operations will drive customer service excellence and achieve lowest cost of manufacture through effective leadership. They will be responsible for the Production, S&OP, Hygiene and Distribution & Logistics departments, leading, managing and developing the teams in delivering the best possible quality, on time and in full whilst keeping the cost of production to a minimum. The Head of Operations will also lead the site transformation, working across customers, colleagues and wider stakeholders to successfully deliver the project, developing an operational strategy for the site which encompasses the basics like CI and Lean but also the use of new data and automation to transform operational decisions.

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 whilst promoting the Vitacress vision and values.

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

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