Job Title
Factory Manager (Bakery)Name: Mike Roberts

Company: Greencore Group

Professional Qualification(s):
BSC Hons in Biology 2:2 from York University. A-Level’s in Maths & Statistics, Biology & Chemistry. 9 GCSE’s. Diploma In Management Studies from Notts Business School.

Brief overview of your job:
Responsible for the day to day running of the chilled quiche factory
What does your job involve?
• Ensuring that the bakery achieves the required standards of customer service and product quality

• Running the operation through management of KPI’s covering operational, financial and technical aspects

• Regular contact with key customers

• Providing for the welfare needs of a workforce of 200. This includes training, development and succession planning

• Liaison with all departments on a daily basis

• Maintaining a vision of the ‘future’ and ensuring resources are in place to deliver these

What do you most like about your job?
• Contact with people, both internal & external to the organisation

• Being part of a proud & successful team

• Problem solving & decision making, often at short notice

• Variety – both day to day issues & the future strategy

• Pressure – juggling a number of issues concurrently & prioritising

What skills are required in your job?
• Good communication skills (written & verbal) at all levels within the organisation

• Empathy with people.

• Problem solving & decision making skills

• Commercial understanding

What is your advice to people looking for a career in the food & grocery industry?
• Gain as much work experience as possible during higher education. This will enable you to appreciate the career options available to you later.

• Join a company that will encourage your development and allow you to move around within the organisation

• Go for it, it’s an excellent industry to be a part of!

Please list any other companies you have worked for and positions held.
Technical Controller – Greencore Convenience Foods
Technical Manager – McVities Chilled Foods
Technical Manager – Hero Carters Soft Drinks
QA Manager – HP Foods
Microbiologist – Unilever Research

Did you complete an industrial placement as part of your degree?
Laboratory Technician with RuddlesBrewery