Job profile: Factory manager

Job Title

Factory Manager (Bakery)


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