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Operations Manager

Job No: 118250
Location: Cambooya

  • Opportunity for an excellent long term career in food manufacturing.
  • Join the team of a strong innovative Company as they unveil their new state of the art food processing facility!
  • A blend of production, manufacturing and QA whilst contributing to the growth and success of a family owned and operated business in regional Australia.

About Story Fresh

Story Fresh is a fourth-generation family owned and operated fresh produce growing and processing operation with four production farms and a processing facility in South East Queensland. They produce and deliver high-quality fresh ready-to-eat salad and vegetable products year-round to an established customer base across the East Coast of Australia, New Zealand and Asia, all under multiple stringent Quality certifications.

Recognised as a leader in Quality, Service and Innovation, winning all 3 awards for Innovation, Best Regional Business and Business of the Year in the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2017, Story Fresh is a dynamic, multicultural organisation with an exceptional team and a culture of ownership and contribution.

This is represented by Story Fresh's Core Values of Food Safety, Product Quality, Productivity, Reliability and Commitment, Best Practice and Continuous Improvement through Innovation.

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About The Opportunity

A company where no two days are ever the same, Story Fresh is looking for an experienced Food Manufacturing Operations Manager to join their team as they transition into the new manufacturing complex and work towards utilising the new capability this brings! 

You will be working closely with the owners and other senior management at Story Fresh to contribute to the continued growth and success of this expanding business. This newly created role is based in Cambooya, South East Queensland, on a full-time basis. 

Some of your daily responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Manage productivity and yield across all factory production lines;
  • Oversight of the factory production programs and WHS compliance;
  • Implementation of the extensive Quality Management System and its’ schedules to ensure daily operations meet all Company, customer and audit requirements, and milestones are met in full and on time;
  • Develop, present and assess staff training programs appropriate to the factory operations and strict food safety protocols;
  • Manage, adjust, identify and implement to achieve cost saving efficiencies;
  • Contribute to developing and implementing improved processes and practices that foster growth and enable Story Fresh to capitalise on its’ expanded production capacity and capability by achieving its Vision of “Quality product, on time, every time”;
  • Interact with other areas of the Company to ensure production planning, KPI’s and workplans are fully achieved through strong focus, review and continuous improvement;
  • Participate in and contribute to strategic discussions and subsequently turn strategy into operation.

The right candidate will be offered extensive training in Story Fresh's products and processes with a view to developing towards greater responsibilities and operational decision making.

About You

To be successful in this role, it is essential that you have significant demonstrated experience in a supervising or managerial role, preferably in a manufacturing or production environment. You will preferably hold a degree in a Food Technology, Science or Engineering (mechatronics is ideal) related field.

You will need a demonstrated understanding of and experience in implementing Food Safety, Quality Standards and Risk Management as well as audit processes (both internal and external), and a strong understanding of WHS standards and applications.

Your strong problem solving and decision making skills, analytical thinking and people management abilities will be vital.

The ideal candidate will have an excellent memory with the capacity to multi-task and prioritise, alongside a methodical, attention-to-detail approach in a high-pressure environment.

Most importantly, you will have exceptional verbal and written communication skills and thrive in a busy and dynamic environment.

You will be interacting across a broad range of stakeholders and will be well-presented, highly professional and capable of effectively connecting at different levels across a large and diverse workplace. You will promote by example. Due to the nature of this role you will need to be capable of handling sensitive or confidential information.

Please note: You will need to hold a current unencumbered driver’s licence and be eligible to work in Australia and hold Permanent Residency.

About the Benefits

This role is not for the faint of heart, with early starts and likely some out-of-hours work in and around contingent staffing requirements. This is a hands-on operational role that will enable you to be an important team member in a fast moving and innovative regional Company with plenty of opportunity for career progression. Story Fresh is proud of the many staff who have been part of the business family for most of their working lives.

In return for your hard work and commitment, you’ll be rewarded with a highly competitive remuneration package, commensurate with your skills and experience! A bonus arrangement will be considered based on clearly defined productivity and yield KPI’s.

This is your chance to get involved with a well-established, quickly growing family owned and operated organisation focused on excellence - Apply Now!

About the Region

Just 90 minutes drive from Brisbane, and an easy drive to the beautiful Sunshine and Gold Coasts, Toowoomba is Southern Queensland’s largest country city, located on the edge of the Great Dividing Range 700 metres above sea level.  Cambooya sits an easy commute to the south and as a small residential community also has accommodation options available.

Known as Queensland’s Garden City with more than 150 public parks and gardens, Toowoomba boasts a temperate climate with lower humidity than coastal Queensland. Toowoomba has a relaxed country lifestyle with a low cost of living and many options in accommodation. There are extensive educational opportunities for children and adults, with numerous private and public schools, TAFE and University of Southern Queensland campuses.

Toowoomba is the regional centre for business and government services for the Darling Downs, one of the highest gross value agricultural production areas in Australia, and offers a great host of opportunities for people from all walks of life.  It is serviced by a new airport (Toowoomba Wellcamp) with daily jet services to a range of other Australian destinations.

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