Bury St Edmunds, UK
Manufacturing / Operations / Production
The Role & Key Responsibilities

Job Title: Production Manager

Location: Bury St Edmunds


We want to create a legacy.

AB Connect offers nutrition and feed manufacture expertise through a range of businesses to help farmers, producers and businesses all along the UK food and farming supply chain. We’re part of the AB Agri community of leading animal nutrition products and services businesses.  Join us and support our work with customers around the globe to produce sustainable food for a growing population.

An exciting opportunity has arisen at our mill in Bury-St-Edmunds for a Production Manager. You'll be responsible for a range of production, quality and business process improvement activities, including the day-to-day running of the feed manufacturing mill to meet our customer requirements while fulfilling our feed and health and safety standards.

On top of this, as part of the mill management team you will deliver key business improvement objectives such as process efficiency and team development.

To be successful in this role, you'll need experience in a production or manufacturing environment, coupled with the ability to demonstrate a track record using the skills and tools associated with business process improvement and Lean Manufacturing methodology.

You must be confident communicating in a variety of ways to build engagement with your team and be able to establish and nurture relationships with your own operator team but also stakeholders such as transport, quality and H&S.

You’ll be responsible for:

  • The achievement of agreed production budget (dependent on volume and product mix) whilst continually striving for greater efficiency.
  • Ensuring that the achievement of food safety is always a priority
  • Improving competency, team work and empowerment skills of individuals through training and coaching.
  • Driving individual and team engagement.
  • Continued compliance with Health and Safety and Environmental Law and Policy.
  • Actively drive the site’s Continuous Improvement Programme
What we’re looking for:
  • Proven managerial experience in a manufacturing environment with H&S responsibility
  • BRC or equivalent standards of operation
  • Effective training skills
  • Familiarity with Process Control computer systems
  • Communications to groups and all levels in business
  • Report generation and data interpretation
  • Budget management
  • People performance and development
  • Coaching and influencing skills
  • Food: High volume; low unit price production
  • Lean Manufacturing / CI Experience (Desirable)
  • Customer service contact
  • Commercial management skills (Desirable)


Good for people, Good for business

We are a growing, innovative business and we value diversity and different ways of thinking to keep moving us forward.  AB Agri is an equal opportunity employer, assuring equal treatment to all.  We know that an inclusive environment makes us more accessible and ensures we attract, engage, promote and retain exceptional people. 

We are united by our family values that represent who we are, how we work together and how we help our customers.

  • Pioneering – Curious, spirited and bold. We lead, the right way.
  • Excellence – We seek excellence in all that we do.
  • Growth – We create ways for our people and customers to thrive.

We are part of Associated British Foods (ABF), a diversified international food, ingredients and retail group.

Making your application

Ready to apply? Great! Simply register your details and upload your CV via our careers website – it usually takes just a few minutes.  Please do not delay making your application. In the event of a high candidate response to this vacancy we may close the application period before the date shown and without notice.

So that we can support you to perform at your best, please let us know of any adjustments that may be required throughout the recruitment process by emailing Careers@abagri.com

As part of your application we ask you to answer some equal opportunities questions that help us to monitor how inclusive our recruitment process is and identify areas we can improve in. This information is anonymised, separate from your application and is never seen by the hiring panel. You can choose not to answer these questions with no impact on your application.

AB Agri group politely requests no contact from recruitment agencies or media sales. We have a PSL and do not accept speculative CVs from recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.


About The Company
AB Connect offers nutrition and feed manufacture expertise through a range of businesses to help farmers, producers and businesses all along UK food and farming supply chain. Based in Peterborough (UK), AB Connect is part of AB Agri, an animal nutrition and agricultural services business, part of Associated British Foods plc.  For more information please go to https://www.ab-connect.co.uk/

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