Plant Manager

Location Derby
Job Type Executive
Salary £80000 - 85000 per year car allowance £7,431 per annum + 15% bonus based on performance + matched pension + family healthcar
Contact Ajay Bhella
Call 07827 918 324
Reference 958542PM/AB

Plant Manager


  • £80,000 - £85,000
  • Car allowance £7,431 per annum
  • 15% bonus based on performance
  • Matched pension
  • Family healthcare
  • Life insurance
  • 25 days’ leave


Location: Derby, Derbyshire


ATA Search is working in partnership with a key client on a retained assignment who is looking to attract a Plant Manager to join a market-leading manufacturing business based in the heart of Derbyshire. With over 30 years of trading history, multiple sites in the UK and an impressive +£1billion turnover, this company is driven by sustainable business growth and innovation.


The UK operations design, manufacture and supply engineering product solutions for a wide variety of sector. This organisation is experiencing a rapid phrase of growth and looking to bolster the senior leadership team by recruiting a Plant Manager to manage two sites located within a few miles of each other.


With a strong post-pandemic recovery, this company is looking to increase their revenues and market share over the coming five years by organic growth and further acquisitions and as a result, they are looking to recruit a Plant Manager with the strength of character to make a tough business decision and the ability to motivate and lead a team of highly capable Engineers/Managers. Success in the role could lead to further promotions in the global group.


If you are interested in having a confidential discussion about my client and your suitability for this role, please email an up-to-date CV to


The Plant Manager’s role will be as follows:


  • To ensure the operation department plays an integral part in the company increasing EBITDA to +10%
  • Manage and lead a team of 8 direct reports across engineering, H&S, customer service, operations, supply chain, quality and engineering
  • Performance management and a review of the team as well as their capabilities
  • To provide effective leadership across the two sites with circa 250 staff – employee engagement, creating vision and leadership
  • Value stream analysis and to outline ways in improving operational capacity
  • Outline improvement programmes across the following KPI’s – LTA, Scrap, Yield, Waste, OTIF, OEE and material consumption
  • Manage day to day operations across the two sites to ensure manufacturing KPI’s are achieved
  • Review operational costs, reduce cost and outline methods to increase output and profitability
  • Resource planning, effective labour planning and headcount budgeting
  • Outline cost savings and lean improvements that will deliver YOY improvements
  • Promoting a continuous improvement culture across the two sites and championing all H&S initiatives


The ideal Plant Manager will have a combination of the following:


  • Experienced Plant Manager, Plant Director, Operations Director, Factory Director or Manufacturing Director type background
  • A proven track record in leading and managing medium to large manufacturing teams
  • A leader with the strength of character to make a tough decision and to introduce improvement projects
  • Alongside this, it’s equally important that the successful applicant can lead, mentor, coach and guide the current team by creating a cohesive vision
  • A track record in lean and continuous improvement is highly desirable
  • A suitable engineering degree is essential
  • Strong leadership and management skills


The benefits:


You will be rewarded with a fantastic remuneration package with full autonomy to drive operational changes as you see fit. As the Plant Manager, you will already hold a senior position within the company however, there will be opportunities for you to expand the role further over the next five years.


How to apply:

Please click “apply” or for further information or please contact Ajay Bhella at ATA Search by emailing an up-to-date copy of your CV to


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