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JOB VACANCY: Leprino Foods seeking to hire Production Shift Manager in Portlaoise

Leprino Foods are currently seeking to hire a Production Shift Manager based in their facility in Portlaoise.

Shift responsibility for the effective and efficient operation a highly automated 24 / 7 Mozzarella Cheese Production and Packing Department.

Taking ownership and accountability on shift for the department’s performance against agreed targets and key performance indicators (KPIs) ensuring continuous improvement across all key operational metrics. 

Achieved through quality people and quality processes with effective engagement and development of shift Operators in a lean manufacturing environment.

In addition, this role is responsible for the site out of normal office hours.

Accountable to:  Production Manager

Responsible for: A Shift team of up to 14 Operators (plus 1 QA and 2 Engineers out of normal office hours) Managing all of the day to day operations from raw material intake, through production to packaging and dispatch. Responsible for the site when working out of normal working hours

Key Relationships: Department Managers, Operations, Maintenance and Quality teams.


Production and Packing

  • Take a proactive approach to managing all aspects of production and packing on shift identifying and supporting opportunities for continuous improvement 
  • Monitor all process controls points on a continuous basis taking appropriate action as necessary to optimise and maintain product specification whilst maximising line efficiencies and minimising waste.
  • Escalate any process or quality issue that cannot be adequately addressed by changes within normal operating parameters
  • Monitoring and accurately recording usage, yield, quality and efficiency data to accurately track plant performance vs targets and budget and deliver planned production at the required quality.  
  • Ensure timely and accurate records are maintained and that all operational checks are carried out and documented
  • Reviewing and analysing trends and proactively reporting results and actions
  • Support the maintenance team to deliver best practice asset care through correct operation of process equipment and early escalation and resolution of potential issues.  
  • Inform maintenance of potential and actual mechanical problems and follow through to completion to avoid and minimise downtime
  • Promote effective problem solving involving all team members through the use of a formal structured process.  Recording the issue, thought process and actions identified and delivered.  Managing performance where necessary through a formal structured process 
  • Identify improvement opportunities to improve safety, quality and operational efficiency including waste minimisation 
  • Lead on agreed continuous improvement initiates using structured LEAN tools
  • Support the Production Manager in the preparation and delivery of annual operating budgets 
  • Ensure that our service level meets our customers’ expectations
  • Complete special projects and assignments as requested


  • Provide clear leadership to the shift production team developing a culture of engagement through involvement
  • Set clear standards and expectations for each direct report and hold them accountable for delivery
  • Coach and develop direct reports through regular one-to-ones and a formal performance review process
  • Ensure all shift Operators have received effective induction and formal training appropriate for the role.  
  • Ensure effective competency assessment against PSOPs through a structured formal assessment programme
  • Develop personal development plans for each shift member to enhance their skills and knowledge to maximise contribution from both individual and team and to maximise their personal growth and development.
  • Respond appropriately in accordance with Company procedures to any employee who raises a complaint or grievance
  • Manage shift holidays and absenteeism within the department, arranging cover for absences as required.
  • Undertaking effective return to work meetings in accordance with Company procedures


  • Lead daily shift briefings as part of the DMS process encouraging engagement and interaction providing 2-way feedback 
  • Prepare comprehensive shift reports detailing department performance vs targets and standards and ensuring adequate and appropriate detail and explanation on any variances and the corrective action taken
  • Ensure effective shift handover at Team Leader and individual Operator level
  • Communicate directly and appropriately with Quality and Maintenance teams


  • Work closely with QA Shift Technician to ensure correct clean down and site GMP standards are achieved and maintained within the department
  • Monitor product code specifications to ensure good quality is consistently achieved
  • Monitor product quality continuously and react and report where issues arise that may affect HACCP protocols, involving Quality Team and Management
  • Ensure that all food safety and CCP procedures are observed and report any issues that may constitute a hygiene or safety risk

Health, Safety & Hygiene

  • Proactively support the on-going development of safety through effective leading KPIs
  • Progressively make the work environment safer through Risk assessments, hazard registers and elimination of hazards in the workplace..
  • Develop PSOPs and competency assessment; with associated operator training, which promotes safe working practises, in accordance with relevant Health and Safety Legislation
  • Ensure that all staff are issued with, trained in and are using the correct PPE
  • Ensure that accidents and incidents are thoroughly investigated and escalated and that root causes of these are identified and eliminated through preventative measures.


  • Ensure all Production Operatives are fully aware of site environmental standards, and ensure production processes operate in accordance with the requirements of ISO) and the site operating licence.
  • Ensure that accidental discharges are minimised, and where these may occur, that spillage investigation report is completed and remedial action is implemented. 

Other Responsibilities

  • Ensure the role is performed with due regard for the requirements of the Company Equality of Opportunity Policy and Harassment Policies.

Qualifications & Experience

3-5 years of previous experience of shift supervision and team leadership in a production or manufacturing environment, with evidence of consistent achievement of production targets. Experience of SAP, Lean processing, 5 Whys and root cause analysis an advantage.

Specialist Knowledge 

Knowledge of production processes within the food / dairy production environment. 

Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent communication/interpersonal skills
  • Ability to utilise resources effectively
  • Able to display initiative and apply problem solving skills
  • Strong organisation and planning skills with ability to prioritise effectively


  • Self-motivated
  • Teamwork oriented with leadership capability
  • Adaptable to short & long term change

Working Pattern

  • Ability to undertake a continental shift work pattern over 7 days, with flexibility for both days and nights.

To Apply

CVs can be emailed to lsmyth@leprinofoods.eu  or through the Irish jobs website.


April 30, 2024

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