We are the premier recruitment agency for fresh produce jobs UK and Worldwide.

Head of Operations

A successful Fresh Produce company are looking for a Head of Operations to join their thriving company in the South East of the UK.

We are keen to speak with senior Operation Manager’s who are looking to grow in a company in a senior position- Due to the nature of the Industry, it is ideal that the Head of Operations would be from within the Fresh Produce business (However our client is happy to look outside of the industry (Food, chilled, FMCG) if you have strong experience as a Operations Manager).

You will manage and take full accountability for the Production/Packhouse function of the business, ensuring full adherence to KPI’s, management principles, health & safety, legal and customer standards. You will demonstrate the ability to effectively manage and organise staff, providing clear and focused leadership whilst maintaining high levels of collaboration in the delivery of continuous improvements.

This is a busy and demanding environment, therefore you would be energetic, a great team player and would have strong experience in a Senior Operations role.

This is a senior position and your job responsibilities will reflect this.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

Managing day-to-day activities, to ensure this business is professional, efficient, compliant, legal, safe and profitable.
Having complete control and responsibility for the day to day operations
Exploring new revenue streams and constantly improving the business efficiencies in line with the business growth plans.
Brilliant communication and interpersonal skills, for dealing with many types of people at all levels in a direct diplomatic way, are essential. An understanding of customer/client requirements is also necessary.
Setting and Managing Budgets and Operational P&L
Setting departmental KPI’s
Researching new technologies and alternative methods of efficiency.
Planning, implementing and controlling change.
Having natural creative flair and being full of ideas and energy to introduce new concepts and innovations.
Liaising with other team members, including interacting with managers of different areas of the organisation, presenting findings to the business Directors as well as overseeing the training and supervising new employees and tracking and measuring staff performance.

We are looking for someone with the following experience:

  • Relevant operational experience at senior level.
  • Previous experience in a similar position with in Fresh Produce Industry is advantageous
  • Strong attention to detail with a keen eye for errors and problem-solving skills.
  • Proactive approach to working in a changing environment and developing processes where necessary.
  • Possess excellent communication skills and a proven track record of leading a large team.
  • LEAN qualifications in production would be advantageous.
  • A drive to grow with the business

– £50,000-£60,000 PA depending on previous experience.

This is a confidential position so please send over your CV to and we will be in touch to discuss the role in more detail.

For more information please call us on 01273 720599 or email us at

If interested, please contact us and quote the reference F222

Apply for Job


Cover Letter: