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Birds is a long established, well-known and well-respected East Midlands centric business which has a turnover in excess of £22 million employing over 700 people across 60 retail outlets and one Bakery which is located in Derby.
The business has remained family owned since it was established in 1919.
The Company’s continued success is built upon its ongoing and relentless drive to provide a high quality and fresh product that is sold by well-trained sales staff who provide excellent customer service throughout its retail premises.
The Company’s strong brand has created an extremely loyal customer base that absolutely demands, and receives, high quality breads, savouries and confectionery products that have been freshly produced the same day.
General Manager Role
The Company is expanding in a considered way and the General Manager role has been identified as the key to those plans. This is a new role which reports directly to the MD and will focus upon the Bakery side of the business and therefore requires both a skilled baker and a strategic thinker and planner. We are looking for a person who has energy and drive along with well-honed leadership and people skills.
This role will be the custodian of the Company’s quality and freshness ethos and as such must be able to troubleshoot quality issues, identify the solution and ensure that it is implemented successfully throughout the production process. This person will have a craft bakery background and will ideally also have a sound knowledge of butchery and savoury products and processes. The post holder must be credible to the business’s long standing and skilled workforce having a background utilising quality ingredients to make quality products.
Whilst this person must be comfortable in a “white coat” role they must also possess an astute engineering mind that will identify and develop, in conjunction with the Bakery Operations Manager, an innovative programme of machinery investment which will maximise the utilisation of our footprint, improve production flow and utilise the principles of Lean Manufacturing. Any changes must never jeopardise the quality and freshness of our renowned Birds products.
Along with the MD and the Senior Management Team this role will shape and deliver a short, medium and long term strategic plan that is the key to the Company’s progress whilst also respecting its heritage and core values.
We are looking for someone who is able to demonstrate their experience via the positive impact that they have had upon other businesses that will have the same quality principles as Birds. We want evolution not revolution and a considered approach from someone who will be highly visible at all levels of the business who has both the craft and business leadership skills.
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