Production Manager - McCain Foods

Reference Number: 7120aa

Location: Timaru

  • Timaru Based

•    Automated Modern Production Plant

•    Globally Renowned, Market Leading Brand & Values-Based Business



Originally established in Canada 1957, McCain Foods has since grown into a global, privately owned family business. McCain operate in six continents across 45 sites, working with 3,200 farmers and use over 6.5 million tonnes of potatoes every year with a global team of 22,000 people. Values remain at the heart of everything McCain do, and their product quality, people and customer dedication have resulted in global annual sales in excess of NZD $11.5 billion. Producing a quarter of the world’s frozen potato products, and one third of the global demand for French fries, McCain believe in creating great products and great brands with freshness as their number one priority. McCain’s potato processing plant in Timaru was opened in 1994, and currently processes over 140,000 tonnes of potatoes annually, supplying food service, QSR and retail markets throughout New Zealand and some parts of the Pacific.



Reporting to the Plant Manager, the Production Manager, is responsible for the overall leadership, direction and management of a modern, automated 24/7 potato production process staffed over 12-hour shifts. Leading a team of 4 direct reports and approximately 90 staff, the Production Manager will champion a Health & Safety and Food Safety & Quality culture, with a focus on zero variance, cost control and optimising the quantity and quality of finished product throughout all processing, production, and packaging stages.  With a focus on continuous improvement, the role will ensure each shift meets production targets and delivery schedules with the allocated resources and are run with suitably trained, motivated and qualified team members.



Driven and energetic, the new Production Manager must possess proven experience within a food processing facility (ideally potato) with a dedication to ensuring manufacturing excellence. Strong leadership, production planning and management skills are essential, in addition to the ability and desire to continually embrace new technology.

Candidates of interest will also possess:

  • Open, engaging, collaborative leadership qualities with the ability to coach and develop teams
  • Strong organisational skills with a good level of attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Effective trouble shooting and root cause analysis with a solutions-focused approach
  • Proven experience in continuous improvement initiatives
  • A high level of numeracy and literacy with an ability to interpret data and metrics
  • Experience in Health & Safety, Food Safety and Quality management
  • Experience in process improvement



This is an excellent opportunity to work for a market leading brand, leading a team where your contribution is valued and your success celebrated, with the potential for future career progression within this globally renowned, values-based company.

Based in an enviable lifestyle location with great schools, affordable house prices, little traffic and close proximity to the region’s outstanding beaches, ski-fields and lakes, what more could you want?  

To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV.  Applications close on 7 June 2020.  Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

To view the Position Description please click here.

For more information please phone Nick Gee on +64 3 353 4354.


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