Holts currently have a vacancy for a Plant Manager at our Manufacturing Plant in Newquay, Cornwall;

37.5 hours per week

7.45am – 4.15pm Monday to Friday

Competitive and DOE

As Plant Manager the primary responsibilities include the daily management and coordination of plant operations while ensuring profitability of operations and compliance with all Health, Safety, Environmental and corporate policies and procedures.

This position oversees all activities related to operations, namely: production, maintenance, sanitation, receiving, shipping and quality control.

This key role provides leadership to the facility and ensures efficient communications between all departments including collaboration with the wider management team.

  • To control the overall effective operation of the Newquay manufacturing plant. Overseeing all phases of production from receipt and storage of materials, through conversion and despatch.
  • Management systems and administration, plant metrics: H&S, quality and productivity. Data recording, reporting and actions.
  • Demand fulfilment and SIOP engagement. Inventory management, materials management & scheduling, production planning.
  • To ensure the plant meets its financial and budgetary controls, including asset management and CAPEX applications.
  • To be responsible for all staff to ensure they comply with all policies and procedures, whether internal/company or external/legislative, with regard to all aspects of Health and Safety.
  • Environmental and waste control.
  • To ensure the plant staff are suitably trained to carry out their respective roles.
  • To contribute to the site cost down projects and looking for further opportunities to reduce costs.
  • To control staffing numbers to ensure effective operation of the plant across the required number of shifts.
  • Create strong relationships with key client stakeholders at both senior and mid-management levels.
  • Build strong relationships with the commercial teams both internally and externally, to ensure customer propositions are developed and implemented effectively.
  • With alignment to the overall business strategy, manage, build and lead the team, by identifying resource and capability requirements and creating plans to fill any gaps.
  • Responsible for identifying and managing plant specific change management initiatives to improve plant efficiency, including continuous improvement projects, by employing Lean & Six Sigma tools.
  • Responsible for engineering and preventative maintenance programs, to ensure the safe and continuous operation and minimise unplanned downtime.

Attributes and Skills
• Proven experienced leader of a similar sized team and product range portfolio, ideally from a FMCG background.
• Dedicated operations leader with a background in the chemical processing industry and history of developing projects from development to completion.
• Strong people management skills
• Excellent customer focus to deliver a first-rate service
• Experience and ability to devise, propose and deliver strategies to improve performance and results.
• Ability to build relationships with stakeholders and 3rd party organisations e.g. suppliers and 3rd party vendors
• Proven track record of delivering under time pressure, to set deadlines and be results driven.
• Team player, with effective interpersonal & influencing skills, able to stand one’s ground when required and understands the value of compromise in complex organisational environments.
• Strong judgement informed by facts and analytical rigour, but also capable of using intuitive to guide decision-making.
• Effective influencing and communication skills across one-to-one, team and senior stakeholder situations.
• Proven leadership and management of direct reports and cross-functional teams.
• Open minded, flexible & adaptable – recognises and accepts the need to course-correct and capable of taking on & building upon others’ perspectives where appropriate.
• Excellent planning & organising skills.
Experience and Education
• Microsoft Office
• Ideally educated to degree level with a minimum of 5 years’ experience working within a multi-functional facility at a senior level.
• Change management and execution experience essential.
• Perceptive leader with a real passion for building strong teams.
• Knowledge of Lean and Six Sigma

  • Company Car
  • 24 days holiday (increases with service) + public holidays
  • Parking on site
  • Company bonus scheme
  • Contributory pension
  • Life Insurance
  • Group Income Protection Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Sick pay

Holts have been around for over 100 years, and you don’t get to be as old as we are without having great people working with us. For over a century Holts has been making vehicles shine and perform to the best of their ability. And the approach is no different when it comes to our people.

We pride ourselves on developing and training our colleagues; promoting from within and giving you the tools to shine in your career. When working for Holts, you can be assured of a progressive, inclusive, and friendly working environment that welcomes all new members to the team.

This is alongside the opportunity to work within one of the most respected names in the automotive industry today, getting to grips with our four household names in Redex, Prestone, Simoniz, and Holts. As a member of the Holts team, you’ll be helping vehicle owners worldwide keep their vehicles functioning and looking their best.

We can’t wait to welcome you on board!

For more information about this role

If you’re looking for your next opportunity or would like further information on this role, please contact Sarah McKie-Jones, EMEA HR Manager at or on 0161 866 4805.