Shift Manager

Shift Manager


Full Time

Do you want to work for a company who...

  • cares for its employees & customers in equal measure?
  • is serious about sustainability & the environmental impact of its products & processes?
  • can provide a long-term future & personal development for those who aspire?

If yes, then read on to find out more about the job on offer at Smurfit Kappa

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Shift Manager

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Shift Manager join our team at Yate.

We have a vision of becoming indispensable to our customers delivered through operational excellance and a highly engaged workforce.

Working as part of the Operations Team, on a 3-shift rotating pattern, the successful applicants will be highly motivated, focused and driven, demonstrating a positive can do and safe attitude together with excellent self-organisation and motivation skills.

Key job requirements 

Zero Harm

  • Build and drive a safety-first culture, ensuring we are putting safety before production and by acting as a role model.
  • Execute signing off all the required Safe Working Systems of work by the production crews before beginning the specific operation / task by teams.
  • Ensure the production crews to follow all the Health and Safety regulations respective for the specific area as well as the general company requirements.
  • Manage the reporting of accidents or incidents.
  • Drive increases in safety conversations and hazard reporting with teams.
  • Comply with the Company safety requirements as detailed within the Smurfit Kappa UK SHE Policy


  • To ensure we are producing fit for purpose board and all quality checks are in place.
  • Ensure the customer receives OTIF, to 98.5% target.
  • Ensure optimal resources utilisation (people / machinery / raw materials) to minimise the production costs and customer complaints.
  • Ensure appropriate product / machinery allocation and undertake the corrective actions if required to ensure the optimal output in terms of quality and costs.
  • Ensure access to the necessary training for the production crews to broaden the available knowledge and skill base and thus to secure the optimal outcome in terms of costs and quality.


  • Secure on-time realisation of production orders.
  • Execute the appropriate information flow regarding planned orders and demand on production consumables.
  • Establish and maintain the regular feedback and information flow between the corrugator, conversion, despatch, customer services to secure the smooth product flow.
  • Drive performance of machines with area managers and crews and ensure there is regular feedback for all involved.
  • Minimise cost and waste at every opportunity, working with CI.


  • Ensure availability of the crews with appropriate skill base to run the specific orders.
  • Oversee the maintenance works, with the area managers, across the production area and plan the preventive initiatives in close conjunction with the Engineering department to secure availability of required capacities and any maintenance-related issues on the machines.
  • Regularly check the crew’s allocation to ensure the best utilisation of skills and knowledge of the available resources.
  • Act as a source of expertise for the production crews and manage the performance and development of the production crews.
  • Keep control over the designated machines in terms of its operational condition and ensure the respective crews are performing all designated maintenance and cleaning duties and responsibilities associated with the specific machine.
  • Ensure team members have an annual appraisal and feedback on performance.
  • Manage and drive Short Interval Control (SIC) as best practice across the three production areas, ensuring crews take ownership and escalation with engineering and production, as part of the 24-hour process.


  • Must also be willing to take on all requirements from a senior management level for the operations of the business.            
  • Whilst the above outlines many duties that are required within this role, this is not an exhaustive list of duties, and you may be required to perform additional duties as part of your role as directed by management.

Skills, KNOWLEDGE, and Experience

  • Coaching and Mentoring.
  • Understands what good customer service and product quality is and appreciates why it is necessary.
  • Self-Aware / emotionally intelligent
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Organisation skills including prioritising.
  • Conflict management, Problem solving and Continuous Improvement
  • Employee relations knowledge (i.e. disciplinary, performance management)
  • Good numeracy skills
  • Confidence in using Microsoft applications (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)
  • Must be able to manage a team effectively and efficiently on their own.

What's on offer...

  • A competitive annual salary.
  • 25 days' holiday a year, plus 8 bank holidays.
  • Workplace pension
  • Regular bespoke training
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Free Parking
  • On-site gym
  • Cycle to Work Scheme

Who are we?

We are a market-leading manufacturer of sustainable paper-based packaging. We care deeply about the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, the communities in which we operate, and the service provided to our customers. 

We have an incredibly loyal and capable workforce who we invest time in developing and encourage to reach their full potential; and you too could become a valued member of our ‘family’.

We strive to create a fully inclusive working environment where people from all backgrounds are free to be themselves and succeed. We value different perspectives, skills and experiences and welcome applications from all communities.   

We are:

  • A Disability Confident Employer and guarantee an interview to candidates who meet our essential criteria.
  • Open to considering flexible working, such as part-time hours, hybrid working and other flexible options.
  • Happy to offer a wide range of Family Friendly policies including emergency time off for dependants and to provide generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave provisions for our valued colleagues.


Salary Competitive

Status Permanent

Type Full time

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Closing Date for Applications


Woodward Avenue
BS37 5AP
United Kingdom

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