Production Shift Manager

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Date: Sep 17, 2021

Location: Bury, LAN, GB

Company: Milliken and Company

Production Shift Leader


Milliken is a successful global business, recognised as an international leader in textile products and specialty chemicals. They have significant manufacturing facilities in USA, UK, Europe and Asia. Their sales offices, development laboratories, Research and Development and technical support centres extend Milliken’s presence throughout the world. With three sites in the UK, Bury, Wigan and Middleton, Milliken Industrials Ltd has built itself into a significant business with products that reach into many markets.


Everywhere you look, you will find Milliken products in aspects of life and you will probably touch their products in a variety of ways almost every day.  Their high-grade speciality fabrics which offer comfort and practicality whilst providing essential protection are used in automotive, military service, space and extreme environment exploration and many contact sports and tournaments. Their carpets and linens are found in many of the finest hotels and restaurants and their matting products are providing entrance doorway solutions in many commercial and public premises. Chemicals developed by Milliken give crayons and markers their colour and automobile dashboards their durability, everyday plastics and containers their transparency, durability and aesthetic appeal.


Milliken firmly believes that ethical practices will continue to drive our success as a company, which is why we do more than talk about doing the right thing. The focus, commitment and actions Milliken take raises the bar for ethical standards and has earned us a place on Ethisphere Magazine's list of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" fifteen years in a row, including 2021.


Just look around. You’ll see Milliken.      





Wellington Plant, Bury is part of Milliken’s Performance Textiles Division and is a multi-award-winning textile manufacturer supplying fabric products into Airbag systems for automotive vehicles. Shipping to over forty locations in twenty countries, we contribute to saving three thousand lives per year and prevent over thirty thousand life changing injuries. As a showcase site for our Performance Solutions Business, we regularly host visits from multinational companies as well as being a host site for events involving the Manufacturing Institute and Onsite Insights. We pride ourselves on our care and commitment of our associates, providing innovative process solutions that drive the highest quality levels and world class OEE standards.

Role (summary)


Reporting to the Production Manager, the Production Shift Leader (Continuous Improvement Leader/CIL) is responsible and accountable for all factory activities while on duty. The CIL works with the Management Team to ensure all activities are consistent with, and supportive of, the factory’s business plan. The CIL ensures all Associates are performing their job responsibilities and meeting expectations in all areas of their work.

Essential Functions:
The essential functions of the CIL position are denoted below in the following key areas:

Effective Production Management


  • Supports efforts to maximise sales and profits and minimise controllable costs by effectively directing and supervising work shift activities.
  • Makes sound business decisions quickly to ensure that production requirements are achieved.
  • Effectively plans, organises and implements all daily operational routines and activities; completes all required administrative duties and daily paperwork.
  • Supervise and perform closing shift and/or opening duties, as directed by Production Management.
  • Supports the goals, decisions, and directives of the Company.
  • Complies with and models all company policies, procedures, and guidelines; enforces all in a fair and consistent manner.
  • Holds employees and self accountable for the methods and processes used to achieve results.
  • Consistently provides a quality product and customer service experience that delivers total customer satisfaction.
  • Effectively monitors all aspects of the factory’s operation to anticipate problems; takes initiative to correct problem areas immediately.
  • Consistently enforces and maintains through positive management techniques all to company standards.
  • Monitors and maintains proper staffing level and labour costs to meet production requirements.
  • Observes Associates attitudes; takes appropriate steps to create a positive working atmosphere
  • Suggests to Management and where appropriate implements ways to improve methods of operation.

Training and Development


  • Strives to improve the skills and performance of all Associates.
  • Ensures that associates are correctly trained to perform their jobs.
  • Routinely evaluates associate’s employee work performance and appropriately addresses performance issues; maintains proper documentation of all disciplinary situations.
  • Provides regular performance feedback to motivate and improve the performance of all Associates.
  • Provides direction and supervision for Associates to maintain high productivity and high morale.
  • Makes an on-going effort to improve personal performance level.


Company Shared Values


  • Models and encourages company shared values.
  • Is completely focused on and driven by the customer.
  • Minimises bureaucracy and is willing to take risks. (Takes the appropriate action when necessary to handle situations; does not defer to Production Management unnecessarily.)
  • Is of high integrity and treats all employees with honesty, respect and dignity.
  • Establishes an environment of trust to ensure honest, open and direct communication; and provides a communication process that works up, down and across the organisation.
  • Is performance orientated and driven; clearly communicates performance expectations, measures performance results, recognises and rewards good performance and resolves areas of poor performance.




  • To conduct and organise safety audits with their shift, this involves the control, submission and reaction to audits.
  • Control of incident reports.
  • Conduct risk assessments within area of responsibility and contribute to improving safety by involvement in other activities ie, member of safety committee.


Knowledge and Skills


You’ll already be working within an automotive and/or textile related industry and ideally have experience in a similar role.

  • Self-motivated with knowledge of automotive/textile markets.
  • Strong IT skills including MS Office.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Integrated team player with a strong sense of ownership and commitment.
  • Analytical with good problem-solving skills and an understanding of statistical process control.
  • Excellent health and safety practices and knowledge
  • Ability to communicate at all levels
  • Understanding of Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement techniques.
  • Knowledge of SAP would be advantageous
  • Technical understanding of textiles from yarn preparation to fabric finishing with a knowledge of fabric formation would be advantageous.


Additional Information


  • Location: Bury site
  • Hours of work:   Shift work – 4 on/4 off, 2 days/2 nights