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Operations Manager Whyalla

With a primary focus on overall site operations this role is responsible for daily and strategic management at the Whyalla site. It also involves liaising directly with existing and new customers, driving a continuous improvement culture in the production units, achieving planned production levels and ensuring the maximisation of available resources through effective workplace planning, scheduling and operational reviews while ensuring that financial and safety outcomes are achieved.
Responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring production quality meets customer requirements and is in accordance with quality standards
  • Production planning, including scheduling of work, workforce planning and forecasting (in liaison with sales), and quality and maintenance to ensure optimum production performance in line with sales forecasts and production targets
  • Assisting the Personnel & Training Officer to ensure quality selection, training, development and utilisation of employees
  • Supporting Supervisors to complete required documentation on employees regarding their Individual Training Plans (ITPs) as required
  • Accurate monitoring of variables affecting production yields and where necessary initiate corrective action plan
  • Development and implementation of continuous improvement strategies inclusive of investigating and implementing improvements to processes, productivity, quality, cost and customer service
  • Preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual reports as required
  • Assisting the General Manager, Operations and Regional Enterprises with the formulation of capital expenditure and operating budgets, examine variances and exercise financial control to ensure that production activities operate at minimum cost
  • Acquiring and maintaining work health and safety knowledge relevant to your workplace and understand all operations and associated hazards and risks
  • Championing the delivery of the NDIS Practice Standards, NDIS Code of Conduct, as well as the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework
  • Complying with the NDIS Quality & Safeguarding Framework ensuring incidents are managed and reported in accordance with legislative requirements
  • Supporting employees to achieve their NDIS goals and objectives
  • Other duties as per the direction of the General Manager, Operations and Regional Enterprises


About you


You will possess the technical know-how and qualifications in an appropriate discipline, such as process engineering as well as practical experience in coordinating complex assignments. You will also have experience in maintaining customer relationships at different levels with a focus on ensuring quality standards and customer satisfaction, delivering within required time frames.
To be successful in this role you will also need:

  • Extensive experience in production management including hands-on experience managing people
  • Experience working in a fast paced and highly demanding environment
  • Demonstrated expertise in scheduling and production planning
  • Experience with continuous improvement
  • Effective communication skills - both written and verbal
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills and the ability to prioritise
  • A high level of attention to detail and accuracy of information
  • A positive and empathic attitude towards people with a disability
  • An understanding of Quality, WHS and HACCP, food safety systems
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of Gardening or Horticultural environment
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of chemicals and machinery
  • Sound knowledge of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Practice Standards
  • Certificate III or higher in Disability/Community Services or equivalent or willing to undertake study to achieve Certificate III
  • Certificate in Horticulture or willingness to undertake any necessary training
  • Current National Police Clearance
  • Current Worker Screening
  • Current Drivers Licence
  • Current Provide First Aid Certificate


If you would like to enquire further about this opportunity, please contact Brett Chalmers, General Manager, Operations and Regional Enterprises, on 0427 427 846. All enquires will be treated in confidence.