Production Manager

up to £60,000

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  • Salary: up to £60,000 (dependent on experience)
  • Based 5 days per week at Sunswap’s Leatherhead HQ

About us

We are a clean-tech organisation who have created the world’s first purpose built battery and solar powered transport refrigeration unit (TRU). This is a fully electric system, is true zero-emission*, viable alternative to diesel power. Since being established in 2020 we have scaled a world-class team by 77% to accelerate innovation across all departments. We are looking for talent who want to join us on our mission, to decarbonise the global cold chain.

Last year we proudly announced partnerships with 8 customers including Samworth BrothersBannister TransportDFDSand Staples Vegetables & secured investment from Barclays and Clean Growth Fund to fuel our mission to decarbonise the cold chain. This year we were announced the Winner of the 2024 Technological Breakthrough award from the Cold Chain Federation.

Primarily, our team and culture distinguish Sunswap as an exceptional workplace. Our collective commitment to decarbonising the global cold chain unites us, fostering mutual support in achieving our mission. We strive to cultivate an inclusive, forward-thinking, and engaging culture that embraces everyone.

Our benefits

  • 30 days of annual leave (includes a Wellbeing Day)
  • Sabbatical (after 3 years of working with Sunswap)
  • 5 free counselling sessions per year
  • Family leave ranging from 4 weeks to 4 months
  • Employee Share Options
  • Free Monthly Lunches & Quarterly Socials!
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Free laptop & Sunswap merch

Job overview

The Production Manager will play a key role in leading and managing the production operations for Sunswap Transport Refrigeration Unit (Endurance). This position requires strong technical expertise, leadership skills, and a focus on driving continuous improvement in production processes.

Key responsibilities

  • Lead efforts to achieve cost-effective manufacturing through continuous improvement initiatives while also improving on-time delivery.
  • Optimise manufacturing efficiency by employing metric-driven leadership and ensuring adherence to standard processes.
  • Oversee production activities aimed at improving cost and delivery performance.
  • Use root cause analysis to solve manufacturing and quality issues.
  • Ensure timely execution of the production plan to guarantee punctual customer deliveries.
  • Establish and enforce quality management systems to uphold the highest standards.
  • Manage personnel to drive daily production output.

Qualifications & experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or a related field. 
  • 5+ years of experience in a production management role, preferably in an engineering or manufacturing environment.
  • Significant level of operational experience, preferably within Automotive or similar. 
  • Experience in production management of manufacturing equipment. 
  • Experience in new facility set-up and re-layout activities.
  • Sound knowledge of H&S & Quality systems (i.e. ISO 9001, APQP, 5S)
  • Experience with lean manufacturing principles and other continuous improvement techniques.
  • Previous leadership and team management skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate teams to achieve goals.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate across functional teams and communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Proven ability to drive results, meet deadlines, and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.