Job details Fermentation manager

Posting Period

From June 04, 2021
to July 30, 2021

Country or region

United Kingdom



Business Unit



Production / Operations

Entry date

To be determined

Job Status

Permanent - Full time

Minimal required work experience

1 to 3 years

Minimal education level required

Bachelor's Degree


Based on experience

Fermentation manager

Main Functions

We have an exciting opportunity available for a Fermentation Manager role and a great opportunity to join GB Ingredients, part of the Lallemand Group. The role will be based at Felixstowe and will report to the Plant Manager.

Do you have previous experience within the food/ brewery sectors? If so, we would love to hear from you!

This role has production management accountability for the upstream (molasses, ingredient and cleaning solution preparation, fermentation, yeast separation, yeast cream storage and tanker loading) areas. This includes the management of people, plant and processes to deliver the most effective customer service and safe, cost-effective operations.

Key responsibilities / accountabilities:

Quality, environment, safety, and health (QESH) advocate

  • Ensuring compliance to all relevant QESH standards e.g., BRC, Halal, Kosher
  • Proactive ownership of issues raised during, for example, audits of this area, proposing prompt solutions to the management team
  • Follow-up of key records

People leadership and management

  • The incumbent must demonstrate clear and responsible leadership to drive the best individual and team performance from their area of responsibility
  • The role has 10 direct reports within the upstream shift operating team and up to 3 other reports in the day operation role
  • The role holder will be a great people manager, setting clear, stretching and unambiguous performance standards for their area of responsibility that are aligned to the rest of the business and plant areas and coaching to achieve optimum performance

 Production management

  • The role holder must deliver (internal and external) customer requirements on time in full (OTIF) on a routine basis. This will involve excellent planning skills and the daily coordination of people, plant and work processes to produce this in the most cost-effective manner for the business.
  • The role holder must devise, drive, communicate and measure appropriate key performance indicators (KPIs) for the area of responsibility. These will include overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), plus relevant production, quality, safety, and people performance indicators
  • The role holder understands, analyses and tackles any known constraints within plant area using a structured approach e.g., Roots Cause Analysis

 Maintenance activity co-ordination

  • Liaises with Engineering, Downstream Manager, Day Production Coordinator and Operators to ensure production and maintenance plans are compatible, and up to date with plant changes
  • Liaises with Production and Maintenance teams to ensure that plant is made available on time to meet agreed maintenance and production planning schedules
  • Ensures that plant is isolated and available for maintenance in a safe and appropriate manner

 Operational support

  • This role will also, when necessary, provide cover for Downstream Manager.
  • Develops and uses standard operating procedures, operating instructions, safe systems of work and toolbox talks to deliver training depending on the situation and needs
  • The role is part of the Operations Duty Manager roster

 Continuous Improvement

  • Leads improvements in factory processes using appropriate improvement techniques e.g., root cause analysis
  • Owns selected areas of GMP and housekeeping improvements, working within overall site uplift
  • Contributes actively to plant housekeeping and GMP audit schedule
  • Participate in maintaining continuous improvement tools/dashboards in his area

Technical skills


  • Numerate – comfortable with data
  • Familiarity with industry standard equipment and technical expertise used for example in Beer or Milk industries
  • Be knowledgeable of safety, quality, and environmental processes
  • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office
  • Microbiological expertise and problem-solving ability

Personal abilities


  • Results focused “can do” attitude with an ability to prioritise effectively and remain focused on priorities

An asset

  • Effective communication, influencing and presentation skills


Lallemand is a privately held Canadian company, founded at the end of the 19th century, specializing in the development, production and marketing of yeasts and bacteria. The company is comprised of 11 major business units, each focused on specific applications of yeast and bacteria, with activities throughout worldwide. Administrative offices for the parent company are in Montreal, Canada. Today, Lallemand employs more than 4500 people working across more than 45 countries, on 5 continents.

Lallemand Baking offers a range of superior quality baker's yeast – both fresh and dry varieties – and specialty ingredients to meet bakers' needs across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Baking cultures and dough conditioners round out our impressive product range.

The Lallemand baking team's many branches collaborate closely to provide innovative products and efficient services, backed by a skilled technical support team in each region of operations.

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