Packing Area Leader Grade B1

Careers Calendar Posted 09/05/2022
Location Horsforth, Leeds
Salary Based on Experience
Department Operations

Our people are at the heart of our business and everything we do. Together, we help people create amazing personal care products by getting the ingredients right.

We are Stephenson, one of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of solid format bases spanning soap, hair care and skincare and a unique range of sustainable ingredients. We have been working through generations to get the ingredients just right. Our heritage is important but it doesn’t define us.

We are a forward-thinking, innovative company, discreetly helping customers disrupt markets globally. Focussing on practical solutions to help our customers achieve their goals when it comes to their product development. We are a manufacturer that is passionate about people and the relationships they build. Working with some of the biggest names in our industry and having won two Queens Awards in the industry, our reputation for excellence throughout every stage of the process is exceptional.

Reporting to: Shift Managers

Department: Operations

Salary: Dependent upon training & development requirements being met

About The Role

You will perform a range of Operational activities on a three-week shift rotation covering 24 hours per day, 5 days per week (core hours 37.5 hours per week). You will have comprehensive knowledge of Extruded or Crystal Soap Manufacturing / Packing technologies and fault-finding abilities to support continuous production performance conducted in a safe, controlled, and efficient manner. The key deliverable of the role is to ensure delivery of the Weekly Production Plan across the SU operation.

Main Role Responsibilities – An Overview

  • Responsible for the safe and efficient running of production/packing activities on your shift and coordinating the activities of the team in your area.

  • To manage the efficient operation of your area aligned with priorities agreed with Shift Managers, Plant Controllers and collaborating with Engineers to deal with any issues as appropriate.

  • To achieve delivery of the weekly production plan flagging all urgent issues to the Shift Managers.

  • To ensure all required PPE requirements for your area are being adhered to by you and your team and to report any unsafe acts or conditions in EHS and to make the Shift Manager/HSE Manager aware of the issue.

  • Ensure all products meet quality specification requirements outlined in the relevant Batch Sheets.

  • Supporting and delivering feedback during the Daily Boardwalk presentations.

  • To conduct training on SOP’s on shift as required and ensure they are carried out correctly.


Customer, Safety and Quality focus

  • Identify opportunities that benefit the internal or external customer and be active in.

  • Responsible for completing Near Miss reports, Incident Events and, Workplace Observations as required through EHS.

  • Support accident and environmental non-conformance investigations in your area.

  • Have a full understanding of Process Safety Systems and Auto Batch/HMI requirements in your area as appropriate.

  • Understand and demonstrate through actions the importance of Behavioral Safety.

  • Understand and enforce relevant Site Safety Policies & Rules in your area.

  • Understand environmental impacts and the importance of control measures and adherence to them by you and your team.

  • Understand and comply with site waste management procedures.

  • Support energy and waste reduction activities.

  • Ensure full compliance with all Quality specification requirements outlined in the product Batch Sheets and report/record any non-conformances.

  • Full completion of all Batch Sheets as required.


Making things happen

  • Demonstrate urgency and move quickly to implement decisions once they have been made.

  • Focus effort on continuous improvement, work simplification, and the elimination of non-value-added activities by supporting and contributing to Yellow Belt projects in your area.

  • Deliver necessary support to your team to help resolve issues and offer constructive solutions to ensure delivery of objectives.

  • Support for RCA (Root Cause Analysis) and improvement activities: support technical countermeasures to prevent recurrence of Quality Events - this should also extend to maintenance activities.

  • Support the Quality Team in delivering technical and product quality improvements.

  • Ensure the work area is organised and ready for the oncoming shift and carry out handovers ‘on the job.’

  • To carry out area readiness checks to ensure all parts of the operation are prepared for shift and machine startup.

Building Talent and Teams

  • Responsible for identifying own and Teams Training needs and liaising with Safety and Training Co-Ordinator to close any gaps.

  • Support the creation of One Point Lessons (OPLs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPSs) to pass on knowledge to colleagues.

  • Keep up to date with newly created OPLs/SOPs and log training completion with S&T Co-Ordinator.

  • Attend all planned training sessions and ensure that personal training records are kept up to date.

  • Complete training programs on new equipment installations and deliver training to rest of team.

  • Contribute to developing training material for production areas as appropriate.

  • Train the Trainer qualified.

  • Expected to have passed training on all SOPs and carry out duties as required.

  • Actively support team decisions and challenge team members who do not; set aside own ideas or preferences once choices have been made.

  • Work supportively and cooperatively with people even when under pressure.

  • Provide feedback and invest time to help team members achieve their development needs.

  • Offer honest and constructive feedback to others, helping them in their development.


Ownership, Accountability and Responsibility

  • Responsible for ensuring a full handover with oncoming crew takes place.

  • Responsible for regulating breaks and mealtimes on shift to ensure teams ability to deliver shift plan.

  • Report any absence to Shift Manager following Absence Procedures.

  • Responsible for maintaining professional standards of housekeeping within own area through adherence to all agreed standards.

  • Responsible for supporting GMP improvement activities and ensuring all Weekly Clean Down, start up and Maintenance activities are fully completed, and relevant documentation handed back to the Shift Manager for filing.

  • Be actively involved in the completion of GMP audits and use results to focus improvements on Workplace Organisation.


Clarity of Purpose

  • Understand Shift and Weekly Production requirements and organise team to deliver.

  • Be familiar with and understand business strategy and targets and how that links with the day-to-day responsibilities in your role.

  • Provide alignment and help team to understand where their role helps to achieve teams’ goal.

About You

Are you a manufacturing expert looking for a challenge and an opportunity to advance your skills and your career in a great working environment?  We are looking for someone passionate to join our manufacturing business, to help us keep making a difference. The role is within the Operations Team, and the successful candidate will relish the diversity of collaborating with multiple internal teams!

Skills & Competencies

You will have a minimum of 2 years manufacturing experience.


You will have the ability to identify and drive continuous improvement opportunities, an analytical thinker with people skills!


But the most important part is culture fit. We are looking for someone with passion and drive, a self- starter that is excited by the prospect of joining a growing business with big ambitions!


You will be based at our Leeds office and production site.

Closing Date

Friday 20th May 2022 - 4pm

Please send CV’s to

Looking for more information?

If you have any questions about the business, the role or process please don’t hesitate to   get in touch with us.

Mike Boyle

Production Manager                        0113 205 0900

Cheryl Speller

HR Officer                        0113 205 0916