Production/Manufacturing Manager

Discover Opal


As part of the Nippon Paper Group, Opal is one of Australasia’s leading packaging and paper companies and we employ more than 4,500 team members across our operations.   We manufacture goods that you see, touch and use every day and our customer base includes some of the biggest names in FMCG, Retail and Fresh Produce.   We stand for innovation, smart solutions and sustainability and this is an exciting time to join us as we build our own unique culture fuelled by confidence, energy and passion.   


Discover the Opportunity


A rare opportunity has now arisen for a Production Manager within Opal Fibre Packaging at our Scoresby, Vic plant.  This is the largest plant in Opal Fibre’s portfolio and at this site we manufacture an innovative range of corrugated boxes and specialised cardboard packaging for some of the largest brands in the grocery, wine & fresh produce markets.  We have approximately 170 team members at this site operating highly automated lines consisting of corrugating, converting and printing machines.


Reporting to the Site Manager, you will be responsible for;


  • Upholding Opal’s commitment to Safety and driving a culture of personal safety leadership at all levels across the site.
  • Overseeing all Production activities across the site (3 shifts) and for ensuring all productivity & DIFOT targets are met
  • Driving a culture of continuous improvement in all our activities to ensure our progress towards best practice in waste, quality, down-time and run speed.  This will be achieved through coaching, supporting and developing team members in Operational Excellence.
  • Providing clear direction and purpose for all team members through regular communications and building a positive team culture based on employee engagement and mutual respect.
  • Overall site leadership in the absence of the Site Manager


Discover Yourself


This is a critical role within Opal’s Operational Leadership community and provides succession bench-strength to our Site Manager cohort.  Therefore, we are seeking an individual who is career driven, potentially mobile (for future interstate career growth opportunities) and with a strong Continuous Improvement ‘bent’.  You have strong commercial acumen and have previous experience in a high volume, made to order manufacturing environment.  You have a passion for driving out-performance and your strong project management, business improvement and financial acumen will ensure your success in this role.  Additionally, we expect you will have;


  • At least 5 years’ leadership experience in manufacturing having built on a foundational career in engineering, supply chain or another relevant technical discipline
  • A demonstrable background of outstanding safety leadership
  • Previous experience working with LEAN manufacturing principals and exposure to best practice problem solving methodology (Kepner/5Whys/Fishbone) etc will be highly regarded
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to motivate and lead people towards out-performance
  • Degree qualifications in a relevant discipline


For more information please contact Kathy Head on +614 18494015 or jump right in by sending us your CV




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