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Night Shift Leader

Posted: 1 Apr 2021 Closes: 1 Jun 2021
Newport, United Kingdom Competitive
Permanent & Full-time URUVGLOBAL3599

Role: Night Shift Leader

Hours: 40 per week Monday - Friday 10pm - 6am

Location: Crumlin, NP11 3AG

Salary: £33k - £38k depending on experience plus generous benefits

About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Persil, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s, Marmite, Magnum and Lynx. Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace” 

The role is based in Crumlin, Wales, home to the production the iconic Pot Noodle.

Job Purpose

The Shift Leader is fully responsible and accountable for a shift in order to deliver site KPIs for Safety, Quality, OEE, Waste, Labour Cost and People Development across a short and medium term. They will be expected to own and close out short & mid term issues themselves and with the shift. They will drive these KPIs on a longer term by contributing as a member of the extending Leadership Team, designing and delivering improvements that moves the Sourcing Unit towards being World Class and cost competitive.

The Shift Leader is accountable for the shift and is expected to manage the processes, people and production in order to meet the site KPIs. They will coach Team Leaders in order to move to making the Right Decision Every Time as well as taking individual responsibility for accident investigations, maintaining standards of shift paperwork, and conducting disciplinaries. They will also be expected to organise and lead improvement work.  Diagnosing problems, then using their own teams or organising contractors to solve the issue. This includes issuing permits and using systems (i.e. Ariba) to order and GR services and goods.

They will be the line manager of all of the operators on shift (inc. Team Leaders) and have a dotted line management to the Shift Engineers in order to achieve this.

The Shift Leader provides a common standard of communication and engagement across the factory. They liaise closely with the core factory functions in order to deliver site KPIs for Safety, Quality and Output. They will lead the shift in taking ownership of near misses and non conformances and see these through to resolution. Using WCM methodology, they recognise and deliver improvement projects addressing Process and Performance Driven losses, as well as acting as a key supportive member in facilitation other projects. They maximise the impact of the manning on shift by embedding the Tech Op and Upskilling Programme and ensuring the correct mix of skills on shift.


  • Be the Lead for Safety on the shift, including completing the NEBOSH course completing permits on site
  • Take ownership for the shift training and accurate completion of all Quality paperwork- including oPRP, CCP and Hygiene.
  • Improve and Maintain the Food Safety standards and documentation following Hygiene and Changeovers
  • Act as a key Decision Maker and Coach in order to improve the effectiveness and quality of production and waste management on shift.
  • Using WCM methodology, deliver improvements for Process Driven Losses- such as Changeovers, Hygiene and Start Ups- for all shifts.
  • Use the Management of Change process for appropriate tasks.
  • Upskill operators in order to maintain the correct level for skills flexibility within the shift and ensure the right person in the right place.

All About You

  • Experience in a team / shift leader position in a similar manufacturing environment
  • Be flexible in approach to work

What We Offer

Not only do we offer a competitive salary, but also our pension scheme, an annual bonus, a free gym, a staff shop and shares. You’ll get the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and agile environment. We strive to achieve a family-friendly culture and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities and growing together for better business performance. We embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.


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