Trainee Site Operations Manager

About Diageo
Diageo is the world’s leading premium Drinks Company, a business built on the principles and foundations laid by the giants of our industry.

We are a young company born of an incredible entrepreneurial legacy. The success of Guinness®, Smirnoff®, Johnnie Walker®, Tanqueray® and many more brands led to the formation of our company in 1997. And we only thrive today because of the talent of our people to grow our brands, old and new, and keep them strong.

Our purpose, celebrating life, every day, everywhere means that our brands are part of celebrations big and small. We believe that living our purpose in full is to make the most of life - to be the best you can be at work, at home, with friends, in the community, and for the community.

The International Supply Centre 
Diageo’s International Supply Centre (ISC) brings together three business areas, 60 sites and 5000 people across four countries. We are the proud custodians of many of Diageo’s world famous brands, filling 765m litres of beer, spirit and wine across 53 production lines every year and contributing 55% or £4.5bn to Diageo’s NSV.

About the Role

The Trainee Manager programme in Distillation & Maturation (D&M) is expected to last around 3 years and during this time you should be geographically mobile and have flexibility to travel as you will be required to gain experience across our Scotland based sites.

At each site the process operators, report into the relevant Business Leader / Site Operations Manager.  This is a pivotal role and as a trainee it is important to develop the leadership skills in order that you drive engagement and increase employee involvement in all aspects of site operations. 

D&M has a huge focus on benchmarking and World Class Performance through continual improvement, therefore along with the leadership skills it is imperative to develop your technical knowledge to manage efficiently, economically and safely all aspects of the day to day production of malt, high quality malt whisky and co-products, produced at a single site.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure site production activities are planned to satisfy or improve on budget, volume, cost and efficiency targets.
  • Ensure that site business processes are designed and followed so that product quality, plant cleanliness and maintenance standards are met or exceeded.
  • Ensure frequent contact with other Operations Managers and Business Leaders to review operational and performance issues whilst building mutual respect.
  • Regularly review all sites business processes and ensure that site operations comply with all statutory requirements and Diageo standards, e.g. Customs and Excise, COMAH, Health and Safety, environmental issues, etc.
  • Produce and review in consultation with relevant manager/senior manager stretching site budgets designed to achieve improved financial performance.
  • Plan and effectively participate in the personal development of all Operators within scope ensuring that they deliver the required standards.
  • Establish and maintain effective and meaningful company-wide relationships among peer group.

Qualifications & Experience
  • Obtained /willing to work towards a management qualification.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet performance standards.
  • Knowledge of the end to end process of Distillation and Maturation including industry wide issues.
  • Experience· proven track record in inspiring others to achieve business goals.
  • H&S Experience – Experience in a continuous process environment where H&S and Compliance is paramount
  • Previous responsibility for managing budgets and commercial decision making.
Trainee Site Operations Manager