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Position Title: Shift Manager - Hastings 

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Hastings 

Requisition ID: 27370 



We know the importance that food plays in people's lives – the power it has to bring people, families and communities together. Our purpose is to bring enjoyment to people’s lives through great tasting food, in a way which reflects our values.


We are a Global business that has been creating great tasting food for over 60 years! We produce and sell some of the world’s favourite products that bring joy to millions of customers and consumers around the world.


Our secret ingredient? Our People.


Our team is made up of individuals worldwide whose curiosity, courage and commitment are what have made McCain Foods an International‑household name.


Our Hastings site is seeking an energetic leader to lead our night shift crew!


This is an exciting opportunity to join our manufacturing team in a key hands-on leadership role where you will have strong influence and leadership responsibilities.

As the Shift Manager, you will be leading your team to ensure our vegetable products are processed and packaged, ready for distribution to the customer.


About the role: 

Health and Safety

  • Champion/coach/improve H&S culture and ensuring compliance within the Production Department
  • Incident Investigation and Corrective Action requirements
  • Conduct Behaviour Observation Survey’s as directed


Operational Tasks

  • To ensure all movements (transactions), are accurate and timely through WMS & SAP systems
  • All Kronos data to be entered accurately and in a timely manner
  • To resolve any issues that impede the effective operation of the processing and packing plant, and report any unresolved issues to the Production Manager
  • Train in other tasks as part of a multi skilled team as required


Change Management

  • Key member of the Leadership group and Quality team, responsible for implementation and sustainment of all continuous improvement activities, including best practice and standard operating procedures.


Staff Development and Training

  • Ensure all employees are trained in and signed off as competent in required tasks.
  • A ‘hands on’ approach to developing a strong production team that is capable of sustaining the rate of change within the operation.
  • Ensure, in collaboration with the site H&S and Training Coordinator, each team member has a comprehensive Personal Development and Training Programme.


Cost & Delivery

  • To ensure the department is run within budget.
  • To ensure production targets are met e.g. line rate, schedule attainment etc.
  • Achieving department goals with regard to Hour-by-Hour Boards, recovery, reduced product waste, factory downtime and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and Hold creation/rework.


Continuous Improvement

  • To be accountable for MDI and provide the leadership that the team requires to implement and sustain improvements made through continuous improvement events.
  • Champion RTM, DAM and MDI
  • OEE ownership


Compliance & Quality (Product and Systems

  • Accountability for food safety and quality specification requirements of all production from the shift.
  • To ensure that all quality systems are adhered throughout each shift.
  • To ensure all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the plant are compliant with Local body, Legislative and Corporate requirements.
  • HACCP, GMP and Quality System programmes
  • Internal auditing team member



  • To lead the team through positive role modelling and influence


To be successful in this role you will need:

  • To hold good health and safety practices in the highest regard
  • Have previous leadership experience, preferably in a food manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Manufacturing Processes, Safety, Quality (HACCP, GMP), Warehouse Management Systems and Environmental Management Systems.
  • Champion a learning culture within your team; coaching skills are an advantage
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and RCA knowledge
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels with the ability create a climate where people are motivated to do their best.
  • A ‘Can do’ attitude – leading from the front, ushering in change, and challenging the status quo.
  • Great organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Able to meet the physical requirements of the role and work a 12 hour 4x4 night shift pattern.


If you’re looking for your next challenge and want to get behind an organisation that celebrates real connections, then this is your role! Apply now!


Please be aware shortlisted applicants will be required to provide proof of eligibility to work in New Zealand and will be required to undergo pre-employment medical check.





McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

The health and safety of McCain employees and their families has been our number one priority since the start of COVID-19 pandemic. With vaccination restrictions easing across the globe we do not currently require employees to be vaccinated, but we reserve the right to change this mandate in line with health guidance and regulations in each country.
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Job Family: Manufacturing      
Division: ANZ 
Department: ​Crew D ​
Location(s): NZ - New Zealand : Hawke's Bay : Hastings 

Company: McCain Foods (NZ) Limited 

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