27 May 2020

Stockholm | Produktion | Rekrytering

Operations Manager – Annas Pepparkakor & Lotus Bakeries

The Annas Pepparkakor brand dates from 1929 and has a long and successful history in Sweden and the Nordics. Today, Annas is the most beloved ginger thin on the Swedish and Finnish markets and the brand is growing worldwide with presence in over 20 different countries around the globe.

Since 2008 Annas is part of Lotus Bakeries and with this, Annas has increased their product portfolio on the Nordic market as they are representing several well-known brands within the categories Biscuits and Natural Foods.

We are now recruiting to the business crucial role as Operations Manager with responsibility for the Nordic operations at Annas Pepparkakor. It is an exciting opportunity to take on this role with the objective to drive further development of the local plant, situated in Tyresö. The site is investing in new equipment to meet the increasing market demand with improved capacity and efficiency in their production.

The role reports to the Global Manager Annas, and is part of the local management team.

About the Role

The operations manager is responsible for all aspects of managing the Tyresö plant, warehouse, facility, procurement of indirect materials, services, asset management of facility & machinery.

Responsibilities include maintaining a safe working environment and focus on efficient production & distribution to deliver high quality products within the predefined timeframe and in the most cost-efficient way. This role reports directly to the Country Manager.

Your Key Responsibilities

• The overall performance of the Tyresö plant

• Coach 15 direct and indirect reports as well as up to 30 seasonal workers

• To ensure and continuously improve areas of Safety, Quality, Production efficiency, Capex& Budgeting, and Deliveries

• Facility management to be used and maintained in the most cost-efficient way

• Warehousing, i.e. securing efficient processes to manage various warehousing solutions.

• Purchasing Indirect Materials & Services for the plant and facility.

• Align with Corporate Procurement on initiatives and priorities for local purchasing.

• Managing forecasts, deliveries and launch SKUs for the different sales offices.

• Manage the S&OP process from the plant perspective.

• Implement the Service Level Agreement between the SOFs and the plant.

Profile Description & Background

The person we are looking for will have a strong drive, excellent understanding of and experience with “clean classified high quality” production together with a humble and dedicated mindset towards developing and improve both co-workers and existing processes. It is also crucial for this person to have an eagerness to learn and will find it natural to take ownership of results.

Key Requirement:

• Master’s degree in Production, Mechanical Engineering or Economics

• 5+ years of relevant experience

• Experience from the food industry

• Managerial experience with strong proven leadership in operational organizations

• Thorough SAP knowledge

• Proficient experience in Lean manufacturing

• Fluency in Swedish and English

The company

The foundation for Anna´s Ginger Thins were laid by the sisters Emma and Anna Karlsson almost 100 years ago at their home bakery in Stockholm.

Today Anna´s is a growing company where approximately 3000 metric tons of Anna´s Thins are produced every year. While Anna’s Ginger Thins place on the Swedish market is cemented, export is growing and now represents half their turnover. While Annas Ginger Thins place in the Nordic is a mature market with a year on year growth, export has a large growth potential and represent one third of total volume. They export to large parts of Europe, as well as to select countries in Asia and North America. Anna's is owned by Lotus Bakeries and will expand and list more products than just gingerbread cookies.

Lotus Bakeries is a dynamic, internationally oriented company within the indulgent and natural snacking segment, with headquarters in Belgium. Production facilities are in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Sweden and a new plant in USA is being constructed. Sales works through 16 own sales organizations in Europe, America and Asia as well as cooperating with commercial partners in forty countries worldwide.

Application for the job

In this recruitment, Annas Pepparkakor and Lotus Bakeries is partnering with Academic Search International. If you have any questions regarding the process or the position, please contact Senior Consultant: Tobias Albrektsson,, 0701 65 31 06

Please apply to the position by clicking the link below. In compliance with GDPR we will not process any applications through email or LinkedIn.

Academic Search International is one of Scandinavia’s most merited companies within Executive Search & Interim Management. Our focus is people with documented manager- and specialist competences. We have close collaborations with national and international companies with strong brands and purpose. Our mission is to unite the best qualified candidates with the toughest challenges at the most interesting companies in Sweden. Our values are KNOWLEDGE, ENGAGEMENT, RESPONSIBILITY and COLLABORATION. Through these values, we make a difference in all our relationships.

We look forward to your application as soon as possible!

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