Production Manager Job Vacancy (maternity cover) June 11, 2019 11:19

Location: Battersea, London (although the role will require occasional working from our Victoria office)
Hours: 37.5 per week. This is a maternity cover contract for up to 13 months.
Salary: £28,000 per annum (pro rata)
Deadline for applications: Monday 1st July (interviews to take place on 2nd and 3rd July)

We are looking for maternity cover for the role of Production Manager. The person taking the role will be responsible for planning, managing and driving FCW’s production to support the growth of sales and maintain our therapeutic work in prisons across the UK. Responsibilities include working with the Design Committee to create and deliver new designs and new products that fit within our unique and enterprising production model.

We are seeking a dynamic individual to drive our production processes in order to increase sales, who will play a key role in this exciting social enterprise. You need to be a team player who enjoys the excitement of a productive office who is organised, positive and process-driven with an ability to multi-task and meet deadlines. The role balances supporting the social enterprise through the growth of sales, whilst maintaining the core objectives of the charity by providing meaningful work for prisoners. The right candidate will have an acute attention to detail and a compassion for working within prisoner rehabilitation. You will need to be able to navigate a complex production process working with a mix of high-profile designers and long-standing volunteers.

Principal Accountabilities for the Core Job:

  1. Manage the workflow to Fine Cell Work’s 29 cell groups and two prison workshops and the Battersea hub.
  2. Produce a quarterly production plan for review monthly in liaison with Sales and E-Commerce Manager and the Events and Communications Manager.
  3. Manage the preparation of kits, including calculating costs of all materials and ensuring a regular supply of work to cell groups with consideration to production timelines. 
  4. Manage quarterly stock counts across all 31 production sites.
  5. Create clear specification sheets for new products to ease communication with our prison-based workshops
  6. Manage the Production Database, including providing cost of sales for new products and updating product codes, costs and advising on margins throughout all production spreadsheets.
  7. Line management of Production Coordinator and wider production team, including volunteers.
  8. Oversea the production of bespoke and made to order products as required and in liaison with the Design and Commissions Manager.
  9. To assist with events as required, including the loading and unloading of stock.

Skills and experience

- Previous experience working within a production team or manufacturing industry.
- Proven track record to deliver on targets.
- Ability to prioritise and remain calm when working under pressure.
- Good negotiating and influencing skills.           
- Ability to translate strategy/planning into operational implementation
- Confident working as part of a wider organisational team.
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
- A comprehensive knowledge of excel.
- Proven knowledge of using Adobe programmes, in particular Illustrator to create technical drawings for spec sheets.  

- Experience of delivering in the voluntary and public sector.
- An interest in the criminal justice system and prisoner rehabilitation.
- A knowledge and understanding of textiles, specifically embroidery and needlepoint.

Core Job Context:

Fine Cell Work (FCW) is an innovative charity and social enterprise with a unique model: we train and pay prison inmates to do professional needlework in their cells. This purposeful and creative work has a powerful impact on the rehabilitation of prisoners, giving them confidence, pride, social skills and the independence to stop reoffending. Working with over 600 stitchers (97% of whom are men) in 29 prisons, FCW now has an international reputation both for prisoner rehabilitation and for the beautiful products we make. We work with renowned designers including Cath Kidston, Kit Kemp, Karen Nicol and Blithfield & Co. as well as selling through retailers such as Royal Academy, Conran, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.

Fine Cell Work’s offices are in Central London and are run by a team of 16 staff supported by approximately 300 volunteers yearly, 90 of whom teach in prisons.

How to apply

Please send your CV and a brief covering letter to using the reference ‘Production Manager’ explaining why you think you would be suitable for the role and what you would gain from it. Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter will not be considered.