Operations Team Leader

Position Filled

About Us

Glass Futures Ltd is a not-for-profit research and technology organisation, supported by multi-national brands and global companies in carrying out collaborative cutting-edge research in glass manufacturing, sustainability and environmentally friendly projects, made possible by a significant private and public sector investment of over £50m+ over the coming years.
Our Centre of Excellence in St Helen’s will provide global support and expertise to organisations in their sustainability journey, demonstrate disruptive technologies and generate new ideas that will have an impact all the way through the glass supply chain to the consumer.

Our Vision

To accelerate collaboration across the global glass supply chain to deliver a sustainable world.

We have a fantastic opportunity for a high calibre candidate who is initiative-taking, dependable, proactive, enthusiastic and very well organised, who can work effectively within a team and who is driven to succeed and grow in a fast-paced environment.

The successful candidate will be an essential part of the team focused on the growth and success of this high-profile not-for-profit organisation. This role will be instrumental in assisting the Operations team to prepare for the opening of our Global Centre of Excellence in St Helens in mid-2023and integral in the support of the diverse project work which will follow. Working closely with and reporting to the operations & EngineeringManager this role will have a variety of internal stakeholders and will be responsible for ensuring an excellent delivery of service to the GFL team.

The successful candidate has the unrivalled opportunity to collaborate with leading experts from the glass and digital technologies sectors. Due to the nature of the business and St Helens project, a strong background in industry is highly advantageous for this role, however we are also open to hearing from exceptional experienced candidates with a wide scope of experience, demonstrable transferable skills, and core valuesto become an essential part of our team.

Core Responsibilities

  • Accountable for managing the shift operations and maintenance teams during core hours, during night shifts & weekends.
  • Be responsible for the safe operation of glass manufacturing equipment/furnace and the safety and wellbeing of all staff.
  • Promote and lead the way in an exemplary safety culture within the St. Helens site.
  • Be an advocate for the Glass Futures approach to culture, embodying our Values, Vision, and Mission.
  • Working knowledge and practice of continuous improvement activities i.e., 5S, VSM, SMED, Kaizen, Process Flow & all other Lean-inspired activities.
  • Support our SiteOperationsManager to ensure adherence, monitoring and audit processes.
  • Be competent in completing and working to risk assessments and completing method statements/safe systems of work/SOPs.
  • Assume responsibility for managing contractors and deliveries out of core working hours.
  • Knowledge of WAH & hot works permits.
  • Ensure all staff are familiar with and perform their duties in line with internal policies and procedures.
  • Ensure continuous improvement activities are encouraged and deployed throughout the operations team.
  • Be proficient at investigating production-related issues, identifying root causes and responding to the situation appropriately and safely.
  • Be an adaptable individual who enjoys variety, change and flexibility and who can react to fluid situations.
  • Be comfortable and confident leading and participating in meetings and gatherings. We are looking for an exceptional people leader who understands and appreciates that our people are our biggest, most important asset and treats each individual with the respect they deserve.

We are looking for an exceptional people leader who understands and appreciates that our people are our biggest, most important asset and treats each individual with the respect they deserve.

Person Specification

  • Minimum of 5 years working in a process plant/manufacturing environment.
  • Must have previous leadership experience.
  • Must have excellent I.T Skills including Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Be an effective communicator, able to adapt your communication style.
  • We need excellent collaborators who respect others, is considerate of other viewpoints and perspectives and are comfortable challenging and being challenged in a constructive way.
  • Self-Managing and initiative-taking, able to manage multiple requests and prioritise.
  • Effective problem solving, creative thinking and analytical skills.
  • Someone who is adaptable to frequently changing circumstances, can work flexibly and able to influence and motivate team members in these areas.

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge of furnace and batch plant processes(highly desirable).
  • Previous leadership experience within the glass industry(highly desirable).
  • Accredited training in leadership.
  • IOSH Working Safely certification.
  • Basic knowledge/awareness of Mechanical and Electrical systems.
  • Knowledge of LOTO & permits to work.
  • In-depth understanding of Health, Safety and Environmental Compliance.
  • Basic first aid qualifications (desirable).
  • Fire Marshall (desirable).
  • Comfortable with shift working and the associated unsociable elements.
  • Willing and able to travel to support the team and for development opportunities.

Base salary + shift allowance –details to be discussed further during interview.

Working Hours
Full time, including shift working –details to be discussed further during interview.

Hybrid / The Global Centre of Excellence in St Helen’s.

25 days holiday plus bank holidays (FTE), pro rata may apply. Plus, additional service days

Additional benefits include

Pension, Private Healthcare, Development Support, Bonus scheme, Cycle to work scheme.

Next Steps
Please get in touch at to express your interest and apply for this exciting role and for the unique opportunity to play a part in future innovation and change. 

At Glass Futures we are all about people, we care about the wellbeing of our people, and we value diversity and inclusion, seeking to create a supportive, dynamic environment where talented and dedicated people can develop their career.

Inclusion and diversity are paramount to us here at Glass Futures – we firmly believe that this culture nurtures stronger performances across the wider business. All of our applicants and employees are treated fairly and respectfully, regardless of any protected characteristic/s. If you require assistance with regards to reasonable adjustments during your application process with us, then please do not hesitate to contact us – we are committed to providing the best possible candidate experience and will always be happy to help.