Site Manager – Sherwin-Williams – Sheffield

Founded in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers. The company manufactures products under well-known brands such as Sherwin-Williams®, Valspar®, HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams, Dutch Boy®, Krylon®, Minwax®, Thompson’s® Water Seal®, Cabot® and many more. Sherwin-Williams® branded products are sold exclusively through a chain of more than 4,100 company-operated stores and facilities, while the company’s other brands are sold through leading mass merchandisers, home centers, independent paint dealers, hardware stores, automotive retailers, and industrial distributors. The company supplies a broad range of highly-engineered industrial and OEM coatings for wood and general industrial, coil, packaging, protective and marine, and transportation applications worldwide. Our 60,000 employees are diverse, innovative and passionate. With a variety of rewarding and challenging opportunities, Sherwin-Williams is a great place to find a career that takes you places.

Please note you will need the existing right to work in the country you apply for. Sherwin-Williams are unable to sponsor work permits or visas.


This position is accountable for providing managerial leadership and direction to the Sheffield manufacturing facility, maximising capital and human resource utilisation in attaining production objectives of acceptable quality, within established cost parameters as well as customer goals in a rewarding, safe and secure climate for employees and community.

The position is also accountable for management direction of the people, materials and assets of the Plant for the purpose of producing assigned products according to the production plan and customer requirements while meeting Management Objectives of quality, service, safety, cost, output, productivity, yield and raw material control.

Finally, the position is accountable for the security of the site’s preservation of Plant assets, developing and maintaining an effective staff, compliance with all regulatory requirements, and maintaining beneficial.


The Site Plant Manager must maintain a consistently high level of morale in an extremely fast changing production environment; they must maintain high quality and service levels and plan for growth.

The key duties and responsibilities of the role are as follows:

  • Responsible for submitting the operating plans for the site to the Area Director of Operations for approval and then directing the overall operation towards achieving the agreed objectives.

  • Lead the growth of the Safety Culture committed to “Zero is Possible” (no injuries).

  • To accomplish the site goals requires the coordination and unification of efforts of a number of diversified departments and activities. This requires considerable time to plan, develop, and implement programmes and procedures designed to create a team attitude and approach.

  • Periodically review the reporting and work flow relationships to simplify efforts, reduce costs (including time requirements) and to achieve compatible, supporting, and harmonious relationships between staff and their personnel. Spend time communicating with other managers, external of the plant, in exchanging information and establishing programmes for staff to assist them in reaching their goals.

  • Keep aware of and disseminate appropriate technical and business developments, governmental regulations and corporate policy and procedures (personnel, manufacturing and engineering).

  • Manage and motivate the various Operations functions to ensure that the customer’s needs are met in full, by producing quality products, which are delivered on time and in full.

  • Actively contribute to the formulation and achievement of the overall Company business plan.

  • Set targets and monitor financial, quality and delivery performance.

  • Create a dynamic operations team, and develop the culture of continuous improvement through coaching and leadership. Maximise the contribution of all areas.

  • Assist with the development of the planning process from forecasting through production planning/scheduling, material purchasing/supply, storage and distribution to the customer to provide high levels of customer service with the lowest possible inventory and optimal stock turn.

  • Identify, review and manage capital investment requirements, which provide flexibility and facilitate the achievement of the business plan in terms of productivity, quality service safety and environmental responsibility.

  • Ensure that operating procedures comply with the relevant Quality and Environmental management systems.

  • Evaluate and implement new product and process technology.

  • Manage team member attendance and performance effectively.

  • Ensure a continuous improvement culture and high morale is promoted.

  • Maintain a culture and environment of empowerment, active communication, and an appreciation of the business/ customer needs.

  • Additional tasks required by the company from time to time other than those relating directly to the post, or not mentioned in the Job description.

  • A natural and instinctive leader.
  • Good standard of education (Degree Level) or equivalent.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Managerial experience in FMCG and batch process environment (supervisory / management qualification preferred).
  • Experience of working to ISO9001 and IS04002
  • Knowledge and experience of TQM, JIT and continuous improvement techniques.
  • Computer literate. (Microsoft/Lotus notes etc.)
  • Ability to identify bottlenecks and inefficiencies.
  • Experience of the workings of plant and equipment (Chemical Plant preferred).
  • Experience of motivating others, an effective communicator and approachable demeanour.
  • Experience of working in a results driven environment.
  • Ability to prepare and present reports.
  • Understand the way the company does business and the effect this has on structure and flexibility.
  • Understanding how the business system is built up and also how to find information in the system and how to analyse this to improve the performance of the system/site.