Production Manager

Ferrero is a family-owned company with a truly progressive and global outlook and iconic brands such as Nutella®, Tic Tac®, Ferrero Rocher®, Raffaello®, Kinder Bueno® and Kinder Surprise®. As the love for our brands continues to grow, so too does our global reach. Represented in more than 50 countries, with products sold in more than 170, the Ferrero Group is loved by generations around the world. The secret to our global success? 38,767  dedicated employees who celebrate care and quality to craft a business, careers and brands we are proud of. Join us, and you could be one of them.

Ferrero is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture in which all employees feel welcomed and appreciated and have the same opportunities. We believe all of our people are equally talented in their own way. In nurturing the curiosity and natural abilities of our employees, we provide them, generation after generation, the means to succeed personally and professionally, enabling them to craft their journey at Ferrero. The diversity of our talents is what makes our work environment multicultural, innovative and highly rewarding.



We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated UGP Manager to join our team at the Ferrero Plant in Arlon (Belgium), an international and inclusive environment where innovation meets tradition.  

With the dedicated support of approximately 1.200 workers, we take pride in producing a variety of products, including Kinder Schokobons, Raffaello, and Kinder Surprise.  

Reporting directly to the Plant Manager, the UGP Manager will play a key role in overseeing and optimizing our production processes, being the referring point for all the activities connected to the development, improvement, innovation of the product which falls under his/her supervision. 

This Role offers the opportunity to get valuable insights into our overall Operations organization and it is a solid springboard for further development within the Group. 

Join us in Arlon and be part of our dynamic team shaping the future of Ferrero. Apply now and contribute to the success of our internationally recognized brands. 




  • Guarantees that all regulatory and company safety standards and requirements, including necessary training activities, are respected and effective. Supports the development of local procedures/ work instructions  

  • Communicates regularly on safety, including safety rules, work instructions and procedures, and learnings from incidents. Conducts safety inspections, dialogues and encourages the reporting of Near misses, Unsafe Acts - Conditions  

  • Supports definition and ensures implementation of corrective actions for identified H&S non-conformities to avoid incidents in the workplace 

  • Ensures management of incidents, including reporting requirements and participation in incident investigations 



  • Ensures the implementation of all actions aimed at guaranteeing the Food Safety & Quality of the products and the production processes for managed perimeter in accordance with Quality Procedures and Guidelines  

  • Supports the implementation of new Group Procedures 

  • Ensures cleaning, sanitization and housekeeping of the areas within his / her area of competence, verifying the observance of HACCP directives  



  • Ensures the monitoring, reporting and optimization of the production factors utilization (material, method, labor force and machineries)  

  • Supports the understanding of the efficiency, monitoring and optimization of indirect costs and selected other costs  



  • Supports the medium-long term planning of the operating activities on the lines within his/ her area of competence  

  • Supports the planning for maintenance overhaul activities 

  • Supports optimization activities to increase and stabilize production capacity 

  • Supports industrial tests (product, packaging, raw material, …) 



  • Fosters the work force motivation through listening to work force needs, providing regular feedback and communicating the Group roadmap 

  • Is responsible for the people and organizational development and know how transfer/ handover 



  • Is responsible that all environmental standards on the lines are respected ensuring ISEE policies communication through info, training on environmental issues in the workplace 



  • Supports the Plant Manager in the definition of Plant Master Plan, identifying the key priorities and preparing a 3 years horizon Plan including CAPEX, KPIs & operational objectives within his/her area of competence. 

  • Drives Lean Manufacturing initiatives inside the UGP and ensures appropriate follow-up of the initiatives results 

  • Supports the development of Digital Program and projects in his/her area of competence, ensuring proper involvement and training of the workforce and tools application, being an effective operational change agent 




  • Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or a related field 

  • At least 7 years of professional experience in a managerial role in a manufacturing environment 

  • Experience in FMGC industry represents a strong asset 

  • Strong credibility with regards to technology, product and shopfloor operations 

  • Strong knowledge and experience in implementing Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma methodologies 

  • Able to lead change management programs in different multi-cultural environments 

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills  

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet project deadlines 

  • Experience with project management tools and software 


It Skills 

  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office 


  • Fluency in French and English  

  • The knowledge of any other language represents a strong asset 


How to be successful in the role and at Ferrero: 

Consumers, quality and care are at the heart of everything we do. So, to be successful at Ferrero, you’ll need to be just as consumer and product centric as we are - dedicated to crafting brilliant results for consumers around the world.