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Steve Hooker MBA


Masterfoods Mars Inc. Snackfood, Human Food and Petfood. 7 billion p.a.




EUROPEAN R&D COMPETENCIES AND COMMUNICATION MANAGER

Developed and delivered a globally aligned competency programme to >900 associates in 25 sites.

* led a global team of 100 to design and deliver many internal courses including Creativity, Health and Nutrition, Consumer Nearness and Quality. Included global best practise agreement and sharing.

* Created and implemented communication strategy.

* Set up and ran UK graduate recruitment and training programme.

* Managed a 9 month major European change programme leading to 25% reduction in workforce.



R&D MANAGER PRODUCT AND PACKAGING

Managed European team that developed strategy for healthy nutritious snacks.

* Launched a range of 10 products.

* Led and coached innovative consumer techniques

* Instigated packaging projects that led to major packaging changes



Mars Ice Cream France


BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Liaised with 60 country markets and communicated product and marketing information. Managed sales in numerous countries. Led European Promotion Programme and competitor analysis.

* Managed new product activity programme

* Led major chocolate project




OPERATIONS IMPROVEMENT MANAGER

Improved manufacturing KPIs through monitoring performance and implementing new work practices.

* Led supply chain project that reduced product complexity via European harmonisation. Agreed with major European countries and transformed supply chain.

* Planned strategy and capital investment decisions

* Introduced continuous improvement culture and Kaizen / TPM / OEE / Six Sigma techniques such as SMED with order of magnitude reduction in change over times.

* Analysed and implemented new ways of working e.g. change from a 5 shift to a special mixed shift pattern that allowed low season training and reduced costs

* Planned production schedule, budget setting / control and KPI reporting to headquarters.

Pedigree Petfoods

PLANT MANAGER

Directed plant with 80 employees

* Managed HR issues whilst closing plant and transferring production.

* Empowered team to deliver record production, highest quality standards and lowest ever costs.


OPERATIONS EFFICIENCY MANAGER

* Analysed and delivered solutions

* Introduced site environmental monitoring system to reduce risk.


SHIFT MANAGER

Managed 40 operators on continental shift system.