Careers with Lakeland: Production & Transport Manager

05 Jun 2023

Lakeland Laboratories is recruiting a Production & Transport Manager to plan and deliver the production of speciality chemicals to customers in the UK and worldwide.

Careers with Lakeland: Production & Transport Manager

Careers with Lakeland: Production & Transport Manager

We're looking for an experienced Production & Transport Manager to support the production and delivery of our speciality chemicals to customers both within the UK and worldwide.

Lakeland Laboratories' speciality surfactant range is manufactured on site and includes:

  • Amphoteric surfactants
  • Anionic surfactants
  • Wax emulsions
  • Contract manufacture of bespoke products

Products are manufactured to ISO 45001 Quality, Environmental and Health & Safety standards, with a production capacity reaching 6000 TPA in reactors ranging from 1000 to 25000L.

Our broad range of customers includes multinationals, as well as smaller organisations and manufacturers. Lakeland is well-established amongst customers in the European market, as well as further afield into Asia and with direct sales into the USA. A majority of products are sold into Industrial & Institutional Cleaning.   

About the role

You'll be based at our plant in Astley, Greater Manchester. The role includes:

  • Production planning

Lakeland manufactures a range currently comprising 60 products across 13 reactors, of which 55% of our volume is accounted for by 4 products.

  • Initiating raw material purchase

5 key raw materials account for around 60% of our production.

  • Team management

Management of staff currently comprising 1 Production Assistant, 5 Process Operators and 2 FLT drivers. 

  • Transport planning

UK deliveries made using our dedicated courier. Export to Europe is planned by either Lakeland or by our customers, and deep sea export is principally managed in-house by Lakeland.

Around 40% of our production volume is delivered to 10 key customer accounts. 

About Lakeland Laboratories: Speciality Surfactant Manufacturing

Established in 1963, and based at our Greater Manchester plant since the 1970s, Lakeland Laboratories is a specialist independent chemicals manufacturer, serving sectors worldwide for over 60 years.

Committed to the chemistry behind our products, our business maintans a focus on product development backed by hands-on laboratory skills and strong customer relationships which enable us to create product ranges perfectly tailored to their purpose.

Lakeland Laboratories is a privately-owned company, whose present board acquired the business through a Management Buyout in 2023. A team of 21 manufacturing, laboratory and administration staff and management are all based on site, working closely together to deliver optimal results for our customers.

Benefits & the information you need

Salary: Negotiable based on experience

Hours: 35-hour working week between:

  • 0800-1700 Monday to Thursday
  • 0700-1600 Friday

Holidays: 20 days per annum, plus 8 statutory bank holidays. After your first full calendar year, you'll gain an extra day annually up to a maximum of 30 days.

Bonus: Attendance-based scheme

Pension: Defined Contribution Scheme (employer-matched up to 6%)

Start date: August 2023

How to apply

Send your covering letter and CV by email to:


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