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Operations Manager - Printing and Engraving



Posted over 30 days ago...

Join Chilly's as an Operations Manager and Drive Innovation in Sustainable Drinkware


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Bedford United Kingdom

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Organisation summary: Chilly's is a dynamic company with a vision to reduce single-use plastic by offering stylish, reusable drinkware. Since 2010, Chilly's has been at the forefront of design and innovation, creating products that blend style with functionality to promote an active urban lifestyle. The company is committed to expanding its eco-friendly product line and is looking for passionate individuals to join its mission.

Role Summary:

  • Manage the print and engraving operations in the Bedford facility.
  • Work closely with creative, merchandising, and commercial teams to manage workload and ensure quality output.
  • Drive operation profitability and efficiency through continuous improvement.
  • Operate the innovative printer for brand logos and patterns on Chilly's products.
  • Maintain strict adherence to quality control and health and safety standards.
  • Take responsibility for achieving company targets and personal goals.

Role Requirements:

  • Proven team management and project/process management experience.
  • Strong communication, leadership skills, and attention to detail.
  • Willingness to work hands-on in print and engraving operations.
  • Ability to work independently and as a proactive team member.
  • Willingness to undergo operation and health & safety training.
  • Printing and/or engraving experience is ideal, with machine-specific training provided.
  • Understanding of technical information and the Adobe suite is a bonus.
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends during peak seasons.
  • Commitment to Chilly's security protocols.


  • 25 days holiday plus a birthday holiday.
  • Pension contribution and Bupa health benefits.
  • Life Insurance with YuLife.
  • Employee discounts on Chilly’s products.
  • Perks at work initiative for a range of benefits and discounts.
  • Opportunities for development and growth within the company.
  • Support for physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Flexible working culture.

Chilly’s are actively looking for a hands on Operations Manager for our Print and Engraving operation. We are looking for a forward thinking and positive individual to join our Bedford based team.

Founded in 2010, Chilly’s are driven by their aim of enabling everyone to have cold water on-the-go, without having to buy single-use plastic water bottles. The result was the Chilly’s bottle, a modern and stylish product designed to combine the convenience of a plastic water bottle with the eco-friendly benefits of a traditional flask.

In pursuit of our mission to accelerate the adoption and everyday use of reusable products we have now expanded the range to include a wider selection of reusable products with many more exciting products in development! Our products are created for an active urban lifestyle, with the perfect balance of distinctive style and unrivalled performance.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our small team on site in Bedford that print, engrave and assemble our bottles and cups. Your role will be instrumental in driving key areas of our business including personalisation and co-branding.

What you'll be working on:

  • Managing the print and engraving operations situated in our Bedford warehouse.
  • Liaising with creative, merchandising and commercial teams to manage print workload and deliver high quality output to our customers meeting tight production deadlines.
  • Driving the profitability of the operation, maximising efficiency through continuous improvement and resource management.
  • Using our innovative printer to print brand logos and patterns onto products for our own products and for co-brand customers.
  • Adhering to all Quality Control & Health and Safety procedures and requirements at all times.
  • Take accountability and responsibility for achieving company targets and personal objectives.


  • Experience of managing teams and project / process management experience.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills and attention to detail.
  • Competent, committed, keen, and enthusiastic.
  • Happy to ‘muck in’ and work throughout the print and engraving operation where required.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • A proactive team player.
  • Willingness to undertake training related to the operation and H&S/Legislative requirements.
  • Hands-on experience of printing and / or engraving would be ideal (machine specific training provided).
  • A real bonus would be the ability to read technical information, including familiarity with the full adobe suite - understanding different file types (jpeg/eps/psd files etc). 
  • Possible evenings and weekend work may be required during peak selling seasons such as Christmas, in line with business and customer demand - this is however not obligatory.
  • Happy to adhere to security protocols associated with working in a secure environment.

The type of person we’d like to work with:

At Chilly’s, we’re united by a set of values that guide our unique way of working.

Lead the Change

To lead the change we must never settle. It means being brave enough to set standards and, as leaders, ambitious enough to exceed them.

Less but Better

We work deliberately and decisively, focusing on what we believe in and being brave enough to say no to the things we don’t.

Ambitiously Collaborate

We care as much about each other’s contribution as we do our own, so we support one another to grow, and we turn to one another to learn.


What we offer:

  • Holiday: 25 days plus 1 day for your birthday
  • Pension contribution
  • Bupa cash plan and Bupa healthcare
  • Life Insurance with YuLife
  • Employee discounts on all Chilly’s products
  • A range of benefits, discounts and deals through our ‘perks at work’ initiative
  • Development to support your growth with Chilly’s
  • Flexible working culture
  • Physical and mental wellbeing support

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