Career Opportunity: Operations Manager

Career Opportunity: Operations Manager

Would you like to make a big impact on people’s lives by working for an organisation with a strong social purpose, where you will be given a high level of autonomy to make your own decisions in running the Operations Department?  We have a vacancy for an Operations Manager that could be the perfect job for you!

Speedpak CLG, an award-winning Dublin-based social enterprise, is recruiting for an Operations Manager to join our leadership team. This is a fantastic opportunity for a skilled person with a commercial background to be part of a unique, innovative organisation that makes a real difference to people’s lives.

About Us

Speedpak uses a business model to engage in economic activity to deliver social impact on Dublin’s Northside. As a commercial enterprise we focus on providing top quality products and service to hundreds of B2B and B2C Customers. Operating for over 25 years, we have two successful businesses: Speedpak Contract Services providing contract packing, fulfilment, manufacturing support and logistics services, and Shamrock Rosettes creating and supplying custom prizes, accessories and customised embroidered and printed sportswear.

As a social enterprise we focus on improving the employability of long-term unemployed people by providing real work experience, accredited training, mentoring, tailored interventions and supports in a commercial business environment. We know that the combination of trading and training transforms lives. Transformative in that trainees secure greater financial independence through employment, and job resilience through quality work experience and training. Since our foundation we have employed and trained over 1,400 people with impressive progression rates into further education and employment.

The Operations Manager Role

Reporting to the CEO, this is a hands-on role. The successful candidate will direct and manage all commercial operations activity in line with quality standards and cost objectives, to provide quality products and services for our customers and training opportunities to long-term unemployed people. 

The role includes:


  • Managing a team of general operatives.
  • Planning, scheduling and fulfilment of commercial contracts.
  • Facilities Management.
  • Ensuring Quality of Products and Services.
  • Recording, monitoring and reporting of operations activity.
  • Responsible for the purchase of raw materials, cost effectively and on time to meet production needs.
  • Overseeing and innovating production processes including packing, warehousing, storage, machinery.
  • Identifying  production opportunities that align with the training and work experience needs of long-term unemployed people.
  • Supporting the development of new business.

Customer Service

  • Customer Support.
  • Providing responsive, bespoke production solutions to ensure each customer’s needs are met in terms of volume, quality, time and cost.
  • Managing positive customer relationships and retaining business.

Health and Safety

  • Risk Assessment and management.
  • Staff Health & Safety Training.
  • Updating the Health and Company’s Safety Statement.

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate will have

  • minimum of QQI Level 5 (e.g. Leaving Certificate) or equivalent Industry qualifications (e.g. Apprenticeship)
  • ten years experience in an operations or manufacturing environment. This might include: manufacturing, warehousing, logistics and/or retail
  • at least two years in a Management/Supervisory position with responsibility for a number of direct reports and overseeing staff work and performance
  • at least two years experience in using data driven manufacturing systems

In addition it is desirable if the candidate has

  • Lean Six-Sigma manufacturing qualifications to ISO 18404 standard [i.e. Yellow Belt, Green Belt or Black Belt trained]
  • excellent people management skills
  • completed ongoing learning and upskilling in a relevant area 
  • experience using software and systems that support the operation e.g. CRM software; E-commerce Fulfilment Platforms; APIs
  • an adaptive/supporting style of Leadership  
  • experience solving problems

What we are offering

  • An opportunity to work in an award-winning Social Enterprise and make a real difference to people’s lives.
  • Being part of a team of highly skilled, innovative and creative people who care.
  • A negotiable Salary and Benefits package.

To apply for this Role

Please forward a CV detailing your experience, skills and qualification together with a one-page letter outlining why you are interested in this role to

The closing date for applications is Friday 16th September 2022 at 5:00pm.

We are happy to take a call from you (at 01 867 1707) to answer any questions you might have about this role.

Speedpak embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. It is part of who we are and what we do. Our success comes from a workforce that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. We know from our experience that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be”.

Career Opportunity: Operations Manager

Career Opportunity: General Operative – Community Employment


Part-time role, Monday to Friday working as part of the Operations Team and carrying out manufacturing, assembly, packing, distribution and printing responsibilities as directed by the Operations Manager.

This is a opportunity to gain valuable work experience and learn new industry skills in a supportive environment. Ideal as a stepping-stone to a career or to fill a gap in your CV.


  • Achieving set production targets.
  • Meeting quality standards.
  • Adhering to Health & Safety guidelines and regulations.
  • Maintaining and handling machinery, tools and equipment as per company and manufacturer guidelines.
  • Following the principles of good manufacturing housekeeping.
  • Receiving and recording goods inwards and outwards in accordance with company guidelines.


The main objective of CE programme is to enable long term unemployed people enter the labour market through work experience, training and support. The programme supports people to move from unemployment to the routine of work and to develop work skills, technical skills and personal skills to enable progression to work or further training.


Speedpak is a social enterprise providing work experience and training for people who are long term unemployed in the following commercial businesses:

  • Contract services specialising in providing customised contract packing and finishing services to industry;
  • Manufacturing, supplying and distributing promotional products including rosettes, sashes and badges and branded clothing. The business operates an online shop and exports its products


CE rate of pay applies for a 19.5 hour week


This position is funded by the Department of Social Protection under CE and eligibility conditions apply. 


Please email with your CV and a cover letter.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact us on 01 867 1707. We are happy to take your call.

Training & Development Officer/Community Employment (CE) Supervisor 

Training & Development Officer/Community Employment (CE) Supervisor 

[This position has been filled. Please visit the Speedpak Group Careers page to view current career opportunites.]

Contract Type: Full Time 

Salary: 4 Point Scale starting at €33,259 

Location: Dublin 17

A fantastic opportunity for a skilled person with relevant experience to be part of a unique, innovative social enterprise making a real difference to people’s lives.

About Speedpak Group 

We trade commercially to transform the lives of previously long-term unemployed people through commercial work experience and industry-led training. This has resulted in better employment outcomes, resilience in the job market and financial independence for the 1,400 people we have employed and trained since our foundation. 

We have two successful businesses: Speedpak Contract Services (providing contract packing, e-commerce fulfilment, manufacturing support and logistics services) and Shamrock Rosettes (creating and supplying custom prizes, accessories and customised sportswear for the equestrian and agricultural show sectors).

We operate to ‘a double bottom line’, balancing the need for commercial profitability alongside the needs of our long-term unemployed trainees. This is what makes us unique. It reflects our values as a business with a social purpose to end long-term unemployment for people living in our community.

The Role 

A hands-on role which offers variety and responsibility. Reporting to the HR Manager, the role expands across Production and HR operations.  You will support the supervision of a team of over 40  general operatives to achieve a high level of performance and development of a set of skills that have a strong focus on employability and progression to employment.  

The CE Programme (funded by the Department of Social Protection) is integrated into our social enterprise to provide quality work experience and training opportunities to long-term unemployed people. 

Key Role Tasks:

  • Compliance of the CE Programme as it operates across the various functions within Speedpak.
  • Recruitment and induction of trainees.
  • Supporting trainees to achieve work and training targets.
  • Planning and implementing workplace learning to enhance skills and employability.  
  • Career planning and job-seeking skills for trainees.
  • Capturing workplace learning.
  • Updating and maintaining HR databases.
  • Supporting workplace Health and Safety compliance including fire inspection, safety equipment and manual handling.
  • Providing reports and updates to the Leadership Team, Governance sub-Committee and Board.

The Ideal Candidate will have the following experience and skills:

  • 3 years minimum in a Learning/Development role at Management, Supervisory or Team Leader level in a Retail, Manufacturing or Education Environment or Community setting.
  • Supporting a safe & healthy work environment in both facilities and work practices. 
  • Sourcing and Evaluation of training. 
  • Recruitment and Selection.
  • Managing budgets.
  • Report writing.
  • IT skills.
  • Empathy for vulnerable individuals and jobseekers.

Education and Training requirements:

  • Minimum of 3rd Level qualification (NFQ Major award at level 6 or higher) relevant to the role. 
  • Evidence of ongoing training and upskilling. 

What we are offering:

An opportunity to work in an award-winning social enterprise to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

  • A salary package starting at Point 1 of the Department of Social Protection’s 4 point supervisory scale.

(€33,295 increasing to €40,170 at Point 4).

  • 20 days annual leave plus up to 2 additional company days for Christmas closing.
  • Paid sick leave.
  • Additional Benefits. 

To Apply 

Please email with your CV and a one-page cover letter explaining your fit with the criteria outlined above by the closing date, Wednesday 8th June 2022.  

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.  First round interviews will be held the week of 6 June.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact us on 01 867 1707. We are happy to take your call.

Free Promotional Opportunity for Social Enterprises Selling Goods and Services

Free Promotional Opportunity for Social Enterprises Selling Goods and Services

Speedpak Group is seeking to make contact with other Work Integration Social Enterprises [WISEs] who wish to be featured in the WISE Ireland directory that was launched in May 2022.

“Work Integration Social Enterprises exist mainly to improve the employability and employment prospects of people furthest from the labour market.” (O’Hara & O’Shaughnessy, 2021).

This project was undertaken in order to raise awareness of WISEs, particularly among the business community. Our goal is to increase commercial, procurement and philanthropic opportunities for social enterprises.

The directory can be viewed at Inclusion is free of charge.

We are continuting to promote the directory to large businesses to highlight how they can create positive social impact by collaborating with WISEs. We demonstrate how, by partnering on commercial or social projects with WISEs, those businesses can achieve their Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] and realise their Corporate Social Responsibility [CSR] ambitions.

The project was initiated as part of the Government’s 2022 Awareness Raising Initiatives for Social Enterprises [ARISE] programme, approved by Government with support from the Dormant Accounts Fund.

Please get in contact with us at so that we can include your organisation’s details in the directory …and together we can raise the profile of our sector and provide greater supports for people who are long-term unemployed.

Further details for social enterprises is available on the WISE project landing page at

Updated: 3 August 2022

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas!

Dear Customer, Investor, Supporter,

With your support we have, since our foundation, now employed and trained over 1400 long-term unemployed people from Dublin’s Northside.

In 2021

  • we employed 40 long-term unemployed people in our social enterprise business
  • we delivered 2000+ training hours across 13 training programmes
  • we provided 200+ one-to-one support meetings

Thank you!

We Wish You a Safe and Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year!

The Speedpak Team

Christmas Closing Times

Our offices will close for Christmas on Thursday 23rd December at 12:00 (midday) and will reopen on Tuesday 4th January at 8:30 am.