Tony O’Brien

Manchester Plant Director - Kellogg Company

Tony O’Brien is currently Manchester Plant Director for the Kellogg Company. He graduated with a degree in Engineering with Management (Hons) from Napier University in Edinburgh. After graduation he started work with British Aerospace Space Systems as part of their Graduate Engineering programme. He then moved to work with Gillette Industries making disposable razors in West London. After various Engineering & Production roles with Gillette he moved to Kellogg’s starting as an Industrial Engineer at their Wrexham Plant.

At Wrexham, he moved through a number of Production Management roles & Improvement roles before moving to Dublin with Kellogg’s as a Supply Chain Operations Efficiency Manager covering the European factories. In Dublin, he was responsible for coordinating the Operations improvements across the four Cereal factories. After 2 years in Dublin, he moved back into direct Manufacturing for Kellogg’s & has been Plant Director for Manchester Plant for the last seven years.

Manchester Plant is Kellogg’s largest Cereal Plant in Europe making almost 750,000 packets of cereal every 24 hours. He works with a team of great people who, after a legacy of 75 years of making Corn Flakes, are still up to continue making an even better product. Currently, the Plant is in the middle of a significant investment in people, infrastructure & equipment to enable it to compete for the next generation of breakfast consumers.

This transformation in the site is focused on building a culture which can thrive even in the toughest of environments. The challenge in Manchester has been building the engagement & alignment with all employees on site to make key choices to help the site succeed in the future. The site has recently won a significant investment as a result of its forward thinking approach & demonstration to be competitive.

Responsible for all activities on site from people to production Tony has a passion for wanting to ensure that Kellogg’s, Manchester Plant & our team, have a very healthy & competitive legacy.