Mags Kerns is Head of HR at Calbee UK, the UK/European subsidiary of the global Japanese snack manufacturer, Calbee Inc. As a start-up business in June 2015, Calbee UK has grown at a considerable pace to now employ 80 colleagues, 60 of which are based at their factory in Deeside, North Wales. Their growth strategy is for further rapid expansion to continue into 2021, most recently demonstrated with their successful acquisition of Seabrook Crisps in October 2018 . Manufacturers of innovative and great tasting savoury snacks, Calbee has already made its presence felt in the snacking category through the development of imaginatively-flavoured and exciting snacks to include their brands Yushoi, Rustiks and Inclusions. Calbee is also proud to supply to the own-label market, most notably with Aldi, Lidl and M&S.
Mags has over 20 years’ HR experience working in a variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, broadcasting, manufacturing and banking/finance. Since joining Calbee UK over 3 years ago, she has had the passion and vision to develop the company as being (authentically!) an “employer of choice”, and sees this being achieved through developing innovative approaches to colleague and talent attraction, engagement, motivation, performance and development. This has included giving considerable focus to skills development through introducing work-based apprenticeships, in partnership with Coleg Cambria, in Food & Drink Manufacturing Excellence. Also high on Calbee UK’s agenda is developing strong relationships with their local communities through supporting a variety of local projects as well as developing strong links with local schools.