Logistics Section Leader

Logistics Section Leader – Bo'ness


We rise to challenges together 




£30,000 - £34,000


Why join us?    

We’re ready for anything. We thrive on challenge and change. The undeniable pressure and pace of our 24/7 operation keeps us on our toes and offers a variety of career pathways and options to explore and pursue. We encourage everyone to work hard, push further and show resilience. And it’s exciting. Because only by mentoring and role modelling our success and innovation, will we continue to diversify, grow as individuals and succeed together. 


What we do.   

A fantastic opportunity for a Logistics Section Leader has arisen to join the team at our Bo’ness site. Our Bo'ness site employs over 1,000 people and produces food-to-go salads and salad accompaniments to a number of customers.  It is located 3.5 miles from Linlithgow and 8 miles to Falkirk. 


About the role.   

Reporting into our Logistics Section Manager, you will manage, organise and control effectively the day to day running of the logistics function ensuring internal and external customers’ requirements are met.


You will manage and control all materials handling equipment and transport within their area. As well as ensuring mechanisms are in place and supported to provide effective communication to all levels and conduct team briefs on a regular basis. You will also need to manage improvement activities including KPIs, waste management and production control processes and associated administration and record keeping.


A key part of the role will be to maintain all stock systems within your area of control to ensure stock takes and reconciliation are conducted in a timely fashion and all systems are accurate and up to date.


You will work with our other Logistics Section Leaders and your manager to identify, implement and sustain industry best practice and exceed expectations against departmental targets and budgets. You will also pro-actively manage and motivate a small logistics team and provide direction to ensure all operatives in their area are correctly deployed and are performing to standards in health and safety, food safety and good manufacturing practices.


As Section Leader, you will have line management responsibility for your section which will include training and developing your section as well as performance management including first level disciplinaries and absence management.

To be responsible for the people, safety, quality, cost control and delivery of plan in designated area of warehouse/despatch/logistics/end of line/perimeter/grounds/staff shop, and to ensure that others within the area fulfil their responsibilities.  




Accountabilities within the role would include:


  • Maintaining daily KPI measures, related to performance management, including first level formal written disciplinary action, performance review, absence management (including return to work procedures)
  • Manage improvement activities including KPIs, waste management and production control processes and associated administration and record keeping.
  • Monitoring GMP standards for your departments ensuring the team are performing to quality standards in terms of GMP, food safety, product quality and presentation and housekeeping.
  • Ensure that their team are correctly deployed and are performing to standards in adherence to the plan. Manage breaks and the shift changeover process to ensure it does not disrupt productivity and workflow
  • Ensure that operatives are coached and trained in all aspects of their role, including health and safety and food safety standards and quality procedures.
  • Assisting the Logistic Manager in the management of staffing levels within the department and ensuring that labour is within the correct confines of the KPI’s.
  • Promoting across functional teamwork and ensuring good team working practices are maintained.
  • Ensure mechanisms are in place and supported to provide effective communication, upwards, downwards and sideways
  • In conjunction with HR participate in staff recruitment processes and induction.
  • Carry out necessary administrative tasks and produce data / reports as required including DWOR, T&A, holiday management and any other relevant data
  • Communicating and resolving issues between other departments & working with the HR department on all people related issues.
  • To encourage a safe working environment for all employees in their area by supporting and enforcing standards as set out in the Group Health and Safety policy.


About you.   


  • You will have previous logistics experience, in a team leading / supervisory capacity, ideally in a food manufacturing environment
  • A good understanding of Quality Control/Compliance, & effective people management skills
  • An understanding of KPIS, Food Safety Legislation, HACCP and BRC
  • A basic understanding of Continuous improvement and Lean Manufacturing
  • Good IT Skills with a working knowledge of the range of MS Office Packages
  • You will have the ability to work effectively within a team and on your own initiative
  • You are able to lead a team with confidence and setting expectations within your team
  • You will be able to make decisions, solve problems and work well under pressure
  • Your communication skills will be effective both written and verbally for all levels including internal and external customers and senior management


What you’ll receive.   

As an equal opportunity employer, we’re committed to providing a safe and rewarding environment for you to thrive in. This is why we work hard to deliver benefits, rewards and wellbeing offerings that are important to you.    


You’ll enjoy: 


  • A stakeholder pension scheme   

  • Personal accident Insurance   

  • Free independent mortgage advice   

  • Employee assistance programme   

  • A range of voluntary benefits    

  • Holiday purchase scheme   

  • Additional life assurance   

  • Dental & hospital cash plans   

  • Discounted tutoring for children   

  • Access to financial learning tools   

  • Affordable loans via your salary   

  • Proud to be and loyal service awards   

  • Plus, a commitment to your wellbeing that includes emotional, physical and financial support services delivered by our fantastic team of wellbeing champions   

Proud to be Bakkavor.   

We’re proud to be the market leader in the UK fresh prepared food industry. We’re proud to supply meals, salads, desserts, pizza and bread to leading grocery retailers including Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. We’re driven by the hard work and passion of our people and are delighted to offer a wide range of careers across our business – come and join our dedicated Bakkavor team!   


Find out more and apply.   




We are the leading provider of fresh prepared food in the UK, and our presence in the US and China positions the Group well in these high-growth markets. We leverage our consumer insight and scale to provide innovative food that offers quality, choice, convenience, and freshness. Around 18,000 colleagues operate from 44 sites across our three markets supplying a portfolio of over 3,000 products across meals, pizza & bread, salads and desserts to leading grocery retailers in the UK and US, and international food brands in China.


Category:  Inbound and Outbound Logistics

Boness, GB, EH51 9SJ

Date:  11 Jul 2024
Req ID:  19884