Project Manager

Project Manager
Working Hours: Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Salary: Up to £55,000
Benefits: 25 Days Annual Leave + 9 Bank Holidays
                 Company Pension
                 Life Insurance
                 Personal Accident Cover
                 Private Medical Insurance
                 Voluntary Benefits Package
                 Staff Shop


Who are Bakkavor:
Bakkavor is one of the leading providers of fresh prepared food in the UK, with an international presence in the US and China. Our 19,000 employees operate from 39 locations, developing and producing innovative food for a wide variety of occasions and budgets. In the UK, we work with leading grocery retailers, focusing on their own label brands.


About Us:

We're the biggest name you've never heard of. You've probably eaten our food - you just didn't realise it. We make innovative fresh products, with around 18,500 colleagues working across the UK, US and China. We’re the market leader in the UK fresh prepared food industry supplying meals, salads, desserts, pizza and bread to leading grocery retailers (including Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury's and Waitrose). We’re ambitious. We’re full of ideas. And we’re ready for more people who share our values and passion for quality to join us.


Our Business:

Our Bakkavor business in Bo’ness, based near Falkirk, specialises in the production of fresh, high quality salad products working primarily with premium retailers. To give you a sense for the scale of manufacturing in Bo’ness we produce over 70million salad based meals and side dishes from our 2 manufacturing facilities employing over 1200 people in the town.

The Role:
The main purpose of this role is to manage the capital project agenda across the site. This will involve equipment installation and construction and refurbishment projects with the aim of improving production and energy efficiencies, enabling future growth and maintaining and improving and health and safety and food standards. This role will include managing the project engineer within the team and setting his/her priorities.

Reporting to the Engineering and Projects Manager, the main responsibilities are:-


  • Creating and maintaining the Capital Project activity and budget
  • Leading the project team to deliver the project activity within the required timescales
  • Taking the technical lead on all scoping, design and project delivery of capital projects including preparing robust business justifications and working closely with department managers to deliver projects from concept to completion.
  • Ensuring all projects follow the Bakkavor Salads Bo’ness Projects Management Process.
  • Controlling implementation (including risk identification and quality management) to ensure the completion of the project deliverables on time, within budget.
  • Preparing robust budget forecasts for projects and managing project activity on site to these budgets; proactively reporting any risks to achieving these budgets on a regular basis to the Engineering and Project Manager.
  • Setting up multi-disciplined teams and coordinating the leadership/project management of these teams either directly or via the assigned Project lead to tackle key process issues and deliver workable solutions.
  • Building relationships with project stakeholders to ensure robust project success criteria(s) are established. This will involve carrying out structured project interviews and review meetings.
  • Interacting with and influencing members of the senior management team on project related matters on a regular basis and ensuring mechanisms are in place to provide effective communication, upwards, downwards and sideways across site with regards to engineering projects.
  • Creating user requirement specifications for all equipment projects and managing suppliers to ensure all necessary standards and performance criteria are negotiated and subsequently delivered during implementation stage.
  • Managing external contractors and professionals to complete projects, working closely with other functional managers and senior members of the engineering team.
  • Encouraging 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, specifically with regard to engineering projects.
  • Ensuring all projects comply with quality standards in terms of GMP, food safety, product quality and presentation and housekeeping.
  • Ensuring a comprehensive handover of project deliverables that are implemented within the project to project stakeholders (end users) to ensure these become business as usual.
  • Participating in improvement activities including machine efficiency improvements, KPIs, waste management and production control processes.
  • Liaising with the NPD and production teams to manage the installation of sealing machine tooling for packaging changes.


Must Haves, Core Skills, Experience and Attributes

  • Relevant Engineering and/or Project Management experience or qualifications.
  • An excellent standard of written and verbal English.
  • Logical thinker, strong analytical ability and process orientated.
  • Effective communication skills with a flexible and adaptable approach to work.
  • The ability and confidence to work with all levels of staff.
  • The ability to work under their own initiative and as part of a team.
  • The ability to handle multiple projects.
  • Computer Literate (MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint and MS Outlook).


  • IOSH qualified
  • PRINCE2 Project Management
  • Experience in FMCG, preferably food


Proud to be Bakkavor

We’re proud to be the leading UK provider of innovative, high-quality, fresh prepared food. We’re proud to be driven by the hard work and passion of our people. And we’re proud to offer a wide range of careers full of support and opportunity. Join our team and we’ll make you proud too.


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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 18,500 colleagues operate from 44 sites across our three markets supplying a portfolio of over 2,900 products across meals, pizza & bread, salads and desserts to leading grocery retailers in the UK and US, and international food brands in China.


Category:  Engineering

Boness, GB

Date:  8 Nov 2023
Req ID:  16376