Finance Business Partner (Operations)

Finance Business Partner
Location: Bourne, Lincolnshire

Contract Type: Perm


Bakkavor Salads Bourne specialises in making prepared fruit, dressed salads, fresh noodles and prepacked stir fry. The business employs over 1,100 people and forms part of the Bakkavor Meals sector in the UK.


The Role

In this busy and exciting role, you will analyse, understand and support improvements to specific areas of the factory.


You will be working closely with the operations managers, operational excellence manager and wider operations team to influence decision making and drive factory efficiencies. 




  • Delivering regular and ad hoc reporting on all elements of factory performance.
  • Ensuring clarity of the expected / actual impact of any new operational initiatives, supporting the justification of investment where required (‘payback’ capital) and measuring returns post investment or post launch.
  • Acting as the financial guardian for costings - ensuring these reflect reality, outputs are clear, well-presented and have sufficient comparables on which to base approval.
  • Working with the operations team and senior finance business partner to calculate, justify and update standards on a regular basis to reflect expected performance most accurately.
  • Delivering robust short term and long term forecasts of factory efficiencies based on clear assumptions, signed off by the operational team and with explanation for any changes in expected trends.
  • Having an input to the development and delivery of functional objectives
  • Stepping up to cover the senior finance business partner and supporting duties carried out by the analysts as required.
  • Becoming the finance champion for the site management control and reporting system (Redzone).


About You

You will have previous experience of a similar role within a manufacturing or FMCG environment and be a holder of a professional accountancy qualification.

Excellent communication, analytical, customer service and Excel skills will be key, as will the ability to communicate effectively and influence at all levels of an organisation in a fast paced and demanding environment.


If you are a driven and dynamic finance professional, this could be the perfect role for you.

About us


We're the biggest name you've never heard of. You've probably eaten our food- you just didn't realise it. Because as global leaders in the fresh prepared food industry with over 19,000 employees, we create innovative products, including meals, soups, dips, salads, desserts, pizzas and bread for customers including Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury's and Waitrose in the UK. Our customers include Harris Teeter and Home Chef in the US, and in China, we make food for Starbucks, Yum! and Pret. We're ambitious. We're full of ideas. And we're ready for more people who share our passion for quality to join us.


What you can expect from us


When joining us you can expect a competitive salary, a strong benefits package and excellent career progression prospects across the Bakkavor group.




Bakkavor is the leading provider of fresh prepared food in the UK, with a growing international presence in the US and China. We are number one in the UK in the four product categories of meals, salads, desserts and pizza & bread, providing high-quality, fresh, healthy and convenient food. Our customers include every major UK grocery retailer, including Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's and Waitrose, and some of the world’s best-known food brands. We have over 19,000 employees, our headquarters are in London and we have 23 factories in the UK, 5 in the US and 9 in China.


Category:  Finance

Bourne, GB

Date:  26 May 2023
Req ID:  14174