Operational Excellence Manager

Operational Excellence Manager

Meals London -Elveden Park Royal

Competitive salary and benefits package 

Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5pm


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


The Operational Excellence Manager will provide leadership and drive for continuous improvement projects at the Elveden Park Royal site in London.

Reporting directly into our Head of site, you will work alongside Senior Managers to analyse production, wastage, and other performance data streams to prioritise, plan and actions process improvements to reach agreed targets. You will also take ownership of Performance Improvement Plans and ensure that they are delivered to agreed objectives. 


Duties will include 


  • Shaping and deploying the Bakkavor Operating System into site ways of working. The Bakkavor Operating System represents standard processes, tools / techniques and behaviours that support the manufacture of products, creating value for the company and customers (to include Redzone Productivity Module). 
  • Deployment of MCRS (part of the Bakkavor Operating System). 
  • Shaping and deploying standard Management Control & Reporting Structure (MCRS) across balance score of card metrics into all functions and areas. 
  • Driving and supporting team Kaizen events. 
  • Supporting the delivery of team-based Kaizen improvements in line with top loss data and site manufacturing strategy. Working cross functionally to ensure all departments contribute, assist, and deliver quantifiable performance improvement across the business. 
  • Developing and supporting site PIP plan delivery. 
  • Developing and supporting delivery of annual PIP plan in line with site manufacturing strategy. Working cross functionally to ensure all departments contribute, assist, and deliver quantifiable performance improvement across the business. 
  • Communication & employee engagement. 
  • Ensure mechanisms are in place to communicate and drive employee involvement within continuous improvement projects and continually review their effectiveness and explore new options which link to & support the site engagement plans. 
  • KPI data evaluation/Tableau expert. 
  • Data analysis, report development, cost saving evaluation and creation of improvement narratives. 
  • Supporting site teams to solve complex problem by facilitating structured problem-solving events. 
  • Lead the assessment of options and solutions, through to full capital plans, that eliminate waste and deliver new capacity / capability against the manufacturing strategy and business growth plans.  To cover all E2E aspects of the business. 
  • Mentoring, coaching and developing a direct report (apprentice)


 About you 


  • Minimum Foundation level in lean or equivalent and Kaizan or Six Sigma (ideally Green belt). 
  • Experience of food manufacturing industry
  • Ability to build credible & successful working relationships at all levels within the organisation. 
  • Change management experience. 
  • Project leadership experience. 
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Previous people management experience




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:  Manufacturing

London, GB

Date:  29 Mar 2024
Req ID:  17734