Section Leader

Title:  Section Leader 
Salary: £30,118

Shift Pattern: 3’s and 2’s, 12 hour shift (Cerberus)
Shift time: 6 PM– 6AM
Benefits Package: 22 Days Annual Leave
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                                 Flexible Benefits Package

About Bakkavor

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.

Bakkavor Spalding operates three factories on the same site in Spalding, Lincolnshire, employing over 1000 people. These factories specialise in making salad accompaniments such as pasta salads, sandwich wraps, food to go salads, soups, sauces and dips.

The role:
A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join us at Spalding working in one of our largest production sites. Reporting in to one of our Section Managers, you will manage, organise and be responsible  for our production teams working on specific parts of the process, potentially working across all areas of the production area.

In this busy and hands-on role, you will pro-actively manage and motivate a team of production colleagues and ensure that the highest levels of health and safety are met at all times whilst maintaining Bakkavor’s high quality standards.

As Section Leader, you will have line management responsibility for your area which will include training and developing your team as well as performance management this includes disciplinaries and absence management.


  • 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
  • Ensure team are performing to quality standards in terms of GMP, food safety, product quality and presentation and housekeeping
  • Manage performance and attendance of the team 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
  • 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

About you:
To be successful in this role you will need to be a positive and motivated team player that possesses strong leadership skills. The role requires you to pay attention to detail. Ideally you will have previous experience working within food manufacturing in a leadership role.

  • Strong people management and development skills, with the ability to lead by example with the highest level of attendance and timekeeping
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize and to work in a fast paced and highly pressurized environment
  • Good computer skills with app based performance monitoring systems
  • Familiarity with food manufacturing environments

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




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

Spalding, GB

Date:  7 Apr 2024
Req ID:  18192