Factory Manager

Title:  Factory Manager 

Location: Tilmanstone

Salary: Competitive

Shift Pattern: Tuesday to Saturday. Flexibility required to meet business needs.

Benefits:  £8,400 Car Allowance 

                20% Bonus Scheme

                25 Days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays

                Private Healthcare (Including Family)

                Access to MyRewards (Discount Website)




We’re proud to offer you a career with possibilities. To encourage you to work hard, aim high and bring your best to work, every day.

We are the leading provider 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.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Factory Manager to join our Meals team at the Tilmanstone site, which produces millions of bags and bowls of leafy salads and prepared vegetables for a dedicated customer. The Factory Manager will report into General Manager Operations and will lead the factory operation in a safe and technically compliant manner, delivering against our Vision, Business Strategy, Financial targets and Customer expectations.


Job Details


Reporting into the Head of Operations the successful candidate will lead the Preparation side of the factory operation in a safe and technically compliant manner, delivering against our Vision, Business Strategy, Financial targets, and Customer expectations.

Key Accountabilities:


  • To ensure that a safe working environment exists for all employees in their operation and that as a minimum their area meets the standards set out in the Group Health & Safety policy.
  • To ensure standards of quality, food safety, hygiene and housekeeping within their factory operation that achieves a high GMP standard.
  • Inputs, drives, and translates the manufacturing strategy into a ‘living’ Factory Operational Plan which is clearly understood and owned by their team.
  • Manages the NPD process within their factory operation to ensure that all trials run successfully and through to product launch.
  • Owns training and development and performance management of individuals within their factory operation to enable progression to resource growth or to replace current roles, and to ensure that the necessary skills are in place at all levels.
  • Utilise appropriate agreed KPIs as a basis for the development of Performance Improvement Plans within the Factory Operation and cascade these KPIs through the Factory Operational Team, ensuring that they are translated and used at all levels.
  • Support and develop a culture within their factory operation where individuals feel able to challenge the status quo and encourage feedback from all levels. Support and implement change processes within their area in line with Bakkavor values.
  • Proactively looks at ways to improve their factory operation. A key player in delivering the agreed factory capital expenditure plans within the agreed factory budget.



Skills and Experience 

Management experience within a Food Manufacturing environment, strong leadership skills, able to demonstrate a continuous improvement mindset with a history of improvement, a clear vision for getting the best out of people and processes and strong technical understanding and knowledge – will be key to for this role.



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

Tilmanstone, GB

Date:  23 Mar 2024
Req ID:  16757