Section Leader - Backshift

Position - Section Team Leader 

Location: Meals Wigan

Salary: £28,000 - £32,000 p/a

Shift Days: Sunday-Thursday

Shift Times: 14.00 - 22.30


Benefits:   25 Days Annual Leave

                   Life Assurance    

                   Personal Accident Cover                          


                   Flexible Benefits Package

                   Staff Shop

                   Free Parking


Proud to be supported to become the best I can be.


We’re proud to offer you a career with real scope for development. To reward your hard work and ambition as a talented Section Leader with plenty of support and opportunity. And empower you to drive your own success and create a career you can be proud of too.


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.


The role:

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join us at our Wigan site working in one of our production sites.

As Section Leader, you be responsible for the people, safety, quality, cost control and delivery of play in designated area.

Always ensuring these duties are completed in line with Company policies and standard operating procedures, including PPE, Food Safety, Health and Safety, ‘Clean as you Go’ and ‘Good Manufacturing Practices’.


In this busy and hands-on role, you will pro-actively manage and motivate a team of production staff and ensure that the highest levels of health and safety are met at all times whilst your team meet the quality standard Bakkavor and our clients expect.




  •  Health & Safety - To encourage a safe working environment for all employees by supporting and enforcing standards as set out in the Group Health and Safety policy. Ensure the upkeep and maintenance of grounds, yard and perimeter, ensuring areas are healthy, safe, efficiently organised and have clean and tidy appearance at all times.
  • Quality Standards - Ensure team are performing to quality standards in terms of GMP, food safety, product quality and presentation and housekeeping.
  • Performance Management - People - Manage performance and attendance of the team including first level formal written disciplinary action, performance review, absence management (including return to work procedures)
  • Training & Development – Identify training needs for each team member i.e. the specific skills needed to perform all activities associated with their roles.
  • NPD - Participate in NPD processes and production trials where required to ensure that they run successfully
  • Continuous Improvement - Manage improvement activities including KPIs and waste management.
  • Communication - Undertake team briefs on a daily basis that focus on key performance measures aligned to local productivity and performance and to wider business issues. Conduct structured SIC reviews in accordance with Red Zone meeting protocols and guidance.  
  • Recruitment - In conjunction with HR participate in staff recruitment and induction processes and ensure new recruits receive the appropriate care, attention and engagement especially during the early stages of employment.
  • Administration - Carry out necessary administrative tasks and produce data / reports as required including OEE, T&A, holiday management and any other relevant data


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.

If you are a driven individual with a passion for service delivery and the ability to work calmly under pressure whilst motivating others towards achievement – this could be the role for you.


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.


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

Wigan, GB

Date:  3 Apr 2024
Req ID:  17229