Site Operations Lead

Burtons Biscuits Company
Edinburgh, Scotland
Closing date
21 Aug 2019

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Operations, Production
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Scotland, City of Edinburgh
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Site Operations Lead (Food Manufacturing / FMCG) Interim / FTC

Location: Sighthill Industrial Estate, Edinburgh

Job type: Full Time, Permanent 

Hours / Shift Pattern: 40 hrs per week – alternate shifts, 6.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. & 2.00 – 10.00 p.m – with an additional 30mins pre shift handover requirement and a potential 30 minute post shift handover subject to business needs.

Salary: £Competitive

Who Are We?

At Burton’s Biscuits we are the home of Jammie Dodgers, Maryland Cookies and Wagon Wheels to name just a few! We are incredibly lucky to work in the world of making delicious biscuits!

Our Vision is to have a shared Pride and Passion for baking sensational biscuits & snacks that delight our consumers, shoppers and our customers. We’re the only major biscuit manufacturer in the UK to focus solely on biscuits, making us one of the key players in the market. We employ circa 1,600 people around the UK, with the majority of our workforce being based at our three main Bakery facilities in Llantarnam, Edinburgh and Blackpool. Our head office is based in St. Albans, with a subsidiary office is located in Blackpool & smaller but equally important Bakery based in Dorset.

We had an amazing 2018, which has included seeing Wagon Wheels featured on the Great British Bake Off and our Llantarnam site featuring on ITV4, as part of their documentary 'Made in Britain'. Along with having amazing brands, we have secured a long term agreement to allow us to manufacture a number of Mars Biscuit branded products & Cathedral City savoury snacks, we are also forming key strategic partnerships within the Retailer Private Label sector.

In order to ensure we can continue to make fantastic biscuits, and to help us on this amazing journey, we are proud to announce that in early 2019 we completed the acquisition of a premium sweet and savoury biscuit manufacturer Thomas Fudge’s. This will only increase our baking capabilities across a number of brand new sweet & savoury categories.

As the new home of Thomas Fudge’s premium biscuit brand, Burton’s Biscuit envisage Thomas Fudge’s as forming a key branded range across our existing product portfolio.

What are we all about?

Here at Burton’s Biscuit Company we pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. Our goal is to support our team in achieving their career goals. We do this by providing a working environment that offers opportunity, support, scope and pace of change. Our culture is the foundation of our business. We are fast paced, agile and fun.

We don’t want to bore you with just a job description about the role we want to tell you what it’s really like to work for us?

Why work as part of our Operations Team?

Due to commercial growth and having a reputation across the UK retailers as one of best biscuits manufactures our bakeries are busier than ever. This means that ensuring the efficiency of baking on site is a strategic commercial priority & with this has come a number of improvement initiatives.

You will support with the creation and delivery of the Operations System and improvement strategy. This will also include the implementation of business improvement plans ensuring these are managed to budget. You will also support the Operations Leadership Team to deliver annual & longer term Objectives.

What are the key ingredients needed for the role?


- Previous experience of working in a leadership role within operations manufacturing including managing a team

- Experience of driving and owning change & improvement activities

- Experience of using continuous improvement techniques – SMED/ DMAIC/ 5S/Autonomous Maintenance

- Experience of working in a unionised environment


- Formal qualification in engineering or operational excellence i.e MBA/Green

-Belt/Black Belt

- Food Safety/Hygiene qualification

- Health & Safety qualification – IOSH/NEBOSH

- Food Manufacturing /FMCG leadership experience

What do we offer in return?

We offer a competitive salary package, company pension, 25 days holiday

If you are looking for a new challenge in a fun, fast paced and progressive business then we have the opportunity for you!!

If you are ready to begin a career with real bite, we would love to hear from you so apply now by clicking the link below.

You may have experience of the following: Manufacturing Manager, Shift Operations Manager, Food Manufacturing, Production Shift Manager, SOM, FMCG, Food Production, Shift Lead, Operations Manager etc.

Ask anyone here at Burton’s Biscuit Company what we’re most passionate about and you’ll get the same answer from everyone – the baking of quality biscuits for the whole family to enjoy.

We’re the only major biscuit manufacturer in the UK to focus solely on biscuits and this dedication has helped us become one of the key players in the market.  We employ over 2,000 people around the UK, in three main manufacturing facilities in Llantarnam, Edinburgh and Blackpool, a chocolate refinery in Moreton and a central distribution hub in Liverpool.  Our head office is based in St. Albans and a subsidiary office is located in Blackpool.

Our forward-thinking strategy historically led to some impressive results with Burton’s Biscuit Company transforming its portfolio shape and profitability since 2009.

This led to the company being acquired by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in November 2013, as we continue to adapt to the demands of a challenging economic climate to become a more efficient and agile organisation.

We hope to accelerate our portfolio transformation and growth further by expanding into adjacent categories, new geographic territories and through synergistic bolt-on M&A.


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