Specialist recruitment resourcing within the food & drink manufacturing sectors


Continuous Improvement Lead * £45,000 – £50,000 * Stevenage

A well-established manufacturer of premium snack foods is seeking a confident and highly experienced Continuous Improvement Lead to maximise the efficiency of the production unit.


A vibrant and fast-growing snack foods manufacturer focused on supplying high quality and innovative products to major UK retailers.


This position requires strong Lean Manufacturing and hands-on leadership skills, along with a passion for Operational Excellence, to be successful. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Facilitates long-term continuous improvement projects from beginning through completion across various work groups
  • Trains associates in lean tools and techniques (including 7 wastes, 5S, standard work, set-up reduction, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), flow, value stream mapping, etc)
  • Coordinates and lead internal audits around Lean principles (5S, standard work, TPM, etc).
  • Develops standard operations sheets and all applicable forms/flow charts created during Kaizen events
  • Develops tracking tools and measures to support CI initiatives
  • Develops business case justification for projects and initiatives
  • Benchmarks performance across the facilities and industry to identify areas of opportunity.
  • Challenges the status quo to find ways to optimize manufacturing performance to deliver superior results
  • Builds a CI culture across the organization.


  • The CI Specialist possesses extensive facilitation skills and hands-on experience in continuous improvement manufacturing activities.
  • A strong application knowledge of LEAN Manufacturing techniques and related CI tools are required: Standard Work, Root Cause Analysis, Kaizen Events, Value Stream Mapping, OEE, First Hour Full Power, 5S, 7 Wastes, Pit Stop Changeovers, etc. This person should be recognized as a change agent, challenging the status quo to drive to operations excellence.
  • The CI Specialist needs to also possess leadership skills to drive the overall CI process across the facility, without having direct reporting relationships at the plant.
  • He/she will work closely with the CI Manager but must also be able to leverage his/her power of influence with the Plant Manager and the site leadership team.

If this job is of interest and you would like to investigate further, apply TODAY!

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