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Leicester, Leicestershire Samworth Brothers

We are currently recruiting for a Continuous Improvement Manager within our operations department based at our Walker & Son site in Leicester.

Walker & Son is part of the Samworth Brothers Group, a 4th generation family business that prides itself on looking after its people and producing high quality products. We are always looking for outstanding people, with great attitudes and an openness to learning to join our family. The size of our business enables us to support career development and progression that will help our people fulfil their potential.

Job Opportunity

To drive the CI culture, with Lean six sigma methodology, throughout the business to bring about sustained improvement within our processes whilst building people engagement. The processes and areas of work to be aligned with our internal and external customer's needs.

  • Responsible for driving a CI culture with pace within Walker & Son including the impact on profitable growth through the application of CI methodology.
  • Responsible for challenging existing processes in manufacturing and transactional areas to generate and sustained tangible and intangible improvements utilising DMAIC methodology in a timely manner whilst building people engagement in the change process.
  • Be able to respond to the level of maturity of the CI journey when working with others adopting a driver, facilitator or supporter stance depending on the given situation or level of understanding.
  • Being able to paint the vision of "what good looks like "when working with others to build engagement and achieve quick wins.
  • Responsible for the provision of appropriate training within Walker & Son operations to deploy CI methodology to bring about sustained improvement. To coach others in CI methodology for more complex issues or on request.
  • Responsible for ensuring all elements of DMAIC methodology can be applied robustly according to the immediate needs including own work. This includes the control measures needed for sustained improvement.

The Right Person

You will be someone who is self-motivated and focussed on the customer. You will demonstrate initiative and ownership. You value others and their contribution and enjoy working collaboratively with colleagues. You will be flexible and adaptable to change. In addition, you will have the following skills:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Lean Manufacturing techniques and/or other structured business improvement techniques
  • Demonstrate an understanding of project management principles and processes
  • Demonstrate an understanding of world class Lean principles and can apply this to your current role
  • Have a high level of knowledge on managing people, processes, plans, resources and projects
  • Demonstrate an understanding of exactly what drives cost within their area and be able to oversee the bigger picture in order to reach the businesses desired goals
  • Demonstrate an understanding of world class Lean principles and can apply this to your current role
  • Proven ability to improve performance through change


  • Practical working knowledge of Lean and six sigma
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • HNC or equivalent in manufacturing / operations (desirable)
  • Training in CI methodology
  • Proven experience of incorporating Continuous Improvement into the business strategy
  • Project Management experience
  • Proven experience of leading CI within a Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) environment
  • Masters degree in Lean/manufacturing
  • Management qualification - Level 5
  • Train the Trainer qualification

What We Have To Offer

We provide a terrific range of benefits including great facilities with onsite parking and subsidised restaurants, as well as an excellent retirement savings plan (pension), private health cover (subject to terms and conditions) and a discount scheme 'Quality Life' that provides savings at supermarkets, high street retailers and a host of leisure outlets...... click apply for full job details

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