The job title

Continuous Improvement Facilitator

Contract Type
Full time
Edinburgh, Scotland
Job Type
Full time
Start Date
Oct 26 2022 12:00AM

Who Are Burtons Biscuits?

We are the home of Jammie Dodgers, Paterson Shortbread, Maryland Cookies and Wagon Wheels to name just a few! We are incredibly lucky to work in the world of making delicious biscuits!


‘We are a more successful and fun place to work when people feel free to be themselves’.


At Burton’s we believe in the power of being authentic, being entrepreneurial and being supportive to each other to meet our common goals…oh and did we mention having fun?!


Understanding our customers is crucial to our success, so having a workforce that reflects the diversity of our customers is vital.


As a business we are committed to the continuous improvement of diversity and equality in the workplace and we welcome talented individuals from all backgrounds who share our Pride and Passion for Baking Great Biscuits and snacks.


Along with having amazing brands, we have secured long term agreements to allow us to manufacture a number of sweet & savoury snacks across Mars, Cathedral City & Marmite branded products. We also have several key strategic partnerships within the Retailer Private Label sector and our proud of the amazing biscuits we bake for our customers and consumers.


Within our Burton’s group, we have 6 bakery sites across the UK, located in Blackpool, Livingston, Edinburgh, Dorset, Isle of Arran and Llantarnam, with our head office in St Albans.   In total we employ circa 2,100 people around across our locations.


Burton’s Biscuits is owned by Ferrero, and we are proud to be part of such a fantastic and successful business.  The Ferrero Group operates in more than 50 Countries and their products are sold in over 170 Countries.  We are delighted to be part of the Ferrero group which represents over 37,000 employees across the world and has a consolidated turnover of €12.3 billion (2020).


What are we all about?

Here at Burton’s Biscuit, 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.

What does your typical day look like?  

You will be reporting to Operations Reliability Manager. You will be responsible for delivery of step-change improvement projects aligned with Operations Reliability plan, focusing on the key operational objectives across the site. Apply CI tools and structured methodology to deliver targets set by the Operations Reliability Manager. Supporting and driving improvement plans, CI initiatives, budgets and resources to support the overall Edinburgh site improvement strategy.

Key responsibilities

  • Deliver improvement projects to support the operational teams to continuously improve plant output whilst meeting the requirements of a complex, high volume production site. 
  • Support the delivery of financial budget aligned with the delivery of KPI’s (waste, TOS, efficiency, machine uptime, planned tonnage and accidents).
  • Leverage and develop site capability on CI tools and techniques (Lean Six-sigma, Kaizen, SMED, 5S, Line-balancing, Centrelines).
  • Support the maintenance and drive improvements in our bakery OEE performance management system (Redzone). 
  • Work in partnership with site functions, in particular Operations and Engineering to deliver line annual targets. 
  • Support embedding site principles as part of the Edinburgh Improvement Strategy
  • Demonstrate SHE principals and cultural behaviours to support site culture
  • Support and motivate the team to recognise performance and drive robust succession planning
  • Training of CI activities and roll out of activities across the site.

Qualifications. Essential & Desirable.

  • Lean Six-sigma black belt or relevant qualification preferred
  • Degree qualified or equivalent experience/ graduate calibre or formal qualification or experience in manufacturing excellence
  • Level 2 Food Safety/Hygiene qualification


  • Clear understanding and application of continuous improvement tools and techniques, in particular DMAIC, SMED, 5S, Centre Lining, SIC, Kaizen and Line Balancing 
  • Experience working with production OEE software systems focused on maintenance and assets control 
  • Experience of working in an unionised environment desirable
  • Experience in analysing and presenting reports 
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in an FMCG environment
  • Can demonstrate an ability to think strategically 

Core competencies

  • Problem-solving
  • Ability to motivate and mentor teams
  • Excellent Influencing and facilitating skills
  • Financial awareness 
  • Sound working knowledge or qualification in the use of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
  • A practical and proactive approach to work – ‘can-do’

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.