The job title

Operations Development Director

Contract Type
Full time
Competitive Rate
Blackpool, North West England
Job Type
Full time
Start Date
Mar 29 2023 12:00AM

Who are we ?

We are FBC UK, Fox's Burton's Companies! ……-And we bake the UK's most incredible biscuits (we might be slightly biased, but we will leave that for you to judge). 

FBC UK was a match made in heaven, with two of the top UK biscuits manufacturers (Burton's Biscuits and Fox's Biscuits) coming together to create one unique, integrated company. 

We are home to famous iconic brands, including Maryland, Fox's, Jammie Dodger & Rocky, to name just a few. We bake our incredible biscuits at eight bakeries across the UK, located at Ilse of Arran, Livingston, Blackpool, Llantarnam, Edinburgh, Kirkham, Batley & Dorset. We also have offices for our supporting services in St Albans, Liverpool and Moreton. Together, we employ circa 4,000 amazing employees across all our locations.  

We are currently the second biscuit manufacturer in the UK market with a strong ambition of becoming the number two biscuit manufacturer worldwide.

We are proud to be part of the Ferrero enlarged family: such a fantastic and successful business. The Ferrero Group operates in more than 50 countries, with products sold in over 170 countries, represented by almost 38.000 employees worldwide, and a consolidated turnover of €12.7 billion (2020-21).

Along with our fantastic brand portfolio, we also have long-term agreements to manufacture several sweet & savoury snacks across Mars, Jacobs, and LU branded products. In addition, we are proud to be a strategic partner for many retailer-branded products.

Our employees make our business special. With strong family values, we believe FBC UK is a more prosperous and fun place to work with when people feel free to be themselves. We believe in the power of being authentic, entrepreneurial and supporting each whilst meeting our business goals. 

And don't forget… work hard but play harder!


What does your typical day look like?  

Keep and develop the industrial competitive advantage ensuring the study and the implementation of initiatives aimed at the excellence of the Industrial System, through the definition of the industrial master plan and the coordination and harmonization of industrial cross-functional projects in alignment with FBC UK strategies / objectives. Produce cost evaluation and variance analysis, support production models definition and oversee & promotes plant continuous improvement initiatives acting as a “change agent” to develop the local production system in the mid-term.

What are the key ingredients needed for the role? 

•Elaborates proposals to define, develop and optimize a balanced and performing industrial footprint, also through the realization of appropriate business plans.

•Proposes and elaborates, on the input of the Chief Operations Officer, the guidelines of the strategic plan at industrial level, also proposing footprint developments and optimization.

•Collaborates in the sharing of the industrial strategy, in order to make it compatible and integrated with the FBC UK strategies on innovation, on operations and on   commercial, also ensuring a timely and feasible deployment of the product innovation on the industrial.

•Coordinates as PMO industrial cross-functional projects guaranteeing overall consistency.

•Drives integration program initiatives inside the COO, operating as facilitator.

•Activates & simplifies the link between Plants, local and central functions.

•Acts on processes, systems, methods, guidelines and know-how management to achieve the excellence of the industrial system, ensuring a Global view.

•Integrates new Industrial models.

•Suggests common objectives and creates conditions for managing the factory organization (and consequently the production system as a whole) with a system   continuous improvement view.

•Enables identification, promotion & development of Plant best practices contributing to share them throughout FBC UK Plants network.

•Assures a “continuous improvement” way of working among the Plant, detecting & outlining required training needs.

•Manages the "governance system" within the COO Function and acts through the "organizational network“.

•Is accountable for managing people assigned, ensuring a management system based on Group values, motivation, competence development and empowerment.

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.