Operational Excellence Manager

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Newmarket, England
Job Type
Full Time
£40,000 - £50,000 Per Year
Date Posted
13 days ago

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Job Description

About the role

We have an exciting new opportunity at our flagship DS Smith Packaging site in Fordham for an Operational Excellence Manager to join the team. In this position you'll work closely with the Site Leadership team and take responsibility for coordinating Continuous Improvement activity across the site, specifically focusing on embedding the DS Smith way into our processes.

While taking the lead on the deployment of our DS Smith Way programme, you'll be sharing your knowledge and expertise with various colleagues so that they can become coaches and help to improve the way we work in specific areas on site. You will also collaborate with other Operational Excellence professionals across the country to align priorities and contribute to the overall direction of DS Smith's Continuous Improvement agenda.

In addition to the above, we'll be asking you to track progress and report on monthly KPIs, manage development of an effective site audit structure, and coordinate training events to equip the site with relevant skills so that we can complete process confirmations properly. This is an engaging role that is vital to our improvement as a site and wider business, so please apply if you're ready for the challenge!

About you

  • Experience of implementing Continuous Improvement initiatives in a Manufacturing or FMCG environment
  • Good problem-solving experience and knowledge, supported by certified process improvement methodology, Six Sigma for example
  • Knowledge in KPI Report Generation
  • Excellent persuasion skills, with the ability to communicate at all levels
  • Leadership characteristics, and the ability to drive change in a challenging environment
  • Experience of working in a manufacturing production environment
  • Pragmatic in approach and be able to work collaboratively


  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days' holiday plus bank holidays
  • Pension scheme, life assurance and income protection
  • Sharesave scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Employee Discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme


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