Packaging Design
& Manufacture
Packaging Design
& Manufacture

Continuous Improvement Manager

Continuous Improvement Manager
Location: Grantham
Sector: Manufacturing (Packaging)
Package: Competitive Salary (commensurate with experience)
plus bonus & other excellent PLC company benefits
The Company
Macfarlane Group PLC is the UK’s largest packaging distributor, and we are seeking to appoint an experienced Continuous Improvement Manager to join our established manufacturing team in Grantham. Our specialist manufacturing division designs and produces bespoke protective packaging solutions which are designed exclusively for customers in safeguarding their products in transit. Our customers are UK wide and span several key verticals including: Aerospace, Defence, Electronics, Industrial and Medical. We are a committed equal opportunities employer that champions ‘dignity in the workplace’. Our focus is to provide customers with fully integrated and innovative packaging solutions, augmented by outstanding customer service.
Continuous Improvement Manager Role  
Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Continuous Improvement Manager will be responsible for leading & executing our Continuous Improvement activities across the Grantham Manufacturing business, targeting the key areas of Quality, Cost and Delivery. You shall be asked to engage, educate, and inspire our teams to deliver best practice that yields tangible and repeatable results that benefit all stakeholder groups. As a key member of the Site Management Team, you will be accountable for delivering both our Strategic, Financial & Operational objectives.
Continuous Improvement Manager Key Duties
Whilst not exhaustive, below are the key duties involved within this role…

  • To monitor & improve our Productivity & Efficiencies across our 4 x Manufacturing Cells – reducing set times, increasing output, and enhancing our value-added activities.
  • Execute an effective and transparent waste reduction program across all core raw materials (Wood, Corrugate and Foam)
  • Work in collaboration with our QESH, Production & Logistics management teams to ensure we comply and continually evolve our working practices to keep pace with the ever-changing needs of our business.
  • Maintain good awareness of Health & Safety; ensuring our policies and practices are deployed consistently to safeguard our employees and external parties.
  • Utilizing your understanding of Lean Manufacturing techniques (Lean, 5s, SMED, TQM, PPM etc.) to ensure cost-effective methods are used across all departments
  • Using effective and concise communication skills to develop good working relationships at all levels (both internal and external parties).
  • Ensuring optimized use of human and capital resources
  • Supporting training programs for all Direct Labor personnel

Do you have the correct profile?
To apply you must be an experienced continuous improvement manager used to working within a bespoke manufacturing environment. A background or some time spent working within packaging manufacturing would be distinctly advantageous. You will certainly be well versed in a wide range of lean manufacturing techniques (Lean, 5s, SMED, TQM, PPM etc.) and have experience of implementing these with positive outcomes in your previous role(s), demonstrating the ability to deliver performance and results through people.  A formal qualification within lean manufacturing techniques would be favorable. You will bring exceptional leadership skills and customer focus to this role. 
The Package
We provide a competitive basic starting salary along with a performance/profit linked bonus scheme and a flexible employee benefits scheme that includes up to 33 days annual leave (*includes bank holiday & service increases), additional holiday purchasing scheme, contributory pension & employee discount scheme. Macfarlane Group is also dedicated to maximizing every employee’s potential, by providing career development plans and pathways in an environment that fosters personal growth and continuous improvement.
Next Steps
This is a key hire for us whereby we seek someone to commence ASAP in the new year (2021).  Shortlisted applicants can therefore expect to be invited swiftly for initial ‘zoom video’ interviews inside the coming weeks. To make an application please simply click ‘apply’ ensuring that your CV is up to date and relevant. Please note that all shortlisted candidates can expect to hear back from us within five working days of making their application. If you do not therefore hear back within that timeframe, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.