Our Operations teams have a vast range of responsibilities in our factories, ultimately bringing together our people, our processes, and our great food products to deliver key operational objectives. Amongst many things, this includes producing to quality standards, driving improvements, and eliminating waste.

Go Further in Operations

Our Operations programme will give you broad exposure to a breadth of activity in our factories; by getting you into the reality of food production, you will start your journey with a great appreciation of the work that goes into physically producing Great Food, which will make you a rounded and appreciative Operations leader as you progress in your development.

The timescales in which you’ll move from role to role will depend on your overall development progress and performance.


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Program Start

September 2019


This is a 4 year career progression route aligned to the duration of the Chartered Management Degree programme with Nottingham Trent University

The Working Environment

You will predominantly be working within one of our factories. Our factory environments vary to suit the products we create, so some are cold to keep our Great Food fresh. They are all busy places and safety is our primary concern at all times.

Across our manufacturing sites we have a range of different shift patterns, for example 4 days on/4 days off; morning, afternoon and night shifts. Working weeks can flex too, for example starting on a Sunday.

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Opportunities will be available in different locations across England – we will be able to confirm precise locations later this year.

Over the course of the programme, opportunities to grow your career may mean working at different sites across the UK.

You will attend university in Nottingham Trent University’s City Centre campus – this will be an average of 2 days per month, on weekdays

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The degree programme is funded by the Apprenticeship Levy, so you will need to prove you have Level 2 English, Maths and ICT to be eligible for this programme.

You will need to have the right to work in the UK.

In your application we also want to understand you previous qualifications and experience. If you are a college leaver, we will require minimum 120 UCAS points (attained or predicted).

Your Potential Career Path

Factory-based Roles (c.6 months)

  • A whole range of roles to give you a breadth of familiarity with the very front-end of food production in your site during your first months.

  • You’ll get a grounding in our fundamental principles of food safety and health and safety amongst other key compliance activity.

Front Line Leader (12-18 months)

  • Here you will get your first taste of leading a small number of colleagues.

  • You will manage the consistent application of processes within your area or production line, to ensure products are prepared or manufactured to agreed standards and production plans.

Production Supervisor (12-18 months)

  • Your leadership steps up a gear to cover a zone of activities, processes and production lines.

  • Your skills in team communication, production monitoring, equipment effectiveness and other areas will grow and you’ll get involved in identifying trends in performance and actively promoting our safety culture.

Manufacturing Manager (Year 4)

  • You’ll be leading people across a whole shift, co-ordinating and prioritising activity to meet production standards and food safety requirements, identifying opportunities to make improvements in quality, performance and profit.

  • Amongst other things, you’ll forecast and control the labour requirements and monitor and review your teams’ capability, keeping them focused on their key objectives and develop them to maximise their potential.

Registering your interest...

To apply to join the Operations programme, please make sure you understand the eligibility details (above).

Please also ensure you include as much relevant information as possible in your application about your previous qualifications and any relevant experience.

If you would like to register your interest in joining the programme in October 2020, you can do so by following the link below…

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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