Production Shift Manager

Location:  Bristol
Function:  Manufacturing
Job Reference:  5530
Employment Type:  Permanent / Full Time
Closing Date:  04/08/2024
Date:  5 Jul 2024


Title:               Manufacturing Area Lead

Function:       Manufacturing

Contract:       Full Time, Permanent 40.25 hours per week

Hours:            4 on 4 off rotation, 4 days (0600-1800) and 4 nights (1800-0600)

Location:       Bristol


Are you a Team Manager within a manufacturing or production environment on top of your game, looking for a new opportunity in an FMCG role?  Look no further, our Bristol Bakery is currently on the lookout for an Area Lead to join their team!


Essential Ingredients


  • Experience with Lean, Six Sigma and CI improvements
  • Previous experience of monitoring equipment and ensuring it’s compliant, ensuring issues are identified and resolved quickly
  • Understanding of site level planning activity
  • A background of coaching and developing teams to achieve KPI’s and targets, as well as developing them to be our future stars

It’s simple really, we deliver fresh products on time, keeping quality, safety and customer service at the forefront of every decision.

As ‘the UK’s No. 1 Bakery Brand’ we have been baking bread since 1876. Today, we are proudly a sixth-generation family business, supplying over 18,000 retail customers from 11 bakeries and 16 depots, producing a range of over 70 products, including gluten and wheat free.

We are striving to be a net zero business by 2050 and believe that we must minimise our impact on the environment, whilst making a positive impact on the society we are a part of.


The Recipe


As an Area Lead at Warburtons, you will have a pivotal role in driving excellence, innovation, and efficiency within our manufacturing operations.  You’ll lead a team of dedicated individuals, oversee daily production activities, and contribute to our commitment to excellence in quality and safety.


Here’s just a few of the things you’ll be responsible for:


  • Leadership, Not Just Management: We don't want just a manager; we want a leader. Your primary responsibility is to inspire and guide your team towards achieving their full potential. Lead by example, motivate, and create an environment where your team is empowered to excel
  • Continuous Improvement Champion: Your role is to be the driving force behind continuous improvement initiatives. Embrace and promote Lean, Six Sigma, and Continuous Improvement methodologies to identify areas for process enhancement, waste reduction, and cost optimization. Implement these improvements, ensuring measurable and sustainable results
  • Operational Excellence: Take ownership of the performance within your area and ensure it not only meets but often surpasses Key Performance Indicator (KPI) targets. Your area should be a shining example of operational excellence, and you are responsible for instilling a culture of accountability, efficiency, and quality.

About Us


Our Bristol Bakery and Distribution depot is located at Severn Beach, near Bristol. You’ll find us a 15-minute drive from the M5 and 10 minutes from Severn bridge if you’re heading over the bridge from Wales (Toll Free)!

We have 3 state of the art manufacturing plants and Bristol Bakery is the proud home to one of our latest innovations, The Bagel!  Bristol manufacture and distribute over 12 different types of bakery products producing over 160,000 units of freshly baked products to delight families across the UK. 

With nearly 400 colleagues and over 21 different nationalities, working a variety of different shift patterns, the bakery runs 363 days of the year, 24/7.

Bristol is also a dedicated Driver Training Centre and Distribution hub!


Extra Dough


At last and by no means least, you will want to know what your breads worth:

  • A slice of the annual profits (discretionary profit share)
  • Family time is important to us and we know it will be to you so you have the opportunity to purchase up to an extra weeks annual leave.
  • Award winning pension scheme with company contributions of 7%
  • Life assurance
  • Products you will love along with deals and discounts for you and the family through our Extra Dough website
  • Continued investment in your personal development
  • Fully stocked kitchens filled with our delicious products for you to enjoy with your daily brew! 
  • Support for your health and wellbeing, including access to free physiotherapy, 24/7 access to a confidential helpline for practical advice and a comprehensive occupational health service

We respect and value difference. We look to create an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. Companies that are diverse in age, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, or any other aspect which makes them unique, are proven to be better companies. More importantly, creating an environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best work, is the right thing to do.