Supply Chain Projects Analyst (FMCG)

Job Description

We are the home of Jammie Dodgers, Paterson’s Shortbread, Maryland Cookies and Wagon Wheels to name just a few! We are incredibly lucky to work in the world of making delicious biscuits!

‘We are a more successful and fun place to work when people feel free to be themselves’.

At Burton’s we believe in the power of being authentic, being entrepreneurial and being supportive to each other to meet our common goals…oh and did we mention having fun?!

Understanding our customers is crucial to our success, so having a workforce that reflects the diversity of our customers is vital.

As a business we are committed to the continuous improvement of diversity and equality in the workplace and we welcome talented individuals from all backgrounds who share our Pride and Passion for Baking Great Biscuits and snacks.

Along with having amazing brands, we have secured long term agreements to allow us to manufacture a number of sweet & savoury snacks across Mars, Cathedral City & Marmite branded products. We also have several key strategic partnerships within the Retailer Private Label sector and our proud of the amazing biscuits we bake for our customers and consumers.

Within our Burton’s group, we have 6 bakery sites across the UK, located in Blackpool, Livingston, Edinburgh, Dorset, Isle of Arran and Llantarnam, with our head office in St Albans. In total we employ circa 2,100 people around across our locations.

Burton’s Biscuits is owned by Ferrero and we are proud to be part of such a fantastic and successful business. The Ferrero Group operates in more than 50 Countries and their products are sold in over 170 Countries. We are delighted to be part of the Ferrero group which represents over 37,000 employees across the world and has a consolidated turnover of €12.3 billion (2020).

So, if you want to work in the wonderful world of biscuits, work with great people, across all functions… then this is the role for you. There is a reason we’re rated 4.7 out of 5 on Glassdoor!

What are we all about?

Here at Burton’s Biscuit we pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. Our goal is to support our team in achieving their career goals. We do this by providing a working environment that offers opportunity, support, scope and pace of change. Our culture is the foundation of our business. We are fast paced, agile and fun.

We don’t want to bore you with just a Job description – we want to tell you what it’s really like to work for us?

So let’s start with ….…

Why work as part of our Supply Chain team?

You will be part of a team that forms a key link between our manufactured goods and the end customer, you’ll help ensure Burton’s Biscuits provide a great experience for our customers as well as working with key internal teams to ensure we have great data and insights in order to improve and maintain a best in class service.

What does your typical day look like?

This role will give you plenty of opportunities to analyse and review data from within our supply chain operations, with a view that this data can lead us to action meaningful process improvements. A key part of this role will be to measure new improvement solutions and review improvements, along with recommending any future actions as required.

In this role you’ll do so much more than just analyse data, you’ll also be able to help map out key projects from route cause to solution. As you grow within the role you will be given the opportunity to run and own your own improvement projects and get to work with lots of different stakeholders across the group.

So what could a Supply Chain Improvement Project look like, and how would you be involved?

Burton’s Biscuits have 6 manufacturing sites throughout the UK, in Liverpool we have our large distribution centre where all our manufactured finished products are sent, ready to be distributed to our amazing customers. From time to time, when our finished products arrive on site, they can be some damages. But as we manufacture in the 100’s of thousands a day, these can mount up. Your role as the Supply Chain Projects Analyst, would be to analyse all the damages we receive and to identify any trends i.e. is it the way the pallets are stacked, is a certain product, locations of manufacture, loading or unloading process.

Once you have this data, you will present your finding to key stakeholders and be encouraged to make any recommendations as to improvements. You’d then be tasked with tracking new data to measure any improvements we may experience and again report back how we have achieved this. You also be able to shape your own project improvement plans from your data and present these directly to relevant teams across all our sites.

This is just one small example of many improvement you will be able to positively impact for the group.

What skills are needed to do this amazing role?

The good news is, that as long as you like solving problems, like data and are good with excel, mainly because all data you need to analyse isn’t hosted in one single system, then you’re pretty much already there.

You don’t need to be great with excel, as we’ve got some excel experts in the business, who will take you from good to great.

What really is important, is that you can build great relationships with the various functions across the group, as their insight will be key in helping us understand solutions and problems. You will often find yourself presenting data so you must be comfortable with this, but we’re all super nice at Burton’s Biscuits so you have nothing to worry about.

Experience from within supply chain isn’t essential, neither is having ran any sort of projects before, again this is something we can teach.

Final part of the mix.

One thing to call out, is that Supply Chain functions in general are fast, but Biscuit’s manufacturing is extremely fast. You’ll need to be able to juggle several analysis projects at once and often react to ‘call to actions’ at sort notice, due to the pace our stock moves in out of the distribution site in Liverpool.

You may have had previous experience in the following: Supply Chain Analyst, MI Reporting, Business Intelligence, Project Analysis, Contact Centre Analyst, CI, Process Improvement, Planning Analyst, Project Assistant, Logistics, Warehouse Data Analyst,  etc.