2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

Job Purpose/Overview

The Continuous Improvement (CI) Specialist is responsible for leading loss elimination within the Value Stream and is critical to support the MSE pillars to deliver the site’s Compelling Business Need (CBN).

They analyse line data to identify and prioritise loss elimination opportunities, lead root cause problem-solving efforts on key chronic losses for their area of responsibility, and coach teams on basic and complex problem-solving skills.

The CI Specialist is expected to coach and develop the operational teams’ technical understanding of process control and area operation. They should be considered subject matter experts on the process aspects of their equipment.

Key Responsibilities

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Be the process area specialist for a defined area of expertise including close collaboration with other sites in the network and teams outside of the value stream e.g. R&D, Technical, engineering.

  • MSE subject matter expertise and coaching.

  • Responsible for skills and training materials in the value stream relating to their subject matter expertise. This includes ownership of creating, updating and approval of these materials as needed and delivering training where appropriate to eliminate losses.

Focused improvement - Problem Solving

  • Solving complex operational problems using Focused Improvement methodology (Green Belt) and coaching basic problem solving initiatives.

  • Implementing, leading and coaching projects/task groups aimed at improving the lines results (safety, Quality, Performance, People, Costs).

  • Implementation and coaching of improvements through cooperation across functions including Engineering, IE, Reliability/maintenance, R&D and management of work of external contractors.

  • Introducing new initiatives and ways of working to the value stream.

  • Creating, updating and supervising factory documentation/instructions including Generating operational standards (SOPs, 5S, CIL and centerlines.)

  • Implementation of other activities resulting from the SSIP or Corrective actions and preventative actions (CAPA).

Focused Improvement – Loss Analysis

  • Data analysis aimed at identifying losses and their sources.

  • Implementation/supervision of tools/systems for measuring, controlling and increasing the efficiency of production lines.

  • Verification of the effectiveness of improvement projects and the benefits resulting from them.


  • Active participation and coaching in FMOS structure.

  • Owning performance KPIs within the FMOS system.

Education & Professional Qualifications

  • Degree in Engineering, Supply, Business, or technical field of study with at least 2 years' experience in a TPM manufacturing environment

  • 4 years experience in manufacturing at Mars with MSE pillar participation or Problem Solving experience


  • Mechanical/technical aptitude

  • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Clear ability to relate to and motivate people

  • Certified trainer or demonstrated capability to effectively train associates

  • Provides clear and effective coaching and feedback

  • Experience managing contractors

  • Proficient in MS Office and SAP

  • Experience with digitalisation and automation (preferred)

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
“Pawternity” leave
Pregnancy loss leave
Bank holiday swaps
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel that the culture supports equity and inclusivity well
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring

Working at Mars UK

Company employees

4,000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Slough, Waltham, Castle Cary, Birstall, Plymouth

Hiring Countries




United Kingdom

United States

Awards & Achievements

1st – Large companies

1st – Large companies

Flexa100 2024
Consumer Goods

Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023
3rd – Large companies

3rd – Large companies

Flexa100 2023
Retail & Ecommerce

Retail & Ecommerce

Industry awards 2022

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