Mars UK • King's Lynn, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Continuous Improvement Specialist

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

The purpose of this role is to act as a catalyst in driving loss elimination in our ambition for ‘zero loss’, in line with the site priorities. The role holder will structurally optimize the efficiency & effectiveness of our operation, building problem -solving capability through coaching on the shop floor & defining new standards in key Focused Improvement activities.

What are we looking for?

  • Continuous improvement experience & leadership in manufacturing

  • Degree in Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or related field desirable (preferred)

  • Advanced knowledge & experience of MSE (TPM) methodology

  • Problem-Solving experience & success

  • Project Management Capability

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Attendance in weekly value stream reviews to build loss intelligence and set priorities

  • Ownership of the Focused Improvement Process Essential Element as a key member of the Focused Improvement Pillar

  • Analysis of data and planning of the key improvements for the critical measures, specifically TRS and NQC (to eliminate chronic issues) through Basic Problem Solving and support of Breakdown Elimination (BDE)

  • Identification and support of CI activities that will create value, leading Focused Improvement initiatives and Six Sigma projects from identification through control phase

  • Stabilization and standardization of production processes (eliminating the re-occurrence of sporadic issues) via the definition of trigger levels for escalation in FMOS and supporting the development of centrelines in collaboration with Autonomous Work Teams in AM

  • Responsible for standard operating procedure (SOP) implementation linked to all Improvement activities with support from the Education & Training pillar

  • Leadership and mentorship of others in the practical use of the TPM (Mars Supply Excellence) & Six Sigma philosophy

  • Execution of small minor CAB projects as part of the CI initiatives

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Work with over 130,000 diverse and talented Associates, all guided by the Five Principles.

  • Join a purpose-driven company, where we’re striving to build the world we want tomorrow, today.

  • Best-in-class learning and development support from day one, including access to our in-house Mars University.

  • An industry-competitive salary and benefits package, including a company bonus.




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

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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
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