Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager

The Smurfit Kappa Group plc are Europe's leading corrugated packaging company and one of the leading paper-based packaging companies in the world. An industry leader with 46,000 employees globally, 350 production sites around the world, with locations in 23 countries in Europe and 13 countries in the Americas.

People are at the heart of the organisation and we are constantly working towards creating a fully inclusive working environment where people from all backgrounds are free to be themselves and can succeed. Diversity makes sense for us, for our customers and for our future. We value different perspectives, skills and experiences, and welcome applications from all sections of our communities.

Smurfit Kappa Corrugated UK are;

  • A Disability Confident Employer and guarantee an interview to candidates who meet our essential criteria.
  • Open to considering flexible working, such as part-time hours, hybrid working and other flexible options.
  • Happy to offer a wide range of Family Friendly policies including emergency time off for dependants and to provide generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave provisions for our valued colleagues.

Do you have presence as a leader? Do people trust you and naturally want to follow you?

To achieve a shared vision, the Company wants and needs the very best people. The Operational team are currently recruiting a Quality/Continuous Improvement (CI) Manager at the Windrush site.

The CI/Quality Manager will report directly to the Plant Manager and will be responsible for creating and owning the delivery of the Operational Excellence (OE) strategy, focusing on developing a people centric, customer focused and data driven culture.


Key elements of the role involve:

  • Being a positive, resilient and engaging leader, where people naturally want to follow you.
  • Being an excellent organiser of themselves and others, a self-starter, who is an excellent communicator, can collaborate across a diverse community of stakeholders with very strong networking and influencing skills
  • Have broad experience of implementing OE tools and techniques (E.g. through DMAIC etc) into a variety of business environments, including a manufacturing environment
  • Excellent experience of project management delivery, across a broad range of business functions
  • Being responsible for developing the Quality and Continuous Improvement strategy for the site including a plan to ensure that the culture of the business places people, customers and operational excellence at the heart of how we do business, driving a ‘right first time’ mentality.
  • Accountable for the Company’s compliance to its legal, statutory and chosen standards incl. ISO 9001, BRC and FSC, providing technical advice and ensuring that the site management team is kept up to date with issues and developments.

In return our client offers:

  • A place in a Company that puts people at the heart of everything they do. 
  • The opportunity to work for an organisation, committed to supporting the local community through volunteering and sponsorship.
  • A quarterly recognition scheme, designed to reward those who go above and beyond.
  • A Cycle to Work scheme.
  • A monthly Forum for sharing views and ideas across all departments.
  • A competitive annual salary.
  • 25 days' holiday a year, plus 8 bank holidays.
  • Workplace pension with generous Employer contributions.
  • Regular bespoke training.

This role is crucial to the success of the business.

Internal applicants should advise their line manager prior to making an application.

Please apply via the company's dedicated recruitment portal.

The closing date for these vacancies is 23rd September 2022

Salary per annum

Status Permanent

Type Full time

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Location Witney
OX29 7EX

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