Operations Manager - Mechanical & Biological Treatment Plant - West Sussex

Operations Manager - Mechanical & Biological Treatment Plant - West Sussex

Biffa plc is the leading nationwide integrated waste management business providing collection, treatment, recycling and technologically-driven energy generation services. Through the expertise of our people and investment in technology we promote and deliver sustainable waste management solutions.?

Job Purpose

Operations Manager for the Brookhurst Wood MBT plant to service the West Sussex County Council MRM Contract.

The position involves processing up to 312k tonnes per annum of authorised waste and meeting the associated KPI’s of the contract and business.

Principal Accountabilities

1 Ensure the Health and Safety of employees in line with the procedures and H&S legislation

2 Ensure process service requirements are achieved safely and robustly

3 Provide management and leadership support for the Operational Team

4 Ensure the effective allocation of resource such that tasks and operations are completed safely, on time and on budget

5 Deliver programmes of Continuous Improvement

6 Deliver KPI targets against contract and business objectives

7 Develop a working culture that enhances employee engagement

8 Identify areas within your control to remove cost and improve profit

9 Implement and deliver a PPM regime to ensure plant availability at greater than 90%

10 Compliance with the Performance Monitoring Plan within the MRM Contract

11 Follow procedures and best practice to ensure audit compliance and ISO accreditations are achieved

Nature and Scope


• Educated in an Engineering or Scientific discipline

• Relevant business qualification at NVQ level 4 or above

• IOSH Certificate or equivalent formal safety qualification

• Six Sigma : Green Belt or above


• 3-years Process industry experience in an operational management role

• 3-years management of Environmental, Health and Safety, aspects of a Process Operation.

• Experience in Anaerobic Digestion processes


• Understands relevant industry, transport and health & safety legislation

• Understands how to manage people, including conflict and performance


• Can influence, lead and persuade others

• Can deal with conflict and negotiate desired outcomes

• Analytical and has techniques for identifying and solving problems

• Highly numerate and literate, both in verbal and written forms

• Confident and credible presenter

• IT literate : comfortable using business software and systems

• Effective time manager and self-organiser


• Full UK driving licence

• Able travel throughout the UK for business purposes

• Results and people-oriented

In return we offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and real career progression.


  • Anaerobic Digestion, MRF, IOSH, Six Sigma, MBT Plant