Process Plant Manager : Leicester

Process Plant Manager : Leicester

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:

The Plant Manager for the Wanlip AD Plant / Bursom Ball Mill plant involves running the day to day operations of processing plants at their combined capacity of 120,000t per year. Overseeing the 24/7/365 days a year operation. Meeting the associated Health and Safety, Performance and budgetary KPI’s of the division 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 Manage budgeted lines for opex and deliver Capex projects on time and within budget.

4 Provide management and leadership support for the Operational Team.

5 Deliver programmes of Continuous Improvement and deliver KPI targets against division and business objectives.

6 Develop a working culture that enhances employee engagement.

7 Identify areas within control to remove cost and improve profit.

8 Prepare and manage a PPM regime to ensure plant availability at greater than 90%.

9 Compliance with all regulatory and company policies and procedures.

10 Working in partnership with the other business divisions to maximise revenue : RR&T, I&C, Landfill, Municipal.

Nature and Scope:

1. The Plant Manager is accountable for ensuring that the Health and Safety of employees are in line with the procedures and H&S legislation and managing budgeted lines for opex and delivering Capex projects on time and within budget.

2. The Planning horizons and timescales which are typical for the role of Plant Manager can be from 1 day to 6 months.

3. The specialist, technical and managerial substance of the job include Managerial responsibilities however the job holder needs to master the understanding of the process and mechanical and electrical requirements.

4. The essential qualifications of the job are a Degree in Engineering / Scientific discipline with relevant industrial experience.

5. The Plant Manager has a High level of autonomy on a day to day basis.

6. The job roles that report to the job include 2 x Operation Managers & 49 indirect reports.

7. The Plant and processes involved are complex. The Plant Manager needs to have the ability to understand the process and manage and coach the team that are deployed to run the process.

8. The key internal and external interfaces within the role are the team (internal) and the regulatory bodies : Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Animal Health Service.

Person Specification:

Education / Qualifications

Degree in Engineering / Scientific discipline with relevant industrial experience in a similar field

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

Hands on Electrical/Mechanical experience

Management of capital and operational budgets

5 years management of Environmental Health and Safety, aspects of a Process Operation

Experience in Anaerobic Digestion processes

Technical Knowledge

Understands relevant industry, transport and health & safety legislation

Understands how to manage people, including conflict and performance

Skills and Behaviours

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 to travel throughout the UK for business purposes.

Results and people orientated

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


  • IOSH, NEBOSH,Six Sigma, Plant Manager, Process Manager, AD Plant, PPM, Waste, Recycling, Engineering