Graduate Project Engineer (Process Improvement) Trowbridge 2024

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You will be placed within the Process Improvement - Commercial team supporting the wider manufacturing team to deliver innovative solutions to the food manufacturing processes and improving financial performance. You will be working on a range of projects with a variety of people across different levels and departments, both within manufacturing & supply chain (MSC) and the wider business.

This role will provide

  • An opportunity to interact with and experience all parts of a business
  • Involvement with specific projects that you will be able to co-ordinate and play an active part in
  • Exposure to working with individuals from all backgrounds
  • The opportunity to develop general business skills and relationships
  • Exposure to large data sets, financial information, and highly complex manufacturing processes.

This role is based in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. However, you will be required to travel to our distribution centre in Portbury, Bristol as the business requires.


  • Understand complex manufacturing processes to develop innovative financial or process solutions to improve the performance of our manufacturing facility.
    Working in a range of environments, you will gain experience in; manufacturing principles, process flows, production equipment and financial processes.
  • Support production planning projects, such as developing capacity models and sales forecasts. This will require effective collaboration with Manufacturing, Engineering and Sales teams. You will have an opportunity to learn and put in practice techniques such as variance analysis, forecasting & presenting to an audience.
  • Another key aspect of the job will be to support the team in delivering Manufacturing and Supply Chain Digital Transformation projects. A wide range of projects are managed under this programme. The objective is to deliver projects that help achieve one or more of the following benefits:
    • Improving efficiencies, reducing costs, and driving productivity
    • Reducing food and packaging waste across the supply chain
    • Improve product quality, food safety and health and safety
    • Enhance customer experience

Previous projects worked on under this program

Production Capacity Modelling

  • Understand the project by breaking the question down and forming a scope
  • Using excel and similar platforms to perform data analysis, creating and maintaining capacity models, forecasts and KPI’s
  • Provide conclusions based on evidence and present these in an efficient manner

Digital Horizon Scanning

  • Discover current and future technologies that may add value to our business
  • Be the point of contact for national and international technology companies and have the responsibility of arranging meetings involving the management team
  • Be the focal touchpoint between MSC and IT, to track progress of projects from initiation through to execution and eliminate blockers.
  • Review technologies and maintain the momentum of the discovering new technological capabilities within the realm of manufacturing and supply chain

Raw Material Feasibility Study

  • Conduct extensive process mapping and provide recommendations to reduce costs and process steps.
  • Carryout a financial assessment to validate the savings and present all findings to the senior management
  • Engage with relevant stakeholders across different levels and departments to ensure the new solution is fit for purpose and aligns with our sustainability goals



  • You will have graduated or be studying towards a degree in Engineering, or related discipline, with an expectation that you will receive a 2:2 or above graduating on or before August 2023
  • You have a real passion for food and are passionate to deliver the best quality product for our customers
  • You are keen to get involved and learn more about the manufacturing and distribution of food.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office – Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook
  • You are comfortable to work with large data sets and able to analyse them to determine any patterns or trends to support further work or solution.
  • Comfortable of being “hands on” and working in production areas to further understand the challenges and find solutions. Interaction with staff at all levels will be essential in order to be successful in the various projects and tasks assigned.


  • Experience of Project Management
  • Experience and interest in Microsoft VBA or any other coding language such as Python, MATLAB, etc
  • UK Full Driving License

Personal qualities

  • Excellent analysis, problem management, and interpersonal skills
  • A completer finisher
  • Self-motivated and able to own and manage workload with minimal supervision – a proven self-starter
  • Able to demonstrate a structured approach to work as well as being able to work well in team environment and deal with people professionally at all levels
  • Is effective at oral and written forms of communication

Who we are

apetito is the UK’s leading food supplier to the health and social care sectors serving more than 600 care homes, 500 hospitals, as well as 200 education settings. Our meals are expertly crafted by our dieticians and chefs, and then frozen to lock in the goodness. For over 25 years our sister company Wiltshire Farm Foods has been cooking and delivering over 300 different delicious frozen meals to our customer's homes.

As a family-owned business established in 1958, we take great pride in being a company that makes a real difference and is dedicated to creating outstanding meals to be proud of.

We develop a range of products designed to enhance health and well-being for all our customers. We are driven by a passion for service, dedicated to feeding some of the UK’s most vulnerable people and offering delicious and nutritious meals to our customers.

We proudly support British food and farming, focusing on using the best ethical and sustainable produce. This is in alignment with our goal to reach Net Zero by 2040. Our two-year graduate programme provides opportunities from day one to support your continuous development and give you the strongest start in your career. Every year, we recruit talented graduates to join our apetito team in a variety of different roles across the business.

The aim of our unique programme is to train and develop graduates into future leadership roles. We offer an immersive and experiential induction programme ss well as training and support for your career development, and there are many opportunities outside of your role to get involved in too.

At apetito, we value inclusivity and diversity as it empowers people from different backgrounds to contribute innovative ideas. Our mission is to build an inclusive workplace where everyone reaches their full potential.

DEADLINE 24th December 2023