Process Improvement & Projects Undergraduate Placement
Competitive Starting Salary + Bonus + Benefits


 The Role and Team

apetito are looking for a Process Improvement & Projects Undergraduate Placement to join the warehouse operations, distribution and customer service business unit based in Portbury, Bristol.

As both an operational and financially minded, you will be responsible for producing and reporting on daily operational KPI’s, KCI’s, financial performance and business metrics for key stakeholders in the business.

You will also be responsible for data gathering, designing reporting and providing analysis which delivers key business insights (operational & financial) into current performance. Additionally, you will identify opportunities for potential future improvements and efficiencies across a variety of disciplines including – Inbound logistics, Inventory Management, Warehouse Order Picking & Dispatch, Transport & Delivery Planning, Customer Service Processes.

Working closely with the CS&D Commercial Manager, you will help develop a deeper commercial and operational insight into apetito’s current performance, focusing on areas which have the potential to improve the bottom-line and enhance the customer experience / journey.

This role will provide a graduate with:

  • Exposure to many of the senior management team.
  • An opportunity to interact with and experience all parts of a business
  • Involvement with specific projects that they will be able to co-ordinate and play an active part in
  • The opportunity to develop general business skills and relationships
  • The opportunity to take responsibility for providing the CS&D business unit with greater operational and financial insight to focus it on areas and initiatives that really add value


Who we are:

About apetito

apetito is the UK’s leading supplier of food to the health and social care sectors. Servicing over 400 hospitals, 450 care homes and thousands more through our work with Local Authorities, we produce delicious, nutritious and sustainable meals for people at home or in care. Through our food we look to ‘make a real difference’ to all our customers, up and down the country.

Our Values

Established in 1958, as a family-owned business, our values sit at the very heart of what we do. We are proud to be a business that ‘makes a real difference’, committed to producing ‘great food to be proud of’. We have developed a range of products designed to ‘enhance health and well-being’ for all our customers. We are proud supporters of British food and farming and focus on using the best ‘ethical and sustainably’ sourced produce.

We are driven by a ‘passion for service’, dedicated to feeding some of the UK’s most vulnerable people, offering healthy and delicious meals to customers across the UK.

Ethical & Sustainable

As a business which operates within food manufacturing, we believe we have an obligation to make a positive contribution on society. With over 300 products in our range, we ensure our produce is ethically and sustainably sourced, working only with suppliers who share our commitment to making a positive impact.

We’re a proud member of the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI), a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs, that promote respect for workers rights globally. All our new suppliers now operate under the ETI’s guidelines.

We are also a member of The UK’s Plastics Pact, an initiative looking to transform the plastic packaging industry in the UK. As part of the initiative, we have committed, along with other ambitious targets, to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic completely by 2025.

We have also made a commitment to our employees – we’re recognised as an accredited Living Wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation. Joining an elite group of FTSE 100 companies and public sector organisations.

Giving Back

Here at apetito, we take our duty to give back to our local communities and chosen charities very seriously. In 2018, we raised over £30,000 for Alzheimer’s Support and Alzheimer’s Society alone, thanks to the incredible efforts of our employees and charity committee. We also support our communities through the apetito Staff Foundation, which gives financial support to the chosen charitable causes of our staff and their children. Since 2005, we’ve raised over £200,000 for these charities.

This role forms part of our Graduate Development Programme full details on the programme can be found on our careers pages at Graduate Development Programme



  • Producing and reporting on daily and weekly KPI, KCI and financial performance for the CS&D business unit
  • Tracking and production of daily / weekly customer service KPI reporting
  • Developing regular CS&D business unit update presentations
  • Reporting to the management team weekly regarding actual spend vs budget, forecasted spend, actual vs proposed savings
  • Working with financial and project teams to appraise projects, monitor and control the budget and develop additional controls
  • Working with the stakeholders across CS&D and the rest of the business to deliver and drive projects forward
  • Coordinating CS&D site meetings, producing and circulating meeting notes & action logs
  • Identifying continuous improvement opportunities across the Portbury site
  • Tracking and controlling project costs
  • Working in all CS&D departments to gain a full understanding of current processes and systems



  • Studying towards a degree within a business / finance / logistics discipline
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills – in particular Microsoft Excel / Powerpoint



  • Familiarity of a warehousing, logistics and customer service environment
  • Knowledge of budget and cost control
  • Knowledge of project management
  • Strong interest in operational & financial business analysis and operational process improvement

Personal Qualities:

  • Self-driven individual, who can manage their time effectively
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a team, as well as independently
  • Highly numerical and logical way of thinking
  • Problem solver
  • Ability to present information to diverse audience
  • Confident communicator
  • Not afraid to be hands on in order to develop deeper understanding of certain areas of the business 



  • Location

    Avon-Portbury, UK

  • Contract


  • Closing date

    9th November 2020

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