Learning and Development Manager (L&D Manager)

Market Drayton

Learning and Development Manager

Location: Market Drayton, Shropshire (Hybrid/WFH)

At The Compleat Food Group, we are committed to fostering a culture of continuous learning and development. We believe that a skilled and competent workforce is the key to our success. Join us on our mission to create a industry leading learning and development environment that genuinely promotes employee engagement, retention, opportunity and career growth.

The Learning and Development Manager plays a crucial role in creating a continuous learning culture across one of the UK's leading chilled food manufacturing companies. 

You will be responsible for diagnosing skill gaps, developing comprehensive training programs, and promoting continuous learning across the company to drive success through a skilled and competent workforce.

We believe in empowering our employees to grow both personally and professionally, this exciting role will allow you to develop and grow our L&D offering, ensuring our team members have access to the best learning experiences, whether face-to-face, virtual, or through e-learning platforms.

Key Responsibilities of the role:

  • Identify skill gaps and design training initiatives to bridge those gaps.
  • Create and develop comprehensive leadership and personal effectiveness training programs that align with our values and strategic goals
  • Deliver site-based workshops and online training. 
  • Assess the effectiveness of training programs and analyse the impact on employee performance and results.
  • Promote continuous learning and professional growth by encouraging employee participation in workshops, conferences, and other relevant educational opportunities.
  • Support the development of a consistent compliance catalogue of learning related to safety, ethics, and legal requirements.
  • Responsible for budget planning and resource allocation for training programs.
  • Develop and maintain our e-learning platforms to enhance training delivery and accessibility for employees.
  • Collate useful content of talks, guidance, and advice from across the Group.
  • Create learning pathways and curriculum's by work levels to create a consistent approach to up-skilling.
  • Ensure learning is accessible, considering the needs of employees related to access to technology, technology skills, and language translation.
  • Support new leaders by offering training recommendations and coordinating support pathways for our newly promoted Managers.

Essential Requirements:

  • Proven experience in a learning role, ideally within Food Manufacturing, with a track record of developing and implementing successful learning programs and an ambition to learn.
  • Experience in designing and delivering a variety of training methods, including workshops, on-the-job training, and blended learning solutions. 
  • Skilled in designing and delivering leadership and personal effectiveness training.
  • Strong knowledge of adult learning principles, instructional design methodologies, and training evaluation techniques.
  • Familiarity with learning management systems (LMS) and other training-related technologies.
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to prioritise tasks, meet deadlines, and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills to effectively convey training concepts to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to collaborate and build strong relationships with key stakeholders, including HR, department heads, managers, and external training partners.
  • Demonstrated adaptability and flexibility in responding to changing business needs along with the resilience and pace required to be successful with a fast-moving business.
  • Driving Licence – requirement to travel to our UK sites as required.


  • LMS adoption.
  • E-learning design

Are you a true L&D generalist with a love for the full spectrum of learning and development? Do you thrive in designing and delivering engaging training solutions? This exciting role will allow you to develop and grow our L&D offering, ensuring our team members have access to a best in class learning experience, whether face-to-face, virtual, or through e-learning platforms.

If you are passionate about creating a learning culture and driving employee engagement and development, we want to hear from you. 

Benefits to Include:

  • 2 Employee Volunteering Days per year
  • Online and High-street retailer discount scheme and well-being portal
  • Employee well-being and community support groups
  • Informal and Formal training opportunities with online personalised LMS platform
  • Charity Initiatives and Team events
  • 24/7 Access to Grocery Aid


The Compleat Food Group are proud to have built an inclusive and respectful culture where our colleagues feel safe, supported and valued. A place where they can bring their whole selves to work to achieve exceptional results and thrive.


We continue to attract diverse talent into our teams, because we know greater diversity leads to exceptional results and provides a better working life. That’s why we’re committed to ensuring Fairness, Equity, Inclusivity, and Respect in all that we do. 

Recruitment Agencies We have an active and trusted Preferred Supplier List to assist us if required. We do not acknowledge any speculative CVs or unsolicited candidate introductions from agencies.