Implement a set-up reduction programme in food and drink operations

Business Sectors (Suites): Achieving Food Manufacturing Excellence
Developed by: Improve
Approved on: 31 Dec 2021


This standard is about the skills and knowledge needed for you to implement a set-up reduction programme to support your organisation's drive to improve food and drink operations. This is important in increasing productivity and success of manufacture, processing and supply within the food and drink supply chain.

You will need to agree objectives and implement the programme using the set-up reduction improvement process. You will need to show and understand how you agree objectives for a set-up reduction programme and present your plans to relevant people within the organisation, including management colleagues. You will need to implement the programme and co-ordinate activities to effectively maintain the set-up reduction programme. You will need to comply with your company policy for improvement, take responsibility for your actions, and refer any issues outside of the limit of your authority to others.

This standard is for you if your role requires you to implement a set-up reduction programme in food and drink operations including manufacturing, processing, packing or supply chain activities. You may have responsibilities for aspects of organisational improvement in a team leadership or management role.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Agree objectives for the set-up reduction programme 

1. select an operational activity on which to carry out the programme in accordance with the improvement plan 
2. agree the objectives for the programme with the relevant personnel 
3. present your plans for implementing the programme to the relevant personnel 
4. agree a programme plan with the relevant personnel 

Implement a set-up reduction programme 

5. initiate the set-up reduction programme in accordance with procedures 
6. co-ordinate the activities which are necessary to implement the programme with the relevant personnel 
7. maintain communication with those affected by the programme 
8. analyse received data and determine where improvements can be made 
9. specify any problems and the actions required to support effective solutions 
10. co-ordinate trial activities to test proposed solutions to achieve objectives 
11. provide sufficient information to enable any agreed improvements to be incorporated within Standard Operating Procedures where relevant 
12. measure and record reduction programme outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the organisation's improvement vision, strategy, objectives and the reasons for implementation of improvement programmes
  2. the health, safety and hygiene requirements of the area in which you are implementing the set-up reduction programme
  3. why set-up reduction techniques are used
  4. the machine, process or operational activity selected for a set-up reduction programme
  5. the food and drink operational activity under review
  6. the people and resources that are required for the set-up reduction programme
  7. the importance of planning improvement activities
  8. how to implement a set-up reduction programme
  9. how improvements to the set-up can be achieved
  10. the role of Standard Operating Procedures and specifications in supporting the programme
  11. the application of the Deming cycle (plan, do, check, act)
  12. how improvements are communicated in the work area
  13. how to identify problems and opportunities for solving them
  14. the purpose of trial activities
  15. the targets and objectives for the improved set-up
  16. internal and external activities relevant to set-up
  17. how to solve problems and complete root cause analysis
  18. the difference between motion' andwork'
  19. how to identify value adding and non-value adding activity
  20. the extent of your own authority, and to whom you should report in the event of problems that you cannot resolve


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Indicative Review Date

31 Jan 2025





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Relevant Occupations

Food Production Operatives, Manufacturing Technologies, Plant and Machine Operatives, Process Operatives, Process, Plant and Machine Operatives

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Food; Operations; Manufacturing; Excellence; Improvement; Implement; Set-up; Reduction;