The Big Bear Range

About Big Bear Confectionery

Big Bear are part of Raisio plc, a €600m European food business.
Big Bear manufacture branded products such as Fox's Glacier Mints, XXX Mints, Paynes Poppets and Just Brazils as well as working with all major High Street retailers to produce quality own label confectionery.

Our Family of Brands

XXX Mints

XXX Mints

View website Poppets






Just Brazils

Just Brazils

Juicee Gummee

Juicee Gummee

Retail Private Label

Big Bear are one of the UK's leading independent confectionery manufacturers. We have twice won the confectionery own label supplier of the year award and we boast a wide portfolio of products that include:

Product Capabilities

  • Boiled Sweets
  • Mints
  • Toffee & Fudge
  • Gums & Jellies
  • Popcorn
  • Extruded Soft Candy
  • Lollipops
  • Foiled Chocolate Balls & Eggs
  • Chocolate Coated Fruit & Nuts
  • Chocolate Buttons
  • Sugar Panned Nuts
  • Sugar Panned Chocolates
  • Liquorice
  • Compressed Sugar Candy

Packaging Capabilities

  • Bulk
  • Nets
  • Sachets
  • Cartons
  • Taper Boxes
  • Flip Top Boxes
  • Bag in Bag
  • Tubs
  • Tins
  • Multipacks
  • Roll Packs
  • Flowwraps
  • Doys
  • Jars


Big Bear Confectionery produces some of the nation’s favourite confectionery brands as well as being one of the biggest suppliers of retailer ‘own brand’ products in the UK, manufacturing high quality products at our 5 production facilities in the UK and Czech Republic.


Head of HR - UK

Full Time Permanent Role – Leicester based with travel

Big Bear is home to some of the nation’s favourite confectionery brands, as well as being one of the foremost suppliers to the UK confectionery market. We have around 400 colleagues working across 3 sites in the UK and a further 500 at our 2 sites in the Czech Republic.

In this role, you will have full responsibility for driving all aspects of HR, both strategically and operationally across the UK sites and will be expected to travel as required.

In the past 4 years, the business has undergone a considerable period of change and re-organisation. Our ambition is to become an ‘employer of choice’ in the localities in which we operate through the continued development of appropriate HR strategies, strong recruitment & training programmes, and competitive local terms & conditions.

You will be expected to get directly involved in all aspects of HR and you will have a proven ability to deal with a wide range of HR issues - in particular, change management.

You must have a manufacturing (ideally FMCG) background with generalist experience and be used to managing a team. You will also be to a minimum MCIPD qualified and have strong employee relations / trade union experience, ideally gained across a complex, multi-site operation.

If this sounds like a role that would be of interest please send your CV through to Katie Mason (Head of HR) – , clearly stating your current position, notice period and salary / benefits expectations. The closing date for this is Friday 16th October 2015 – 12 noon.

No Agencies Please


Multi-Skilled Engineers

1 x 12 hour permanent Night Shift on 2 week rotation

Competitive Salary

You must be a multi skilled engineer, ideally with apprenticeship background and have a City & Guilds 2394/5 qualification or 17th edition electrical qualification. Ideally you will have experience of working in a food / manufacturing environment and a proven track record in delivering both proactive and reactive maintenance demonstrating safe working practices.

Customer Services Administrator

Day based 9.00am until 5.00pm

Competitive Salary

As a member of the Customer Service team, you will be responsible for sales order processing, allocating stock to orders and generating daily reports, as well as handling and resolving customer information, enquiries and queries for all Big Bear products. The ideal candidate will be PC literate, educated to GCSE level maths and English, as well as being well organised, having an eye for detail, with an excellent telephone manner. You must be able to build a positive working relationship internally with colleagues and externally with customers.

Quality Assurance Operative

Day Shift, 12 month contract to cover maternity leave

Competitive Hourly Rate

This role will be diverse and will cover all internal GMP & hygiene audits and assisting during customer site visits. It will also involve customer complaint investigations, sampling, checks and positive release. Additionally, the role will involve monitoring QA practices and systems, checks of factory process paperwork ensuring compliance with internal procedures. You will be PC literate, educated to GCSE level maths and English, as well as being well organised, with excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Please send a full up to date CV, including a full covering letter setting out your salary expectations to by Friday 16th October 2015

Contact Us

Head Office

Big Bear Confectionery
Sunningdale Road

+44 (0)116 287 3561