General Operatives help produce, prepare and pack our products. We will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the machinery operations. Other times you’ll ensure the effective processing of our beautiful ingredients. In this role you may find yourself working throughout our factory from preparing goods in and forming, decanting ingredients, mixing or blending the finest food to packing, hygiene and boxing for despatch.
As a General Operative, a typical week will include some of the following where applicable:
- Making sure that all our stock is stored, moved and organised safely and in accordance with the vital production quality standards we have in place. From our FIFO (first in, first out) stock management approach and monitoring pallet quality to waste and shelf-life control, you have a key role to play in helping us be prudent at all times
- Carefully inspecting ingredients received from suppliers to ensure they meet or exceed the specific quality standards we demand and specify for each ingredient. Also decanting and preparing ingredients accurately according to our recipes.
- Ensuring our finest food products are prepared and produced exactly as specified in our delicious recipes. As part of this you’ll always follow safe operating guidelines for using and cleaning all our production equipment.
- Cleaning surfaces, equipment and spaces throughout our factory and always in full compliance with the critical international standards we adhere to. You’ll also be constantly alert to potential contaminants, pests and other potential hygiene issues.
- Sorting all our waste and disposing of or recycling it accordingly.
- Taking care to complete all paperwork professionally, accurately and on time. This is a really important part of our traceability and quality processes.
- Helping your colleagues learn new skills, equipment and processes so we can all do what we do very well. Ensuring site visitors are welcomed and follow access process.
Something really important
Health and safety procedures, food safety and hygiene are critical in a world-class food production environment. We will provide you with all the necessary training – both initially and on an ongoing basis – so that you can work at all times to the high standards we require. We also require that you be at least 18 years old.
You’re good at:
- Working under pressure with shifts up to 12 hours in a fast-paced, 24-hour environment
- Being flexible with work hours so you can work overtime at short notice or sometimes at the weekend
- Carefully following written and verbal instructions
- Following processes and procedures exactly
- Performing routine and regular daily tasks
- Communicating positively and proactively with your colleagues throughout our factory
- Working with others as a team player and going the extra mile when needed
- Completing paperwork carefully, neatly and accurately
- Letting others know when there’s a problem or challenge that needs attention
You’re able to:
- Stand on your feet for long periods of time
- Bend and lift weights of up to 25kg, with a reasonable level of physical fitness
- Work in a chilled environment at times, including inside freezers for short periods of time
- Work shift patterns (early or late) as well as weekends when our business requires
- Working understanding of English
- Sound knowledge or food safety
- Basic numeracy and literacy skills
- Some GCSEs/S grades (or equivalent) if you are interested in progressing to a supervisory role
You might also have:
- Previous experience in a similar role in a food manufacturing environment
- Formal food safety and production training
- Knowledge of supply chain management, warehousing and related production aspects
- NVQ/SVQ in Food and Drink Manufacturing Operations at Levels 1 to 4
- City & Guilds Certificate in Health and Safety
- BTEC National Certificate in Food Science and Manufacturing Technology
- Fork Lift Truck driving (FLT) license