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Production Operators

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Date: 24-Jun-2022

Location: Ashford, GB

Company: Premier Foods

A great British food company 

Premier Foods is one of Britain’s biggest listed food companies, employing over 4,000 colleagues at 15 manufacturing sites and offices up and down the country.

Many of our brands have been part of UK life for more than a century and you’ll find them in 94% of British households.

At Premier foods we believe in inclusion, authenticity and individuality. We aim to ensure all existing and potential colleagues are given equitable opportunities and are respected, valued and encouraged to bring their true authentic selves to work no matter who they are, what they look like, who they love or what they believe in. Our culture is one where everyone is welcome. 


Production Operators

  • Based - Ashford
  • Permanent Roles on Double Day Shifts or Night Shifts Available
  • 6-month training programme
  • Starting salary - £20,180 per annum plus £3,942 shift allowance per annum for days or £5,910 shift allowance per annum for nights
  • (Leading to £24,249 per annum plus £3,696 shift allowance per annum for days or £5,910 shift allowance per annum for nights)
  • 6-month training programme
  • 37.5 hours per week double-day / nights

We have multiple vacancies for Production Operators on our site in Ashford. The main purpose of the role will be to handle and dispense raw materials, applying the correct Health & Safety procedures and Quality procedures, and do it in an efficient and productive manner in order to meet Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) targets.





  • Understand and follow all Company Safety Procedures and adhere to processes, procedures and guidelines that are in place, including and not limited to:  Personal Protective Equipment; accident/ incident reporting; first aid; manual handling; ALARP (Risk Assessment) and evacuation procedures.  (The safety responsibilities of each operator grade are outlined in the H&S Manual supported by the relevant H&S training modules)

  • Challenge non-compliance to H&S and raise Tags when necessary and/ or speak to a Safety Representative
  • Understand and apply correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements
  • Identify safety hazards and potential issues on the line
  • Be able to identify and safely use stop buttons
  • Complete Line Movement sheet for relevant line if transferred to a new line


  • Understand and apply the Company quality standards and practices that are in place including and not limited to: jewellery, glass and brittle plastics policy etc.  (The quality responsibilities of all Operators are outlined in the Process Quality Control (PQC) Manual supported by the relevant PQC training module)
  • Be able to complete running checks on the line i.e. checking codes and seals (providing the PQC training modules had been completed and signed off) at 4 weeks’ service
  • Sign the register on the daily PQC sheet
  • Report Quality Issues to Shift Leader
  • Maintain departmental GMP and hygiene standards at all times
  • Maintain good housekeeping ensuring that the work area is always clean; tools are correctly cleaned and stored; spillages are cleaned up immediately and defects reported


  • Ensure the successful running of the production line / process in order to meet targets
  • Have awareness of business demands and an understanding of the site strategy and how the team fits into the long term plan
  • Ensure that an effective shift handover is conducted with the oncoming shift i.e. face-to-face; updated boards; completed handover document
  • Actively seek ways to improve performance
  • Contribute to the decision making process
  • Support the successful running of the production line in order to meet targets
  • Understand and meet output targets
  • Understand the running of the line and the names and roles of the main pieces of equipment
  • Use K9/ hand palleton trucks as required and always in a safe manner
  • Work with opposite shifts to achieve the daily planning schedule and service other department’s requirements


  • Work as part of a team to achieve maximum output
  • Share learning and ideas


Please specify if you are looking for weekday days or night shifts


Options for weekend day or night shifts also available


Please be advised if you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of applying you have been unsuccessful at this time.