Production Operative (Days/ Noons)

Date: 01-Oct-2022

Location: Leek, United Kingdom

Company: Ornua Co-operative Limited

JOB TITLE:                       Production Operative


SHIFT PATTERN:              Rotating Shifts: Monday to Friday 06.00am to 14.00pm / 14.00pm to 22.00pm 


GRADE/RATE:                Hourly paid with day rates starting from £10.00 increasing to £10.15 after training.  





As an employee of Ornua, you can expect to receive a competitive salary along with the following benefits: 


  • Paid Breaks
  • Company Pension
  • Subsidised Staff Canteen / Breakout Areas
  • Company Shop (offering discounts on products)
  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Generous Holiday Allowance (rising with service)
  • Confidential Employee Assist Programme.
  • Refer a Friend Cash Scheme
  • Various events / incentives throughout the year.
  1. Paid Breaks - an extra £1,185 per year (take home) on top of your hourly rate for rotating days/afternoons
  2. Overtime at time and a half and double time



An innovative and dynamic company who offer great opportunities. 


Our recruitment strategy is to select and grow the best talent to enable us to achieve our vision. We are therefore constantly on the lookout for hard working, committed and talented people to join our team.


In return we are dedicated to providing a safe, creative and informative environment for our employees and whether you seek a factory shift job or a management position, we pride ourselves on being a good employer. With regular training programs, we actively encourage our employees to build on their skills whilst at Ornua Foods.



Key Facts


  • Training and developing our staff develop to their full potential.
  • Equal opportunities employer
  • COVID-19 safe sites - we ensure that the strictest processes are being followed in order to keep our staff safe in the workplace.
  • Clean working conditions.





We have exciting opportunities for several Operatives to join the team on a permanent basis at the largest private label and branded supplier of cheese to UK retail. 





The successful candidates will need to be able to operate within a challenging but rewarding factory environment that is physically demanding and can entail repetitive tasks.  


You should possess a can-do attitude, be willing to work and enjoy being part of a team. In return you can expect the opportunity to work with a market leading company that encourages internal promotion.             


In this role, you will be responsible for the efficient operation of any task performed in the production areas, working within specified production, presentation, housekeeping, and hygiene standards as directed by the Zone Leader.  


You will be an effective team member ensuring that the line operation is working to full capacity and helping minimise the waste of raw materials and packaging. You will also observe and understand the company policies and procedures relating to sickness absence, holidays, timekeeping, breaks, housekeeping, safety, and hygiene. 





For this role, good verbal, written and numerical skills are essential. 


Ideally you will have a driving licence and access to transport as shift patterns do not coincide with the public transport timetables. 


Having the capability to adhere to strict standards of quality and accuracy and to systems and procedures is a must, alongside working in a methodical, systematic, and precise manner. 



Company Overview 


Ornua is a dairy co-operative which sells dairy products on behalf of its Members, Ireland’s dairy processors and, in turn, Irish dairy farmers.  It is Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, exporting to 110 countries worldwide.  Headquartered in Dublin, it has annualised sales of over €2.3 billion and a global team of 2,850 employees.  Ornua operates from 10 business units worldwide, including 16 production facilities, and has sales and marketing teams working in-market across all four corners of the globe. 
The Group is structured across two divisions: Ornua Foods and Ornua Ingredients. 
Ornua Foods is responsible for the marketing and sales of Ornua’s consumer brands including Kerrygold, Dubliner, Pilgrims Choice, Kerrygold, Avantage, Forto, and BEO.  Markets are served by production facilities and in-market sales and marketing teams in Africa, Asia, Germany, Ireland, the UK, the rest of Europe, the Middle East, and the US. 
Ornua Ingredients is responsible for the procurement of Irish and non-Irish dairy products and for the sale of dairy ingredients to food manufacturing and foodservice customers across the world.  Ornua Ingredients is also responsible for managing volatility through de-risking and trading strategies. The business is supported by production facilities in Saudi Arabia, Spain, the UK, the US and by in-market teams in Africa and the Middle East. 

Ornua’s Values 
At Ornua, our Values guide us as we work together and care for each other to achieve great things. Our five values, and their underlying behaviours, encourage us to Seek and Embrace New Ideas, Make It Happen, Be Our True Selves, Show You Care and Achieve Great Things Together. 


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