Production Operative Ornua Ingredients (Nantwich)

Date: 18-Jan-2023

Location: Nantwich, United Kingdom

Company: Ornua Co-operative Limited

Job Title:                     Production Operative

Reports to:                 Line Supervisor

Location:                      Spinneyfields Farm, Nantwich, CW5 6DN

Hours:                           Monday-Friday, 6am-2pm/2pm-10pm (rotating shifts)

Salary:                           Starting at £10.00 per hour, up to £12.65 per hour ( Grade D)




Company Background



Ornua is Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy exporting to over 110 countries with annualised sales of over €2 billion.


Operating from 19 subsidiaries worldwide and employing over 2,300 staff, Ornua has sales and marketing teams working in-market across all four corners of the globe from Algiers to Beijing to Lagos and LA.


The business is structured across two core platforms: Ornua Foods and Ornua Ingredients.

Ornua Foods owns the iconic Kerrygold brand, as well as the Pilgrims Choice, Dubliner, Forto and BEO Milk Powder brands.


Ornua Ingredients supplies superior quality dairy ingredients to leading global food manufacturers from some of the world’s most technically advanced manufacturing and prepacking facilities located in Africa, China, Ireland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the UK and the US.


Ornua Foods UK is located in Leek Staffordshire and is comprised of a state-of-the-art cheese packing facility. It is the UK’s largest supplier of pre-packed hard cheese supplying every major UK food retailer as well as the wholesale, convenience and foodservice sectors. Home to the Pilgrims Choice, MU and Kerrygold butter brands, it sells 50% of UK retail private label hard cheese. Pilgrims Choice is the number two cheddar brand in the UK and Kerrygold has 14% share of UK retail packet butter.


Ornua Ingredients UK is comprised of two manufacturing sites (Ledbury & Whitchurch). It specialises in the manufacture and supply of high quality cheese in a range of formats, specialist cheese, dairy ingredients and a wide range of dessert products supplying the food manufacturing and foodservice sectors.


Ornua Nutrition Ingredients UK is a leading powder specialist providing high quality ingredients to the UK and export markets through its sourcing, formulating & blending facility in Leek.


At Ornua, we Grow Together by investing in the development of our people and providing great people leadership for all. We Achieve Together through valuing collaboration, innovation and diversity and by empowering our people to make decisions. We Belong Together by staying true to our co-operative roots, valuing each other's individual differences and remaining humble in our interactions with each other and our customers.


We want to find people that understand and work with heart, with thought with vision, with drive – Ornua’s core values.





To be a Production Operative, working on the production line in accordance with the production schedule, meeting all relevant quality, safety, service, legal and regulatory standards and obligations.



Key Areas of Responsibility:


  • Engage in the development of improvements in the effectiveness of Production through contribution to cross-functional working, performance improvement initiatives and the development of operational process. 
  • Adopt an ethos of continuous improvement, seeking ways to improve the working methods for productivity, performance and safety of the operation.
  • Take personal accountability for being compliant with all food safety and hygiene policies procedures and standards, escalating immediately any quality issues to minimise the impact.
  • Carry out all production related tasks in accordance with written work instructions in order achieve daily production plans, and produce high quality finished goods.
  • To ensure the Clean As You Go policy is carried out in immediate working area, maintaining own work area to the agreed standards.
  • Ensure that all operational documentation is completed accurately and promptly to the agreed standards.
  • Help to identify and eliminate problems, taking timely action to fix the problem and prevent recurrence as agreed with the Line Supervisor.
  • Maintain processes within pre-determined limits and monitor non-conformance.
  • Take personal accountability for the product quality, following all the required policies, procedures and standards, escalating immediately any quality issues to minimise any impact.
  • To work in accordance with the Company’s Health and Safety policy and in a manner that ensures operators do not put themselves or others in a position of danger, reporting any incidents and accidents or shortcomings immediately.
  • Take personal accountability for wearing the appropriate safety protection gear at all times within the production environment.
  • Adopt an ethos of "safety first", taking responsibility for Health & Safety performance and reporting, ensuring risks and issues are actioned immediately in line with Health & Safety regulations.
  • Take personal responsibility for understanding and agreeing performance expectations, completing the necessary mandatory training and developing the levels of capability and competence needed to be effective in the role.





  • Good understanding of Food Hygiene, quality and safety standards
  • Experience of working in a factory setting, in particular, setting up of production lines and root cause analysis
  • High levels of self-motivation, drive & commitment
  • Flexible and resilient
  • Strong and effective communicator
  • Adopts high personal and professional standards



Key Competencies


  • WORKING TOGETHER: Encourages co-operation in own team and supports cross-functional working
  • RIGOUR: For projects that involve others applies effective professional skill, analysis and decision making, and planning and reviewing.
  • FORWARD LOOKING: Helps others to accept change, implements change, and looks ahead to anticipate change.
  • OWNERSHIP: Clarifies accountabilities, overlaps, and gaps. Helps others remain motivated through difficult times



Free Onsite Parking, 28 Days holiday including 3 pre-booked bank holidays, Matched Pension, Subsidised Staff Canteen, Company Shop (offering discounts on products), Sports and Social Club, Staff Lottery, Discount on Bikes and Tech Scheme, Confidential Employee Assist Programme.



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