Job Title: Apple Grader

We’re looking for a new Apple Grader to join our Fourayes production team in Bicknor, in the heart of the beautiful Kent countryside.

Reporting to: The Production Manager

Full Time Hours: Working Monday to Friday on a rotating shift pattern with start times between 05:30 and 14:00 in line with the business requirements.

Salary: £10.48 per hour

Welcome Bonus: Upon successful completion of a 12-week probationary period the candidate will receive a one off £300 bonus.

Recommend a Friend Bonus: If you are a permanent member of staff and introduce someone to the company and they are offered the position, you will be entitled to a £400 introductory bonus providing they stay with the company for at least 6 months.

Holidays: 20 days pro rata plus Bank Holidays

Fantastic Rural Location in the middle of our English Bramley apple orchard. So, you will need to have own, or reliable transport to site. We are 5 mins drive from Detling Hill and 15-20min drive from Maidstone or Sittingbourne.

Plenty of Extra Perks & Bonuses:

  • Life Insurance Cover after 3 months of service

  • Contributory Pension Scheme after 3 months of service

  • Statutory Sick Pay

  • Employee of the Month +£100

  • Attendance Bonus if not off sick for 12 months from beginning of holiday year

  • Family Fun Day and annual BBQ

  • Christmas Party – for all permanent employees

  • Easter Eggs for all staff

  • Food tasting events (own products)

  • Departmental social events

  • Staff Canteen (for self catering)

Fourayes Food Development

Great team and lots of social events throughout the year

Company perspective and background

Fourayes Farm Ltd is the UK’s number one fruit grower and processor, supplying superb products for Bakery, desserts, smoothies, and the Dairy industry amongst others. We work with the largest retail multiples in the world and have a turnover in excess of £15 million with historically strong operating profits.

We are also an industry innovator.  We invest in the best people and equipment to deliver the best results for our customers.  We also develop ground-breaking new products such as Utterly Fruity (taking fresh apple into applications previously unattainable) and our delicious Plumptious mincemeat.

Fourayes will continue to actively focus on innovation, supporting profitable growth and the consolidation of existing operations. To facilitate this, we require a talented and experienced Apple Grader to support the company through the changes necessary to achieve our objectives.

Fourayes Farm is the UK’s number one Apple grower and processor, supplying fresh Apple, fruit fillings, Jams, Mincemeats and Purees to the Bakery and Dairy industry, our products are to be found in the end products of the largest multiple retails in the world.

Job Purpose

The Apple Grader will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the Apple grader and 5 automated peeling machine, they will working in close collaboration with the Engineering team, the Apple line supervisors and the Apple store operator  to ensure a smooth uninterrupted supply of peeled and cored Apple to the production area.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Safe operation of all equipment in line with the company H&S policy.
  • Follow the production plan ensuring correct stock is issued to the production line.
  • Capture and record any downtimes on the relevant documents, communicating these to the area supervisor.
  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment.
  • Provide a detailed handover at shift change to the incoming operator/area supervisor

Education and qualifications

  • The successful candidate will have good organisational skills with high level of numeracy and literacy and, will ideally have previous experience of FMCG or food manufacturing and machine operation.

Shift Pattern:

Working Monday to Friday on a rotating shift pattern with start times between 05:30 and 14:00 in line with the business requirements.

Covid-19 Procedures 2022

We currently have no compulsory requirements to wear face coverings or for lateral flow testing. However, please check for up to date information should you be invited to interview.


Please complete the Summary Application Form and send it, together with a copy of your CV, to Hannah Wisbey at:

Or you can post the completed form and a copy of your CV to H Wisbey, Fourayes Farm Ltd, Bicknor, Sittingbourne, Kent. ME9 8BJ

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your application please email or call on 01622 884230

Put your name down for the Bramley Apple Picking team every Autumn

If you don’t work all week in the factory then you can join the picking team in September & early October. Current rate is £15 per bin for the 1st pick. Also great if you are student looking for holiday work.