Job Title: Engineers Mate

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

Reporting to: The Engineering Manager

Full Time Hours: Working Monday to Friday on a rotating shift pattern with start times between 06:00 and 14:00 in line with the business requirements.

Salary: £competitive

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

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)

High tech equipment & systems

Great team and lots of social events throughout the year

Company perspective and background

Puratos Fourayes is an exciting new venture. Puratos has been developing innovative products for the bakery industry since 1919 and has recently acquired Fourayes, the UK’s number one grower and processor of fruit. We’re looking for someone with a passion for making things happen, real enthusiasm for the food industry, as well as a strong desire to be part of cross functional teams.

The Puratos Group’s annual turnover now exceeds €2 billion and the Fourayes acquisition is key part of our ambitious growth strategy to reach €5 billion by 2030. We aim to reach this with the creation of innovative food solutions that promote health & well-being and steadily move businesses, customers, people, and the planet forward.

Job Role

The role of the Engineer Mate is to ensure a highly professional service is provided to all its internal and external stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities & Skills

To undertake essential maintenance works, both planned and reactive with fault finding and fault diagnosis that are required to allow production to run and downtime to be minimised in a fast-paced production / manufacturing environment.

  • To ensure that all plant and machinery is maintained in good safe and efficient working order at all times.
  • To ensure that all site services and facilities are maintained in good safe and efficient working order at all times.
  • To work as part of a team sharing knowledge and ideas to improve processes and production techniques.
  • To meet and exceed departmental KPI’s and targets.
  • To maintain a positive working atmosphere is maintained.
  • To work safely at all times making sure that your actions to not cause harm to yourself or others.
  • To Adhere to company policies and procedures

Education and Qualifications

To carry out this role successfully the individual must be willing to learn and be interested in obtaining a recognised engineering qualification with support from the company. Ideally will have experience of working in a food manufacturing / processing environment with the ability to communicate at all levels

Must be able to work to current health and safety requirements and use relevant permits to work where necessary.

Shift Pattern:

This is a permanent position with immediate start preferred.  Working hours will require a fair degree of flexibility based on a two-shift system: 06.00 – 14.00 / 14.00 – 22.00.  Currently, there is no night shift, but applicants should be aware that this may become a requirement in the future as shift patterns develop in line with company success.

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet, cold and or humid conditions and moving mechanical parts. There is an amount of walking, standing, and sitting involved. The noise levels have been assessed across the plant and some areas are mandatory hearing protection


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 J Williams, 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.