Job Title: Fruit Production Line Operators

We’re looking for great people to join our Fourayes food production team at Bicknor, in the heart of the beautiful Kent countryside.

Reporting to: The Production Manager.

Position: Full-time or Part-time.

Hours: Monday-Friday flexible shifts between 6am and 10pm, or to meet business needs. Some weekend working when required.

Salary: £9.71 per hour, with a rate increase to next pay band after successfully completing training and 3 month probation.

Holidays: 20 days plus Bank Holidays. Opportunity to buy up to 5 days extra holiday per annum. Additional holiday: 1 extra day’s holiday after 5/10/15 years, plus you get a £50 bonus for 5 years, £100 for 10 years’ service etc.

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

  • Length of service bonuses for 5 years +£50, 10 years +£100 and 15 years +£150

  • Employee Referrals +£400 if your referral stays employed with us for more than 6 months

  • If you are a qualified First Aider +£200 pa

  • 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)

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Gorgeous rural location in the heart of the Fourayes’ Bramley Apple orchards

State of the Art machinery and full training

Great team and lots of social events throughout the year

Company perspective and background

Fourayes Farm Ltd is a family run business and 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.

Job Purpose:

You’ll get the chance to work in this great family-run business. You will be asked to work in the production areas producing products in line with the schedule, and as instructed by the Supervisor. To maintain section quality and KPIs (key performance Indicators) at all times.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Include the following; other duties may be assigned, the details below are not exhaustive.

  • You’ll work as instructed by the Supervisor in the most efficient manner.
  • You’ll undertake all duties in the safest possible way and in line with the company Health and Safety policies and procedures.
  • You will report problems or potential problems to the Supervisor immediately.
  • You’ll take on responsibility of the product quality at all times whilst working in the area.
  • You will know and understand all section KPIs and assist in reaching these targets.
  • You’ll ensure product integrity is not compromised and therefore achieve Right First Time (RFT)
  • You’ll abide by the company rules at all times
  • You will maintain an acceptable level of Personal and company Health and Hygiene.
  • You will maintain a clean and tidy work area and assist in the end of shift housekeeping activities.
  • You will follow company dress code policies at all times
  • You’ll attend training as required to develop relevant knowledge and skills throughout all production areas
  • You’ll carry out other duties within the production areas that may be required from time to time.
  • You will be able to operate machinery

Education and Qualifications:

To perform this role successfully you must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and ideally: Hold a current Basic Food Hygiene Certificate desirable but not essential as training is offered.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions.  The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and vibrations.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Work a rotating shift pattern of between 06.00 – 22.00 in line with business needs and must be physically able to stand for long periods of time.

Covid-19 Procedures June 2021

All employees will be required to wear a face covering while working onsite, keeping to the social distancing rules and washing hands etc. We are also asking all employees to take a weekly lateral flow test (ideally over the weekend, ready for the new week ahead) and report the results into HR to maintain a COVID free environment.


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

Closing Date: TBA

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Join the Bramley Apple Picking team in the Autumn

If you don’t work all week in the factory then you can join the picking team in September & October. It’s £10 per bin for the 1st pick. Also great if you are student looking for holiday work.

Learn more about Apple Picking at Fourayes