Job Title: Food Production Machine Operator (Jam Plant)

We’re looking for a new Production Machine Operator 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 06:00 and 14:00 in line with the business requirements.

Salary: £10.68ph

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)

Fourayes Food Development

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 successful candidate will be leading a small team operating modern food manufacturing equipment, producing fruit fillings/jams/mincemeats following the production plan ensuring that the product is manufactured safely and efficiently to achieve the customers delivery and quality expectations.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Safe operation of manufacturing equipment in line with the company H&S policy.
  • Quality and food safety throughout the process.
  • Follow the production plan ensuring batch cycle times are achieved.
  • Follow product recipe and manufacturing method.
  • Ensure all stock and labour usage is recorded accurately.
  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment, following CAYG principles.
  • Provide a detailed handover at shift change to the incoming operator/area supervisor

Education and Qualifications

The successful candidate should have high levels of numeracy and literacy and, will ideally have previous experience of FMCG or food manufacturing and machine operation, a certificate in basic food hygiene and HACCP would be desirable, though not essential.

Shift Pattern:

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


Please complete the Summary Application Form and send it, together with a copy of your CV, to Jessica Williams 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.