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Position Title:Technical Operative - Agriculture

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Requisition ID: 17253 



For over 60 years we’ve been the number one branded player in frozen potato market. When it comes to bringing the nation together at mealtimes with simple, delicious and great tasting food we’re kind of a big deal!
You won’t just find us in supermarkets though. As well as owning a household retail brand, our respected foodservice business works in close partnership with distributors, chefs and caterers across thousands of the country’s pubs, restaurants, hospitals and schools.

We are passionate about potatoes. 
But we’re even more passionate about our People!



Our Technical Operative will ensure potato intake operates effectively and that a continuous supply of potatoes meets planned schedule to quality requirements. You'll also be responsible for...

  • Technical aspects of the department – blending processes, bin management, achieving production requirements for the peeler. 

  • Making technical adjustments as required for efficient running, calibrating, fault finding and rectifying as required.

  • Continually monitor and carry out tests to determine if area quality is being achieved, taking preventative or corrective action when appropriate and informing all applicable parties. Input traceability production run data into computer system

  • Contribute to risk assessments, audits, and the development and improvement of quality controls

  • Understand and operate equipment for the area as per Standard Work Methods

  • Ensures all consumables for the area are appropriate and available within work area

  • Yard management including receiving loads, carrying out checks, driver management and maintaining cleanliness standards

  • Routine sampling of raw material, checking potato passport, recording of data and liaising with production and AOL on specification achievements.  Actioning and maintaining rejection data.

  • Operations of wet and dry bins to ensure equipment operates efficiently

  • Maintain standard of cleanliness and organisation within receiving

  • Set up of Celox and scout camera SKU dependant

  • Waste management of the receiving area

  • Ensures that all personal protective equipment is maintained in good condition, i.e. safety clothing, eye protection, face visors, gloves, footwear, headgear etc.

  • Ensure that the area is maintained to 5s, Health & Safety and Hygiene standards at all times

  • Assist with training new operatives to the area

  • Maintain and be actively involved in all continuous improvement activities

  • Responsible for Operator Asset Care of all technical equipment within receiving and calibration of equipment

  • Completion of area SQDC board

  • Maintain standard of cleanliness and organisation within receiving area

  • Carry out any reasonable additional duties as and when requested



We're looking for someone with experience of working within food manufacturing in a similar role, and knowledge of the Health and Safety requirements within FMCG. You'll be a confident and assertive communicator at all levels, with excellent time management, prioritisation and organisational skills with the ability to multi-task. It will also be desirable to have knowledge of...


  • Lean manufacturing principles   

  • Food Hygiene                               

  • HACCP     

  • Understanding of continuous improvement           

  • Intake knowledge         


Although we do encourage you to taste the goods you’ll be pleased to know we don’t pay you in chips. For working hard, you’ll also get a great salary and some pretty good benefits including:


  • An excellent pension where we will pay double what you do, up to a maximum of 12% of your pay

  • Optional health cash plan

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • ‘Chips In’ Volunteering Day Off - to make a positive impact to the competitiveness, resilience, and long-term development of McCain communities across the globe


And of course, being part of a Global business there are great opportunities to shine/thrive should you wish to relocate in the future. We have an ambitious 5 year growth plan that presents development & progression opportunities for those who seek it out.



You'll be based at our Whittlesey plant, this is a role that follows a rotational shift pattern, working 2 days on, 1 day off, 2 nights on, 3 days off, and has a high volume of work being completed outside in all weather elements. 


McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.
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Job Family: Manufacturing

Location(s): GB - United Kingdom : England : Whittlesey || GB - United Kingdom : England : Grantham || GB - United Kingdom : England : Hull || GB - United Kingdom : England : Peterborough || GB - United Kingdom : England : Scarborough || GB - United Kingdom : England : Wombourne || GB - United Kingdom : Other : Reference job description || GB - United Kingdom : Scotland : Montrose  

Company: McCain Foods (G.B.) Ltd 

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