Factory Operative - Chargehand - Malton

Malton, North Yorkshire
22 Sep 2016
20 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Factory Operative - Chargehand

Karro Food - Pride in Pork is our philosophy for who we are and what we do as a company – from the thoughtful way we prepare our products and develop our people to the way we work with our farmers and build relationships with our customers. While we’re taking care of business, we’re striving to care for our environment, our communities and our people. Quite simply, exceptional meat, a healthy environment, sustainable farming practices and happy communities and people are essential to the production of our quality products.

Karro Food Group is one of Britain’s leading pork processors. We supply fresh pork, cured and cooked meats such as bacon and ham to retail, foodservice and manufacturing customers across the UK. Our countrywide operations are responsible for the pork eaten by millions of consumers every year and we take pride in producing products of the highest quality.

Our Operations team in Malton, North Yorkshire is growing and we have a vacancy for a Chargehand to work in our factory.

Overview of the role:

The Chargehand holds a position of authority within the management structure of the Company, leading, motivating and developing the line team to achieve the plan through the best use of material, labour and machinery resources to optimise yield and to reduce waste across the line. Reports to the Departmental Supervisor.

Typical activities will vary from week to week and will change depending on the needs of the departmental manager. Activities will include:

  • Regularly monitoring each line to a certain specification ensuring efficient break controls, start-ups and line handovers
  • Ensuring the lines are running to the specified speeds and producing the right quality through monitoring, control and detailed tracking of all categories of waste, yield, output and downtime
  • Following Customer Specifications
  • Ensuring that floor wastes and other categories of waste on the line are reduced
  • Liaising with other areas of the department
  • Liaising with Engineering, Technical and other departments where necessary.
  • Conduct all necessary start-up and shut down procedures, including safety checks and paperwork
  • Complete and sign off all paperwork including time sheets, yield sheets and absenteeism records in a timely, honest and accurate manner using T&A. Report an issues to departmental manager or supervisor
  • Harness the line team to take personal responsibility for producing quality products and adhering to specs, taking the team forward, and driving and supporting them to improved variance, quality and volume standards
  • Ensuring all operatives follow hygiene and cleanliness procedures at all times (e.g. hand-washing, knife sterilising and kit wash-down)
  • Ensuring good time keeping, especially during break times, is adhered to by all operatives on the line, reporting any exceptions to the departmental supervisor. Keeping a record of all late attendees and completing a line register to assist in the absence procedure. Ensuring the right manning levels are available to deliver the line plan, reporting any over staffing above standard.
  • Working to reduce absenteeism, encouraging team members and motivating them to come to work, and anticipating the needs of individuals
  • Manage staff to ensure they clock out within the dept. dedicated clock machines
  • Participating in daily reviews with the Supervisor– equipped with line report and action log - to discuss line performance. Hourly boards must be completed with reasons given if below company standard.
  • Monitor locker rooms to ensure staff are following procedures – Findings must be challenged and reported to supervisor/Manager
  • Holding regular reviews with operators to discuss production performance and quality issues, promoting increased efficiencies and enhancing team building
  • Ensuring stock rotation to make sure that products are used on a short code first basis and communicating with chill operatives.
  • Checking product traceability and taking responsibility for operator understanding of traceability requirements before producing any product
  • Being an ambassador for the business at all times, behaving in a professional and courteous manner both with internal and external customers.
  • Assisting supervisors in hosting visitors to the department, providing information as required around areas such as product quality , hygiene and health and safety
  • Undertaking various Health & Safety responsibilities, including :-
    • Conducting regular line safety checks and line risk assessment audits
    • Investigating accidents competently and, where necessary, completing the relevant part of accident reports in an appropriate manner
    • Completing induction sheets for new starters. This includes safety features such as emergency stops, fire hazards and the fire evacuation procedure should an alarm be activated. Demonstrating the escape routes and where fire extinguishers are kept.
    • Liaising with the HR department regarding competence standards and suitability.
    • Ensuring line training logs are kept up to date at all times, reporting any weaknesses in individuals competence to the shift supervisor and assist in arranging refresher training.
    • Support Dept. health and safety Rep
  • Ensuring the team comply with general Health and Hygiene regulations – E.g. the wearing of jewellery – and that they are all wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • It is every employee’s duty, no matter what their position within the company, to assist the employer with its responsibilities towards health and safety

About you:

  • You will have attention to detail/good observational skills to spot faults
  • You will have strong people skills, with an ability to listen and to communicate expectations to others, delivering results through a team of people
  • You will show positive leadership skills and have the ability to drive a team to deliver to targets, ensuring that both positive and negative feedback is given
  • You are always striving for improvement from a health and safety, output, quality and efficiency perspective
  • You are able to take ownership of issues, demonstrate initiative, and show commitment and self-motivation

What’s in it for you:

A competitive pay and benefits package is available which includes, pension scheme, life assurance and annual leave. 

In addition you will have access to continuous training, support and personal development working in an environment that challenges you to develop and grow.