Vacancies at Althams

Machine Operator

We are seeking a Machine Operator to join our day shift operations team at our plant in Morecambe.

Your mastery

  •  To operate the sausage making machine.
  •  To process orders to meet customer specifications.
  • At all times to be suitably dressed and wear all the protective clothing and equipment correctly as supplied by the Company, and to be responsible for these items.
  •  Ensuring cleanliness and abide by all Health and Hygiene and Health and Safety procedures as laid out by the Company at all times.
  •   If and when necessary work across other departments when required.

The key ingredients

We recruit individuals who are passionate about our products and care that customers receive excellent service. To be successful in this role you will need a previous experience of operating a machine within meat manufacturing environment,  demonstrate a good understanding of health and hygiene regulations, be able to organise tasks and work efficiently and communicate well within a team. 

General Operatives (Seasonal)

We are seeking a General Operatives to join our day and night shift operations team at our plant in Morecambe to cover the peak period of Christmas. This role would suit students, school leavers or individuals who wish to gain further experience within food manufacturing. Althams are currently expanding therefore it would also be a great opportunity to trial working here.

Your mastery

  •  To ensure that the correct quality and standard of meat as specified on the customer order is prepared.
  • To ensure the correct procedures of manual handling and packing of meat at all times.
  •  To ensure there is no deterioration of products and prepared stock.
  • At the close of business ensuring all stock and products are stored correctly, according to date, in the appropriate fridge or freezer.
  •  At the end of each shift place all dirty protective clothing into the dedicated bins and all aprons and wellies are clean and stored in the correct area.
  • At all times to be suitably dressed and wear all the protective clothing and equipment correctly as supplied by the Company, and to be responsible for these items.
  •  Ensuring cleanliness and abide by all Health and Hygiene and Health and Safety procedures as laid out by the Company at all times.
  •   If and when necessary work across other departments when required.

The key ingredients

We recruit individuals who are passionate about our products and care that customers receive excellent service. To be successful in this role you will need a good understanding of health and hygiene regulations, be able to organise tasks and work efficiently and communicate well within a team.  This role would ideally suit someone who has operated in food production within a fast paced environment (but not essential) as training will be given.

Please note, this is a temporary seasonal contract until 31st December 2017. The hours for the role will be variable during the temporary period.

Team Leader - Sausage Room

Your mastery

Due to our continual growth and investment we are recruiting a Team Leader - Sausage Room at our factory in Morecambe. Your role will involve supporting the Factory Manager to lead the team of Operators so that the dual objectives of excellent customer service and a high level of efficiency and cost effectiveness are simultaneously achieved.

Key responsibilities will include:-

• The role requires management of staff, equipment and resources in an optimum way to maximise throughput and minimise waste.

• To lead, manage and motivate a team of staff to deliver key performance targets, safely, effectively and efficiently to meet customer specifications and requirements.

• To be a proactive and constructive member of the Factory Management Team and to proactively support the maintenance and development of the company’s reputation as an excellent butcher and a great place to work.

• To contribute to factory management meetings and cascade key messages to the team.

• To be responsible for the correct standard and specification of meat, as per the order sheet system and/or specification sheet, and the timely despatch of the orders.

• To ensure that customer orders are completed fully each day by the team in an efficient and motivated manner.

• To ensure there is no deterioration of products and prepared stock by the team.

• To ensure that all stock and products are stored correctly by the team.

• To ensure cleanliness of the production areas and to abide all Health and Hygiene rules as laid out by the Company at all times.

• To ensure that the correct procedures of manual handling and packing of meat are followed at all times.

The key ingredients

We have a great team environment at Althams Butchers, we recruit individuals who are passionate about our products and care that customers receive excellent service. To be successful in this role you will need to be a skilled food operator with proven experience of leading teams.

The hours for the role will be 40 hours each week.

Management training will be provided through our Academy.

Regional Sales Manager (East Lancs and Manchester)

Your mastery

The key purpose of this role will be to grow sales with new and existing customers in the targeted market segments and to ensure that all customers for which the Regional Sales Manager is responsible receive excellent customer service. To be a proactive and constructive member of the Sales Team and to proactively support the maintenance and development of the company’s image and reputation.

Key responsibilities include:

  • A thorough understanding of the market, customers and competition in the market segments for which he or she is responsible.
  • Thinks proactively about the markets in which he or she is working, looks ahead and identifies opportunities which could be used to drive sales growth.
  • Identifies, researches, develops and converts new targets on a regular basis. Specific and purposeful strategies and action plans are created in order to achieve this. Any roadblocks which the Regional Sales Manager cannot remove are immediately raised with the Operations Director.
  • Strong, mutually beneficial relationships are built and maintained with existing and new customers.
  • Networks proactively with knowledgeable and influential people in the industry who can provide valuable market information and/or influence customers and targets to buy from Althams.
  • Understands the company’s products, heritage and capabilities in depth, along with the farming methods employed and the provenance of the company’s products and uses this knowledge to sell the company and what it has to offer, proactively and effectively.
  • Attends a variety of company events, including trade shows and exhibitions, and sometimes involving an overnight stay, as requested by the Operations Director.
  • Makes sure that each customer’s requirements are met and shouts loudly if they are not and the solution to the problem is outside his or her control.
  • Any feedback, whether positive or negative and any complaints from customers are acknowledged, appreciated and viewed constructively and action taken to address the issue wherever possible.

The key ingredients

To be successful in this role you will be a true foodie and must have had similar sales experience ideally within food. You will have excellent financial and commercial awareness, the ability to network effectively externally within the industry and be comfortable with driving results in a fast paced environment.

Quality Assurance Manager - Althams Fine Foods

Our finesse

Althams Fine Foods specialise in providing high quality ready meals for supermarkets and foodservice. We operate a state of the art factory in Morecambe, Lancashire. This is fantastic opportunity to develop your career in quality and experience the excitement of a high growth company.

 Your role

Reporting into the Technical Manager you will manage all aspects of quality assurance within Altham Fine Foods so that the best possible procedures are in place which will allow top quality, safe and legal products to be produced at all times. You will manage customer complaints so that not only are solutions found quickly for the customer but also preventative measures put in place to prevent any future recurrence. You will be a proactive and constructive member of the Althams Fine Foods Management Team.

Key responsibilities:
  • Process owner for all company procedures and ensures that these are up to date and fit for purpose at all times.
  • All company procedures are meticulously documented, monitored, reviewed and revised as necessary.
  • Manages and maintains all aspects of the quality management system, including internal and external audits.
  • Ensures the results of all audits are acted upon and liaises appropriately with the managers responsible in this respect.
  • Ensures that all company marks and accreditations are successfully retained on an annual basis.
  • Supplier audits, including the verification of accreditations, are religiously carried out in accordance with the pre-determined timetable and company procedure.
  • All complaints are reviewed and both corrective and preventative actions agreed and implemented which will not only solve the initial problem but also prevent it from happening again in the future.
  • The status of all corrective and preventative actions is communicated to the Operations Director on a monthly basis.
  • Liaises proactively with suppliers and customers on technical issues.
  • Technical inductions are carried out for new employees and those needing refresher training.
  • Manages all aspects of food safety and testing in a thorough, diligent and professional manner.
  • Technical input to new product development and product changes.
  • Assists the Factory Manager in the professional and effective identification and management of hazards and critical control points.
  • Ensures that complete, accurate and thorough records are kept of all company processes affecting the quality of the product so that full traceability is achieved.
  • Keeps up to date and networks with other industry professionals so as to keep abreast of best practice in quality management.
  • Monitors and reports on all aspects of quality performance within the factory.
  • Works closely with the Factory and Technical Managers to ensure that all factory procedures are fit for purpose and are respected and adhered to by all members of staff.
  • Contributes to the generation of new ideas to improve performance within the factory and communicates these proactively to the Factory Manager.
  • Communicates proactively with the members of the Management Team, ensuring that they are kept abreast of all relevant issues at all times.

 The key ingredients

This role would ideally suit someone who has quality assurance experience within food manufacturing high care or high risk sector. A food safety Level 3 and HACCAP Level 3 qualification are a minimum requirement. A food science or related degree, HND/HNC or equivalent would be desirable.

This is a fantastic role to join a growing business within a role which includes a high level of influence and autonomy.  We have a great team at Althams Fine Foods and want people to join us who are role models for our values and passionate about our products. The ideal candidate will have a great personality to communicate at all levels, be highly organised and interested in personal development in order to stay current in QA.

 The hours will be 7:30am until 4:30pm (40 hours per week) worked Monday to Friday.

Only those applicants who have a legal right to work within the UK.

To apply please email your CV to jobs@althamsbutchers.co.uk quoting the job title.

Assistant QA

Your mastery
Reporting into the Technical Manager you will manage all aspects of quality assurance within Altham Butchers so that the best possible procedures are in place which will allow top quality, safe and legal products to be produced at all times. You will manage customer complaints so that not only are solutions found quickly for the customer but also preventative measures put in place to prevent any future recurrence.

Key responsibilities:
  • Process owner for all company procedures and ensures that these are up to date and fit for purpose at all times.
  • All company procedures are meticulously documented, monitored, reviewed and revised as necessary.
  • Supports the Technical Manager to maintains all aspects of the quality management system, including internal and external audits.
  • Ensures the results of all audits are acted upon and liaises appropriately with the managers responsible in this respect.
  • Supports the Technical Manager to ensure that all company marks and accreditations are successfully retained on an annual basis.
  • Supplier audits, including the verification of accreditations, are religiously carried out in accordance with the pre-determined timetable and company procedure.
  • All complaints are reviewed and both corrective and preventative actions agreed and implemented which will not only solve the initial problem but also prevent it from happening again in the future.
  • Liaises proactively with suppliers and customers on technical issues.
  • Technical inductions are carried out for new employees and those needing refresher training.
  • Manages all aspects of food safety and testing in a thorough, diligent and professional manner.
  • Technical input to new product development and product changes.
  • Assists the Factory Manager in the professional and effective identification and management of hazards and critical control points.
  • Ensures that complete, accurate and thorough records are kept of all company processes affecting the quality of the product so that full traceability is achieved.
  • Keeps up to date and networks with other industry professionals so as to keep abreast of best practice in quality management.
  • Monitors and reports on all aspects of quality performance within the factory.
  • Works closely with the Factory and Technical Manager to ensure that all factory procedures are fit for purpose and are respected and adhered to by all members of staff.
  • Contributes to the generation of new ideas to improve performance within the factory and communicates these proactively to the Technical Manager.
  • Communicates proactively with the members of the Management Team, ensuring that they are kept abreast of all relevant issues at all times.

 The key ingredients

This role would ideally suit someone who has quality assurance experience within food manufacturing high care or high risk sector. A food safety Level 2 or 3 and HACCAP Level 2 or 3 qualification are desirable. A food science or related degree, HND/HNC or equivalent would be desirable.

This is a fantastic role to join a growing business within a role which includes a high level of influence and autonomy.  We have a great team and want people to join us who are role models for our values and passionate about our products. The ideal candidate will have a great personality to communicate at all levels, be highly organised and interested in personal development in order to stay current in QA.

 The hours will be 7:30am until 4:30pm (40 hours per week) worked Monday to Friday.

Only those applicants who have a legal right to work within the UK.

To apply please email your CV to jobs@althamsbutchers.co.uk quoting the job title.

 

 

Appentice Customer Support Advisor

Your mastery

We are seeking a Apprentice Customer Support Advisor to join our team in Morecambe. This is a fantastic opportunity for a colleague who is keen to deliver great customer service, work for a growing business and earn and you learn!

 Key responsibilities will include:

  • To process customer orders taken over the phone, email, fax and answer phone and enter the details accurately onto our system
  • To proactively upsell daily specials to customers
  • To ensure that customers are reaching the minimum order amount
  • Proactively build knowledge and understanding of existing and new customers
  • Answer and resolve order queries
  • Receive any customer feedback and pass to the appropriate person
  • Communicate proactively with the Customer Service Team Leader information regarding customer accounts

 The key ingredients

The ideal candidate will have excellent organisational and administrative skills, telephone etiquette and be able to use a computer efficiently. As the role requires information to be processed on our systems you must have excellent attention to detail to ensure minimum errors. You should have gained previous experience within a similar role.

Personality is important in this role, we want someone who demonstrates a positive attitude to work and who can communicate effectively with our customers.  High levels of energy are required due to the role being fast paced.

You apprenticeship programme will be fully supported through our Academy.

To apply please email your CV to jobs@althamsbutchers.co.uk quoting the job title.


Butcher (Days)

We are seeking an experienced Butcher to join our day shift operations team at our plant in Morecambe.

Your mastery

  •   To be responsible for the correct standard and specification of meat, as per the order sheet system and/or specification sheet, and the timely despatch of the orders.
  • To ensure the customer orders are completed fully each day in an efficient and motivated manner.
  • To ensure there is no deterioration of products and prepared stock, taking care to select oldest stock first for preparation of order.
  •  At the close of business ensuring all stock and products are stored correctly, according to date, in the appropriate chiller or freezer.
  • At all times to be suitably dressed and wear all the protective clothing and equipment supplied by the Company, and to be responsible for these items.
  • To ensure cleanliness of the production areas and to abide all Health and Hygiene rules as laid out by the Company at all times.
  • To use the equipment for its purpose at all times, including colour coded equipment.
  •  To ensure that the correct procedures of manual handling and packing of meat are followed at all times.
  •  To ensure all machinery and equipment are stripped down and rinsed ready for the Factory Cleaner.

The key ingredients

We have a great team environment at Althams Butchers, we recruit individuals who are passionate about our products and care that customers receive excellent service. To be successful in this role you will need a good understanding of health and hygiene regulations, be able to organise tasks and work efficiently and communicate well within a team.

This role would ideally suit someone who has operated as a Butcher /Order Processor within a busy fast paced similar. Experience which would be beneficial but not essential in all types of Butchery like Portion Control/Hand Dicing/Stripping/Seaming/Boning/Poultry Preparation/Bandsaw/Trimming. Full training will be provided.

 All equipment and PPE will be provided.

The hours will be 7:00am until 4:00pm (40 hours per week).

To apply please email your CV to jobs@althamsbutchers.co.uk quoting the job title.

 

Butcher (Nights)

We are seeking an experienced Butcher to join our night shift operations team at our plant in Morecambe.

Your mastery

  •   To be responsible for the correct standard and specification of meat, as per the order sheet system and/or specification sheet, and the timely despatch of the orders.
  • To ensure the customer orders are completed fully each day in an efficient and motivated manner.
  • To ensure there is no deterioration of products and prepared stock, taking care to select oldest stock first for preparation of order.
  •  At the close of business ensuring all stock and products are stored correctly, according to date, in the appropriate chiller or freezer.
  • At all times to be suitably dressed and wear all the protective clothing and equipment supplied by the Company, and to be responsible for these items.
  • To ensure cleanliness of the production areas and to abide all Health and Hygiene rules as laid out by the Company at all times.
  • To use the equipment for its purpose at all times, including colour coded equipment.
  •  To ensure that the correct procedures of manual handling and packing of meat are followed at all times.
  •  To ensure all machinery and equipment are stripped down and rinsed ready for the Factory Cleaner.

The key ingredients

We have a great team environment at Althams Butchers, we recruit individuals who are passionate about our products and care that customers receive excellent service. To be successful in this role you will need a good understanding of health and hygiene regulations, be able to organise tasks and work efficiently and communicate well within a team.

This role would ideally suit someone who has operated as a Butcher /Order Processor within a busy fast paced similar. Experience which would be beneficial but not essential in all types of Butchery like Portion Control/Hand Dicing/Stripping/Seaming/Boning/Poultry Preparation/Bandsaw/Trimming. Full training will be provided.

 All equipment and PPE will be provided.

The hours will be 7pm until 5.30am (38 hours per week) worked between Monday to Friday.  Sunday night hours will be 6pm until 4.30am this is worked on a three week rotational shift pattern.

Only those applicants who have a legal right to work within the UK.

To apply please email your CV to jobs@althamsbutchers.co.uk quoting the job title.

 

Packer (Days)

We are seeking a Packer/Order Despatch to join our expanding day shift operations team at our plant in Morecambe. 

Your mastery

  •   To ensure the correct procedures of manual handling and packing of meat at all times.
  •     To inform the Packing Room Supervisor of any products which are not in stock so the necessary actions can be taken.
  •  To ensure that the correct quality and standard of meat as specified on the customer order is adhered to at all times.
  • To ensure all meat is labelled correctly and placed with care and consideration to other products which are placed into trays/boxes/bags etc.
  • To take care when strapping and labelling boxes and make sure all boxes are placed with the customer case sticker pointing to the outside of the pallet when stored.
  •  To ensure there is no deterioration of products and prepared stock.
  • At the close of business ensuring all stock and products are stored correctly, according to date, in the appropriate fridge or freezer.
  • To ensure that all vans are loaded efficiently and accurately and promptly according to the start time of each individual Driver.
  • To ensure all machinery and equipment are stripped down and rinsed ready for the Factory Cleaner and the necessary Cleaning Procedure Sheet has been signed.
  •   At the end of each shift place all dirty protective clothing into the dedicated bins and all aprons and wellies are clean and stored in the correct area.
  • At all times to be suitably dressed and wear all the protective clothing and equipment correctly as supplied by the Company, and to be responsible for these items.
  •  Ensuring cleanliness of the packing area and abide by all Health and Hygiene and Health and Safety procedures as laid out by the Company at all times.
  •   If and when necessary work across other departments when required.

The key ingredients

We recruit individuals who are passionate about our products and care that customers receive excellent service. To be successful in this role you will need a good understanding of health and hygiene regulations, be able to organise tasks and work efficiently and communicate well within a team.  This role would ideally suit someone who has operated as a Packer/Order Despatch within a fast paced environment (but not essential) as training will be given.

Fork lift truck licence would beneficial but not essential.

The hours will be 7:00am until 4:00pm (40 hours per week).

Only those applicants who have a legal right to work within the UK.

To apply please email your CV to jobs@althamsbutchers.co.uk quoting the job title.

 

Packer (Nights)

We are seeking a Packer/Order Despatch to join our expanding night shift operations team at our plant in Morecambe. 

Your mastery

  •   To ensure the correct procedures of manual handling and packing of meat at all times.
  •   To inform the Packing Room Supervisor of any products which are not in stock so the necessary actions can be taken.
  •  To ensure that the correct quality and standard of meat as specified on the customer order is adhered to at all times.
  • To ensure all meat is labelled correctly and placed with care and consideration to other products which are placed into trays/boxes/bags etc.
  • To take care when strapping and labelling boxes and make sure all boxes are placed with the customer case sticker pointing to the outside of the pallet when stored.
  •  To ensure there is no deterioration of products and prepared stock.
  • At the close of business ensuring all stock and products are stored correctly, according to date, in the appropriate fridge or freezer.
  • To ensure that all vans are loaded efficiently and accurately and promptly according to the start time of each individual Driver.
  • To ensure all machinery and equipment are stripped down and rinsed ready for the Factory Cleaner and the necessary Cleaning Procedure Sheet has been signed.
  •   At the end of each shift place all dirty protective clothing into the dedicated bins and all aprons and wellies are clean and stored in the correct area.
  • At all times to be suitably dressed and wear all the protective clothing and equipment correctly as supplied by the Company, and to be responsible for these items.
  •  Ensuring cleanliness of the packing area and abide by all Health and Hygiene and Health and Safety procedures as laid out by the Company at all times.
  •   If and when necessary work across other departments when required.

The key ingredients

We recruit individuals who are passionate about our products and care that customers receive excellent service. To be successful in this role you will need a good understanding of health and hygiene regulations, be able to organise tasks and work efficiently and communicate well within a team.  This role would ideally suit someone who has operated as a Packer/Order Despatch within a fast paced environment (but not essential) as training will be given.

Fork lift truck licence would beneficial but not essential.

The hours will be 7pm until 5.30am (38 hours per week) worked between Monday to Friday. Sunday night hours will be 6pm until 4.30am which is worked on a three week rotational shift pattern

Only those applicants who have a legal right to work within the UK.

To apply please email your CV to jobs@althamsbutchers.co.uk quoting the job title.

 

Cleaner (Days and Nights available)

We are seeking a Cleaner to join our expanding team at our plant in Morecambe. 

 Your mastery

  • This role would involve cleaning trays to standards to ensure the team receive them throughout the day.
  • The trays must be cleaned by using the tray washer and any excess water should be cleared.
  • Preparing and cleaning the factory environment for production in line with standards.
  • You must be able to comply with the necessary hygiene and health and safety regulations.

The role working days will be from11am until 8pm (Monday to Friday)

The role working nights will be from 4pm – 2.30am ( Mon – Thursday) and  8pm – 7am (Friday)

The key ingredients

For both roles previous cleaning experience is required ideally within a food manufacturing environment.

Only those applicants who have a legal right to work within the UK.

To apply please email your CV to jobs@althamsbutchers.co.uk quoting the job title.

Apprentice Opportunities

We are currently going to be recruiting for a number of apprentice roles across the factory to support with growing our team internally. The Apprentice opportunities will be in Food Manufacturing (factory operations) and Butchery. Your development will be fully supported through our training Academy by being on a recognised training course for the area of work your in. Opportunities within the factory will be available on our day shift 7am until 4pm (40 hours per week) and nights (for over 18's only). If you interested in finding out more details, please contact Human Resources at our head office or submit your CV below.

Only those applicants who have a legal right to work within the UK.

To apply please email your CV to jobs@althamsbutchers.co.uk quoting the job title.