Milk Processing Operative - Full Time

Job Type Rural Estate Enterprises
Location Stockbridge - Leckford Estate
Partnership Level 10
Closing Date 30/01/2023
Vacancy Type Permanent
Salary £21,350.00 - £26,300.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 39


We want all of our Partners to have a good work-life balance and we support flexible working. This might mean flexible or compressed hours, job sharing or shorter hour contracts, where it is possible to do so. Please discuss this further with the hiring manager during your interview.


Working in Partnership for a happier world – our shared Purpose that guides us in everything we do and inspires 3 important principles; happier people, happier business, happier world. The John Lewis Partnership is a truly unique business, one that seeks to make a positive difference to the lives of everyone.

As a Food Production Machine Operator, you’ll be working as part of a small dedicated team of Partners responsible for processing and bottling over 6 million litres of milk per year for delivery direct to Waitrose distribution centres. 

You’ll fulfil a role in all operations throughout the Processing Dairy to the highest standards of hygiene, safety and efficiency so as to ensure the supply of highest quality milk that fully meets the specifications both legal and those agreed with WR Technology and Milk Buying. 

What you’ll be doing

  • Correct operation of pasteurisation and bottle filling equipment.

  • Be a senior figure on site responsible for correct recording of data, carrying out lab tests and records, site security opening up and closing down the site

  • Loading/dispatching where required

  • Intake of raw materials and processing correct volumes of milk (Lab testing for intake and positive release of finished milk

  • Record all required information in an appropriate and accurate manner.

  • Manage the cold store ensuring product rotation, labelling, wrapping and pallet stacking or trolley loading is undertaken to required standards.

  • Ensure working area is maintained to hygienic, tidy and safe standards.

  • Dispatch, safe loading and unloading of vehicles

About Leckford


Leckford is a 4,000-acre estate near Stockbridge, Hampshire. The estate was purchased in 1929 by John Spedan Lewis, founder of the John Lewis Partnership, and we have been farming it now for nearly 90 years. We are the Waitrose Farm and our produce is supplied to Waitrose stores across the country. The estate is diverse and our commercial businesses span property, food production, farming, retail and leisure activities.

We care passionately about British farming and the environment and we practice 'The Waitrose Way' of healthy living, fair treatment, treading lightly on the environment and championing British produce.

Take a look at our interactive video to learn more about the Leckford Estate.

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What you’ll need

  • Food Hygiene experience

What else could you bring?

  • FLT certificate

  • Experience in machine operation (filling or Processing)

Additional Information:


Please see the salary range advertised for this role. Salary will be rewarded accordingly depending on your experience.


Right to Work

Please note that we do not offer sponsorship for this position



Due to the milk volumes fluctuating and certain seasonal changes, hours can vary and flexibility is required. Earliest start time 05:00, latest finish time 00:00. This is a full time role working 39 hours per week.


We request that candidates only apply for this position if you can fully commit to the advertised working hours and the full term of the contract, or we will be unable to proceed with your application.

As a Partner, you will enjoy our unique benefits package, including staff discount, subsidised food in Partner dining rooms, discounts in local restaurants, subsidised learning, access to exclusive Partnership hotels and so much more.


Please consider the following when making your application:

- We occasionally close vacancies early in the event we receive a high volume of applications. Therefore, we recommend you apply early.

- Print off the job description now if you require it.

- Ensure you have an up-to-date CV.


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We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership visit this site -

Attachment: Milk Processing Unit Unit - Food Processing Operative Job Outline.docx 


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Milk Processing Operative - Full Time
  • Stockbridge - Leckford Estate,
  • £21350 - £26300
  • Closing Date: 30/01/2023