Packer, Leckford Mushroom Farm

Job Type Agriculture
Region South East England
Location Leckford
Preferred Hours Full Time
Partnership Level
Closing Date 15/12/2019
Vacancy Type
Salary £8.40 - £10.00
Salary Frequency per hour
Hours of Work
30 per week to include weekends.
07:00 - 13:30 or until job is finished
Saturdays - Wednesdays

Flexibility is required to work across other areas of the mushroom operation

Duties & Responsibilities

--- About Leckford ---

We are 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.

--- About the Mushroom Farm ---

Leckford Estate has 16 growing rooms specifically created for mushroom crop production. We produce the finest quality Chestnut mushrooms from the Estate, including pre-packed products and loose products. Mushrooms are harvested at different times of maturity producing different product lines.

Our crop consists of five lines in total: Chestnut Cups, Portabellini, Portabella, South of England and 2kg loose Chestnut Cups. In order to achieve the finest mushrooms, each room maintains a 16-18-degree temperature. We have been producing mushrooms on the Estate since 1986 and typically harvest 25-26 tonnes of Chestnut mushrooms per week on The Waitrose Farm; each is carefully hand picked and packaged for protection.

--- About the role ---

The receipt, storage, packing and dispatch of mushrooms grown on the farm to meet Waitrose specifications and requirements, following BRC standards at all times. To be an important part of a wider team responsible for supplying high quality mushrooms to our supermarkets.

Job Requirements

To be an important part of a wider team responsible for supplying high quality mushrooms to our supermarkets.
Key activities include but not limited to:
- Overseeing of product quality (presentation of mushrooms, packaging, labelling, neatness of punnets in trays)
- Label check and sign-off
- Correct stock rotation in the fridges
- Tidiness and cleanliness of pack-house, fridges and other areas as required

Required essential experience skills and qualifications

- Evidence of basic English literacy skills
- Working as part of a small team

Required desirable experience skills and qualifications

- Basic food hygiene certificate
- Safe Forklift Operation
- Food processing or packing
- Working unsupervised

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