Senior Operative / Team Leader, Processing Dairy

Job Type Rural Estate Enterprises
Location Stockbridge - Leckford Estate
Partnership Level 9
Closing Date 29/09/2021
Vacancy Type Permanent
Salary £26,000.00 - £32,500.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 39 hours per week including evey other weekend. Flexbility required. Working hours to be discussed at assessment.


What's the role about?

The purpose of this role is to assist the Processing Dairy Manager in optimising the profitability of the Leckford Estate Dairy (through the efficient use of all resources and ensuring that all products meet the volume and quality requirements of our customers), in enhancing the Waitrose Brand and the reputation of the business whilst driving Partner experience.

Why will you love working at the Leckford Estate?

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

What will you be doing as a Processing Dairy Senior Operative?

  • Fulfilling an operative role within the Processing & Packing functions of the Dairy when required.

  • Supervising the daily activities of the Processing & Packing teams and recording of KPI data.

  • Ensuring the teams’ adherence to the Dairy's operating procedures and industry best practice, so that the required quality and hygiene standards are achieved (as specified by legal and WR Food Technology specifications).

  • Assisting the Processing Dairy Manager in the development of the Processing Dairy Partners in such a way as to ensure a flexible, responsible and highly effective team that exhibits a high-performance culture and that is able to consistently achieve production, quality and hygiene targets.

  • Assisting the Processing Dairy Manager in the management of the Dairy’s mechanical assets by taking an active role in the implementation of the Planned Preventive Maintenance Program and organising repairs when required.

  • Contributing to the strategic development of the Dairy to optimise performance and ensure it is recognised as an exemplar of excellence within the industry.

  • Ensuring that the health and safety of all Partners and non-Partners (including suppliers, contractors and visitors) are maintained through a proactive approach utilising appropriate procedures and safe working practices.

  • Deputising for the Manager in his absence

  • Participating and assisting in democratic and other activities outside the Processing Dairy, within the wider Estate and Waitrose as appropriate to a co-owner in the John Lewis Partnership.

  • Liaison, where necessary, with Waitrose Food Technologists and Buyers

  • Manage self and professional development

  • Embrace and promote change and continuous improvement

  • Working flexibility across the wider estate in the interest of commercial success – One team ethos.

What you'll have

  • Food Hygiene Certificate

  • HACCP training

  • Full driving licence

  • A minimum of 3 years operational experience in milk processing and packing

  • Supervisory/management experience in a small team environment


What else you can bring

  • Level 3 NVQ in science/engineering

  • Safe forklift operation

  • Food quality assurance testing

  • Experience of dairy processing activities other than liquid milk products

Additional Information:

At an interview, you will need to provide Right to Work documentation showing you have the right to work in the UK, for a full list please, visit:

For candidates who are not a citizen from the United Kingdom, you will need to provide your Share Code obtained from the Home Office before your interview along with your original proof of DOB, such as a passport, a birth certificate or a Driver's License.
We do not offer sponsorship for this position

We have a number of different ways to work flexibly so at your interview feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you. There are no guarantees, however, it may open the door to not only a new role but a new way of working.

Joining the John Lewis Partnership comes with more than a new job and salary, that’s just part of the total package. As part of our commitment to Principle 1 “The Partnership’s ultimate purpose is the happiness of all its members, through their worthwhile and satisfying employment in a successful business” we offer a range of benefits to our Partners both in and outside of work.

Please consider the following when making your application: 

- This role is subject to the following pre-employment screening: 

- 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 click here -

Attachment: MPU - Processing Dairy Senior operative - Processing and Packing - JD.docx 


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