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Manufacturing Assistant

Join a friendly, employee-owned, award-winning international outdoor business as a Manufacturing Assistant

The Role

Manufacture Nikwax products efficiently to the high standards and quality controls as set out by the Manufacturing Coordinator.

Your Responsibilties Will Include:

  • Producing bulk products in accordance with production schedules and company standards
  • Taking responsibility for the setup, operation, and shutdown of equipment during manufacturing runs, and demonstrating proficiency in using all other machinery
  • Implementing stock rotation for bulk products
  • Maintaining cleanliness, order, and safety in the manufacturing area and equipment, while adhering to safe working practices and utilizing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as per company standards
  • Promptly reporting any machinery faults or health and safety issues to the company.

This position involves manual tasks, including heavy lifting, and handling chemicals. Comprehensive training will be provided, and the necessary PPE will be supplied.

Due to our rural location near Wadhurst in East Sussex you will require your own transport.

We Are Looking for an Individual Who:

  • Is a collaborative individual with a keen eye for detail
  • Has previous experience in a production or manufacturing setting
  • Is open to working with chemicals (comprehensive training will be given)
  • Already has proficiency in forklift operation would be a plus
  • Has knowledge of Health and Safety standards is desirable
  • Has an educational background equivalent to GCSE level in Maths and English.

The Rewards

  • A competitive salary of £26,500 per annum
  • Standard 37.5 hour week Monday to Friday 08:30 - 17:00
  • Competitive benefits and rewards including pension, health cash plan, profit related bonus scheme
  • Additional flexible benefits options including boosted pension contributions, extra holiday, increased health cash plan or assistance with childcare costs
  • Annual leave starting at 25 days rising with service, plus public holidays
  • Friendly and informal environment with monthly team lunches and quarterly events
  • Be part of an employee-owned business where you can clearly see the effect of your efforts
  • Contribute to an award winning international company with values that you can believe in.

We are passionate and committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer, encouraging different perspectives and experiences to make us a more innovative and creative workplace.

We aim to review applications soon after they are received and will arrange interviews when there’s someone we’re keen to meet. So, we may conduct interviews prior to the closing date and reserve the right to close the advert early.

The Company

Located in the picturesque, rural setting of East Sussex, Nikwax is a highly successful outdoor business that is run by a close-knit and friendly team of employees, whom we are proud to call ‘Partners’.

Nikwax Ltd. develops care products and material systems that improve performance and extend the life of clothing, footwear and equipment whilst minimising environmental impact with clean chemistry. We develop and manufacture in-house, from the headquarters in Wadhurst, East Sussex. Nikwax are the only outdoor company to have won the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development and all operations have been carbon balanced since the company was founded in 1977. We have an ongoing dedication to minimising our impact on the environment and a hardworking team of people to help develop the business.

We highly value our employees, whom we are proud to call Partners, and this is an exciting opportunity to join our company.

To Apply

If you would like to apply for this position, please send us your CV & Covering Letter by not later than 28th April 2024 to

Previous applicants need not apply.

Candidates must be able to provide evidence of their right to work in the UK

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