Manufacturing Operator


Banbury, OXF, GB, OX16 3UU

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At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

As we continue to grow, Barry Callebaut is recruiting for a number of Operator positions within our manufacturing plant in Banbury. These are permanent positions within Barry Callebaut and will work on a rotating shift pattern to run the chocolate process machinery using refining and conching machines in line with the production scheduling plans.


There are various shifts available, but all follow a similar working pattern of two days on (06:45 – 18:45), two days off, three nights on (18:45 – 06:45) and two days off before returning to the two days on again. To accommodate for the shifts, we do offer a generous shift allowance in addition to the hourly rate and a fully comprehensive benefits package, which includes annual leave and a very good pension scheme.


You will be required to work every other weekend in line with the shift pattern and will need to work bank holidays too including the Christmas period. If you work Christmas one year, we will allow you to have this off the following year to ensure everyone has a fair entitlement to the break.


All our operatives receive full training on the machinery, processes, health and safety when they join. This will carry on for the first three months of your employment with us and you will be partnered with an experienced Operative at all times to ensure you have the full support you need to carry out your role. In addition, we have several production lines that we run simultaneously and you will be trained on each one to provide cover across the shift.


Key Skills


  • Run heavy machinery in a batch production process
  • Understand how to follow sequence programs
  • Calculate additions to process (ingredient calculations)
  • Heavy bias toward quality through short interval controls
  • Ensure a clean and safe working environment
  • Responsibility and accountability for the production line
  • Proactively report any issues and
  • Ability to fault find
  • Continuous Improvement


Qualifications & Experience


  • Commitment to company values and vision
  • Enthusiastic and proactive
  • Flexible approach to work and responsiveness to the environment
  • Organised and competent with multi-tasking
  • Quality conscious
  • Conscientious with attention to detail
  • Strong commitment to best practice and continual development
  • A confident approach and a good communicator
  • Experience with using automated machines and controlling an automated line
  • Familiar with Quality Control Systems/Continuous Improvement Environments/Safety Procedures
  • Literacy and numeracy Skills
  • Willingness to learn and progress
  • Computer literate


To find out more about the opportunities, please apply below.

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

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