Hygiene Operatives



We drive our own success!


Pay Rate:            £12.00 - £15.78  depending on role / experience  

Shift:                   Days OR Nights

Shift Pattern:    3,2,2,3 (continental shift pattern)

Shift Hours:      06:00 – 18:00 OR 18:00 – 06:00

Job Type:         Permanent or FTC available 

Location:            Bakkavor Boston, Old Leake (PE22 9PN) 

Transport:        Free bus available from Boston!


We have both entry-level Base Operative and Skilled roles available. To be considered for a Skilled role, you must have industrial cleaning experience.


What you’ll receive. 


As an equal opportunity employer, we’re committed to providing a safe and rewarding environment for you to thrive in. This is why we work hard to deliver benefits, rewards and wellbeing offerings that are important to you.  


You’ll enjoy. 


  • Free transport available from Boston to Bakkavor Meals, Old Leake (Stage Coach Buses Timetable B1)
  • Competitive salary & job-related benefits
  • Stakeholder pension scheme (5% employee contribution & 3% employer contribution) 
  • Free independent mortgage advice
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Access to more than 3000 Highstreet & major retailer discounts via ‘MyBargains’
  • Life Assurance (1 x salary) should the worst happen
  • Discounted Staff Shop
  • First class Training & Development and Career Pathways
  • A range of voluntary benefits including discounted gym membership, dental, medical care
  • Overtime payment options from x1.25 to x2.00 (Site variances & Ts & Cs apply)
  • Discounted tutoring for children
  • Access to financial education tools to help your financial wellbeing
  • Affordable loans via your salary
  • A range of recognition schemes such as Proud to be and loyal service awards
  • Refer a friend scheme £250 Incentive for each referral (Ts & Cs apply)
  • Plus, a commitment to your wellbeing that includes emotional, physical and financial support services delivered by our fantastic team of wellbeing champions
  • Free Car Parking


Why join us? 


We’re proud to give our Skilled Hygiene Operatives the opportunity and support to develop and progress their career within a small and friendly team. We nurture talent, fuel ambition and work with resilience and purpose to achieve the highest possible standards.


We’re constantly evolving, progressing and diversifying. For everyone to feel empowered, engaged and enabled. To create opportunities to move forward, climb higher and push for more. We believe in fuelling ambition and guiding success. In supporting everyone with talent and drive to own what they do, realise their potential and build a brilliant future for themselves at Bakkavor.


We’re proud to offer you a career with real opportunity. 


What we do. 


This particular role is at our Bakkavor Meals site based in Old Leake just outside Boston, Lincolnshire and specialises in making chilled Italian ready meals and modern deli products for a dedicated customer. The site employs around 700 people.


About the role. 


We manufacture a wide range of high-quality fresh prepared food. And, although our production lines are fast-paced and high-pressured, our cleaning schedule means that the lines will always stop completely for you to clean them.


A typical day of a Skilled Hygiene Operative involves working in a small team, or on your own, following a clear cleaning schedule for our production lines, whether that be a full deep clean with chemicals and taking equipment apart, or routine regular cleans.


The role will require you to record completion of cleaning activities and ensure due diligence, with all manufacturing areas maintained to the highest standards.

Always ensuring these duties are completed in line with Company policies and standard operating procedures, including PPE, Food Safety, Health and Safety, ‘clean as you go’ and ‘Good Manufacturing Practices’.

Duties may include:

  • Disassembling complex machinery such as food formers, automatic tray washers, turbo machines, kipko’s
  • Cleaning parts of the machinery
  • Assessing parts for damage
  • Assessing seals for damage
  • Re-assembling machinery

It can be complicated and physically challenging stuff. Especially with audit requirements and customer expectations to exceed as our hygiene team is essential for Bakkavor to maintain expected standards of our products and hit audit scores in line with customer expectations.


About you. 


  • You will have previous hygiene experience
  • Already have an understand or be willing to learn the principles and application of Food Safety
  • Have a proactive approach to Food Safety
  • Be comfortable wearing personal protective equipment and working in a factory environment with cleaning chemicals
  • A keen eye for detail and a good level of understanding English and Maths
  • Fit and able to carry out duties in line with OH requirements


In return, we’ll give you all the training you need. We’ll also offer you the encouragement, support and opportunity to develop your career and take it as far as you can, or as far as you want to go, within our large multinational company. 


Proud to be Bakkavor. 


We’re proud to be the market leader in the UK fresh prepared food industry. We’re proud to supply meals, salads, desserts, pizza and bread to leading grocery retailers including Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury's and Waitrose. We’re driven by the hard work and passion of our people and are delighted to offer a wide range of careers across our business – come and join our dedicated Bakkavor team!  




We are the leading provider of fresh prepared food in the UK, and our presence in the US and China positions the Group well in these high-growth markets. We leverage our consumer insight and scale to provide innovative food that offers quality, choice, convenience, and freshness. Around 18,000 colleagues operate from 44 sites across our three markets supplying a portfolio of over 3,000 products across meals, pizza & bread, salads and desserts to leading grocery retailers in the UK and US, and international food brands in China.


Category:  Manufacturing

Boston, GB

Date:  14 Jul 2024
Req ID:  19606