General Operative

Location Portadown
Discipline: Manufacturing & Production
Job type: Full time
Job ref: J111251
Published: 9 days ago

We are seeking ambitious and experienced General Operatives for our client, Smurfit Kappa based in Lurgan.

Smurfit Kappa operate across 36 countries with around 46,000 employees in over 350 production sites. Their shared purpose is to create sustainable products and solutions that are essential, to protect what they, and their stakeholders, care about; and to care about their customers, the wider community, and the planet.

The primary focus of this role is to ensure the maximum productivity on machinery, highest quality whilst ensuring the machinery runs consistently to the highest tolerances and minimum waste in a safe manner.

Job Type: Temporary, for 11 weeks

Pay Rate: Competitive

Working hours:

Day shift: Monday to Thursday 7am – 3pm, Friday 7am – 1.30pm

Back shift: Monday to Thursday 3pm – 12am

Night shift: Sunday to Thursday 12am – 7am


- Subsidised canteen

- Onsite parking

Job Duties:

- Operating high volume, high performance machinery in line with business needs in a challenging and fast-paced environment.

- Ensure the safety of themselves and others through their actions

- Adhere to all quality systems to ensure customer satisfaction and through BRC and ISO standards

- Ensure the maximum productivity and asset utilisation of the plant in conjunction with other relevant departments, by displaying responsibility, ownership of tasks and engagement in training and development

- Engage, implement and adhere to LEAN techniques and culture

- Help drive the site’s net zero energy initiatives

- Work with other functions as part of the operations team to ensure efficient running of the equipment and prioritize work as agreed

- To operate in a safe and environmentally conscious manner and ensure compliance to all accredited standards including legislative and regulatory standards

- Adhere to the Company policies at all times

- Relentlessly strive for optimal speed, downtime minimisation, excellence and continuous improvement

- Accurate and timely completion of all relevant records and paperwork.

- To optimise equipment performance and suggest, investigate, and provide solutions for potential process improvements

- Liaising with the other departments to ensure products are produced on time, every time, delivered on time to the highest standard

- Identify, control and ensure the efficient use of energy onsite in a proactive manner to ensure all cost effective available opportunities are taken to controlling and minimising the energy usage

- To demonstrate great interpersonal skills including a commitment to treat all colleagues with dignity and respect.

- To work as part of a team to ensure all tasks are completed to highest standards

- To behave at all times in a courteous and professional manner.

- Flexibility on working hours combined with the ability to meet demanding timeframes

- Acceptance and support of all new systems, processes and procedures as they are introduced into the Plant

- To carry out any other relevant reasonable tasks/duties as required which may be deemed necessary.

Job Criteria:


- 5 GCSE’s or equivalent with at least a grade C in English and Mathematics at GCSE level or equivalent

- Highly motivated, driven, proactive, can do attitude

- Strong people and interpersonal skills that is able to communicate effectively and appropriately across all levels

- Strong organisational and time management skills with the ability to be flexible, prioritise workload, manage complexity and adapt to changing conditions whilst meeting strict deadlines

- Practical problem solving skills with strong root cause corrective action capabilities, including the ability to manage conflicting work demands, multitask and work under pressure in a dynamic and challenging environment

- Excellent analytical skills with the ability to manage complexity

- A positive, independent thinker, resourceful, logical, systematic, strategic and demonstrates initiative

- The ability to work independently or as part of a team

- Self-confident and willing to share information openly

- Ability to communicate effectively using the English language


- Time served qualification in a maintenance/engineering related discipline

- Experience of setting up machinery

- Leadership Training or Qualification (i.e. ILM Level 3)

- LEAN qualification (i.e. Green Belt / Yellow Belt)

- Experience in shop floor data collection systems

- Experience in a site with BRC accredited direct food contact systems or equivalent

- IOSH qualification or equivalent safety knowledge and training

- Proficient IT skills

- Mechanical / Electrical / Process aptitude

- Proficient IT skills with knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Powerpoint, Word and Excel

- LEAN practical experience (5S, SMED, RCCA, Kaizen)

- Proven successful experience in a working in a high volume automated machinery background for at least 2 years

- Experience in a site with ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 systems or equivalent

- Experience in working in a corrugated packaging site

- Trained in the operation of corrugated packaging machinery

Additional Information:

Closing date 16th April 2024.

This General Operative position is located in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. You must be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this role.

For more information about this role, please contact our Portadown office at 028 3839 3333 and ask for Lucyna, or send your CV to:

Smurfit Kappa are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their sex; religious or similar philosophical belief; political opinion; race; age; sexual orientation; or, whether they are married or are in a civil partnership; or, whether they are disabled; or whether they have undergone, are undergoing or intend to undergo gender reassignment.