Frequently Asked Questions

We have tried to think of the most frequently asked questions which you may want answered either prior to applying for one of our seasonal positions, or during the recruitment process after applying.

What does seasonal employment mean?
All factory positions are offered as temporary contracts usually from April until around November each year. 

Do you offer permanent vacancies?
Many of our more specialised posts are permanent positions. A limited amount of permanent factory positions may be offered to seasonal factory operatives at the end of our season (approx. November) if posts become available. We will review your attendance, progress and general performance before you are considered for these positions.

Do you have any summer or student vacancies?
We have a limited number of student vacancies available from approx. mid-June until September, please make sure you identify that you are a student, and the dates that you are available to work.

Is there free transport?
Yes, we offer free transport to our Aberlour site from various locations including:

  • Buckie
  • Keith
  • Lossiemouth
  • Elgin
  • Rothes
  • Craigellachie
  • Dufftown
  • Lhanbryde
  • Mosstodloch
  • Fochabers
  • Portgordon

A bus timetable will be issued to you on commencement of employment.

What are the rates of pay?
We offer the best local competitive rates that will increase as you progress through our training programme.

What are the facilities for rest breaks?
We have several canteens which operate on a cash-only basis, and these mainly offer a variety of soups, sandwiches and bakery products at a subsidised price. There are also facilities for you to store your own food, though please bear in mind that we have strict guidelines as to what can be brought to site.

What hours/shifts are available?
In the factory we operate 2 main shift patterns:

  • 6am-2.30pm Monday till Thursday and 6am till 12.30pm on a Friday = 38 hours weekly
  • 2.30pm-8.30pm Monday till Thursday and 12.30pm till 6.30pm on a Friday = 30 hours weekly

Office based hours are agreed as per your job role.

What skills do you need to work in the factory?
Good hand to eye co-ordination and manual dexterity is essential. Rotational duties mean that during your shift there are both seated and standing tasks (a reasonable level of health and well-being is required and an ability to be flexible is essential).

What do I wear to work in the factory?
We will provide safety shoes and protective garments for you however we recommend comfortable and light clothing to wear under the protective clothing. Your own clothes must not protrude so no collars or cuffs that stick out. To prevent contamination all your clothing must be free from sequins, rhinestones, fringes and fraying. No fake eye-lashes, extensions or any details that may cause a contamination risk are also not permitted.

What is an induction?
Prior to starting work with us you will be invited to attend a training session that we call an induction. This is usually carried out the week before you are due to start work and includes meeting with our human resources, health & safety and occupational health teams as part of our on-boarding process. It also includes completing all paperwork associated with starting a new job.

How long does an induction take?
Each induction will take approximately 3 hours. Please be aware that you will need to be capable of attending our induction in full in order to be cleared to start work.

Can I wear jewellery in the factory?
No jewellery is permitted however we will allow a single band ring (e.g. wedding ring) but all other jewellery and fashion accessories must be removed for example nose, brow, lip and tongue studs, microdermals etc.

Can I wear nail varnish in the factory?
No you will be required to remove nail varnish, nail art, nail extensions, gel nails or any adornments etc. This rule needs to be observed when attending our induction as well.

Can I smoke on site?
We operate a No Smoking policy on all our sites which is a standard practice for Food Manufacturers. This means those that smoke or use e-cigarettes can only do so within the facilities that are provided at each location during the permitted break times. You should note that smokers will be required to change out of all work garments and into their own clothes as part of the hygiene procedures.

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