Jobs: Yogurt maker Yeo Valley looks to fill 70 vacancies

A Yeo Valley Production worker stacking yogurts

Yeo Valley Production is recruiting up to 70 posts. - Credit: Yeo Valley Production

Yogurt maker Yeo Valley Production is recruiting up to 70 posts across its five manufacturing and distribution sites in the West Country - including its Newton Abbot site.

The firm, which started manufacturing yogurts over five decades ago, says it is offering a range of permanent and summer-only positions at Newton Abbot, Blagdon, Cannington, Crewkerne and its Highbridge distribution centre.

Britain’s third-largest producer of yogurts says demand is high and they are on a recruitment drive.

Talent manager Sam Ford said: “It’s fantastic that Yeo Valley Production can create significant employment opportunities for the local economy and support the community and area we love.”

Last year, the family-owned dairy business placed a 20 per cent share of Yeo Valley Production into an Employee Benefit Trust which means that everyone is eligible for an annual bonus, based on company performance.

Sam added: “Our colleagues are truly part of the family. It’s really important to us that everyone who works for us shares in the overall success of the business.

"Staff benefits include our new pay rates of between £10 and £13 per hour across our four-on, four-off shift patterns, pension with no employee deductions and life assurance are just some of the things you can expect from working with us, as well as real opportunities to progress and develop your skills within the production and manufacturing environment.”

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Recently the firm’s original factory in Blagdon, featured in BBC Two’s Inside The Factory and saw presenter Gregg Wallace don a hair net and show viewers how to make yogurt, from milking the cows on the family farm to packaging up the pots for the supermarket shelves.

Michelle Edwards, a dairy operative at the company’s Cannington site for over 15 years, explains what a typical day is like: “It changes on a day-to-day basis as I move around different departments in the factory.

"One day I could be working on a small Hitpak machine packing small pots of yogurt and the next I could be in the Nutpod - our special secure area separate to the main factory where we use nut products.

"I love that I get to work with and get to know so many different people.”

All applicants will need to have good communication and numeracy skills, be capable of working in a physically demanding role and a strong commitment to maintaining high cleaning and hygiene standards.

The company will also be running a series of skilled operator open days where you’ll see the production environment and try your hand at packing some dairy products.

To apply for a role or register your interest in the open days visit careers.yeovalley.co.uk or email careers@yeovalley.co.uk