Overview

Job Title: Cheesemaker

Reports To: Directors

Direct Reports: Manufacturing Assistant and Porter

Employment Type: Permanent, Full-Time

Location: Unit T16, Leyton Industrial Village, Argall Avenue, E10 7QP

Salary: £28,000 per annum

Probation Period: 3 months

Notice Period: 2 months

Details: 

● Hours are 08:00-16:30, Sunday to Thursday

● Start date: as soon as possible (Flexible)

● You will be expected to work during our peak Christmas and Veganuary periods

Benefits:

● 20% staff discount on all products

● All additional training will be provided where required

● 28 days paid holiday including bank holidays

About the role

We are looking for a full-time Cheesemaker to undertake manufacturing in our vegan cheese ageing facility in Leyton.

This is a busy role where you’ll be working alongside management to manufacture cheeses, manage our manufacturing schedule, staff resource, and materials including ingredients, labels, equipment, health & safety, hygiene, operational throughput, quality and process controls. We offer a highly collaborative and communicative environment, where staff are encouraged to provide feedback and share ideas for optimisation of our operations.

Effective communication, planning and prioritisation will be key to drive efficiency and quality assurance in our manufacturing processes. This role will involve managing junior staff and working closely with management to both maintain and expand our range of artisanal cheeses, ensuring each product is sent to our wholesale clients and customers with the quality expected from our brand.

There is also opportunity for rapid progression within this role as our business will be expanding our manufacturing team and operations aggressively over the coming years.

About you

● You will be organised and proactive about our manufacturing and health & safety processes, to include stock management, health and safety documentation, product traceability and quality assurance

● You will be able to work quickly and methodically and maintain a high level of concentration at all times, especially during manufacturing runs

● You will be a quick learner who is analytical and mechanically minded, with a flexible and positive attitude towards work and the flexibility to adapt within a quickly growing business

Responsibilities

● Coordinating and performing manufacturing runs according to the needs of our wholesale clients and our retail sales in our physical and online shop

● Ensuring daily production and packaging requirements are met without compromising on food safety, hygiene, quality and legality

● Maximising on productivity and efficiency

● Manage and supervise day-to-day tasks for the Manufacturing Assistant

● Ensure kitchen operations are monitored, audited and operate within compliance with our Food Safety and COSSH procedures

● Ensure that all production activities comply with product specification by monitoring the production process and ensuring basic testing and quality checks are properly carried out

● Ensure stock rotation and checks are undertaken to minimise left-overs/spoilage and ensure ingredient traceability

● Understanding of the HACCP system operated within the company and therefore understands the food safety risks and the controls in place to minimise these risks

● Reporting all maintenance requirements and hazards in the workplace to directors

● Liaise with Directors, R&D and Warehouse staff to maintain high standards of housekeeping

● Liaising with our retail staff to gather insights from customer feedback to improve product performance, and communicate any important findings to founders

Essential skills and experience

● A passion for plant-based food and artisanal produce

● Significant experience within a manufacturing environment

● Level 3 Food Hygiene training

● Ample experience of working with SALSA or BRC health and safety guidelines

● Good numerical and organisational skills

● Physically fit to carry out duties involving lifting, carrying, twisting, bending, stretching, reaching etc.

In line with the Asylum & Immigration act all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

Tagged as: food and hospitality, food science, management, manufacturing

About La Fauxmagerie

We are La Fauxmagerie, the UK’s first plant-based cheesemonger, specialising in stocking and manufacturing the best artisanal vegan cheeses the world has to offer.

Since opening our tiny pop-up store in Brixton in February 2019, we’ve moved to a much larger, permanent store in Shoreditch (July 2019), opened our warehouses to expand our online shop and manufacturing capabilities (June 2020), opened The Cheese Cellar - our basement wine + cheese bar (September 2020), and we have recently expanded our manufacturing facility by 300% in order to fulfil the growing demand for our products nationally and abroad.

Our mission is simple – to improve the accessibility of plant-based cheeses in the UK and beyond. As such, we have made, and will continue to make, significant investments in the testing and creation of new, artisanal dairy-free products to meet our customers’ needs. We use our sales and customer insight to optimise our in-house products and those of our external cheesemakers to ensure continuous product development, ever guided by our valuable customer feedback.

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