GET A FRESH START AND FIND YOUR CALLING

We are the UK’s leading fresh fruit manufacturer, and we stay that way by attracting, growing and keeping the strongest talent.

You’ll be joining an innovative, forward-thinking team with around one hundred years of combined category experience in the management team alone. in the management team alone.

We’re looking for motivated, passionate people with a desire to produce tasty, high quality fresh fruit products that everyone can be proud of, day after day. 

Entrepreneurial, creative minds in every division that can spot an opportunity for growth, and make it happen with precision and nuance.

We retain talent longer than average by recognising and rewarding attitude and results. We have many members of staff who have been with us for 20 years, and some for more than 30. 

It’s an exciting and interesting career no matter your background, with many different roles that suit different interests and skillsWe are proud to have strong leadership, with a clear company-wide vision and expert department heads who are approachable and inspirational. All our teams have their own feel and dynamic but there’s plenty of close collaboration and cross-discipline work.

Many of our workflows and processes touch many different teams at different times, creating a vibrant, diverse atmosphere where everyone’s invested in success. Our people genuinely love what they do, they work for each other and they love to work with other divisions. There’s a real shared belief in the products we produce that can’t be manufactured. 

Company culture that strong doesn’t just appear overnight. It’s the result of 35 years hand-picking the best talent and letting them express themselves. Everyone is encouraged to take personal responsibility over their own tasks and then sees the impact of what they do, which is crucial.

Gateshead Factory Unit S147 Kingsway Team Valley Trading Estate Gateshead Tyne And Wear NE11 0SU
Head Office and Corby Factory Earlstrees Industrial Estate 79 Manton Road Corby NN17 4JL

LEADERSHIP

Alex Tompkins
Managing Director

Our departments each share the same desire to encourage their staff’s ambitions, and every career has the opportunity to develop upwards. In fact, many of our leaders now started in the business as juniors and have worked their way up. Passion, effort and results really are noticed and you will be rewarded.

Finance

Claire Price-Jones
Head of Finance

Business partnering with all areas of the business to support the strategic plan. Ensuring statutory compliance is met and robust controls are in place. Key role in supporting the commercial teams to ensure customer needs are met with the correct profitability for the business.

Commercial

Jonathan Back
Commercial Director

Commercial is central to our business by leading growth with our customers. In the Commercial function you are the face of Orchard House Foods to customers and the face of the customer internally.

In Commercial you will gain a clear understanding of Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Planning. You will work closely with Finance, Operations and Procurement enabling you to understand the impacts of any products and promotions you launch.

Customer Insight shapes everything we do and you will work hand in hand with our Category and Development Colleagues to form a Natural Work Team.

New product department is key to the future of our business. Creating new and exciting products for the market with insights from our category team to ensure our customers and consumers needs are met. Development at Orchard House Foods is very fast paced and varied as we are working with many different category areas but fruit is at the heart of what we do.

We work closely with commercial, factory and technical teams develop the ideas and take them into the factory to scale up for full production, so no two days are the same!

Procurement

Janey Cawsey
Procurement Director

The purchasing team at Orchard House immerse themselves fully in the supply base, meeting exciting people from all over the world who are passionate about what they grow and produce for us. We work together to ensure our consumers have the best of everything the fresh produce market has to offer from innovative and sustainable growers and producers many of whom have been our supply partners for more than 20 years. Every day we meet new challenges from changing growing conditions, weather and the market and this fast paced environment is what we thrive on. The huge diversity of raw materials we source ensures no two days are the same!

Operations

Grant McLean
Operations Director

Manage overall operations and is responsible for the effective and successful management of labor, productivity, quality control and safety measures as established and set for the Operations Department. Ensure safe and efficient operations. Serve as a company representative on regulatory issues. Enhance the operational procedure, systems and principles in the areas of information flow and management, business processes, enhanced management reporting and looks for opportunities to expand systems. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with company’s policies and applicable laws.

Technical

Rupinder Khaira
Head of Technical

Here within the technical team is where all the fun begins, in a controlled manner of course, we make sure all our products are not only produced to safe and legal standards but also to the highest quality. We have robust systems in place to ensure all due diligence is in place and compliant way before all products are even produced. Our team drive food safety and quality culture at each of our sites and play an integral part in innovation.

Engineering / Continuous Improvement (CI) and Automation

Tony Turner
Head of Engineering and Operational CI

With an experienced, multi-skilled and long serving team across the OHF Engineering/CI department we exist to provide safe, compliant and sustainable engineering solutions and support to the Operations team and wider stakeholders.

Leading in automation and innovation, and with a great CI approach, every day is a challenge and an opportunity to employ best practices and be better than yesterday.

Our Engineering/CI roadmap and top to bottom succession plans provide clear direction to take care of the present as well the future.

HR

Louise Cull
Head of Human Resources

Made up of a small team of HR Professionals we provide onsite advice and guidance for the business, supporting all employees through their career journey, truly generalist we are involved in all aspects of HR! Our HR strategy is to attract and retain the best talent for the business, invest in our most important asset – our people – and to work with integrity and in line with law.

If you love working with people and enjoy a fast paced environment, where every day is different, this could be the department for you!

Learning and Development

We believe in nurturing the skills, experiences and knowledge of all employees, and creating an environment that invests in their present and future. Everything is designed to help everyone be the best they can be. Learning and development is key to our culture and something we will always continue to invest in. From the moment you join our organisation, you start out on a journey of learning and growth that will follow you throughout your career at Orchard House.

You will be responsible for helping to shape each employee’s initial induction and training (along with virtual or classroom delivery where required) to make sure everyone continues to  work safely and successfully, regardless of their role.

Apprenticeship

We’re proud to announce the launch of our Apprenticeship programme, with a number of opportunities forthcoming in Health and Safety, Engineering and Procurement. Full support is given to both Apprentice and their line manager, as well as working closely with the provider to make sure everything is in place for the Apprentice to succeed. Watch this space as we are currently working on expanding our Apprenticeships programme with more apprentice
opportunities coming soon in 2021 and 2022.