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Work for AC Goatham

Work for AC Goatham and you’ll be joining a company whose future is growing, a family-owned business passionate about what we do to feed the nation with an unsurpassed reputation for quality. It’s been that way since 1947.

That success is thanks to each and every one of the fantastic people we have in the business, who support our values and contribute each and every day to our ongoing success.

This page lists the current opportunities we have available at AC Goatham. We look forward to receiving your application and, if successful, welcoming you to the team.

If you are applying for work via this website:

No agency should be involved in your application. There are no fees, or charges to apply for work with our company. If you apply on this website with the help of an agency and are given guarantees of work and/or contracts before arrival, the contract will not be upheld.

We do, on occasion outsource our recruitment to agencies, predominately ProForce and Concordia. If you have applied for work with AC Goatham & Son via an agency and are unsure if it is legitimate, Concordia and ProForce will be happy to verify for you.

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The Gatehouse/Yard Operator

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We are looking for the Gatehouse/ Yard Operator to join our Team!

The Gatehouse/Yard operator is responsible for the efficient operation and management of a yard traffic from goods-in to outward bound traffic. The role involves coordination with various teams, ensuring safety compliance, and optimizing workflow for maximum efficiency.

Key Responsibilities

Traffic Management:

  • Direct vehicular traffic to different packhouse loading/unloading areas to maintain a smooth flow.
  • Monitor and report any unsafe conditions, obstructions, or potential hazards in the traffic flow.
  • Screening arrivals at the gate.
  • Locking premises for the night; checking territory perimeter during the shift, identifying and reporting any issues should they arise.


  • Effectively communicate with drivers, pedestrians, and other traffic control personnel.
  • Use hand signals, signs, or radio communication to convey instructions and information.

Record Keeping:

  • Maintain accurate records of traffic control activities, including the number of vehicles that have been booked and recording data of incoming and outgoing traffic.
  • Complete incident reports and documentation as required.
  • Understand company’s working systems.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • IT literate (Emails, Excel)
  • Knowledge of additional language is an advantage.
  • Previous experience in similar role is an advantage.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the need to communicate effectively with different nationalities.
  • Quick decision-making skills and the ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Be polite and helpful.
  • Understanding of and adherence to safety protocols and procedures.
  • Good attention to detail required.

Working hours:

Night shift 4 on 4 off – 12-hour shifts – 19:00 – 07:00

Possible overtime

Flexibility and own transport required due to location.

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive and additional duties may be assigned as needed.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £12.50 per hour

Expected hours: 12 – 48 per week

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Stock Control Admin

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Stock Control Admin

Quality Control - Transport Admin, within our Top Fruit pack houses in Hoo, Kent

Job Overview

Stock Control Admin is mainly focused on our bespoke stock control system - Cirrus.  Computer skills are very advantageous.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Stock control for all customers, including daily ensuring updated stock lists are saved to our server
  • Sending orders from Cirrus to the order Team
  • Create allocated stock lists, by Customer for Dispatch operations 
  • Making pallet status changes
  • Open and close lots for the production operations
  • Generate reports for closed lots to specification set by Cirrus Manager
  • Generate labels for third party consignments
  • Assist with Dispatch operations within Cirrus
  • Assist, where needed with Harvest operations within Cirrus
  • Liaise with Pack House for weekly physical stock check
  • Assist with issues as they arise within Cirrus
  • Assist, when needed with cirrus testing
  • Understanding the importance of work processes
  • Ensuring that all employees adhere to Hygiene and Health & Safety Policies and Procedures

Stock Control Admin's Require:

  • Previous experience with a stock control system
  • Strong work ethic
  • High levels of accuracy 
  • Good computer skills
  • Good communication and team working skills
  • English Levels - B1

Shift Patterns Available:

  • Sunday to Thursday
  • Tuesday to Saturday
  • Monday to Saturday

Working Hours and Benefits

  • Full time, permanent position
  • Full training will be given in business procedures and operating protocols
  • Our packing facility operates 7 days per week, 
  • Salary £24,000 - £26,00 dependant upon experience.
  • Holiday allowance of 28 paid days per annum including bank holidays 
  • Fortnightly pay
  • Regular overtime available
  • Free on site parking
  • Access to free WIFI 
  • Free apples and pears
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Dispatch Operative

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We are looking for full time/permanent Dispatch operative to join our Team!

Certifications and Training: Pallet truck and / or reach truck certificates would be advantageous, but not necessary.

Experience required – Minimum one year experience in warehouse or dispatch setting

Physical Fitness and Dexterity: Heavy/Dexterous work including sitting for long periods, manoeuvring in tight spaces, and occasionally lifting heavy objects.

Attention to Detail: Ability to accurately pick, place, and manage inventory. Precision in handling goods to prevent damage.

Efficiency and Productivity: Proven track record of efficient operation, maximising productivity while maintaining safety and quality standards.

Reliability and Punctuality: Consistent record of being dependable and on time, which is critical in dispatch operations where timing is key.

Continuous Learning: Openness to ongoing training and learning new techniques or technologies related to reach truck operations.

Safety Awareness: Demonstrated commitment to safety protocols and regulations. A history of operating equipment safely with minimal accidents or incidents.

Full time, permanent position

Full training will be given in business procedures and operating protocols


· Basic Pay £11.56 per hour, for the first 40 hours

· Overtime - £14.45 per hour, after 40 hours

Working Hours – Ability to work various shift (any 5 out of 7 days of the week).

Languages – speaking English (B1) is required and being able to speak Bulgarian/Ukrainian is advantageous.


  • Holiday allowance of 28 paid days per annum including bank holidays
  • Fortnightly pay
  • Regular overtime available
  • Free on site parking
  • Access to free WIFI
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Machine Setter

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AC Goatham is seeking a dedicated Machine Setter to ensure the efficient operation of our manufacturing processes. 

As part of our team, you will set up, operate, and maintain machines, focusing on producing high-quality goods while adhering to safety standards.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Machine Setup and Calibration: Prepare and calibrate machinery according to specifications to meet daily production requirements, with a keen eye on output quality and production KPIs.
  • Operational Excellence: Safely and efficiently operate assigned machinery, and monitor performance to detect any deviations, ensuring adherence to the ACG packing plan.
  • Quality Assurance: Conduct inspections of finished products, adjusting machine settings to uphold our high-quality standards.
  • Maintenance Oversight: Perform routine machine maintenance and cleaning, ensuring all equipment is in top condition.
  • Problem-Solving: Proactively identify and resolve production issues, liaising with the maintenance team for complex challenges.
  • Safety and Compliance: Follow all safety guidelines rigorously and maintain a secure working environment.
  • Record Keeping: Keep detailed records of operations, adjustments, and maintenance, reporting any procedural deviations.


Professional and Personal Growth:


  • Engage in continuous learning opportunities to enhance technical skills.
  • Access clear career advancement paths within our manufacturing operations.


Workplace Culture:


  • Become an integral part of a culture that values teamwork, open communication, and a supportive atmosphere.


Interdepartmental Collaboration:


  • Collaborate with Packhouse Managers, Quality Control, and Maintenance departments to optimize production processes.
  • Participate in team meetings to drive improvements and integrate best practices into daily routines.


Performance Evaluation:


  • Benefit from regular performance evaluations with feedback aimed at role enhancement and salary review based on meeting or surpassing performance metrics.


Qualifications and Skills:


  • Proven machine operation experience, particularly with flow wrapping/heat sealing production machinery.
  • Familiarity with at least two of the following: Ulma flow wrappers, Egatec case packers, MAF palletizers, and ICE date coding labellers.
  • Strong attention to detail, quality control, and a methodical approach to tasks.
  • Good math skills for accurate measurements and calculations.
  • Physical stamina and the ability to manage moderate weights.
  • Proficient problem-solving abilities and mechanical aptitude.


Salary and Benefits:


  • Full-time, permanent position with a 5-day rotating shift pattern (7:00 AM - 5:30 PM, flexible).
  • Competitive pay structure, with overtime rates and salary reviews after a 3-month training period.
  • Perks include free on-site parking, WiFi access, and complimentary fresh produce.




English proficiency at B1 level (Intermediate) is required.

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