Production Associate

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Date: Apr 16, 2024

Location: Bury, BUR, GB, BL8 2AY

Company: Milliken and Company

Milliken is a successful global business, recognised as an international leader in textile products and specialty chemicals. They have significant manufacturing facilities in USA, UK, Europe and Asia. Their sales offices, development laboratories, Research and Development and technical support centres extend Milliken’s presence throughout the world. With three sites in the UK, Bury, Wigan and Middleton, Milliken Industriasl Ltd has built itself into a significant business with products that reach into many markets.

Everywhere you look, you will find Milliken products in all aspects of life and you will probably touch their products in a variety of ways almost every day.  Their high-grade speciality fabrics which offer comfort and practicality whilst providing essential protection are used in military service, space and extreme environment exploration and many contact sports and tournaments. Their carpets and linens are found in many of the finest hotels, restaurants and offices and their protective flooring products are providing entrance doorway solutions in many commercial and public premises.

Milliken firmly believes that ethical practices will continue to drive our success as a company, which is why we do more than talk about doing the right thing. The focus, commitment and actions Milliken take raises the bar for ethical standards and has earned us a place on Ethisphere Magazine's list of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" sixteen years in a row, including 2022.
Just look around. You’ll see Milliken.

Wellington Plant, Bury is part of Milliken’s Performance Textiles Division and is a multi-award-winning textile manufacturer supplying fabric products into Airbag systems for automotive vehicles. Shipping to over forty locations in twenty countries, we contribute to saving three thousand lives per year and prevent over thirty thousand life changing injuries. As a showcase site for our Performance Solutions Business, we regularly host visits from multinational companies as well as being a host site for events involving the Manufacturing Institute and Onsite Insights. We pride ourselves on our care and commitment of our associates, providing innovative process solutions that drive the highest quality levels and world class OEE standards.


The responsibilities of this role are (but are not limited to);

  • Servicing and maintaining looms with weft and beams, to locate rolls and complete minor repairs as required.

  • Ensuring looms have sufficient weft and leno yarn.

  • Ensuring that Standard Operating Procedures are followed in full
  • Repairing warp beams or cloth faults and smashes as required.

  • Servicing looms with full beams and moving empties to rack.

  • Working as part of the production team to ensure minimum downtime
  • Labelling, weighing and wrapping rolls in polythene and moving the product to Treating storage. Maintaining product records.

  • Maintaining the highest possible levels of quality, efficiency and maintenance
  • Covering weaver’s breaks or absences as required.

  • Clearing empty stands, bobbins, tubes, packages to correct locations

  • Patrolling and ensuring good quality on all looms.

  • Performing any additional duties as may be required by supervision.

  • Complying with Health & Safety practices and Company policies
  • Ensuring that work areas are kept clean, clear and hazard free
  • Reporting all accidents as required
  • Performing any other task that is of a reasonable request in line with the production department.


Skills and experience required for the role;

  • Excellent health and safety practices and knowledge
  • Reliable and enthusiastic.
  • Excellent hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity
  • Able to work to given tolerances and measurements
  • An organised team player with strong communication skills
  • Keen eye for detail and housekeeping.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to communicate at all levels
  • Knowledge of weaving processes would be advantageous
  • Experience of implementing Lean practices would be advantageous.


Hours: 4 on/4 off    6am-6pm x2 days/6pm-6am x2 nights

If you think you have the necessary skills, experience and personal qualities to succeed as a Production Operative, please apply today!

Want to join our team? Then we look forward to your application!

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