Kiln labourer

Industrial Tunstall, Stoke on Trent 1 Days ago

Job Description

Job description

Churchill Production roles – Full time/Permanent from day one! No agency temp to perm to serve.

An exciting opportunity to join a globally recognized pottery manufacturer with over 225 years of innovation and expertise in the industry. Blink Recruitment UK Limited working in partnership with Churchill China are offering a variety of permanent and long-term career paths at its ever-growing headquarters in Tunstall, as well as the chance to be a part of Stoke-On-Trent’s long-standing heritage in pottery.

One of the world’s leading manufacturers of quality professional tableware, Churchill meets the highest standards for presentation, practicality, and performance. The Churchill brand has achieved global recognition for supplying the international hospitality industry with the highest quality tabletop solutions, selling to over 80 countries through a distribution network of over 700 distributors worldwide.

Working in manufacturing at Churchill is an exciting choice of career. You will get the chance to work with experts and leaders within the ceramic industry using the latest technology and equipment. Once you have explored and developed your foundational skills, you’ll have the choice to progress in your field of interest - all in a safe, friendly, and welcoming environment. Whether you have experience already or are brand new to the industry, your career can begin with Churchill!

Churchill Production roles – Full time/Permanent from day one! No agency temp to perm to serve.

Working for the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of design led and inspiring professional tableware you will possess the following essential skills:

  • Reliable – This is a must as you will be monitored on timekeeping and attendance.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Great work ethic.
  • Methodical approach to working.
  • Good eyesight and hand dexterity.
  • Health and safety conscious.
  • Happy to be standing for periods of time.
  • Good team player.


Department:: Manufacturing

Duration: Permanent

Responsible to: Manufacturing Manager

Responsible for: Operating pressure cast machine and sponging clay product.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for loading and unloading the kiln correctly and evenly with ware.
  • Setting and running the kilns
  • To record counts and losses
  • Safley managing the end of the firing cycle, allowing the kiln and the fired items to cool.
  • To report any malfunctions.
  • To recognise faults created
  • Ensure all health and safety procedures are followed
  • Ensure working environment is clean and safe at all times

Scope of Job:

Progression to team leader for correct applicant if required.

Other requirements & responsibilities:

Shift contract for 12 hour shifts, days and nights on 4 on 4 off basis including weekends. 05:00 -17:00 x 4 / 4 off / 17:00 – 05:00 x 4 ( 2 x 20 min breaks)

For the 1st 2 weeks you will work the days shift – Monday to Friday for training purposes.

If you think that you have what it takes to join the UK’s leading manufacturers of quality professional tableware and want to become part of our “family” then please apply today by initially calling Blink Recruitment on 01782 939097 and asking for Daniel.

After an initial telephone consultation, you will be invited to register for work online via our website ( or via our app which is available on android and IOS. Following this you will be invited to our Longton town centre or Newcastle under Lyme town centre office for a face-to-face interview.

Successful applicants will be invited to Churchill China to meet with a representative of the recruitment team for 2nd stage interviews.

Please note – All applicants must be able to provide up to date right to work documentation and at least one valid work reference and a full, up to date CV.

Any out of date CVs will unfortunately be declined.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: From £12.25 per hour. Raising to £12.55 within the first 6 months.

If you are already a skilled Kiln operator the starting rate will be £12.55

Overtime available.

Expected hours: 36 – 48 per week

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Pay: £12.25-£12.55 per hour

Expected hours: 36 – 48 per week



  • Company pension
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking




  • 12 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Night shift
  • Overtime
  • Weekend availability


Application question(s):


  • Can you work a 4 on 4 off shift pattern? 05:00-17:00 x 4 then 4 days of the 17:00-05:00 x 4 - this will include weekends - PLEASE DO NOT PROCEED WITH THIS APPLICATION IF YOU CANNOT COMMIT TO THIS SHIFT PATTERN.
  • Are you happy working in a very warm environment?
  • Can you provide at least 1 work reference (NOT AGENCY) ?
  • Can you reliably get to Tunstall/Sandyford for 05.00 starts and get home when finishing at 05.00?
  • What notice period do you need to serve?
  • This is a Physically demanding role. Please bear this in mind prior to proceeding
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Job Overview

Employment Status: FullTime

Job Location: Tunstall, Stoke on Trent

Salary: ££12.25 to £12.55

Apply Deadline: Dec 31, 2024

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