Passionate about Chocolate? We're hiring!

Posted on 25th September 2019

Sweetdreams, a confectionery manufacturer, has been operating out of Cramlington for over 30 years. We’re expanding and seeking an experienced or budding artisan chocolate panning operative to bolster our team at our established Northumberland chocolate factory.

With a passion for chocolate, you will manufacture our handcrafted chocolate offerings, whilst taking an active part in New Product Development, working alongside clients to create bespoke products to their exact taste, quality and expectations.

You will be trained by our award winning ‘The Sweet Consultant’, Andy Baxendale of BBC2’s the ‘Sweet Makers’ in hand panning techniques to create unique, mouth-watering and distinct chocolate confectionery.

This job would suit someone with creativity, a love of food/chocolate and a willingness to work hard and learn a truly traditional skill. Ideally you will have experience of working with chocolate or confectionery and are a determined, motivated and organised individual, with artistic flair and your passion drives you. 

To apply, please send your CV and a Cover Letter stating why you should be considered for the position to : .

The successful applicant will assume responsibility for the following :

Working in a manufacturing environment your duties will include :
• Preparation of centres prior to coating
• Preparation of raw materials prior to coating
• Chocolate coating via panning process – both mechanically sprayed and hand applied liquid chocolate.
• Chocolate polishing following panning
• Cleaning of area on a routine basis and to facilitate production of “free from” products.
• Familiarisation with equipment and machinery required to coat and polish products – including air conditioning and handling, compressed air, chocolate sprays, rotating pans, chocolate tanks and pumps.
• Working with and advising clients on their NPD to tweak products to their exacting taste requirement.
• Fully involved in generation of BOM’s, product specifications and customers specification for all panned products. To liaise between suppliers and manufacturers assisting in sourcing of materials, costing and ensuring our administration is up to date with correct ingredient specifications.
• To assist with the creation of finished product specification sheets for customers.
• Interpretation of production plan to maximise efficiencies during panning process
• Managing and maintaining traceability throughout process, generally working within the remit of BRC certification.
• Preparation and management of customer samples
• Prepare essential paperwork to ensure full traceability of products from raw materials to finished and packed goods.
• Allergen, Food hygiene, HACCP and BRC training will be included if not already held.

Desired Attributes:

  • A love of food, and experience working commercially in its production or development (manufacturing, food service, NPD, food technology etc etc)
  • Passion and creative flair for working with chocolate and confectionery

Essential Skills :

  • Excellent organisational skills with an eye for detail.
  • Determined, focused and self-motivated.
  • Professional, with excellent communication skills.
  • IT Skills

Details :

The position is full time, working in our factory in Cramlington, Northumberland.
Salary expectation depending on experience is £9.25-£12 per hour.

Traditional chocolate panning
Traditional chocolate panning
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