Current Vacancies

Come and work with us at the home of good malt

As a fifth-generation malting company with our own agricultural merchanting division, there are a wide range of career opportunities available within The Simpsons Malt Group.

Careers within The Simpsons Malt Group focus on opportunities and development. We believe that it takes time to acquire many of the skills that we require and we invest a lot of money in training our staff.

We are also proud to be a Certified B Corporation and do our utmost to ensure employees’ financial security, health & safety, wellness, engagement and satisfaction.

We hire new staff at different times throughout the year and welcome speculative applications.

This page is dedicated to highlighting the latest vacancies at the home of good malt.

Technical Manager

Location: Tweed Valley Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed (preferred)
Job Type: Full-time, permanent
Days / Hours: Monday to Friday / 8.30am-5pm

The overall purpose of the role is as follows:

  • Develop a culture of continuous improvement where people strive to do better.
  • Develop the culture of a highly engaged workforce promoting a collaborative teamworking philosophy with the SML vision and values understood and lived by all team.
  • Develop Laboratory and Quality team capability via recruitment, training, and development to be able to both capably deliver site objectives and have potential to fill more senior roles as they occur. Identification of potential talent and nurturing accordingly.
  • Development and implementation of technical standards and processes relating to the cereal procurement, malt, and feed production. Development and then delivery of realistic yet challenging targets with site and department teams in respects of technical and quality standards.

Key activities involved in the role are:

  • Be a main point of contact for customers and officers to engage with in respect of technical matters.
  • Liaise with the site team and other senior managers in the business in development of targets.
  • Use of daily, weekly, and monthly site management meetings to track and manage progress.
  • Promotion of continuous improvement projects and initiatives; establishing plans, pathways and supporting activity. Tracking progress with sites and departments. Assisting in the clearing of roadblocks. Mentoring and developing project leaders.
  • Encouraging learning and undertaking activities that develop the team.
  • Active and consistent promotion of standards and behaviours through visible engagement at all levels of the team and developing the belief within the team to make a difference.
  • Upholding standards around the sites, celebrating best practice and challenging where it falls short.

To be successful in this role, you will need to be/have:

  • Exceptional planning and organisational skills.
  • Good communication skills and IT literate.
  • Positive and ‘can do’ mood across Laboratory and Quality with team members working together to support our primary activities.
  • A good technical understanding of either malt and malting, brewing, distilling or cereal science. A professional qualification in these fields would be a distinct advantage.
  • Proactive, a team player, enthusiastic and adaptable person.

To submit your application, please submit your CV and cover letter to hr@simpsonsmalt.co.uk.

If you would like to find out more information about the role, please also get in touch via email to hr@simpsonsmalt.co.uk.

Operations Manager

Location: Tivetshall St Margaret Maltings, Norfolk
Job Type: Full-time, permanent
Days / Hours: Typically Monday to Friday but flexibility to adapt to needs of the business.

Our Tivetshall site has and continues to receive significant investment. Its USP is in the production of a range of quality speciality and base malts for the brewing industry, with an increasing export business.

This is a challenging production site, with 7X24 batch processing and a wide range of plant and equipment. In line with this investment and our increasing focus on continuous improvement activity, we are growing our site team.

This role will cover the full range of operational activities with direct management from our Site Operations Director. It will have management responsibility for the production, quality, laboratory, planning and engineering teams and priorities will be:

  • Overall Site Leadership with responsibility for Safety, Environment, Quality, Cost, CAPEX, Customer Satisfaction and People at Tivetshall and that our performance moves forward in the long term in these areas.
  • Develop the culture of a highly engaged workforce promoting a collaborative teamworking philosophy with the SML vision and values understood and lived by all team.
  • Build a site team, particularly at management level, via recruitment, training and development to be able to both capably deliver site objectives and have potential to fill more senior roles as they occur.
  • Develop a culture of continuous improvement where people strive to do better.
  • Development and then delivery of realistic yet challenging site targets in the fields of safety, quality, output and cost.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of CAPEX projects incorporating new technology to develop the site for the future.

The site is safety and quality driven and so the way work is done is more important than being merely schedule driven.

Qualifications and Skills

It is likely that the successful candidate will have previous experience in a leadership position within an operational function of a manufacturing operation.

A background within malting and brewing is advantageous with such a technical process, but applicants could demonstrate the ability to pick up processes quickly as an alternative.

This role will be more about showing that you are willing to take ownership, lead and challenge your team and work persistently to deliver an excellent product.

Communication skills will be important for the successful candidate along with a continuous development mentality. You will be described by colleagues as a great leader, dedicated, passionate about the development of your team, focused and results driven.

To submit your application, please submit your CV and cover letter to hr@simpsonsmalt.co.uk.

If you would like to find out more information about the role, please also get in touch via email to hr@simpsonsmalt.co.uk.

Malt & Barley Operator

Location: Tivetshall St Margaret Maltings, Norfolk
Job Type: Full-time, permanent
Salary: From £25,000 per year
Days / Hours: Five days out of seven on a flexible shift pattern as follows: Two weeks of 6am-4pm; one week of 8am-5pm; one week of 2pm-10pm; one Saturday every month 8am-4pm.

Typical duties will include the following:

• Monitoring complex machinery
• Checking barley quality
• Driving forklift trucks
• Driving site-based LGVs to move grain through the malting process
• Loading finished malt products for dispatch

The site is safety and quality driven and so the way work is done is just as important as producing the numbers to satisfy customer demands.

Minimum GCSE D grade in Maths and English as written communication and information recording is required in this role. Full current driving licence is essential.

The role requires a reasonable level of personal fitness due to the manual handling tasks involved and, although these are constantly being reviewed, due to the nature of the business not all tasks can be automated.

To submit your application, please submit your CV and cover letter to hr@simpsonsmalt.co.uk.

If you would like to find out more information about the role, please also get in touch via email to hr@simpsonsmalt.co.uk.

3x Malt & Barley Harvest Staff

Location: Tivetshall St Margaret Maltings, Norfolk & Fersfield Grain Store, Norfolk
Job Type: Full-time, temporary
Salary: From £10.50 per hour
Days / Hours (Non-Harvest): Monday to Friday / 8am-5pm
Days / Hours (Harvest): Monday to Friday / 6am-6pm

Typical duties will include the following:

  • Shed preparation
  • Assisting with the unloading of bulk wagons
  • Shed walking
  • Grain sampling
  • Maintaining high site hygiene standards
  • Checking barley stock each day
  • Some requirement for basic computer skills

All applicants must have own transport to get to and from destinations of work.

To submit your application, please submit your CV and cover letter to hr@simpsonsmalt.co.uk.

If you would like to find out more information about the role, please also get in touch via email to hr@simpsonsmalt.co.uk.

Granary Operator

Location: Keith Grain Store, Morayshire
Job Type: Full-time, permanent
Days / Hours (Non-Harvest): Monday to Friday – 8 hours
Days / Hours (Harvest): 12 hour dayshift or nightshift, to include Saturdays and some Sundays.

Typical duties will include the following:

  • Operating driers, conveyors and elevators
  • Driving loaders
  • Forklift shunting
  • MEWP
  • Filling and emptying sheds
  • General granary duties
  • General site cleanliness

This position would be ideally suited to someone living locally.

Granary experience is preferred but full training is available.

To submit your application, please submit your CV and cover letter to hr@simpsonsmalt.co.uk.

If you would like to find out more information about the role, please also get in touch via email to hr@simpsonsmalt.co.uk.