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Lead Operative

Date: Sep 30, 2021

Location: Sheffield, GB, S13 9WH

Company: Jeld-Wen Inc.


JELD-WEN (NYSE:JELD), founded in 1960, is one of the world’s largest door and window manufacturers, with more than 22,000 employees operating in 24 countries globally. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, JELD-WEN designs, produces and distributes an extensive range of interior and exterior doors, wood, vinyl and aluminium windows and related products for use in the new construction and repair and remodelling of residential homes and non-residential buildings. 
Our products and services afford us the opportunity to enter peoples’ workplaces, homes and daily lives. With this privilege comes great responsibility to ensure that the products we deliver are reliable and enrich the places and lives that they touch. We bring beauty and security to the spaces that touch our lives.

We act with integrity, invest in people, inspire through innovation, deliver on our promises and improve every day. We are seeking talented individuals who share this purpose and values and want to excel in their field of expertise. We offer excellent benefits, a collaborative environment in which to apply your talent and a dynamic and growing company, with exceptional career progression opportunities.



We are now looking for a Lead Operative to set the standards for production, control area output and organise operational activities/resources to deliver targets in keeping with SQDCIP goals and provide support and training to the team and other colleagues as needed.

Job description:


  • Safety management through safety audits and SIO generation (Safety Improvement Opportunities), creating a culture of ‘safety first.’
  • Ensure full compliance of Health and Safety procedures including SOP adherence and incident investigations.
  • Conduct safety awareness meetings, deliver tool box talks and encourage all employees to report all safety issues, reminding them of their right to stop work and the lifesaving rules.
  • Responsible for process control and end of line quality in your areas of work.
  • Take ownership for the compliance and management of hourly boards.
  • Log downtime codes when the area is off-pace or has breakdowns.
  • Actively participate in capturing and closing out 3C SQDCIP actions.
  • To follow standard work to deliver SQDCIP targets.
  • Assist with shift handover and support/cover the Group Manager in their absence.
  • Take ownership for team member training to enhance skills and capabilities for your area.
  • Maintain team members skills matrix and carry out and deliver capabilities / gap analysis for your area to improve shift flexibility.
  • Be available for stock taking and ensure correct recording of stock levels are carried out daily.
  • Shifts operate on either a 3-shift rotation pattern of Mornings (6am-2pm), Afternoons (2pm-10pm) and Nights (10pm-6am) or a Weekend Shift of Saturday & Sunday 6am-6pm.

Required profile:

  • Previous experience of a ‘SAFETY FIRST’ culture with a zero tolerance and continuous safety improvement mentality
  • Previous experience of working in a manufacturing environment
  • Previous experience of organising, leading and training others
  • Experience of working with a SQDCIP (or equivalent) production management system is desirable
  • An IOSH managing safety qualification would be an advantage, but not essential
  • Good computer skills required and experience of basic business software



JELD-WEN is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant for employment or employee on the basis of race, color, religious creed, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.

Unless explicitly requested or approached by JELD-WEN, the company will not accept unsolicited resumes from headhunters, recruitment agencies, or fee-based recruitment services