Performing Manufacturing Operations (Artisan Cheese Maker) - Level 2 (Ref: VAC001492826 )

Salary: £5.90 per hour Closing Date: 27 Feb 2019Hours: 40 hours

M & M Maxwell - Doddington Dairy

Doddington Dairy achieve highest industry accolade as winners of the Best Food Producer award at the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2015

Doddington Dairy was announced winners of the BBC Food and Farming Awards for Best Food Producer at a prestigious ceremony held at College Green in Bristol. The award was presented to Neill and Jackie Maxwell by one of the judges, chef proprietor of Caf Spice Namaste and celebrity television chef, Cyrus Todiwala, OBE DL. This is the first time a company in Northumberland has this award so it is a tremendous accolade for both this ice cream and cheese producer and the county.

Describing Doddington Dairy, Sheila Dillon, presenter of BBC Radio 4s The Food Programme and host of the Food & Farming Awards said:

21 Years Ago, Neill and Margaret Ann Maxwell who farm at Doddington near Wooler in Northumberland launched Doddington cheese, to add value to their milk. Later in 2000, Neill and his wife Jackie launched Doddington Dairy Ice cream, and last night they were awarded the Best Food Producer award at the BBC Food and Farming Awards ceremony in Bristol.

Twenty one years ago when Doddington Dairy launched their cheeses, they were one of the very few companies in the UK producing hand crafted, unpasteurised cheeses. Six years later in 2000 when they launched their ice creams they were the only farm based ice cream producer between Aberdeenshire and York, today, they are one of the very few dairy farms left in Northumberland.

Currently employing in the region of 20 people in the dairy and on the farm, over the years the Maxwells have worked very hard to extend and develop their range of products. The entire family is passionate about their products and their local provenance and use only natural ingredients, Both the Cheeses are ice creams are still today made from their own mile, and where possible they support and work with local producers and brands synonomous with the region. Examples which include, Chainbridge honey, Alnwick Rum, Newcastle Brown Ale and their very own apples and rhubarb.

On hearing the news of their fantastic achievement, Jackie Maxell Director of Doddington Dairy said:

We are absolutely delighted to receive this incredible recognition on a national platform and from such esteemed judges who recognized the quality of the products we produce.

It was a great honour to be told by the judges that the deciding factors were, that we are a hard working farm, turning our produce into food, creating sustainable jobs and having a positive impact on the local economy in what is, a very rural location.

Margaret Ann, Neill and myself would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us over the years; our customers, suppliers and of course our very hardworking and committed staff. All of these people, in addition to other family members have been integral to this huge achievement and it certainly would not have been at all possible without everyones commitment and dedication.

Doddington Dairy cheeses are sought-after the length and breadth of the country and over the years they have received some of the highest industry accolades. They are a progressive company; they do not stand still and are always looking for new and innovative ideas to further their ranges of both ice cream and cheese.

Last year to commemorate one of the North East most recognised heroines, Grace Darling; they launched their first Blue Cheese, Darling Blue. To celebrate both the Sages 10th, they produced for them a special Strawberry and Champagne Ice cream.

Over the years, Doddington Dairy has scooped a number of awards, but for them, being awarded BBC Radios 4s Food Producer of the year is quite literally the topping on the cone with sprinkles!

Sheila Dillon, presenter, BBC Radio 4s The Food Programme and host of the Food & Farming Awards went on to say:

"We set up the Food and Farming Awards in 2000 to highlight the people who, through food, are changing Britain for the better: farmers, shopkeepers, cooks in schools, hospitals and other public places, food producers, campaigners, market organisers, street food vendors together with people working hard, mostly under the media radar, adding to the quality of all our lives but receiving hardly any public recognition.

Since we decided to honour those who have done most to promote the cause of good food as we said at the launch, the awards have changed a lot of lives and helped influence food policy, both country-wide and locally, and all that change has been your doing. You have been our eyes, ears and taste buds in every part of the UK. Without your nominations, your interest in passing on what you know about the best in your area, the awards would be meaningless. These are your awards."


 Vacancy short description: A Unique and fantastic opportunity has arisen for the right candidate to join the Artisan Cheese making team at Doddington Dairy.


Training to be provided: Level 2 Standard in Performing Manufacturing Operations. In house training with the employer

Working week: 40 hours

Weekly wage: £148


Vacancy full description: Your role will involve:

  • Working in a factory style setting
  • Working towards becoming an Artisan Cheese maker
  • Receiving milk from freshly milked cows early in the morning
  • From the milk you receive, you will learn the techniques to manufacture the cheese.
  • You will be responsible for the affineuring of the cheese
  • You will follow company processes and procedures relating to the affineuring of cheese
  • You will be responsible cleaning equipment and adhering to health & Safety Procedures


  Skills required:

  • Attention to detail and pride in your work
  • Physically Fit
  • Manually Dextrous
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Can work as part of a team and communicate well
  • Able to work independently but ask for support when required
  • Hands on with practical tasks using various equipment and machinery


 Personal qualities:

  • Creative
  • Ambitious
  • Enthusiastic
  • Genuine interest in Food
  • Passionate about food and Cheese
  • Willing to learn and put 100% effort

 Qualifications required: GCSE Grade A-D in Maths and English (or equivalent). Functional skills will be undertaken at College by applicants without this qualification.

 Future prospects: Full Time employment

 Reality check: Due to the location of this business a driving license would be a benefit. You will be working on a live working Dairy farm and must be mindful of your surroundings.

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