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Shift Production Operator

Job Title: Shift Production Operator
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Ipswich
Salary: Negotiable
Start Date: ASAP
Duration: ongoing
REF: JZFORCE_1673971227
Contact Name: Jianghui Zhang
Contact Email:
Job Published: about 1 year ago

Job Description

Job Title: Shift Production Operator

Our client, a leading global ICT infrastructure solutions provider is looking for a Shift Production Operator based at its Ipswich site.

They are developing leading-edge optoelectronic devices for the next generation of communications networks. Their expanding technical team and wafer fabrication facility are based at Adastral Park near Ipswich, Suffolk.

Working Pattern: 2 Shifts - Monday - Friday, 06.00 - 14.00 followed by 14.00 - 22.00, rotating weekly. Total 37.5 hours per week (30-minute unpaid lunch break)

Reports to: Cell Lead / Production Supervisor

Job Context

In this role you will be responsible for handling and processing delicate semi-conductor material in the form of a wafer, bar, chip or chip-on-chip carrier. You will be working closely with colleagues as part of a small technology based cells (4-8 people) dedicated to key stages of the production flow within highly controlled cleanroom and laboratory environments.

Full training will be provided to candidates to work in this exciting, technical environment at the forefront of innovation.

Main Responsibilities

  • Operating tools to process material through the applicable stage in the manufacturing process according to the standard required in SOP documents, meeting targets for cycle time and quality and ensuring safety guidelines are followed at all times.
  • Operating a variety of different types of Fab / Test Equipment - optical vision systems, manual and automated devices as well as the use of chemicals.
  • Carrying out quality inspections, requiring strong attention to detail
  • Identifying and implementing opportunities to improve quality, efficiency and safety with a focus on driving improvements to yield
  • Completing documentation to a high standard and collating data on processes as required
  • Recording and tracking metrology information using computer-aided statistical process controle (SPC) systems
  • Learning new processes and procedures when new equipment is commissioned or new processes are developed
  • This position is in a cleanroom environment requiring cleanroom gowning and cleanroom protocol. Some positions involve working near hazardous chemicals using proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)



  • Experience of working in a manufacturing and/or cleanroom environment
  • Experience of operating machinery or carrying out technical processes
  • Good manual dexterity and attention to detail
  • Experience of applying a quality standard to your work
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing
  • Basic computer skills (Excel, Word, Outlook) - able to enter data into the manufacturing system and interpret data to identify issues


  • Experience of working in semiconductor wafer/chip fabrication
  • An understanding of continuous improvement and lean manufacturing principles
  • Confident working safely with and around chemicals (training and PPE is provided)
  • Basic math skills to enable you to calculate measurements
  • Quality assurance experience

Personal Attributes

  • Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work effectively in both a team environment and independently.
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure and to tight deadlines, multi-tasking and prioritising work to meet business requirements
  • Strong work ethic; drives improvements in processes and is keen to learn and develop their skills through cross-training on processes in other cells and on new equipment

Additional Information:

Candidates must be eligible to, and hold all relevant finalised paperwork, to live and work in the UK. Copies of Passports and Visas will be requested.

This is initially a 12-month temp/agency worker contract, to be extended for further 12 month periods dependent on performance and workload. Assignments are renewed on the 31st July each year.

Holiday entitlement: 25 days plus 8 bank holidays. Days to be reserved each year for Christmas shutdown.

Cleanroom standards: In the cleanroom you cannot wear makeup (including fake eyelashes and long nails), any scent/perfume or heeled/open toed shoes. In our cleanroom, all staff are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) (hairnet, veil, lightweight hood, suit and boots). Safety shoes are not required.

Transport: There is no public transport to site at times during shift working hours, so you must have your own transport and ability to travel to site. Free parking is available on site.

COVID-19 Measures: We are a COVID-19 Secure site and training will be provided on the measures in place to protect everyone's safety for all new starters.

Project People is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.