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Shift Production Operator

Job Title: Shift Production Operator
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Ipswich, Suffolk
Salary: £11.74 - £13 per hour + 25+8 paid holidays
Start Date: ASAP
Duration: 6 month rolling
REF: 111_1593601671
Contact Name: Victor Dominguez
Contact Email:
Job Published: about 1 year ago

Job Description

Our client, a leader in developing advanced optoelectronic devices for the next generation of communications networks and a proven track record of innovation over many years, are now looking to recruit the following role:

Shift Production Operator

Working Pattern (Day or Night):

- Monday - Friday, 06.00 - 14.00 followed by 14.00 - 22.00, rotating weekly. 37.5 hours per week (30-minute unpaid lunch break)


- Sunday - Thursday, 22.00 - 6.00, 37.5 hours per week (30-minute unpaid lunch break)

Job Context

You will form part of a large Production team that operates in small technology-based cells (4-8 people) dedicated to key stages of the production flow within highly controlled cleanroom and laboratory environments. You will be assigned & trained within one or more of these cells based upon the demands of the business. Being open to cell flexibility and cross-training is key to this role. You will be responsible for handling and processing delicate semiconductor material in the form of a wafer, bar, chip, or chip-on-chip carrier.

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 control (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 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.

Holiday entitlement: 25 days plus 8 bank holidays (3 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 is 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 the site at times during shift working hours, so you must have your own transport and the ability to travel to the 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.

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