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Operator (Relief) Pencaitland About the Company Bairds Malt Limited was formed in March 1999, when two existing companies, Hugh Baird & Sons Limited and Moray Firth Maltings plc, merged to form a new company. We...


Operator (Relief)



About the Company
Bairds Malt Limited was formed in March 1999, when two existing companies, Hugh Baird & Sons Limited and Moray Firth Maltings plc, merged to form a new company. We currently operate four malting plants within the UK and produce malt primarily for the brewing and distilling industries. Approximately 10% of our malt is exported to customers around the world who want to use British malt in their brewing or distilling operations.

Our merchanting business, Scotgrain Agriculture Limited, procures malting barley for our own use and trades in barley, other grains, and related agricultural commodities.   In 2013 we launched Brewers Select, our one-stop-shop supplier of quality ingredients and equipment for craft and microbrewers.

Bairds Malt Limited is part of United Malt Group, which is an international, performance-driven malt supplier operating 18 strategically located malt production facilities in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.  UMG is the world’s fourth largest commercial malt producer supplying malt to brewers and distillers around the world from the largest of multinational organisations to the smallest craft brewers.  We celebrate our people and we work together to deliver on what we promise.  We are focused on developing a skilled workforce and encouraging diversity of both people and thinking.

Safety  Passion  Quality  Integrity


The role is varied, working a combination of day and shift work in the malting plant and silos.  Alongside other responsibilities key tasks will include implementation of plant cleaning schedules, weighbridge operation, harvest works, effluent plant works, and basic operational maintenance tasks.


Maltings and Silo

  • Malt operations including the Steeping, Germination and Kilning processes. Monitor, record and adjust parameters throughout the process to produce malt to meet customer expectations
  • Silo operations relating to all grain movements, sampling and pesticide dosing/record keeping
  • Production of malt residual pellets and barley screenings
  • Liaise with the commercial team to arrange collection of by-products
  • Liaise with site management team on any production anomalies
  • Liaise with the engineering team to identify and rectify operational issues
  • Completion of all necessary record keeping in accordance with quality procedures
  • Cleaning of process areas in line with cleaning schedules
  • Conduct borehole chemical dosing as required

Other Duties

  • Report on site needs and plan activities with line management to meet these needs
  • Maintain a high level of hygiene across the whole site including preparation of storage facilities, waste management, yard sweeping and general cleaning tasks
  • Provide cover for shifts during holidays, sickness and absence when required
  • Conduct harvest operations including drier operation and shift work
  • Training and advising temporary workers during harvest and shutdown periods to ensure the highest levels of personal safety are achieved alongside operational needs
  • Weighbridge operation/cover
  • Operating effluent plant to ensure site meets discharge consents
  • Carry out basic operational maintenance tasks and assist plant engineering team
  • Operate Manitou, forklift, scissor lift as required including moving material from flat stores
  • Product dispatch including inspecting, preparing, and filling of export containers


  • Proactive observation of machinery condition prior to use and determination of which machines to use for specific tasks.
  • Accurately complete all necessary records.
  • Ensure full compliance with:
  • Health & Safety at Work Act
  • Company Safety Procedures
  • Food Safety Regulations
  • Company Quality Standards
  • Environmental Procedures

Undertake training and provide cover in other areas of the plant as required.

With this role there is also the potential opportunity to move towards career progression and duty manager responsibilities.


  •  Literate and numerate
  • Self-motivated
  • Excellent problem-solving ability
  • Motivating interpersonal skills
  • Flexible, pro-active approach


  • Knowledge of Health and Safety legislation
  • Practical experience in an industrial scale production environment
  • Willing to learn/train in various areas relating to the position is desirable
  • Previous experience in a malting manufacturing environment is desirable
  • Desirable qualifications: CMC Qualification, IOSH Managing safely 

A competitive compensation and benefits package will be provided. We offer EAP, paid holidays, life insurance, contributory pension plan, gym membership subsidy, cycle to work scheme, annual health surveillance screening, loyalty awards, and access to the Benefit Hub portal for discounts from various retailers.

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