Production Operative/ Optical Worker

Job Category: Manufacturing

Location: Ilminster (UK)

Gooch & Housego offer exciting and rewarding opportunities for motivated and talented people to join a team of like-minded, highly skilled colleagues who want to grow and succeed with our company.

Hiring talent to complement and grow our current teams’ skills and capabilities is a strategic priority to enable our plans for growth.

Our seven business locations in the United States and four UK-based businesses employ across a broad range of functions including engineering and process, manufacturing, product management, supply chain and customer services, quality assurance, continuous improvement, compliance and finance.


To set up machinery, processes or equipment to enable the safe manufacture of optics throughout the production process.

To follow written procedures to ensure the best methods and equipment are used at any given time.

Take responsibility of department/cell quality, output, safety and improvement targets.

Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain all production documentation as per the relevant procedures such as route cards, time sheets, traceable data logs and any other department related documents.
  • Ensure MRP transactions are correct and completed in a timely manner.
  • Operate/ use machinery and tools safely and correctly, reporting any concerns to your line manager.
  • Adherence to production processes and procedures at all times.
  • Provide feedback on production output to your line manager and support with corrective action if required.
  • Ensure you are working and maintaining quality standards as per BS9100.
  • Adhere to all company policies and procedures as per the company handbook.
  • Contribute to continuous improvement activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Result orientated
  • Positive can do attitude
  • Punctual and adaptable
  • Ability to work as part of a larger team or on own initiative
  • Flexible approach to working and shift patterns
  • Willingness to learn and develop skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Methodical approach
  • Knowledge of manual handling
  • Ability to work in a fast pace environment and to meet deadlines
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Knowledge of similar manufacturing industry desirable (not essential)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • GCSE or equivalent qualifications in English, Maths and Science

How to Apply

If you would like to apply, please send a covering letter (that clearly states what position you are applying for) and your cv to Sarah James, Human Resources Manager at or click on the “Apply for this job” button below.