Bernard Matthews has won a contact to supply cooked chicken to retail customers. The additional business will create an extra 400 jobs from the firm’s Great Witchingham site, new chief executive Chris Just said.
The business is currently recruiting for the roles which range from factory management, to supervisors, skilled operatives and process workers. The roles are not seasonal, and the all-year-round opportunities offered can be either Mondays to Fridays or weekend shifts on Saturdays and Sundays, offering flexibility for potential new recruits.
“This is an exciting development for the business and demonstrates that Bernard Matthews has turned the corner,” said Just. “What’s great is that we have the ability to expand our capabilities and offer a cooked poultry product which is in such great demand.
“It is likely because of the scale of this new opportunity that we’re going to have to be innovative in the way we work and extend operations so we can fulfil orders.
“We’re delighted that the company has this opportunity and we can accordingly invest in the local and regional economy by providing new jobs and bringing about the associated opportunities that come with it from a supply chain and supplier perspective.”
Bernard Matthews is the leading UK turkey producer with annual sales of around £200 million and over 1,500 staff.