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When it comes to careers, our unique 28,000 square foot Rathbones bakery in Wakefield offers something to suit just about every taste.
It’s our only bakery which means it’s always incredibly busy. Our 400 strong team works 24/7 to produce 47 different products, from hot cross buns and seeded loaves to delicious orange and cranberry muffins, crumpets, pancakes, naans, pittas, and more.
Not to mention frozen products for our in-store bakeries and, of course, our famous Rathbones Toastie. With lots of different roles, a wide choice of shift patterns, and plenty of challenges, it has variety well and truly baked in.
"Our bakery has certainly changed over the years and has grown from a 3 line 3 acre site to 8 lines and almost 8 acres, with more expansion plans to come!"
James, Head of Operations - Bread
Chris, Mechanical Engineer
“I’m a Mechanical Engineer, so it’s my job to keep the machines in the bakery running and maintained on a daily basis.
What’s different about working here is that we don’t just make one product like most other bakeries. We’re very diverse making a vast range of products and it can be tough to keep adapting. But you’ve got everything you need here to do it."
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Roles in every flavour
Rathbones is home to a huge range of people who each bring their own skills, experience and knowledge to the bakery. Not just in Engineering, but in Bakery and Tech Operations, Management, New Product Development, Dispatch, Warehousing and Transport.
What brings us all together is that everyone on site genuinely loves what they do. We’re really proud of our bakery and the products we make, and we’ve created the kind of fun, friendly and down-to-earth workplace where everyone is motivated to get involved.
Can you rise to the challenge?
If you’re up for a challenge, you’ll find one here. It might be hot, it sometimes gets noisy, and there are lots of different machines, production lines, and tech to get to grips with. But that’s what makes our bakery unique. And it’s what makes it an interesting place to work.
If you think you have what takes to rise to the challenge, search for a role in our Rathbones bakery now.
We're always looking for new ways to improve. From our new automated robotic pick and place technology on our Bread, Pancake, Pitta and Crumpet packing operations. The new technology will allow us to pack 9,000 loaves of bread an hour - that's a whole lot of dough!
We're also fully automating a packaging line to pack our range of baguettes. But none of this would be possible without our talented engineering and production teams.
Stephenson Way, J41 Industrial Estate
“The best thing about working here is the people. They genuinely love what they do and are really proud of the bakery and the products that we make.”
Laura, Rathbones People Manager