Manufacturing Jobs In Kent

We feature employers in the manufacturing sector on this page, nearly all have operations of some kind in the area. Several are large multinationals whilst others are SMEs. The aim of this page is to provide links to employers and resources with current job vacancies. We use two criteria; does the employer have current vacancies or do they publish current vacancies on their website when they occur. This is a work in progress we add new potential employers on recommendations from our researcher and users. If you would like to point us in the direction of a manufacturer not listed below please get in touch. This link will be useful if you are looking for more jobs in Kent.

The Local Sector

The broad definition of manufacturing is the 'creation of goods using tools or machinery', the word manufacturing normally implies a level of mass or multiple production. We exclude the arts from this classification because this form of production is usually thought of as originating with an artistic impulse. The artisan process stands somewhere between these two categories.

The range of goods that we describe as being 'manufactured' is extremely wide and includes everything from foodstuffs to furniture. Some forms of manufacturing may be referred to as fabrication. On some level or another manufacturing has been taking place since man first started to use tools. It has evolved through cottage industries, medieval guilds through the industrial revolution right up to today's developed high tech systems. However almost all systems of manufacturing, old and new are still being used somewhere in the world.

Manufacturing In Kent

The latest data we have puts the worth of regional manufacturing at around £18b and nearly a third of a million jobs. Our crude estimate is that Kent and Medway account for about 18% of the total South east Sector.

According to http://www.locateinkent.com/ there are over 3,500 manufacturing businesses in Kent & Medway, employing about 70,000 people. The employers we feature below are just are small sample from across the county. We welcome submissions for a free listing from manufacturers looking to recruit staff from; Kent Medway, Bromley and Bexley.

Kent Manufacturers

  • Ardo Shearway Ltd - http://www.ardo.com/ - One of the region's most important frozen food distributors. They invite email requests for information on current career opportunities in Ashford featured on the website. Ardo UK Ltd, Charing, Kent, TN27 0DF - 01233 714714.
  • Arjo Wiggins - http://www.arjowiggins.com/ - Arjo Wiggins is the world's leading manufacturer of technical and creative papers. Chartham Papers is part of the group, you can apply for jobs from the main corporate website. ArjoWiggins Chartham Ltd, Station Road, Chartham, Kent, CT4 7JA - 01227 813500.
  • Aylesford Newsprint - http://aylesford-newsprint.co.uk/people-and-careers.php - Most of the job vacancies are now published online, the company also runs an apprenticeship scheme and welcomes unsolicited CVs from people with relevant skills and experiences. The organisation is based in Bellingham Way, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7DL.
  • BAE Systems - http://www.baesystems.com/ - A world name in the field of security and defence products. BAE has a total worldwide workforce of about 103,000, many employees are involved in the production of; electronic systems, defence technology and military support.
  • Brown Group - http://www.browneuropeltd.com/contact.htm - Many staff recruited to Browns come from the surrounding area. It is a privately owned firm formed over forty years ago with its head office in Lordswood Chatham. Gleaming Wood Drive, Unit 33-34, Lordswood, Chatham, Kent, ME5 8RZ - 01634 201110.
  • Cummins Power Generation Ltd - http://www.eujobs.cummins.com/job-listing.asp - Their website proclaims that this company builds the most environmentally friendly diesel engines. As such their recruitment needs encompass every aspect of a large manufacturing operation including: engineers and technicians as well as accountants, IT experts, and operatives working at every level of the organisation.
  • DAD - http://www.dadgroup.co.uk/ - Renown manufacturer of steel products since 1872. DAD produce mailboxes and other post related goods in compliance with BS EN13724. The firm has a production of over one million units per annum for the home market and in export to over 20 other countries worldwide.
  • Denne Joinery - http://www.dennejoinery.co.uk/ - Denne Joinery is a well known; joinery, design, manufacturing and installation business, working in a wide range of sectors connected with the construction industry, current vacancies on the website. Bramling House, Bramling, Kent, CT3 1NB - 01227 723080.
  • DTE South East - http://www.donaldsontimberengineering.co.uk/ - A leading manufacturer of timber roof and floor systems as well as an important supplier of timber roof trusses and I-Joists. Operations are run from six regional centres including Ashford. The organisation is registered ISO9001. Local office at Brunswick Road, Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1EL - 01233 895222
  • Gopak - http://www.gopak.co.uk - is the UK's market leader in the design, manufacture and supply of lightweight aluminium folding tables. Based in Hythe. Gopak Ltd, Range Road, Hythe, Kent, CT21 6HG.
  • Integrated Technologies Ltd - http://www.itl.co.uk - Research, develop and produce medical instrumentation, largely scientific and technical opportunities advertised on the site. Integrated Technologies Ltd, Viking House, Ellingham Way, TN23 6NF - 01233 638383.
  • Kemsley Paper Mill - http://www.dssmithpaper.com/- DS Smith Paper is the UK’s largest papermaker. Its three paper mills have a combined capacity of around 1.1 million tonnes per annum. DS Smith Paper Ltd, Kemsley Paper Mill, ME10 2TD - 01795 518900.
  • Laing O’Rourke - http://www.laingorourke.com/Pages/LORHome.aspx - One of the largest privately owned construction group in the UK. The business was founded around 1848 but today it is a worldwide concern with people working in Canada, Europe, the Middle East Australia and across Asia. There are opportunities for entry-level applicants, a cadet programme as well as apprenticeships. For full details follow the 'careers' link. Bridge Place 1 & 2, Anchor Boulevard, Crossways, Dartford, Kent, DA2 6SN - 01322 296200.
  • Magnet is one of the biggest names in UK kitchens. Magnet have just under 2,000 servicing customers requirements from 200 showrooms, including seven in Kent. Bexley, Canterbury, Gillingham, Maidstone, Orpington, Ramsgate and Tunbridge Wells. Retail and trade counters at most branches.
  • Megger - http://www.megger.com/uk/index.php - Formerly AVO now one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of portable test and measurement equipment vacancies on the website in categories such as: Accounting, Administration, Engineering, Information Technology, Operations, Technical Sales, Marketing & Training. Megger, Archcliffe Road, Dover, Kent, CT17 9EN - 01304 502101.
  • Micro Medical - http://www.micromedical.co.uk - Micro Medical is now called CareFusion. Are a world market leader in the origination, design and manufacture of highest quality specialist medical electronic devices. Cardinal Health, Quayside, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4QY.
  • Minnitron - http://www.minnitron.co.uk/ - Family run firm founded by George Goodfellow and based in a 10,000 sq ft factory in Thanet. Their core business is the manufacture of high quality printed circuit boards. 20 Leigh Road, Haine Industrial Park, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 5EU - 01843 599353.
  • Premier Foods - http://www.premierfoods.co.uk/ - A business divided into two separate groups, Bread and Grocery. It's one of the market leaders in the grocery sector with brands like: Ambrosia , Batchelors, Bisto, Mr. Kipling and OXO to name but a few. Premier are one of the biggest millers and bakers in the UK with brands like Hovis and Mothers Pride. About 400 employees on the Ashford site.
  • Puretone Ltd - http://www.puretone.net/jobs.html - Manufacture and supply a wide range of hearing related equipment for 30 years. Technical and sales vacancies advertised on the website from time to time. Trident Close Medway City Estate Rochester Kent ME2 4FR - 01634 719427.
  • Scarab Sweepers - http://www.scarab-sweepers.com/ - Since 1979 Scarab Sweepers have been a leader in the design, manufacture of compact and truck-mounted road sweepers the range encompasses vehicle sizes from compact to 18 tonne. Current vacancies are published on the recruitment pages.
  • Shepherd-Neame - As well as opportunities for Landlords and Tenants. Shepherd Neame also publishes vacancies for management and admin staff. Shepherd Neame Limited, The Faversham Brewery, 17 Court Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 7AX - 01795 532206.
  • Simtek EMS - http://www.simtekems.co.uk/ - A manufacturer of products used in the instrumentation for GPS systems and a wide range of automotive & marine electronics, flight monitoring systems and other applications.
  • Smiths Medical - http://www.smiths-medical.com/uk/careers/index.html - This local firm publishes current job opportunities on the recruitment section of the website. If you have relevant skills and/or experience you can consider sending them a speculative CV. 1500 Eureka Park, Lower Pemberton Road, TN25 4BF.
  • Whatman Plc - http://www.whatman.com/Careers.aspx - Produces specialist filtration and separations products. The website holds general company information and a vacancy feature linked from the home page. They are based in Maidstone. Springfield Mill, Sandling Road, ME14 2LE - 01622 676670

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