Manufacturing Operative – Northern Ireland

Job Specification – Manufacturing Operative

Are you a Manufacturing Operative looking for the opportunity to join an award winning hard working company with a reputation for quality, innovation and first class customer service? Do you have the passion and determination to carry out an excellent level of workmanship? If so, this could be the opportunity for you!

Due to continued success Gray & Adams Ireland are currently looking for a Manufacturing Operative to join our team. The overall purpose of the job is to build insulated and refrigerated trailers and truck bodies in accordance with company procedures and standards, each repair should be completed to the correct safety and quality standards, this is an excellent opportunity for an individual who is seeking to establish their career within a progressive award-winning company.

About us

Gray & Adams is the UK market-leader in the manufacture of specialist temperature controlled and bespoke vehicles. Founded in 1957, we are a long-established, family-owned business. As we enter our 65th year in business, we are recognised as pioneers of innovation in the refrigerated transport industry, recently winning the “Family Business” and “Business of the year 2022” awards at the “Northern Star Business Awards 2022” and taking “63rd place” in the insiders Top 500 Scottish Companies list. These achievements are a credit to our expert teams who have been the key to our success, designing and building exceptional products that are well engineered and of a supreme build quality. Our customers are at the core of everything we do, and this commitment has facilitated our success and growth. Our team works incredibly hard and their dedication to staying innovative and always looking for a better way, is integral to the considerable success and growth we have achieved together.

We strongly believe in investing in our people and provide training and development opportunities to help our employees progress their future and careers. In addition to dedicated in-house training, we offer the chance to work in a dynamic environment where we continue to work together as a family.


Key Job Requirements as Manufacturing Operative

  • Assembly of Trailer / Truck bodies in line with company procedures and drawings, within the allocated hours;
  • Maintaining a high quality of workmanship and attention to detail at all times;
  • Maintaining good housekeeping and adhering to the company’s health and safety policies;
  • Achieving and maintaining proficiency in all aspects of coach/ body building as per Gray & Adams procedures


Skills We Think Will Help You Succeed In this Role

  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving
  • Excellent communication skills


Essential or Desirable experience – If you’ve got it, we want it!


  • Have a minimum 3 years’ experience of the commercial vehicle/trailer/bus industry, particularly in body building, panel assembly, mechanical fixings, body building glues and adhesives or similar;
  • Have at least one year’s experience of using a range of hand and air tools (e.g. rivet, mono bolt guns)
  • Possess basic knowledge of the principles of Health & Safety at Work
  • Able to accurately interpret basic engineering drawings
  • Be able to work to deadlines to complete tasks on time
  • Be able to work co-operatively in a team environment
  • Be able to contribute to improving productivity
  • Have a driving license


Desirable, but not essential

  • Time served / City & Guilds Craft Certificate / NVQ 3 in Engineering or Coach Building / completed a Modern Apprenticeship;
  • Hold a current Forklift License;
  • Hold a Crane Operator License;
  • Have completed First Aid Training;
  • Experience of working in a temperature-controlled environment.
  • Knowledge of commercial vehicle/trailer electrics.
  • Hold a current HGV Class 1 driving license


Sound good? Keep on reading and apply today!


What You Will Receive from Us!

  • 33 Days Holiday pro rata to 4-day week
  • Competitive Hourly rate dependant on experience level
  • Discretionary bonus
  • Additional earning potential through overtime
  • Group contributory pension scheme
  • Career development opportunities
  • Health and Wellbeing Support


So… What happens next?

Like the sound of this position? Please apply on our website with your CV or using the application form or contact our Recruitment Team for assistance. Closing date for completed application forms is 29th July 2022 at 1.00pm.

CV Submission

Please send your CV via email or post to: 

Gray & Adams
Houstons Corner
Co. Antrim
BT36 4TP
Northern Ireland

Application Resources

Please return your application PDF via email or post.
Or choose to complete the application online.