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Knife Sharpener / Trades Assistant (Fixed Term)

Date: 15-Sep-2022

Location: Llanarth, NSW, AU, 2795

Company: Simplot

Simplot Australia is a food manufacturing and agriculture business encompassing potato, vegetable, seafood, and sauce operations that supply chilled, frozen, and shelf-stable products to Australia's major retail and foodservice markets.


We are home to some of Australia's most loved and trusted food brands, including Birds Eye, Edgell, Leggo's, John West, and Chiko. We have six Australian manufacturing sites and employ more than 2,000 people across Australia and New Zealand.


As a leading provider of quality, nourishing and sustainable food, we are focussed on bringing to life Aussie grown produce. We embrace sustainable practices that care for our planet's precious resources today and for generations to come. We are an integral part of the global J.R. Simplot Company.

Culture and Benefits

At Simplot, we are fuelled by our purpose: We Contribute to Feeding Our World. We imagine a better future and set goals to reach it. We are committed to working as one Simplot and are guided by our shared values: 


  • Respect for Resources
  • Spirit of Innovation
  • Passion for People


We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We care about creating an environment that promotes safety and wellbeing and where our people feel supported, respected and empowered. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination and are committed to providing equal opportunities for all our team members.


Simplot is passionate about cultivating a future where good ideas and inspiring possibilities have the chance to grow. We want our team members to build exciting and fulfilling careers with us and offer professional and personal growth opportunities.

About Our Role

Simplot Australia are currently seeking applications for the role of TA / Knife Sharpener (Fixed-Term) to work as part of our maintenance team at our Bathurst food manufacturing facility.

Reporting to the Maintenance Manager, this fixed-term (Nov 2022 - June 2023) full-time opportunity will support our upcoming corn season and will provide the successful candidate with an opportunity to work with the home of Australia's foods!

With hourly rates of $30.58 per hour + annual & personal leave accruals, Simplot Australia will also provide a fully laundered uniform + boots & PPE required to undertake this role.

What You Will Do

  • Work within a busy engineering / maintenance workshop environment
  • Safely plan, inspect, and sharpen knife blades for use on a cob saw processing line
  • Use of a jig and grinding / sharpening equipment to conduct sharpening
  • Conduct pre-start checks on all equipment used for sharpening
  • Fitting of sharpened blades to fixed plant cob saw
  • Adhere to all documented SOPs & work instructions
  • Participate in all site safety and continuous improvement related activities

About You

  • Possess a 100% commitment to safety, health and wellbeing in the workplace.
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude / workshop experience - prior work history in a metalwork trade such as fabrication / boilermaking role will be highly regarded
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision whilst keeping to maintenance plan 
  • Possess positive communication skills with the ability to liaise with a wide demographic of site employees
  • Willingness to undergo a pre-employment medical assessment (incl. urine based drug & alcohol screening)

The Perks

  • Fully supplied & laundered uniform, boots & PPE
  • Weekly pay
  • Soft tissue specialist appointments

Please click on the "Apply" button to submit your application including a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role + an up-to-date resume (noting that you will be redirected to the Simplot Careers portal).


Job Requisition ID: 10844 

Travel Required: None 

Location(s): SAPL Bathurst Plant - Llanarth 

Country: Australia 


Simplot is an equal opportunity employer and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply. If you feel you would be a great addition to our team please apply online today, we would love to hear from you. If you require technical assistance, please email us at