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Plant Operator

Ref No: SD/PO/11/23

Location: Donegal
Closing Date: 11th December 2023

We have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join our team as a Plant Operator at our Ballindrait Mill.

Reporting to the Production Supervisor, the Plant Operator is an integral part of our day-to-day operation, being responsible for the production and quality checking of all orders in the mill.

The Role:

  • Operating a highly computerised manufacturing process;
  • Supervising raw material intake;
  • Warehouse duties including operating a forklift truck;
  • Performing product quality checks and maintaining mill hygiene standards;
  • Maintain traceability and hygiene records;
  • Assist in maximising the efficiency of the mill;
  • In conjunction with maintenance ensure daily, weekly and monthly routine preventative maintenance tasks are carried out.

The Person:

  • A minimum of one years experience in a production environment;
  • Must have a good standard of education;
  • Must be IT literate and ideally have previous experience using computerised production equipment;
  • Ability to work on own initiative and within a busy team;
  • Working in an animal feed mill or have an agricultural background would be advantageous;
  • Ideally have a forklift licence but not essential as training will be provided.

Normal working pattern is Monday to Friday with flexibility to work Saturdays if required.  There will be a requirement to work evening shifts, particularly from November to April due to business need.  The evening shift pattern is 3:00pm –11: 00pm Monday to Friday. 

Closing date for receipt of CV’s is 5.00pm on Monday 11th December 2023.

To apply please forward a current CV and cover letter to the HR Manager, Smyths Daleside, Ballindrait, Lifford, Co Donegal, F93 K447 or email

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About Us

Smyths Daleside, one of the most modern mills in Ireland, manufacture high quality animal feeds for ruminant and monogastric animals (Beef, Dairy, Calf, Sheep, Horse, Pig and Poultry). All products are specially designed by some of the top nutritionists in the country and provide essential vitamins.

Smyths Daleside is one of the biggest manufacturing firms in the area and provide employment for 58 people at present with sales from Donegal to Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Monaghan and Cavan, and cover all counties in Northern Ireland.


Our culture is based on setting best in class standards, working towards and delivering on committed objectives, striving for constant improvement and involving everyone in the process. We endeavour to develop our people and harness everyone’s potential to deliver a winning team.

Equal Opportunities

Smyths Daleside Feeds is an Equal Opportunities employer and is committed to a safe, inclusive and relationship based working environment.


In return we offer a high degree of responsibility, great opportunities for learning, personal growth and development with advancement within a fast-moving agricultural sector. Health benefits and cover to be discussed with Human Resources.