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Tanyard (Wet End) Hides and Skin Processing Technician

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1 month ago

Job Summary

The ideal candidate will accurately follow recipes and best practice methods to process hides and/or skins into a product suitable for Exporting or further processing by our Finished Leather division.

  • Minimum Qualification : Degree
  • Experience Level : Mid level
  • Experience Length : 3 years

Job Description/Requirements


  • Ensure the operations of Tanyard Hide & Skin Processing are completed in a safe and legally compliant manner.
  • Operate using a safety-first culture by being responsible for your safety, as well as other workers, contractors, and visitors.
  • Recognise, understand, and adopt our health and safety policies, processes, and procedures.
  • Sustain a positive, healthy, and safe working environment.
  • Sustain the correct personal protective equipment, that is provided, is worn and maintained at ALL times.
  • Identify potential hazards and near misses within the plant and follow our reporting procedures.
  • Maintain a clean and tidy work environment during your shift.
  • Sustain compliance with Company H&S policies and practices, including Manual Handling, Chemical Handling, and Personal Hygiene.
  • Ensure tanning processing operations are completed in compliance with our “Environmental Management Plan” •
  • Be aware and understand the contents of, and reasons for implementing, EMP.
  • Sustain constant familiarity with the work environment to make sure all required environmental practices are followed.
  • Escalate any major incident that may have a significant impact on the environment by raising awareness with the Supervisor/Manager.
  • Assist in the development of sustainable processing that is in keeping with current global tanning industry developments.
  • Ensure processing operations are completed in compliance with our “Quality Management Plan”
  • Be aware and understand the contents of and reasons for implementing QMP.
  • Identify hides and/or skins batches to be processed and arrange for or carry out loading safely.
  • Select the correct process formulation (recipe).
  • Develop tanning processes and implement change where required.
  • Process all hides and skins in line with best industry practice ensuring a high standard of quality is consistently maintained.
  • Ensure capacity utilization is maximized and downtime is minimized.
  • Record any downtime that is impacting the ability of the plant to operate at full capacity. i.e. delays in loading or unloading, mechanical breakdowns, or drainage delays.
  • Follow the recipe to process hides and skins using the ‘step by step’ methodology.
  • Working under time pressures to process multiple batches simultaneously.
  • Following a list, prepare accurately and safely all required chemical products to carry out the processing.
  • Operate Forklift machine confidently observing ALL standard safe practices and Company Policies.
  • To follow accurately, the instructions at each step of the recipe. All Times and Check results must be recorded accurately.
  • Observe all safety rules and ensure the safe handling of chemical products.  Use appropriate PPE at All times.
  • Manual handling is required, could be lifting hides up to 45 Kg occasionally, and bags of chemical products up to 25 Kg often.
  • Maintain clean and safe work areas at all times. Work to a ‘clean up after yourself/as you go’ mentality.
  • Need to identify any problems affecting Safety and/or Quality and alert the Supervisor/ Manager ASAP.
  • Report any processing delays or mechanical faults to the area Supervisor/Production Manager.
  • Ensure all procedures detailed in all SOPs are carried out correctly at all times.
  • Ensure good time management at all times.
  • Ensure all process chemicals are prepared accurately to the required weights and in advance of required addition times.
  • Forklift operator training will be provided as is this skill required by all staff in this role.


  • Minimum of 3 years work experience in a Tannery manufacturing environment.
  • Tertiary qualification in Tanning,  Science, Biotechnology, Chemistry or equivalent
  • Reading / Writing and basic Numeracy
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Supervisory experience
  • Good work ethic
  • Great time management skills
  • Good verbal and written communication
  • Physically fit and able to lift items (chemical bags and hides) up to 45Kg
  • Ability to identify unique colours i.e. not colour blind.
  • Clean Full Drivers Licence for Forklift Operator training
  • Ability to work without direct supervision at times

Key Behaviours:

  • Great Initiative.
  • High attention to detail/thoroughness.
  • Ability to work under time pressure / Results Oriented.
  • Problem-solving / Analytical thinking with a solutions-focused approach .
  • Able to develop constructive relationships to support our diverse teams.
  • Able to perform tasks methodically and thoroughly within a scheduled timeframe.
  • Possesses a strong drive for improvement

This position description and person specification intend to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by staff in this job classification. Staff members may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specified. 

Suitably qualified candidates should send their CVs with the position as the subject.

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