Current Vacancies


We are currently looking to recruit a number of Operator roles. These positions are based at our manufacturing site in Cockermouth, Cumbria and will be on the three shift system (mornings, afternoons and nights).

James Walker is a global materials engineering specialist working in partnership with blue chip customers across the oil and gas, metallurgical, nuclear, biopharmaceutical, marine propulsion, aerospace and renewable energy industries. With a heritage of innovation built up over 135 years, our business thrives on a culture of technical, operational and service excellence driven by a desire to put our people at the heart of amazing engineering.

Main duties of this role will include but are not limited to...

  • Operating all departmental machines.
  • Preparing products, including make-up and trimming.
  • Batch and critical inspection of all products.
  • Accurate transition of stock and materials.
  • Use of all measuring equipment, including verniers, diameter tapes and micro vus to inspect finished products to dimensional specification/quality.
  • Maintaining details and accurate records relating to specific company/customer specifications.
  • Responsibility for quality of own work.
  • Contributing towards company and department success, including the achievement of KPIs.

The successful candidate must have...

  • A minimum of English, Maths and Science GCSEs Grade C/Level 4 or above.
  • Previous experience of working within a manufacturing environment is preferred, but not essential.
  • Basic IT skills.
  • A conscientious and flexible approach to duties.
  • The ability to pay particular attention to detail and quality of work.
  • A willingness and enthusiasm to embrace change, look at new ways of working and support continuous improvement initiatives and projects.
  • A resilient approach and go the extra mile to improve standards and performance.
  • Excellent communication skills, along with the ability to build great relationships.
  • A proactive approach to work and getting things done.
  • The ability to problem solve and see things through to completion, with a right first time culture.

For further information on these vacancies, please contact the HR Team on 01900 823555 or email To apply, please email your CV and covering letter, or alternatively please send to: FAO HR Department, James Walker & Co Ltd, Gote Brow, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0NH.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 22nd May 2022.

Please note: If you have not heard from James Walker within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

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