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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you tell me about your recruitment process?

Our recruitment process can vary depending on the role. For factory based colleagues, the first stage of the recruitment process is a series of multiple choice ability tests that are aimed at assessing people at work and predicting job success.

This is then followed by an interview with the Supervisor and/or Department Manager at which point a decision will be made whether the candidate has been successful.

For office based colleagues, the recruitment process is a first stage interview, sometimes followed by a second stage interview. On occasion, there may be a test or presentation required at any of the stages. 

Can I apply directly or do I have to do this online?

We advertise all our vacancies online and no longer accept direct paper applications, therefore please complete an online application and submit your CV for the role you wish to apply for.

Do you accept speculative CVs?

We do have an “Express Your Interest” link on our website for roles in Production and Packing, if you wanted to put your CV forward we can contact you as and when roles become available in these areas.

Do you use recruitment agencies?

We have a number of agencies on our preferred supplier list that we use for certain roles depending on their speciality. If you wish to be considered as a supplier, please contact our Recruitment Advisor.

What training opportunities do you offer?

We are committed to professional and personal development and have a lot of training programmes that we host in-house and externally.  All employees undertake the core training courses in-house and are specific to Haribo UK.  A number of employees are currently undertaking courses at colleges and university that are supported by Haribo.

How many employees do you have?

This changes on a regular basis as we are growing as a business, however we have in the region of 750 employees across both sites in the UK, and over 7,000 employees worldwide.

How many departments do you have?

We are a large business and all our departments and functions work together to make our product great.  Factory based departments include:  Production, Packing, Despatch and Logistics, Engineering (including Electrical), Quality and Security.

Office based departments include:  Finance, Marketing (including Category and Design), Sales, Human Resources, Occupational Health, Inter-Company, Demand & Forecasting, Planning, Health & Safety, IT and Procurement.

What benefits do Haribo offer?

Haribo offer some great benefits to their colleagues:

  • 28 days holiday per year, plus statutory holidays
  • Annual bonus schemes
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Staff discount in Hariboland
  • Laundered uniform (for those who require it)
  • Various local benefits offered by external companies

Do Haribo allow colleagues to wear jewellery?

In the factory environment, we have a very strict “no jewellery” policy. This includes piercings that cannot be seen. Haribo consider that jewellery poses a risk of contamination and hygiene to our excellent product.

Do employees have career prospects at Haribo?
What does a typical career path look like?

Here at Haribo we love to promote from within where possible. We believe in the retention of our staff and their knowledge is key to the success of the business. 

Many of our Supervisors started off as Operators and have successfully worked their way up.  Although we have quite a flat structure, within the factory there are Technical Operator roles, Team Leader roles, Supervisors and Shift Managers. 

What are your working hours?

The factory operates for 16 hours a day. The core shifts are 06:00 to 14:00 and 13:55 to 21:55, alternating weekly.  Any overtime is voluntary, but there is an element of flexibility required for early start ups to ensure that the machine is ready to be producing at 06:00.

Office hours are 08:00 to 17:00 Monday to Thursday, and 08:00 to 12:00 on a Friday.

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