Palm Papierfabrik

PSP Assistant (Shovel Loader), King's Lynn

Job overview

Reporting to the PSP Process Engineer the PSP Assistant`s primary role is to operate a shovel loader and fork lift clamp truck to feed the PSP line with raw material furnish. 
Additional tasks based around receiving and shipping activities will also form a large part of the daily routine.  Under the supervision of the PSP Process Engineer the PSP Assistant is also required to carry out allocated tasks within the PSP machinery hall. This includes assisting the PSP Process Engineer during plant operation, during stoppages to clear line blockages and when necessary to assist with basic plant maintenance, general housekeeping and checklists.

Company overview

The Palm Group, with 4,200 employees, is a leading supplier in Europe of newsprint and corrugated base paper made from 100 % recycled paper as well as corrugated, cardboard packaging. 

Palm Paper Limited (PM7) is the UK site for the Palm Group based in King’s Lynn, manufacturing graphic papers. PM7 is the widest, largest and most powerful newsprint machine in the world with the capacity to produce 400,000 metric tonnes of newsprint, improved newsprint and magazine grades per annum.

Palm Recycling Limited also based at PM7 is responsible for suppling Palm Paper Limited with the required waste paper. Carrying out collections and recycling services for the public sector and for commercial clients.

Production, sales, logistics and finance for the UK site for both Palm Paper Limited and Palm Recycling Limited is all run from PM7.


  • Annual leave of 25 days per annum plus bank holidays, increasing by 1 day every third year to a maximum of 30 days per annum plus bank holidays
  • Private Healthcare
  • Life insurance
  • Salary Sacrifice Pensions at 4 % Employer and minimum of 4 % Employee
  • Salary Sacrifice Cycle to Work scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice Electric Vehicle Scheme
  • Occupational sick pay, starting at 50 % for 6 weeks and progressing to 80 % for 6 months, plus SSP

Job description and main responsibilities

  • Ensuring at all times the PPL Health & Safety and environmental policy is fully complied with by all PSP staff, all visiting persons and maintenance engineers.
  • Loading the PSP infeed and out feeding conveyers with loose paper.
  • Moving produced bales into storage locations and or loading onto shipping transport. 
  • Monitoring quality of received raw materials to ensure correct moisture and content.
  • Assisting with sample taking in co-operation with the PSP Process Engineer.
  • Assist during plant maintenance as required by the PSP supervisor and Process Engineer.
  • Reporting malfunctioning equipment or vehicle faults to the PSP Process Engineer. 
  • Completion of area and equipment checklists e PSP. 
  • The jobholder may be required to carry out additional tasks as instructed by the line manager

Essential knowledge, skills and experiences required

  • Basic secondary education minimum 4 GCSE or equivalent vocational qualifications.
  • Able to read, understand and comply with written instructions in English language.
  • Able to understand and speak fluently in English language.
  • Ideal but not essential, technically skilled with some formal training and experienced in either a mechanical or electrical engineering discipline.
  • Person should be able to offer flexible working times when required. Although working a fixed shift contract, the role of PSP Assistant will occasionally require alternate working times to meet PSP operational needs. This could involve starting early, finishing late or both depending on operational needs.
  • Physically fit and able bodied – work will be arduous and physically demanding.
  • Comfortable with confined spaces – work will involve cleaning and basic maintenance some of which will be inside separation machinery.
  • Willing to travel to an operationally similar separation facility to undergo training and work experience 
  • A working knowledge of Risk Assessment process and H&S at work.

We are looking forward to receiving your application by email to

Palm Paper Limited
Mick Beckett
Poplar Avenue
Saddlebow Industrial Estate
King’s Lynn
PE34 3AL Norfolk
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