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Chief Engineer

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  • Salary:

    £70000 - £85000 per annum

  • Contact:

    Alesha Mato

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  • Published:

    12 days ago

Why join us?

I am currently working with one of the UK's leading food manufacturers, they are part of a wider group with 13 UK manufacturing sites. They are seeking an experienced Chief Engineer to join their team. This full-time position operates on a Monday to Friday schedule, offering an excellent opportunity to balance work and personal life.

What's in it for you?

They are offering a competitive salary of £80-85k, complemented by a 15% performance bonus and a £5.7k car allowance, which can be converted to a company electric vehicle (EV) after 3-6 months. Our comprehensive benefits package includes health insurance, a generous pension plan, professional development opportunities, and employee discounts on our products.

  • 33 days annual leave
  • 2 Employee Volunteering Days per year
  • Online and high-street retailer discount scheme
  • Employee well-being and community support groups
  • Informal and formal training opportunities with a personalised online LMS platform
  • Charity initiatives and team events
  • 24/7 access to Grocery Aid (free financial, emotional, and practical support)
  • Physical well-being benefits - free on-demand exercise hub and various gym discounts
  • Online well-being benefits
  • Free financial well-being tools - mortgage calculators, budget tools, financial aid tools
  • Holiday discounts via online retail discount


As our Chief Engineer, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth running, efficiency, safety, and continuous improvement of our operations. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Managing the asset care program for the site, ensuring it meets safety, technical, and legislative standards.
  • Leading and challenging activities related to safety, including site refrigeration, fixed wiring, asbestos, water treatment, effluent management, boilers, equipment safety, and power.
  • Ensuring compliance with all legal and legislative obligations relating to our people, plant safety, environmental standards, and energy efficiency/emissions.
  • Continuously improving our comprehensive asset care/maintenance system, with a focus on cost control, manpower, planned preventative maintenance (PPM), and stock management.
  • Driving profitability, service excellence, and quality standards through a culture of continuous improvement and operational excellence.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Time served apprenticeship background or equivalent. BSc, HND, or HNC in Electrical, Mechanical, or dual-skilled engineering.
  • Specialisation in either mechanical or electrical engineering with detailed knowledge of:
  • PLC/computer-controlled equipment
  • Servo motors and drives
  • Inverter control systems
  • Hydraulic powered systems
  • Pneumatic control systems
  • Providing up-to-date specialist machinery and technical knowledge to enable the business to continuously improve manufacturing capabilities.
  • Strong written, numerical, and verbal communication skills. Proficient in English language.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office and CMMS systems.
  • Experience with world-class manufacturing processes and methodologies, such as Lean, Kaizen, Kanban, 5C, 5S, and TPM.
  • Strong leadership, motivational, and organisational skills.
  • Business acumen with a deep understanding of key performance indicators (KPIs) and their relation to engineering.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels in the business, with a focus on presenting continuous improvement project work.
  • Driving License

If you or someone you know would be interested in this opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact me through the details below. We look forward to hearing from you!