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Multi Skilled Engineer

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Date: 28-Sep-2020

Location: Ashford, GB

Company: Premier Foods

A great British food company Premier Foods is one of Britain’s biggest listed food companies, employing over 4,000 colleagues at 15 manufacturing sites and offices up and down the country.  Many of our brands have been part of UK life for more than a century and you’ll find them in 94% of British households.


Continental shift pattern

Starting salary £43,603 rising to £47,264 upon satisfactory completion of probation

Multi-skilled Engineer

Ashford, Kent



Role Purpose:

To ensure line or process downtime is minimised through the prompt response to and resolution of engineering issues.
To work closely with the Site Engineering Team/ Offline Engineers to maximize efficiency of the equipment and continuously strive to improve the equipment to meet the operational needs of the business.
To support the implementation of new equipment as required.


What you’ll be doing:

  • Respond to and resolve line running issues;
  • Actively participate in plan and review maintenance, completing tasks as scheduled;
  • Carry out pre-emptive condition-based monitoring on specified items of plant as requested;
  • Raise workorders, input breakdown and root cause corrective work and other actions ensuring that these are communicated to relevant stakehoders;
  • Monitor equipment as scheduled using agreed maintenance times and schedules;
  • Communicate and provide adequate handover information for oncoming shift engineers;
  • Participate in site engineering projects to investigate, understand and improve existing processes;
  • Working in collaborations with support functions on innovation projects;
  • Working with support departments, aim to drive down waste and increase capacity;
  • Meet/greet and act as site contact for Contractors ensuring the correct working documents are completed as per the site/company standards;
  • Support AM and line activities improvement by working closely with the Operations Teams;
  • Sign off Work Permits and other safety documents, as required to support manufacturing operations;
  • Ensure that minimum standards are maintained: i.e. work in a tidy, clean, structured and professional manner, particularly the engineering workshops;
  • Work in compliance with HACCP, hygiene rules and PQC requirements and report any issues/concerns to QA;
  • Responsibility and ownership of a production area/asset ;

What we need from you:


  • Approved Engineering apprenticeship/ qualification (City & Guilds and National Certificate), or equivalent
  • Fault-finding skills
  • Understanding of problem-solving techniques
  • To be competent in a range of technical skills covering mechanical, electrical pneumatics, machining, welding and fabrication disciplines.
  • Practical mechanical and electrical experience within a production environment
  • Knowledge of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and HACCP
  • Understanding of professional maintenance techniques; Predictive, Preventative, Condition based & Planned
  • Computer literate
  • Demonstrated ability to be a team player i.e. evidence of team working


  • Previous experience in an FMCG
  • Food Industry experience

What we offer you in return:

  • Competitive salary
  • A continental shift pattern
  • A contributory pension scheme with the employer contribution up to 7.5%
  • The Hamper discount scheme offering discounts with major retailers and special offers on entertainment, gym memberships and days out
  • In-house Occupational Health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Free onsite parking

Our much-loved brands include Mr Kipling, Cadbury, Bisto, Batchelors, Ambrosia, Sharwood’s, Oxo, Loyd Grossman, Homepride, Paul Hollywood and McDougall’s, with some supported by our strategic partnerships with Mondelez and Nissin.