Engineering Manager

Date: 01-Oct-2022

Location: Ledbury, United Kingdom

Company: Ornua Co-operative Limited

Job Description


Job Title:                           Engineering Manager

Reports to:                       Operations Director

Location:                           Hazel Park, Dymock Road, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2JQ

Hours:                               Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week, 7.5 hours per day, core hours - 10am-4pm


Benefits: Bonus, Generous annual leave entitlement, Private Medical Insurance, Matched Pension, Company Shop offering discounts on Ornua products, Discount on Bikes & Tech Scheme, Confidential Employee Assistance Programme + More.


Ornua’s Values

At Ornua, our Values guide us as we work together and care for each other to achieve great things. Our five values, and their underlying behaviours, encourage us to Seek and Embrace New Ideas, Make It Happen, Be Our True Selves, Show You Care and Achieve Great Things Together.



Role Description:



This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious Engineering Manager to take responsibility for the site-based Engineering function at the Ledbury site. You will be responsible for the effectiveness of our equipment, limiting downtime and maintaining high standards. You will play a key role in the site leadership team and contribute to the delivery of the site strategy.



Key Areas of Responsibility:



  • Assume a Key Leadership role in the Site Leadership Team in Ledbury, and with your peers drive overall site improvements in the areas of Engineering & Operational Performance, and Personal and Food Safety Standards.
  • Line management responsibility for Engineering Supervisor, Multi-Skilled Engineers, Apprentices and Engineering Administrator.
  • Responsibility for Health, Safety and Security of the Engineering function.
  • Champion Health and Safety, and Health and Safety best practice at all times.
  • Assist the site leads in reviewing overall performance of the company in terms of Health and Safety. Implementing additional measures were required to improve performance and Health and Safety standards.
  • Ensure that all employees are aware of their general and specific roles, responsibilities and authorities as identified within the company’s Health and Safety management systems. 
  • Be familiar with the broad requirements of Health and Safety legislation which affects the company and its activities.
  • Control and review maintenance systems (including Planned Preventative Maintenance). Manage the overall Engineering service & PPM system, with a passion for improvement in the areas of Preventative maintenance, site building safety, Engineering safety and team development.
  • Ensure that adequate welfare facilities and emergency arrangements are provided, maintained and are communicated to all employees and any persons visiting the sites as required.
  • Drive for continuous improvement of the overall outsource service provision in the areas of RAMS control and management of contract work onsite.
  • Draw up and Implement training plans and skills matrix for the Engineering team which is aligned with both Site strategy and Engineering strategy.
  • Ensure full contractor control procedures are in place and regularly review compliance standards are met.
  • Project manage all Capex projects. Full responsibility for idea generation and implementation.
  • Manage and maintain the CMMS system and ensure department and site activity is collected and reported.
  • Development of Engineering Apprentices and ensuring that they are fully supported in their studies.
  • Continually review and maximise production plant performance in liaison with production and quality management.
  • Own the ASSET Register and review with Finance monthly.
  • Train and motivate the Engineering teams across the sites to generate a high performing culture.
  • Full control of Engineering budget including labour and Capital project spend.
  • Ensure adequate organisation of stores and spare part stock levels.
  • Provide Key Performance tracking and measuring reports.
  • Manage problem resolution and emergency response actions.
  • Negotiate changes to service level agreements.
  • Manage as relevant 3rd party contractor service activities, in accordance with standards laid down by the company’s insurers.
  • Ad-hoc activities/projects as requested by Operations Director.



Key requirements



  • Hold a recognised Mechanical / Electrical engineering qualification
  • IOSH or equivalent safety qualification
  • Food Safety Level 3 qualification (training provided)
  • Proven experience in an Engineering / Maintenance Management position.
  • Proven experience within an FMCG environment, preferably within the food industry.
  • Can demonstrate a sound knowledge of modern Engineering practices.
  • Should have demonstrated experience of developing Engineering Systems, Plant and Personnel.
  • Should have demonstrated experience of developing Engineering Teams, Systems and Plant.
  • Strong technical, analytical and communication skills
  • Experience of providing regular direction, motivation, coaching and mentoring to an engineering team.
  • Should be aware of Standard Project management principles and methodologies
  • Experience of managing engineering risk
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines and work under pressure


Key Competencies:


  • INTEGRITY: Empowers teams to demonstrate integrity.
  • RIGOUR/EXPERTISE: For complex challenges or new areas, applies effective professional skill, analysis and decision making, and planning and reviewing.
  • CURIOSITY: Creates an environment for innovative thinking. Rewards and recognises creative thinking and continuous improvement.
  • OWNERSHIP: Makes decisions about sustainable growth and/or manages performance and ensures the quality and delivery of others’ work. Rewards and recognises success.


Company Overview

Ornua is a dairy co-operative which sells dairy products on behalf of its Members, Ireland’s dairy processors and, in turn, Irish dairy farmers.  It is Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, exporting to 110 countries worldwide.  Headquartered in Dublin, it has annualised sales of over €2.3 billion and a global team of 2,850 employees.  Ornua operates from 10 business units worldwide, including 16 production facilities, and has sales and marketing teams working in-market across all four corners of the globe.

The Group is structured across two divisions: Ornua Foods and Ornua Ingredients.

Ornua Foods is responsible for the marketing and sales of Ornua’s consumer brands including Kerrygold, Dubliner, Pilgrims Choice, Kerrygold, Avantage, Forto, and BEO.  Markets are served by production facilities and in-market sales and marketing teams in Africa, Asia, Germany, Ireland, the UK, the rest of Europe, the Middle East, and the US.

Ornua Ingredients is responsible for the procurement of Irish and non-Irish dairy products and for the sale of dairy ingredients to food manufacturing and foodservice customers across the world.  Ornua Ingredients is also responsible for managing volatility through de-risking and trading strategies. The business is supported by production facilities in Saudi Arabia, Spain, the UK, the US and by in-market teams in Africa and the Middle East.


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