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Operational Engineer

Job Description:

Job Title: Operational Engineer
Location: Hay-on-Wye
Department: Technical Engineering
Work Pattern: 3 shift pattern – rotating day shift and 1 week in 6 required to work night shift
Reporting to: Maintenance Team Leader
Responsible for (staff): N/A

We require a proactive and self-motivated individual to join the Technical Services team at our Hay on Wye facility. You will demonstrate initiative, flexibility, a positive attitude and be a strong team player.

Responsible for ensuring machine change over’s, stoppages and breakdowns are undertaken in a timely manner to targets and with minimum disruption to production schedules. Undertake planned routine maintenance and maintain schedules ensuring that all equipment and plant are able to operate safely, efficiently, and in compliance with GMP practices.

Fault find to an expert level on Electrical and Mechanical systems.

Implement continuous improvements on equipment and carry out to a high standard within GMP guidelines.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that maintenance areas and equipment are kept in a clean, tidy and secure state (including storage areas).
  • Adherence and recording of defined routine maintenance schedules; covering all equipment and plant.
  • Rapid and flexible attention to all breakdowns/stoppages to minimise loss of production, liaising with Maintenance Team Leader and Operational Engineering Manager.
  • Advise Maintenance Team Leader and Operational Engineering Manager of any machine or plant which requires major repair or maintenance.
  • Highlight potential areas for improvement within Production area regarding equipment or procedural changes.
  • Liaise with Production on identifying areas for continuous improvement and implement changes using correct change procedure.
  • Strip down, cleaning and reassembling of production equipment as per routine maintenance schedules.
  • Perform machine set ups and changeovers to target times as required in line with production requirements.
  • To actively assist in looking at ways to improve changeover times by procedure and method.
  • Ensure the timely and accurate completion of all documentation and paperwork such as tooling logs, setting sheets, on line working sheets, PPM sheets.
  • Improve and maintain the levels of current Good Manufacturing Practice.
  • Assist with the training of colleagues as required.
  • The use of workshop equipment to manufacture piece parts and repair as required.
  • Assist with projects on trials, and new product introductions as required.
  • Take care of your own health and safety and that of people who may be affected by what you do (or do not do). Co-operate with others on health and safety, and not interfere with, or misuse, anything provided for your health, safety or welfare.


Regulatory/Industry Responsibilities:


  • Completed an appropriate recognised apprenticeship in an Electrical Engineering discipline, or proven relevant experience in an industrial maintenance environment
  • Relevant Experience in PLC systems with basic programming
  • Mechanically experienced with an industry standard qualification
  • Experience in maintaining and setting of production equipment
  • Good Engineering practice
  • Conversant in the use of hand tools and operating workshop equipment
  • Good interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Analytical problem solving
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good fault finding skills
  • Conversant with the operation of Workshop Lathe and Milling machines
  • Welding skills (TIG)
  • Broad knowledge of:
    • Electrical systems
    • Pneumatic systems
    • Mechanical systems
    • Hydraulic systems



  • Educated to GCSE standard or equivalent in grade A-C in Maths and English or equivalent.
  • BTEC ONC/HNC in Electrical Engineering discipline or equivalent.
  • NVQ level3 in Mechanical Maintenance or equivalent.

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