Engineering Manager

Michael Page Engineering & Manufacturing
10 Feb 2018
15 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

This is an excellent opportunity to come in and drive a continuous improvement culture, ensuring a pro-active approach to maintenance and minimising downtime.

Client Details

Berendsen is part of Elis, which as one group form a Pan-European textile, hygiene and facility service leader. They deliver value-added textile, hygiene and safety solutions across 28 countries in Europe & Latin America and have more than 45,000 employees delivering these services to customers every single day. They are industry leaders because their customers appreciate their commitment to both quality and service.

Berendsen values the effort that every one of their 45,000 people puts in, day and night, to deliver an exceptional service. Nobody can match their understanding of the importance of innovations or the skills required to deliver them. Their customers know that partnering with Berendsen enables them to benefit from continuous improvements in efficiency and this translates directly into reduced costs and lower environmental impact. Berendsen in the UK has over 9,000 employees working at over 60 sites, making them a major UK employer.


The Engineering Manager will lead, manage and continually develop the Engineering teams in the achievement of functional objectives that support the Site/Plant and Company Business Plan. Work closely with the manufacturing and production team to continuously improve site overall equipment effectiveness, people development and a lean culture.

  • Ensure compliance with regulations for fire and alarm systems, PAT, pressure valves, etc, analysing the results and ensuring corrective action is implemented to continuously improve the working environment.
  • Ensure risk assessments/COSSH/RIDDOR, etc are implemented and undertaken and accident prevention measures are initiated as required.
  • Plan, monitor and ensure appropriate safety training is completed.
  • Ensure PPM schedule is adhered to and highlight issues to Line Manager.
  • Planning, organising and coordinating resources to meet production requirements of ongoing maintenance, machine replacement and unplanned issues.
  • Plan and direct the installation, testing, operation, maintenance, and repair of facilities and equipment as per production requirements.
  • Monitor and continuously improve machine availability and effectiveness.
  • Work with approved suppliers to obtain parts and machinery.
  • Work with the Technical Manager to coordinate and direct projects, making detailed plans to accomplish goals and directing the integration of technical activities.
  • Ensure all plant property, equipment and other assets are fit for purpose in compliance and Group standards and best practices.
  • Ensure retention of any relevant accreditations for the Engineering department (e.g. ISO/EN14065), inclusive of planned preventative maintenance.
  • Providing training to engineers and operators on new machinery, using the machinery documentation and SSOWs.
  • Lead, manage, control and develop employees (including absence, performance management, grievances and
  • Health and Safety Training) using SMART objectives during regular review and feedback meetings.
  • Develop, propose and agree functional budgets with Line Manager, monitoring, managing and controlling all activities in accordance with the agreed functional budget, investigating and resolving any variances.
  • To review all functional activities, develop, propose and if agreed implement improvements to ensure continuous improvement through increasing effectiveness, efficiency and added value.
  • Lead the reduction of impact to the environment e.g. WECO usage within the site.
  • Investigate, analyse and implement corrective actions to resolve all production/engineering problems eliminating unplanned downtime and continuously improving working practices.


  • Educated to degree level within an engineering discipline and/or time served as an apprentice with knowledge of electrical/mechanical/steam operations.
  • Knowledge of implementing continuous improvement programmes. Knowledge of managing a team, particularly in a production/process facility.
  • Knowledge of lean (Six Sigma) implementation of lean manufacturing systems. Excellent communicator with first hand direct people management knowledge.
  • Good written, verbal and organisational skills. Can listen to and influence peer group and department team members to build and lead effective working teams.
  • Good attention to detail and can analyse data and interpret the information effectively to continuously improve the department and/or team.
  • Organise self and others to ensure tasks are carried out in a timely manner. IT skills (email, all MS Office software including Project and PowerPoint) Financial knowledge covering budgeting forecasting.

Job Offer

£40,000-£55,000 + excellent benefits

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