Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • North Yorkshire UK ,GB


This is a responsible role leading a sizeable engineering team at our largest production. The incumbent provide clear leadership, direction and vision whilst defining, developing and implementing the engineering strategy, in line with the overall company strategy. Ensuring standards and procedures are in place and regularly updated to govern all site engineering activities including aspects of new asset realisation, safe working practises, management of contractors and assessment of competencies within the teams.

We require an FMCG sector experienced head of engineering who is able to inspire and motivate the teams to excellence and mentor them as they develop new skills, whilst also being highly collaborative, a great team player and very customer focused (internal and external).


With support functions (HR, Technical and Finance) to ensure resources required are identified and communicated with all outstanding issues resolved

With production to ensure planned maintenance, engineering and production priorities are considered

With site senior team and engineering teams to prioritise

Safety Quality and Hygiene

Ensure compliance with legislative, moral and European directive requirements

Ensure an environment and culture of safe working practices and behaviours, leading by example and setting and managing the health and safety of engineering staff incl contractors

Ensure food safety principles and legal requirements are applied effectively

Actively support the audit compliance and corrective actions to improve site standards

People management

Recruit, manage and motivate staff via coaching, regular appraisal, mentoring, training, leadership-by-example and setting and monitoring team targets

Ensure continued improvement in engineering skills through a structured development and training programme, matching skill levels to the requirement of the site operation

Operations management

Develop, implement and maintain an engineering strategy that is effective, efficient, to budget, well-managed, flexible and able to adapt to changing production circumstances

Create, implement and manage both maintenance, staffing and capital expenditure budgets to achieve factory and business targets including supplier optimisation and minimal inventories

Management of the asset register and asset disposal

Manage site utilities suppliers to ensure that the factory is provided with adequate, timely resources for emergency, accident, disaster or outage situation (Crisis Management)

Undertake a planned maintenance programme with consideration to optimising production

Support the integration of the engineering function into the manufacturing with a one-team mind-set

Continuous Improvement

Ensure systems for stores to minimise inventory levels and working capital

Ensure that the productive capability of the plant is optimised and improved for the needs of the business, including the provision and use of utilities whilst complying with environment legislation

Skills, qualifications and experience:

FMCG experience with familiarity of the latest technologies and best practice

HND/Degree or equivalent, member of recognized professional body – IET/Mech E, ICT/Institute of Mechanical Engineering

NEBOSH certified with proven track record of leading an engineering department

Experience of creating a Lean enterprise culture with a professional continuous improvement qualification eg: Six Sigma

Experience of managing sizeable teams and building a high performing workforce

Commercially astute with experience of managing large budgets and contractors

Project management expertise of large scale engineering and infrastructure projects

Able to influence strategically and persuade tactfully to obtain desired outcomes within a matrix organization structure and with cross functional teams

Operational expertise in risk management and contingency planning

Effective problem and conflict resolution skills and proven team focus

Demonstrable ability to set and manage priorities, resources, performance target and project initiatives

Conceptual, analytical and strategic thinking

Benefits include:

Competitive salary

33 days holiday per year (including public holidays)

Competitive contributory pension

Family medical cover

Bonus scheme

Life assurance scheme funded by Karro

About Karro:

Karro Food Group is a major UK food business, employing c. 5,000 people over 14 sites across the UK and Ireland and generating turnover of £1.2bn. Karro is a leading producer of both fresh and cooked meat products, and, following its recent acquisition of Young’s Seafood, is now one of the UK’s leading multi-protein food businesses. The business supplies to retail, foodservice and manufacturing customers across the UK, as well as export customers globally

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