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Focused Improvement Engineer

Posted: 6 Jan 2021 Closes: 6 Mar 2021
Newport, United Kingdom Competitive
Permanent & Full-time URUVGLOBAL2885

JOB TITLE: Focused Improvement Engineer

JOB LOCATION: Crumlin – Pot Noodle


Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Persil, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s, Marmite, Magnum and Lynx. Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’.

Our Supply Chain teams play a vital role in getting our goods to consumers; from sourcing raw materials to manufacturing and delivering the end product. You could be finding a new way to get 12,000 litres of ice cream across the desert without it melting; or designing a more efficient distribution network to enable us to store and deliver our products sustainably to our customers. Our Global Supply Chain includes approximately 100,000 employees who work with over 70,000 suppliers and 1.5 million farmers.  We manage a logistics network that transports across a distance of over 1.5 billion km a year.  

In the UK & Ireland, we are home to the production of PG Tips, Magnum, Pot Noodle, Persil and many more. Looking forward, we want to embrace the digital revolution in order to build a more agile, integrated and synchronized Supply Chain. ​Be part of the most successful purpose-led business in the world and see the true impact that you’re having in the work you do. There’s always a new challenge to tackle and our people have the opportunity to make a big impact every day on a local level, across Europe and the world. 


To determine and fully understand root cause of plant failures on site, study repeat stops both minor and major, increase site OEE and reduce production process down time. Increase the reliability across all areas of the plant and on focused equipment. Develop and Implement improvement ideas to processing and production equipment to increase MTBF and to improve running capabilities.  Develop a proactive maintenance strategy in areas that require this to improve asset reliability.


  • Perform Minor Stop and repeat breakdown analysis across all areas of the production plant specifically linked to top loss areas.

  • Develop plans and sustainable countermeasures to remove root causes of both minor stops, breakdowns and component failures from process equipment.

  • Drive improvement solutions from start to completion.

  • Lead the technical element of preventive maintenance and support where required.

  • Effective communicator with all members of the operations team including engineering, production, safety and quality teams.

  • Input into engineering maintenance strategy to eradicate breakdowns

  • Lead improvement activities to improve production efficiency and reduce cost, waste and engineering inefficiencies, supporting operators and CI team to complete kaizens as required.

  • Utilise lean and manufacturing FI tools and techniques

  • Ensure improvements are sustainable, share knowledge with all team members, updating engineering standards and maintenance

  • Understand principles and parameters of equipment, be able to describe and analyse loss phenomenon and plan to eliminate these losses 



  • Ideally continuous manufacturing in a FMCG / Food related industry, Electrical competence to Unilever and industry standards, Ideally qualified to IEE 17th Edition

  • Basic/Advanced PLC skills, Broad knowledge and experience of electro mechanical equipment, maintenance and principles

  • Knowledge of safe working practices

  • Excellent communication skills and a good level of computer literacy are essential WCM, TPM or other Continuous Improvement culture

  • Understanding of Machinery Safety Regulations, Engineering project management experience

  • Understanding of Condition Based Monitoring Techniques and applications


  • Electrical Skills and Diagnostic Technician with Programme Logic Control qualifications (Siemens S5/Siemens S7/Mitsubishi or Allen Bradley).

  • Instrumentation and Control Skills

  • It would be an added bonus if you had experience of manufacturing in a Fast Moving Consumer Goods Company and World Class Manufacturing.

  • If you have previous experience as a team member within a project Management team with an awareness of project management tools and techniques then we want to hear from you!


  • Completed a recognised engineering apprenticeship and have applied their mechanical and electrical skills in their current (or recent) role

  • Ideally Mechanical and Electrical Multiskilled

  • Qualified to ONC/HND and NVQ3 or equivalent



32589.44 plus 20% shift allowance

Shift: Working 40 hours 8am to 4pm​

Unilever is a global Fast-Moving Consumer Goods company in the UK and Ireland.  We are already on target to achieve our huge ambition to double the size of our business globally whilst reducing our environmental impact. We are growing our business and also doing what is right for our consumers, community and environment.  We are developing brands for people’s lives today and for the changing environment tomorrow - making sustainable living commonplace.

Working at Unilever means that you get to take part in this exciting journey and work with amazing people who are really passionate about our large portfolio of famous brands. We want to improve billions of lives and you too can join us in making a sustainable difference.


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