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Process Engineer

Job ID:
Supply Chain
Burton-on-Trent, England
Date posted:

JOB TITLE: Process Engineer

JOB LOCATION: Burton-on-Trent


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 Marmite, Coleman’s. Hellmann’s, 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.

The role is based in Burton-on-Trent, a fast paced environment where no two days are the same, home to the production of the iconic Marmite spread, as well as Coleman’s mustard and condiments and Hellmann’s mayonnaise.


Reporting to the leader of World Class Manufacturing in the Factory, the main purpose of the role is to lead, together with the Front Line Manager and the Technical Engineer, the Run to Standard program on the line.

The Process Engineer will be the owner of all data collection and analysis in their area. The process engineer is expected to maintain, optimise, and improve all aspects of performance using World Class Manufacturing (WCM) tools – including driving tangible improvements in OEE performance, Settings/centrelining definition and compliance, understanding process failures and resolving them and driving SMED activities. The Process Engineer will be the technical coach for the team, embedding a Run To Standard culture and the relevant tools in the organization. The Process Engineer will also be responsible to measure material waste and to create and execute projects to eliminate it in all its forms.


  • Responsible to lead, together with Front Line Manager and the Technical Engineer, the Run To Standard program in the area.

  • Responsible for preparing all data for the daily line meeting and bringing a rigorous understanding of recent issues to the meeting.

  • Responsible for helping the core team identify the failure modes of the targeted equipment’s/processes.

  • Responsible for leading weekly loss review and owner of the action plan.

  • Responsible for creating a strong pipeline of projects to improve OEE of the line and drive execution, meeting or exceeding OEE glidepath targets.

  • Owner of the problem solving work processes, coaching the full line team on the different tools and creating autonomy. Responsible for reviewing all root cause analysis and ensuring corrective actions are identified and completed via daily/weekly meeting.

  • Owner of the centrelining work process for the area: responsible for coaching, implementing, measuring and improving machine setting and centrelines.

  • Owner of the Kaizen work process and budget for the area.

  • Owner of change-overs and sanitation schedules and improvements via Single Minute Exchange of Die activities.

  • Responsible to create/reapply a measuring system for waste, both in terms of scrap and giveaway/overweight. Responsible to create and execute projects to significantly reduce waste, in collaboration with Front Line Manager and Technical Engineer.  

  • Responsible for quarterly loss analysis across all KPIs of the area; owner of cost savings pipeline for the area.

  • Owner of work process of Focused Improvement Pillar for the site.

  • Coaching core team on operator-interface software such as DFOS, BuildApp. Link between the team and the central development teams to request improvements.

  • Training and development of technical and engineering colleagues and manufacturing operators in WCM tools and techniques

  • Coach operators and engineers to develop One Point Lessons and Standard Operating Procedures to ensure best practice for machine operation and maintenance as well as supporting the Front Line Manager to coordinate and deliver the training to operators.

  • Mandatory:

    • Proactive in safety approach, expected to complete Hazard Inspections, SBOs & DCAs in line with site targets and participate in safety and risk assessments as appropriate. Implement safety standards in full across the line

    • Adherence to Site and Legislative safety standards (Codes of practice)

    • To help ensure site compliance with all Safety, Quality, Environmental Standards, Site Rules and Regulations, Code of Business Principles and Computer Usage including email and internet and Procedures



  • Can-do, proactive attitude.

  • Technical background, Engineering/Science university degree a bonus.

  • Strong analytical skills, data-driven mindset & a Logical problem solver.

  • Strong people skills and a ‘servant leadership’ mindset towards core operational team.

  • Ability to coach others

  • Continuous improvement mindset

  • Ability to look longer term beyond the issues of the day, to spot trends and turn them into making long-term plans

  • Excellent communication skills

Would also be of benefit

  • Knowledge of TPM, WCM or Continuous Improvements techniques and their practical application

  • Knowledge of continuous manufacturing in a food manufacturing-based or in general FMCG industry

  • Knowledge of process and packaging machinery

  • Knowledge of safe working practices & current industry standards

What We Offer

Not only do we offer a competitive salary and pension scheme, we also offer an annual bonus, free gym, a discounted staff shop and shares. You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and hybrid working environment.

Whilst the role is advertised on a full-time basis, we would be happy to discuss possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you. We are a key advocate of wellbeing and offer a variety of support for our people including hubs, programmes and development opportunities. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities and growing together for better business performance. We embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity. We are also more than happy to provide reasonable adjustments during our application and interview process to enable you to be present your best self.

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