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Shift Engineer

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Supply Chain
Gloucester, England
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Job Title: Shift Engineer   

Location: Gloucester

Function: Engineering

Shift Pattern: Rotation – details on application
Reports to: Maintenance Manager


To ensure the production facility is operating at optimum speed and efficiency producing excellent quality product by maintaining, repairing, improving plant and equipment.


  • Safety
    • Ensure Company safety policy, rules and procedures are understood and followed on all tasks and improvements
    • To ensure H&S compliance relating to maintenance tasks
    • Ensure statutory maintenance activities are planned and managed effectively.
    • Perform risk assessment as appropriate
    • Take part in regular inspections/audits for good housekeeping/6S and machine safety and ensure agreed action are completed
  • Quality
    • Assist in the identification of critical control points on the equipment and that they are able to be inspected according to QM procedures. Ensure that these requirements are included in the maintenance schedules.
    • Ensure calibration programmes are effectively defined and managed.
  • Technical
    • Mechanical Skills and Focused Technician; knowledge and application of technical skills and expertise to ensure the provision of effective engineering support within team, focused on delivering performance targets.  Directly contributes to improved safety, quality, sustainability and cost.
    • Fully Operational on Mechanisms and Motion.
    • Electrical Skills and Diagnostic Technician; Remove and replace major electrical components (such as motors, switch/control gear) and troubleshoot electrical circuits safely.  Able to isolate machinery and re-install electrical supplies for machinery components.
    • Establish power distribution systems and electrical control circuits.
    • Install electrical drive systems and Control Loops.
    • Instrumentation and Control Skills: Demonstrate an understanding of the Internal Architecture of Programme Logic Control (PLC) and Distributed Control Systems (DCS); their Applications and Knowledge of the Number Systems they use
    • Amend control and software documentation.
    • Manage PLC and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Networks (eg Programme modifications, Force Devices and fault finding).
    • Improve reliability of machines with engineering solutions
    • Improve performance of machines by development of maintenance tasks
    • Fault finding and being able to quickly get to root cause of the problem
    • Eliminate repeated faults.
  • Lead small improvement projects
    • Suggest and develop improvements using the Kaizen process
    • Document solutions achieved.
    • Instigate RCA activities on chronic equipment issues
  • Communications
    • Communicate problems, solutions and options clearly and succinctly
    • Inform all relevant people
    • Draw information from internal and external sources.
  • Document all repairs and changes to equipment in line with company procedures
    • Use of CMMS System
    • Robust record keeping
  • Keen to coach, develop and motivate others
    • Identify regular maintenance tasks that can generally be done by others
    • Coach, mentor and train Engineering Apprentices
  • Open to self-development
    • Actively monitor and develop own skills and competencies in line with company requirements
    • Flexibility to train/ upskill to meet changing needs/ equipment specifications
  • Ensure cost effectiveness of any repair or maintenance activity
  • Maximise effectiveness of plant and equipment through prioritising own work
  • To be flexible in proactively supporting other areas of the factory when priorities demand.  (Looking at the big picture – where am I most needed)


There are a number of individuals and teams that Engineers will have contact with including;

  • Maintenance Manager
  • Workshop Supervisor
  • Shift Technician
  • First Line Managers
  • Other Engineers




  • Suitable practical experience in electrical/mechanical/control engineering/ maintenance
  • Good communication skills
  • NVQ 3 or equivalent in an engineering discipline
  • Good level of computer literacy (MS Office suite, CMMS systems etc)
  • Ability to analyse and interpret information and data from different sources and media
  • Ability to fault find on electrical, mechanical and pneumatic machinery
  • Experience of high speed packing machinery


  • Training in lean/ 6 Sigma manufacturing tools and techniques
  • 19th Edition wiring regulations
  • Programme Logic Control qualifications (Siemens S5/Siemens S7/Simotion)


About Unilever

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 Dove, Tresemme, Lynx, Lifebuoy, Shea Moisture, Persil, Domestos, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Marmite, The Vegetarian Butcher, Graze and Pot Noodle.

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’ 

What We Offer

Not only do we offer a competitive salary and pension scheme, we also offer an annual bonus, subsidised gym membership, 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 want to push boundaries, and have the flexibility needed to keep adapting in an ever-changing, more dynamic world. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity. 

As part of your hiring journey, we are happy to support requests for reasonable adjustments, to improve your recruitment experience.

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