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Focussed Technician

Job ID: R-14137 Category: Supply Chain Location: Port Sunlight, England Date posted: 06/11/2021
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JOB TITLE: Engineering Focused Technician

JOB LOCATION: Port Sunlight, UK


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. 

The role is based in Port Sunlight, Liverpool, where you can find our offices, factories and Research & Development Centre at your fingertips. Our purpose, to make sustainable living commonplace, is rooted in the history of the Port Sunlight site. It’s a thread that connects us to our founder, Lord Lever, and his social mission to improve health, hygiene and livelihoods.


The main expectation of you as a Focused Technician is to work flexibly during the week to ensure they are driving performance on the line, leading the PM activities on their lines and ensuring that line operators are working to the AM standards to maintain basic conditions on the line to prevent breakdowns.

You will be accountable for mean time between failure, the overall maintenance plan for your work area and ultimately the performance of your line.  

You will be required to complete Emergency Work Orders (EWOs) to root cause using World Class Manufacturing methodology (WCM) and ensuring that countermeasures are fully implemented.

You will conduct focussed improvement work in your area to support the performance and operational efficiency of the lines you are accountable for. You will act as company contact and manages permits for own area and supports the wider focused technician team in this regard.


1. Health, Safety and Environment includes;

•Identify and report health or safety hazards & dangerous situations and put appropriate control measures in place. Encourage all to behave safely and challenge unsafe behaviours

•Ensure LOTO is followed by all, training others as required.

•Conduct hot work permits in their area

•Be a Company Contact in their area

2. Quality includes;

Ensure equipment is capable to manufacture products in accordance with quality procedures and standards, using process control techniques where applicable.

•Perform agreed Quality improvement activities monitoring and controlling key process parameters to measure success where applicable.

3. Customer Service includes;

•Prioritise and complete improvement activities to improve equipment efficiencies with a view to increase overall department through-put

•Perform improvement activities on changeover times to reduce losses per changeover

•Identify and implement agreed improvement opportunities to increase the production line flexibility

4. Cost includes;

•Lead improvement activities to improve efficiency and reduce costs, supporting operators to complete kaizens as required.

•Implement cost optimization activities eliminating losses that may not impact on OEE (eg. yield, energy and spare parts)

5. 5S includes;

•Ensure 5S standards are clearly defined and followed in your area

6.Autonomous Maintenance includes;

•Support the AM activities (eg, cell meetings, step audits, board updating)

•Transfer technical knowledge to technical operators in line with programme

7. Preventative Maintenance includes;

•Ensure breakdown analysis for all component failures using the EWO process and the implementation of countermeasures to eliminate root causes has been completed

•Ensure the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are reviewed and the gap analysis is carried out on a regular basis to understand and input into the improvement plan.

8.Focused Improvement includes;

•Ensure the losses are being recorded and classified accurately challenging and supporting others to correct errors.

•Regularly monitor and analyse unit loss trees to identify loss pattern and take action to eliminate gap.

•Identify and lead improvements from top loss re-occurring breakdowns.

9.Training and Development includes;

•Ensure all relevant personal skills are displayed on team skills matrix

10.Early Management includes;

•Maintain equipment Technical Documentation, updating with all improvements or modifications made.

•Actively participate in design reviews and MP workshops

•Lead relevant Line changes using appropriate project management tools to ensure efficient and successful project management

•For larger projects support the project team on the new equipment or product projects and support a vertical ramp up and changes to all applicable procedures

11.General includes;

•Support excellent internal communications between all teams via logbooks, activity boards

•Pro-actively support WCM pillar activities providing feedback and promoting application on the site

•Maximise the use of any down time to carry out maintenance, improvement activities and training

•always Ensuring cover through working effectively with colleagues in line with our site working agreements using line manager as point of escalation if required.

•Individuals are expected to take responsibility, be skilled, motivated, and committed to delivering business objectives and the continual development of people


  • Experience with WCM - 7 tools, Kaizen, PM, AM, FI
  • You will be responsible for completing the following: Risk Assessments, 80/20 System, SOL and THA process, Accident analysis, Machinery isolation, Permit to work procedure
  • You will have experience in maintenance techniques such as; Condition based monitoring, FMEA, Predictive techniques: oils analysis, thermograph, vibration, Asset management, Ensure the work area is back to original conditions after engineering activities
  • As a minimum you must be at a Skilled Level in one discipline either Mechanical or Electrical and at an Instructed Level in the other discipline. A Technical Qualification eg. Formal engineering apprenticeship (dual skill) advanced diploma or equivalent + NVQ 3 in both disciplines


Salary - £41,997

Not only do we offer a competitive salary, but also our pension scheme, an annual bonus, private healthcare, a staff shop and shares. You’ll get the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and agile environment. We strive to achieve a family-friendly culture and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

Hours- Monday – Friday 37.5 per week

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.

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