Continuous improvement / Reliability Technician - Taw Valley Creamery


Devon, GB

Working pattern: Weekdays (Mon-Fri)


Do you have a passion for dairy products and a knack for technical problem-solving? Do you want to join a dynamic team that is committed to delivering high-quality results and driving improvements? If so, you might be the perfect fit for our Continuous improvement / Reliability Engineer role at Arla Foods, Taw Valley.


About Arla Taw Valley 

Arla Taw Valley is a modern dairy site located in North Devon, surrounded by the beautiful countryside and the River Taw. The site was established in 1974 and has since grown to become one of the largest cheese producers in the UK, employing around 200 people. We process approximately 1.2 million litres of milk daily; producing over 100t of award winning cheeses, such as BOB, Castello Tickler, alongside butter and whey powder

Our Taw Valley Creamery is to receive £180 million investment to become a state of the art cheese production site across our cheddar and mozzarella categories. One of the largest single UK investments for Arla Foods to date.


How will you make an impact?

  • Responsible for technical standards incl. Operator Asset Care in LCO Area
  • Responsible for reduction of unplanned downtime (i.e. technical stops) through systematic CI work
  • Responsible to enable and coach operators and technical operators in technical standards and OAC
  • Contribute to a healthy, inclusive and safe work environment and role model our character mind-set
  • Ensure awareness and compliance
  • Owns and leads weekly CI meeting related to unplanned stops applying structured problem solving and improvement tools
  • Owns, analyses and tracks asset maintenance data incl. data quality and completeness
  • Ensures that the LCO areas improvement activities are quantified and reflected in the global continuous improvement database
  • Owns plan for improvement of technical reliability for line(s)
  • Owns Operator Asset Care standards and competence development in the Line Team
  • Defines, process confirms and improves technical standards including OAC
  • Trains & coaches Line Team to ensure performance according to technical standards
  • Initiates and drives the correction of complex faults ensuring sustainable improvements
  • Gives input to content and frequency of preventive maintenance
  • Role models by actively using data and deploying lean and APS tools in a structured way


What do you need to succeed?

To succeed in this role, you need to have a skilled technical education and/or equivalent experience, as well as knowledge of LEAN principles and data management. You also need to be a role model for using data and applying lean and APS tools in a structured way, and give input to the content and frequency of preventive maintenance.


What do we offer?

  • Competitive salary (Base Salary)
  • 26 days holiday
  • Annual Pay review
  • Employer pension matched up to 6%
  • X4 annual salary life assurance cover
  • Flexible Benefits- buy up to 5 days annual leave, reward gateway scheme- discounts with various retailers via my benefit platform, cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted product purchase 


Please note we are not partnered with any recruitment agencies for this role. We kindly ask that recruitment agencies do not submit CVs on behalf of candidates for this role, as these CVs will not be considered under the agency ownership and if Arla does progress with any such candidate, this will not amount to acceptance of the agency's terms. We encourage interested individuals to apply directly through our official channels.


We will review CVs as soon as we get them for this role, so apply now to avoid missing the chance.


We have a purpose for Good
At Arla, we strive to unlock the highest potential in each other while working together to create a sustainable future of dairy. We call it Stronger People Stronger Planet and it is deeply anchored in our organisation and founded on our commitment to respecting human rights, increasing access to healthy dairy nutrition, inspiring good food habits, and improving the environment for future generations. In order to succeed we need to hire people with a sustainable mindset. Could this be you?


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