Senior Maintenance & Engineering Manager - Oakthrope


London, GB

Arla Foods

Oakthorpe Dairy, London, N13 6BU

Senior Engineering & Maintenance Manager

Monday – Friday Days – 37.5 hours a day


What will you get?

  • Competitive salary (Base Salary)
  • 26 days holiday
  • Annual pay review
  • Variable pay bonus scheme
  • Private health cover – Bupa
  • Employer pension matched up to 6% (12% total contributory)
  • 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.
  • Strong career development & training (internal and external training)
  • Monthly/quarterly town hall meetings, both at site and group level.


What will the role look like?

  • You will lead the Engineering Team, ensuring day to day delivery across both reactive and preventative maintenance.
  • You will take a people- centric, development- focused approach to managing your team of circa c.30 including Engineering, Team Leaders, Automation Specialists etc.
  • As part of the Site Leadership Team, you will play a key role in the development and delivery of strategic initiatives.
  • You will lead on/ delegate the leadership of Continuous Improvement projects, using a combination of tools and techniques such as TPM, RCM, FMEA, 5’s and Kaizen events in order to achieve world class standards.
  • You will lead all site maintenance activities and your Projects team will lead small CAPEX projects and support execution of large investments.
  • Applying LEAN principles will be core to your operational approach and you will ensure through process confirmation adherence to processes and procedures.
  • You will be a member of the Senior Management Team on site reporting to the Site Director. You will help shape site policies and procedures and ensure their implementation. You will also represent Oakthorpe in various forums across the Arla organisation.


What do I need?

  • A robust understanding of engineering within an automated fast moving manufacturing environment
  • Proven continuous improvement experience (TPM methodology)  
  • Strong leadership experience with a focus on people development having managed a team of a similar size c. 30 engineers
  • An appetite for creating positive change, and experience in culture-led change management
  • An understanding of the necessary building blocks needed to move from a reactive to a autonomous/ preventative- led maintenance culture.
  • We are looking for someone who gets the best out of others, who will lead, coach, motivate and inspire people to perform on a day-to-day basis, create objective based dialogue
  • We are looking for someone who would not be phased by short term priority changes and will thrive on Scenario Planning and Problem Solving as part of your day to day activities
  • Analytical, visionary and able to create and execute a roadmap (3 - 5 years)
  • Ability to bring production and engineering together as ONE Team


Things we’d love to tell you about our Oakthorpe site

This is an exciting opportunity to work at a well invested Arla milk and cream site.

  • Arla Oakthorpe has received £30 million investment with more on the horizon
  • This investment has been on a state of the art Krones filling line and office revamp
  • On average our Oakthorpe dairy produces 800,000 litres of milk per day, which is over 190 million litres yearly
  • When Oakthorpe was built it had the largest crane in Europe to lift the sterilised plant in, that’s why the roof is V shaped

Please apply using the link or reach out to Alex Tyrrell, Senior Talent Partner, at


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 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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