Head of Engineering / Chief Engineer

Superb Salary, Bonus, Car allowance, Excellent Pension, Family Healthcare, and Relocation
22 Jan 2018
22 Feb 2018
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

Head of Engineering / Chief Engineer

Location: Cornwall

Salary: Superb Salary, Bonus, Car allowance, Excellent Pension, Family Healthcare, and Relocation

We are recruiting for a Head of Engineering to join Dairy Crest at their flagship manufacturing site. Dairy Crest is a leading British dairy products company that creates exceptional food, loved by every generation.  They own and manage some of the UK's most popular dairy brands, including Cathedral City Cheese and Clover Dairy spread, the No1 branded cheese and dairy spread, country life butter. It’s a fantastic role and we are looking to recruit a strategic thinker who is highly credible, passionate about engineering and who can deliver results. It’s a hugely exciting time to join their business; they are enjoying a period of extensive investment and growth and are now looking to strengthen their senior management team. Are you up for the challenge? 


  • We are looking for a highly experienced Site Engineering Manager (ideally Chartered) with a degree or equivalent qualification who has led large teams in a World Class Manufacturing Environment. You will have delivered results through Lean Manufacturing in a fast-paced demanding production environment.
  • You will have strong commercial skills, having the proven ability to manage and develop multi-million-pound budgets and ensuring that capital programmes deliver results and cost savings.
  • You will be a credible senior team player who is a natural communicator with excellent interpersonal skills. As you will have excellent influencing skills and the ability to work in a multi-functional team environment and at board level.
  • You will have exceptional people management skills coupled with excellent coaching ability. Proven track record in managing performance through their people


Reporting to the Site Director, you will work as part of the senior management team on this flagship site. With a team of 5 direct reports and 50 indirect, you will lead a key function on this very large, highly automated site. You will develop your team, through coaching and mentoring.

Developing skills and ensuring a well-structured and motivated Engineering team is in place, to build a positive performance culture.

  • As Site Engineering Manager, you will share, guide and develop engineering practices, promoting and implementing technical standards through your senior team to develop a world class Engineering platform.
  • You will continually review all aspects of the Engineering Function, guaranteeing sustained engineering performance and delivering world class internal customer service. 
  • You will be responsible for building the annual investment plan, the implementation of the revenue expenditure programme, as well as managing the Capex for the site.
  • As part of your role you will manage, motivate and lead the Engineering team. As an intrinsic part of this you will be supporting the development and evolution of a Safety Culture within the department. Ensuring that practices are kept up to date with current and proposed legislation regarding Engineering Safety Statutes and Codes of Practice. 

All direct and third-party applications will be passed to Silven to be put through our process.

To apply for this exciting role, please send a copy of your CV quoting ref MC3381 to our retained consultant, Max Cable on max.cable@silven.co.uk or for a confidential discussion, please call me on 01485 520000.

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