Engineering Team Leader

Engineering Team Leader

West Auckland

Full Time / Permanent

Do you want to work for a company who...

  • cares for its employees & customers in equal measure?
  • is serious about sustainability & the environmental impact of its products & processes?
  • can provide a long-term future & personal development for those who aspire?

If yes, then read on to find out more about the job on offer at Smurfit Kappa

You can also find out more about Smurfit Kappa by visiting:


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Reporting to the Engineering Manager the main purpose of this role is to support and lead the Engineering Team in ensuring the efficient and reliable operational running of the site. Ensuring all colleagues are working safely and following company procedures and policies.


This role will manage the engineering team’s daily work by making sure the team are fully utilised and deployed effectively on tasks whilst supporting operational priorities and planned maintenance activity.

Key job requirements 

Operational Responsibility

  • To cultivate a Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery mentality across the whole team.
  • To ensure the Engineering workshop is always a safe and tidy working environment utilising 5S methodologies.
  • Supervising the Engineers on site ensuring they are working safely and completing tasks to a high standard with a ‘fix it right, fix it once’ mentality.
  • To support the Engineers with ‘Breakdown analysis’ and Root Cause Analysis.
  • To be present in the production arena and be the focal point of contact for Production Team Leaders.
  • Manage specific project teams for zero loss and process improvement projects.
  • Support the development and training needs of the Engineering team.
  • Supporting the Engineering Manager in always ensuring legal compliance e.g., Fire systems, Water, Compressed air, Electricity, Gas, Refrigeration, Emergency lighting.
  • To manage contractors and ensure they are working safely and in line with company policies, procedures and H&S legislation.
  • To support all business needs, a 3-shift rotating work pattern is required.


What we are looking for in a person:-

  • Good communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Analytical thinking.
  • Computer and PC literate.
  • A proven leader capable of motivating a team.
  • Previous experience of a fast-paced manufacturing environment.
  • Highly self- motivated.
  • Strong commitment to safety as a top priority.
  • Familiar with the Hierarchy of control, Root Cause Analysis, 5Y, 6M, DMAIC and the Counter Measure ladder

    Essential Criteria
  • Minimum HNC/ HND in electrical/ mechanical engineering.
  • ILM level 3 certificate or equivalent.

    Desirable Criteria
  • IOSH qualification
  • Six Sigma Green belt
  • Knowledge of SAP PM

What's on offer...

  • 25 days annual leave (plus 8 statutory) as standard
  • Contributory pension scheme (plus ad hoc access to independent financial advice)
  • Training & development
  • Free on site parking
  • Employee Assistance - 24/7 free & confidential support to both you and your family
  • Access to on site mental health and wellbeing support
  • Regular health assessments (role dependent)
  • Cycle to work scheme

Who are we?

We are a market-leading manufacturer of sustainable paper-based packaging. We care deeply about the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, the communities in which we operate, and the service provided to our customers. 

We have an incredibly loyal and capable workforce who we invest time in developing and encourage to reach their full potential; and you too could become a valued member of our ‘family’.

We strive to create a fully inclusive working environment where people from all backgrounds are free to be themselves and succeed. We value different perspectives, skills and experiences and welcome applications from all communities.   

We are:

  • A Disability Confident Employer and guarantee an interview to candidates who meet our essential criteria.
  • Open to considering flexible working, such as part-time hours, hybrid working and other flexible options.
  • Happy to offer a wide range of Family Friendly policies including emergency time off for dependants and to provide generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave provisions for our valued colleagues.

To find out more about the hiring organisation please search for 'Better Planet Packaging Europe'.

Salary per annum Competitive

Status Permanent

Type Full time

Applications Begin

Closing Date for Applications


Darlington Road
West Auckland
DL14 9PE
United Kingdom

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