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Lead Engineer

Requisition ID 26992
Position Type FT Permanent
Career Function Engineering and Maintenance 

Division  Kerry Foods
Recruiter #LI-OO1


We’re Kerry Foods – a leading name in the global food industry, and a distinctly individual business. We’re home to incredible brands, over 6000 brilliant people and big ambitions. Our products, many of which are household favourites, are eaten by millions of people every day. Your energy, enthusiasm and fresh thinking could help us reach millions more.

About Kerry


There’s no one quite like Kerry Foods. We’ve grown from a small farmers’ collective to a multi-billion food business - keeping hold of our ethics, spirit and character all the way. Today, we stand as a leader in a competitive and ever-changing global market. We’re aiming to pioneer new ways to delight the tastes of tomorrow, so we know that we can never stand still. Luckily, standing still has never been our way.

About the role

Key responsibilities



  • Implement and assist with non-exhaustive planned preventative maintenance, across various production stream areas.
  • Support and assist with production stream operational requirements, including start-up duties and pre-production checks ahead of handback.
  • Support other internal and external resources in maintaining the plant and equipment.



  • Communicate accurate and relevant information in a timely manner to the department and to the business.
  • Liaise with all engineering and production management on site regarding processing all engineering matters.


Site Engagement

  • Engage with all levels of the business within the areas of site communications, workshops, briefings and other activities to promote and sustain a fully engaged workforce.


Document Standard Work & Standard Confirmation

  • Know, use and maintain the Standard Work and Standard Operating Procedures across all areas of the business.
  • Check that standards set within the production stream are adhered to in all areas of work.


Continuous Improvement

  • Help comply with audits and their subsequent actions according to the relevant standards.


Health and Safety

  • Help to ensure the health and safety of all persons, who are stakeholders of  Kerry Foods’ activities.  This includes colleagues, customers, suppliers and the local community.
  • Work with the site to ensure that the working environment is safe for our employees and compliant with current legislation.
  • Complete and adhere to all required permits to work (including assisting contractor in the adherence to standards required).


  • Ensure relevant legal & regulatory requirements are adhered to e.g. machine guarding, noise, pressure vessels, safety circuits, etc.
  • Identify and be aware of your own training and development needs and support training where required.
  • Assist with accident investigations, where necessary.
  • Engage with local safety activities such as near miss reportin


Asset Management​​​​​​​

  • Maintain all asset related master data as required under KAMS or (Good Manufacturing Practice) e.g. machine settings, manuals, PLC programmes, asset labelling / tagging, Fixed Asset Register updates, SAP, Pemac, update production line maps, etc.



  • Where necessary, cover the activities of the 7-day pattern engineering team.


SHIFT SPECIFIC: Weekend days

  • Assist in the control of contractors, where necessary.

Qualifications and skills




  • Relevant Third Level Engineering qualification or recognised, standards-based, time-served apprenticeship.
  •  Relevant experience within a fast-paced manufacturing environment.
  •  Proficient written, numerical and verbal skills.
  •  Numerical ability to record, interpret and analyse key process and technical data.


  • Educated to HNC or above





  • Proficient in the use of MS Office tools.
  •  Asset management knowledge.
  •  Proven problem solving and trouble shooting skills


  • Understanding and ability to apply in live situations the principles and tools of KPS.
  •  Knowledge of MBR-type reporting, 5-whys or 8 Step Practical Problem Solving.





  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to be successful in a changing environment.
  •  Show respect for others and knowledge / experience of teamwork.
  •  Effective communicator who facilitates bottom up and top down communication channels


  • The ability to identify and implement improvements.

Take a look at what’s going on at Kerry Foods on our LinkedIn page or follow us on Instagram and Facebook @kerryfoodsofficial

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