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Maintenance Lead

Job Name

Maintenance Lead


United Kingdom




Operations - Supply Chain - Logistics

Reporting Line:

Engineering & Maintenance Manager

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Evelyn Elliott

About the role

What does a Maintenance Lead do?

The Maintenance Lead is the PM systems owner for their line(s). They are ultimately responsible for eliminating maintenance and breakdown related losses at the lowest cost.

The Maintenance Lead is responsible for building capability in Operating Teams to deliver overall line results supporting the Compelling Business Needs. Shift rotation with potential call-in, off-shift, weekend support, or flow to shift coverage as the business requires.

Travel less than 1%.
This is a full time role.


With our Consumer at the heart, your key focus will be:


Provide strong leadership that will foster a values based performance culture through the development of skills of your people in alignment with our “Bacardi People Way” through:
  • Actively promote and live the Bacardi Safety Culture.
  • Participate in Line Daily Direction Setting (DDS) meetings and execution of the daily plan, including reporting the previous 24 hour results.
  • Owning the MP&S in-process measures and Scorecard for your areas of responsibility.
  • Actively plan and coach your team to reduce UPDT through breakdown reduction, insights from completed PMs/CMs and maintenance logs.
  • Coach and mentor direct reports, providing developmental support to grow their performance and potential.
  • Conduct routine performance appraisals as directed through the site HR programme. Foster continuous development through coaching and mentoring to strengthen team capability to deliver competitive advantage.
Key Aspects of the Role
  • Owns Maintenance Planning and Scheduling (MP&S), DMS for the line(s). Review and prioritize notifications within 24 hours of generation
  • Provide updates during DDS on any PM’s being conducted next 24 hours and propose PM tasks to be completed during Planned Stop as appropriate.
  • The work order backlog is current, sorted for reporting and is managed to best meet the business needs
  • Ensure the revision and updating of “Maintenance Technical Documentation”.
  • Develop and execute the Manufacturing Maintenance Preventative program for your area, aligned with the Maintenance Strategy to achieve best in class equipment performance & reliability.
  • Provide coaching and leadership to the technicians reporting to you.
  • Lead and Translate the scheduling of preventative and corrective/improvement priorities into daily, weekly & monthly plans as dictated by the annual maintenance plan and previously identified work. Coordinate the Maintenance Technicians in executing those plans on time.
  • Develop the technical skills and capabilities of the Technicians & Production Teams, through coaching and development in line with the current and future requirements of the Operations.
  • Ensure that Manufacturing Maintenance practices, procedures and systems comply with Bacardi and local legislative QEHS.
  • Own and lead minor CAPEX projects for your line. Liaise with relevant departments and OEMs.
Develop Improvement Plans
  • Support development and lead engineering areas of Line 90 Day loss-elimination plans.
  • Own the Breakdown Elimination DMS.
  • Drive breakthrough results in Planned and Unplanned downtime by analysing CM data from the CMMS
  • Analyse BDs and PFs that meet a trigger and use the correct tool-set to get to the Root Cause. Create actions to prevent a recurrence.
  • Analyse UPDT to identify trends and develop work plans to eliminate.
  • Support the Health Check process for Breakdowns and deploy with your team.
  • Ensure PMs are fit for purpose and identify best fit PM strategy for each machine on your line.
  • Identify and close PM gaps and ensure that robust systems are in-place.
  • Carry out MP&S Health Checks to ensure that PMs are being carried out effectively and that a follow-up up is carried out after BD/major failure.
  • Coach technicians and Operators on how to effectively carry out PMs.

Skills and Experience

The Skills & Experience needed to create your legacy

Work Experience
  • Minimum 3-years leadership experience in a maintenance & engineering team - preferably in an FMCG environment.
  • Achieves technical mastery of equipment and develops it in others. Overall strong technical skills.
  • Excellent understanding of mechanical/electrical processes, both hands on and theory.
Educational Requirements
  • Time-Served recognized apprenticeship
  • Minimum HNC or equivalent along with relevant experience
It is essential to have a strong core skillset in either Electrical or Mechanical. Expectations are set out below. A good aptitude in your non-core skillset is also desirable.

Electrical - Core
  • Siemens PLC’s/Allen-Bradley PLC’s, control net and device net or profibus and profinet. Able to interface with PLC using programming software and make program changes.
  • Capable of working to a formal electrical change control process.
  • PLC faultfinding/maintenance and I/O faultfinding.
  • Experience/knowledge of line control/regulation. Understands the concept of line philosophy.
  • Experienced in electronic VSD’s and Servo drive and control systems.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of general 3ph motor control circuits and fault diagnosis.
  • Knowledge of electrical sensors, switchgear and their applications.
  • Experience of instrumentation and PID loops.
  • Competent in general electrical maintenance.
  • Experience of ink jet coding and in-line inspection systems such as Mapex, Heuft, Checkmat etc.
Mechanical - Core
  • Sound mechanical fitting techniques and skills.
  • Excellent understanding of pneumatic circuits, applications, technical drawings and faultfinding.
  • Working with and diagnosing faults with Mechanical Drive systems including; v-belts/pulley drives, chain drives, conveyor belts, gear boxes/gear sets, bearing damage and shaft wear.
  • Pumps/pump sets, packing and mechanical seals.
  • Understanding of control valve philosophy and valve repair.
  • Competent use of machine tools – Turning, milling and Welding. 
  • Effective communication skills across all levels of the business.
  • Ability to effectively coach and train others.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills desired.
  • Strong Interpersonal collaboration skills.
  • Strong Maintenance Management System and Maintenance excellence skillset.
  • Proven problem solving skills.
  • Initiative in changing things and openness to change.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Competent with Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize competing needs.
  • High level of personal responsibility and accountability for results.
  • Drive and aptitude to continue building personal capability

Our culture

We share the passion and entrepreneurial flair of our founder and are guided by our three culture pillars - Fearless, Family and Founders, they inspire our Primos to be the best they can be and drive us forward in all we do. But what does this mean?

·       Being Fearless; means adopting an agile mindset, being comfortable trying new things and taking risks. We are empowered to question, challenge and innovate.

·       Family; We treat each other, and our communities, like Family. Always.

·       Founders; The spirit of entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we do. We see the business as if it’s our own. We do the right thing for the business and we all take accountability for our work.

When you join Bacardi, you become part of our family and gain more than just a job.

Disclaimer: Bacardi is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity. Diversity is core to our business: by embedding diversity into all aspects of our culture, we maximize the opportunity to achieve sustainable business success and growth. The duties and responsibilities described in the role profile might not be a comprehensive list.