Focussed Improvement Engineer

Supply Chain, UK - Hayes, London, United Kingdom - Full Time

about graze

At graze, our mission is to rewrite the snacking rulebook. We stand against the snack-stablishment and how unsatisfied it can make snackers feel. We want people to enjoy snacking again by eating delicious treats without worrying about eating too much sugar or salt. That’s why we’re always on the hunt for tastier, crunchier, fresher and better snacks that are good for you (and for the planet). 

But how are we doing this? Well, we’ve already reduced the sugar in our snacks by 60% and we’re working towards becoming more transparent with our labelling (and encouraging other snack makers to do the same). We’re here to make healthy, exciting and snacking a joy.

So it should come as no surprise that we’re also a certified B Corp and a proud advocate for the Better Business Act. We’ve committed to being a better business by putting equal measure behind how our business operates for people, planet and profit. 

Now that’s a graze idea.

The role...

We’re looking for a hugely inquisitive Focussed Improvement Engineer as a problem identifier and solver to help us on our world class manufacturing journey. 


Why we're looking...

We have ambitions to grow at speed and as a result we need to get the most out of our manufacturing lines and equipment. We're recruiting for an individual who can help us achieve our ambitions. 


What you’ll be responsible for...

  • Managing improvement projects from initial problem statements through to sustained actions.
  • Working to the highest safety standards at all times. Identifying hazards and near misses as well as conducting deep compliance audits and safety behavioural observations as part of your role. 
  • Delivering projects on time, to a high quality and with good consideration to value for any investment recommendations.
  • Improving the efficiency and performance of existing designs, machinery, equipment, systems and products.
  • Cross functional working with other graze functions as well as your own engineering team to develop opportunities that improve Quality, OEE and costs.
  • Providing engineering advice and support to key stakeholders. 


Your day to day tasks...

  • Analysing key metrics from the wealth of captured production data to understand trends and translating them into improvement opportunities (problem statements).
  • Creating and utilising tools to investigate causes of the problems e.g. RCA, 5WHY, 5S, DMAIC.
  • Testing/iterating improvements to machinery equipment set up to achieve fast paced solutions.
  • Implementing processes and standards improvements and ensuring that measures to increase compliance are in place.
  • Formalise the sustaining of solutions through sharing of results achieved and what underpins the successes.
  • Identify and create value-based proposals for modifications to deliver further improvements.
  • Drive the implementation of pursued modifications through working effectively with other teams and suppliers.
  • Establishing and building great working relationships with current and future suppliers.
  • Continually review the improvement processes and work with colleagues to change ways of working to leverage better results.


What we're looking for in you...

  • Fully conversant in the requirements of Health & Safety within engineering including Risk Assessment, PUWER, COSHH, LOLER, SSOW and LOTO.
  • Proven experience within an engineering department in a fast-paced manufacturing environment.
  • Inquisitive nature with a huge interest in how things work combined with proven excellent problem solving skills.
  • Experiencing working with continuous improvement techniques - RCA, 5WHY, 5S, DMAIC
  • Have formal Engineering qualifications, either having completed a recognised apprenticeship or degree.
  • Experience of fault finding and repair of electrical and pneumatic circuits and components and additionally experience with PLC software development and/or debugging.
  • Able to work on your own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Able to communicate effectively with the engineering, production, and quality teams. 
  • Experience of Root Cause Analysis on equipment to eliminate recurrence of the problem.
  • Experience of Microsoft Office.
  • Excited about taking on new challenges.
  • Experience working to tight timelines.
  • Be a fast learning, self-starter with great attention to detail.


What we will expect in the first 6 months

  • A proactive approach to establishing an understanding of the manufacturing processes on site, and the key elements that you can impact. Familiarise yourself with the manufacturing process and packing lines operation.
  • Analyse production line loss analysis and use problem solving techniques to identify root causes of these losses.
  • Develop and implement permanent fixes to the identified root causes.
  • Understand the key barriers to efficiency improvement on the production lines and challenge these.
  • Review and provide documented recommendations for potential site efficiency opportunities.


What’s in it for you?

  • You’ll be part of a company where you can have fun, enjoy free snacks (very important) and pick up new skills to really take your experience to the next level.
  • We want you to be your authentic self every single day - so we create an environment where you feel like you belong, in any (and every) way that’s right for you. Plus, we have a dedicated diversity and inclusion employee resource group that you’re welcome to join! 
  • We encourage active learning, so you can enjoy networking events, learning lunches and even more formal qualifications - whatever you need to do the best job possible.
  • You’ll be working with some seriously smart, informed, helpful, funny, dedicated (and very, very modest) people at graze HQ.
  • You’ll be part of an open, inclusive and pioneering team. What could be better?
  • You’ll get all the standard benefits including a pension, a yearly bonus, health insurance and so much more.
  • We are Food Focussed in our Factory so our canteen is supplied for your breakfast and lunch, on us.
  • We also offer one paid volunteering day and one health day each year on top of your annual leave allowance, to use however you wish.

Let us know if you have accessibility requirements for the interview process and we’ll ensure that all your needs are provided for. 

Please feel free to include which pronouns you use (such as she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs etc.) in your application.

Graze recruits, employs, trains, and promotes regardless of race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, disability, age, and other protected status. We are dedicated to promoting diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion within our team and in all of our work.



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