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 Machine Technician

Linthwaite, Huddersdfield





About the role:

Reporting to the Production Engineering Team Leader a Manchine Technician plays a key part in providing technical support to all work centres in the production operation. Take ownership and be fully responsible for the availability and performance of production equipment.


Key Responsibilities


Operational Efficiency- Ensure that set up, changeover, breakdown repair and running adjustments are completed effectively and efficiently to maximise available operating time.

Effective Maintenance-  Ensure that equipment is maintained to maximise time available for production.

Continuous Improvement- Ensure that equipment operates in an increasingly efficient manner to maximise output.


Key Objectives


  1. Minimise Changeover time
    1. Challenge current methods and develop new procedures (where appropriate provide technical support for changeover improvement initiatives eg SMED)
    2. Train and develop the team to carry out changeovers efficiently and reliably.
    3. Make appropriate enhancements to the equipment to facilitate rapid changeover (eg scales, setting blocks, quick release mechanisms, changepart organisation)
    4. Maintain accurate setting charts.
    5. Communicate with the Team Leaders to ensure awareness of production plan to effectively prepare for changeovers.
  2. Breakdown
    1. Attend to breakdowns rapidly.
    2. Communicate with Team / Cell Leader as to the likely duration of the downtime.
    3. Call on assistance from other Production Engineers, Maintenance department and equipment manufacturers as required.
    4. Implement engineering improvements to eliminate root causes of repeat breakdowns.
  3. Maintenance
    1. Establish and deliver inspection and maintenance programme to maintain optimal ‘As new’ running condition.
    2. Work with Engineering stores to establish and maintain stock of spares for all production equipment.
    3. Communicating with the Team Leader to carry out maintenance with the minimum disruption.
    4. Continually improve and develop maintenance program such that it is as effective as possible.
  4. Continuous Improvement
    1. Play a leading role in the development and delivery of continuous Improvement initiatives.
    2. Conduct regular reviews with the Team Leader in order to formulate and progress a plan to deliver improved line performance.
    3. Initiate capital projects where appropriate to improve / renew failing equipment.
  5. New Equipment Introduction-
    1. Work with the line team and the Project Engineering team through the process of selection, procurement, validation, installation and commissioning of new equipment.
    2. Support the creation of DIs and setting charts for the operation, changeover and Maintenance of new equipment.
    3. Produce critical spares lists and ensure suitable stock and supply of spares is established.
  6. New Product Introduction
    1. Work with the line team and the Project Engineering team to ensure successful introduction of new products and components. 
    2. Ensure timely purchase of appropriate changeparts.
    3. Ensure engineering modifications are carried out as necessary.
    4. Conduct documented line trials.
    5. Support first production runs.
  7. Quality / GMP
    1. To ensure compliance with GMP guidelines.
    2. Maintain, review and update of departmental documentation and systems in compliance with MHRA and BSI requirements.



About You:

At STADA we talk about diversity as Uniqueness. Everyone is unique and we recognise our differences as a strength. Our values Entrepreneurship, Integrity, Agility and One STADA ensure our uniqueness thrives, enabling us to care for people’s health as a trusted partner. Empower your Uniqueness, bring your whole self to STADA.


If you’re keen to add value and see results, thrive under pressure and have the can-do spirit that’s spearheading our success, bring those unique qualities, with the following skills and qualifications:


  • Analysts should be qualified to degree level in Chemistry or a science related subject which analytical chemistry formed a significant part.
  • Experience in analytical testing. Possess a precise and accurate analytical testing technique.
  • The ability to plan and prioritise work to ensure performance targets are met.
  • Have a keen eye for, and good attention to detail.
  • Be able to complete documentation in a neat and accurate manner.
  • Willingness to adapt to situations and a flexible approach to work.
  • Have a high level of integrity and treat everyone with respect.


What’s in it for you?

This is a permanent position with a salary dependant on your skills and experience. With 5 locations in the UK, the STADA UK Head Office is a recently renovated site only a two minute drive from our largest manufacturing site both based in Huddersfield. Zoflora® and Covonia® brands are made locally along with some key medicines for the healthcare sector. We employ over 1000 employees, all of whom have the opportunity to progress as we focus on promoting from within and you can be part of that too. Rewarding our employees is important to us, which is why we offer a range of fantastic benefits, such as:


  • A fantastic work environment based in the Colne Valley.
  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and the opportunity to buy an additional 5 days leave.
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance (up to 3 x annual salary).
  • Annual company & performance-based bonus for all employees.
  • Discounted bus & rail travel throughout West Yorkshire and the surrounding area.
  • Reimbursement of professional fees, where essential to the role.
  • We promote good physical and mental health and can provide additional support to our employees via our Employee Assistance Programme all year round.


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