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Identify HR 15/12/2020

Process Engineer

Ref #: 32095
Location: Alness Edinburgh 93 George St Edinburgh EH2 3ES
Sector: Manufacturing, Logistics, Supply Chain
Type: Permanent
Identify HR have been retained by Aquascot to support the recruitment of a newly created Process Engineer role.  The job details are below but please get in touch with us to learn more about the company, culture, values and prospects for this role.

Main Purpose of the Role

To ensure production processes are optimised in terms of safety, food safety and efficiency, accounting for current and new products and technologies. This position takes ownership for the quality, reliability and throughput capability of all food processing equipment.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

Process excellence

  • Lead Operational process set-up & improvement
  • Establish new processes in support of new product development and other business change
  • Monitor Operational capacity & layout, making recommendation for future change and investment
  • Research, define & implement new process technologies to keep company at leading edge of sector
  • Monitor and improve Operational KPIs using recognised methodology (eg, DMAIC)
  • Advise Production management on areas for improvement and drive the necessary change
  • Lead the development and maintenance of operational procedures and instructions, as part of Aquascot Management System

Continuous improvement

  • Actively involved in on-going CI initiatives (leading and supporting)
  • Priority areas are safety, food safety, yield and productivity improvement
  • Regular report ideas, trials and results across all production areas
  • Adopt and promote lean processes and continuous improvement initiatives within the workplace
  • Key CI interface with Waitrose
  • Train, coach and mentor Partners on CI methods


  • Ensure Operational compliance to all relevant standards and regulations
  • Internal auditor for safety and quality standards

Capital projects

  • Prepare and submit capital justifications to support key business projects, taking account of approved budgets and business priorities
  • Lead and support key business projects, working closely with all key stakeholders throughout
  • Lead and support the identification, selection and installation of new equipment

General Duties & Responsibilities

  • Implement and promote working methods which eliminates or minimises food safety risks such as cross contamination
  • Understand product labelling standards for control of allergens, batch and product information
  • Report accidents and near misses immediately and assist in investigation where required
  • Develop your skills and capability, taking responsibility for your personal development
  • To undertake any reasonable request in supporting the business and its Partners
  • Strong attention to detail with a diligent approach to work activities
  • Actively engage with management, peers and staff of other departments to ensure efficient operations

Other Duties & Responsibilities

Any other reasonable duty as may be assigned that is consistent with the nature of the job and its level of responsibility.

Controlled, chilled factory environment, with some Health & Safety risks, which require all health and safety standards, policies and procedures to be fully understood and complied with.

Knowledge & Experience

  • Degree qualified, or equivalent experience in an engineering or operational discipline
  • Previous experience in chilled, fresh food production is strongly preferred
  • Technical competencies will ideally include:
    • Level 3 Food Safety
    • IOSH Managing Safely
    • HACCP Level 3
    • Allergen training
    • Foreign body prevention training
    • Internal auditor experience of a recognised standard
  • Budgeting and managing costs related to CI
  • Project management experience
  • Proven ability to understand and prioritise multiple projects / tasks effectively
  • Proven ability to take initiative and drive program of improvements
  • Strong working knowledge of Lean manufacturing and/or Six Sigma improvement methodology

Personal attributes

  • Adaptable and flexible approach to work, diligent, tenacious with keen eye and attention to detail
  • Problem solver, who is committed, resilient and reliable
  • Ability to coach and mentor others
  • Business aware with ability to drive improvement through effective teamwork
  • Flexible approach with ability to work collaboratively across functions to deliver tasks and meet tight deadlines.

Scope of authority

  • The role will have no direct reports, but may be required to deputise for others
  • Responsibility for specific Opex and Capex budgets, including budget setting and reporting
  • Responsibility for working in compliance with the Aquascot policies and procedures to identify and record issues relating to the management of risk
  • Ownership for the quality, reliability and throughput capability of all food processing equipment

Equality and Diversity

Co-operate with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment. All co-workers must be treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.

Job Flexibility

It is an express condition of employment that you are prepared to transfer to alternative work locations or duties within your place of work. This flexibility is essential as the type and volume of work is always subject to change and it allows the Company to operate efficiently and effectively.