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Mechanical Engineer

North East England

  • Reference: 382855
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: Competitive Plus Benefits
  • Location: Billingham

The Company

Quorn Foods is the world’s leader in meat alternatives with a vision to create better protein for people and the planet, addressing global health and sustainability issues.
In November 2018 Quorn opened the world’s biggest meat alternative production facility at their Belasis site in Billingham. The factory expansion of 9,500m2 will double production capacity of Quorn’s core products, adding approximately 20,000 tonnes per annum. It is part of a £150m investment by Quorn Foods, reflecting an increase in flexitarian and vegan diets, and the fact that the UK is the most advanced meat-free market in the world.

The state of the art production facility will produce 1.33M packs of Quorn® products per week, equivalent to the meat produced by 1,600 cows.The efficiency improvements the expansion will deliver will help Quorn Foods continue to reduce its carbon emissions per tonne of food produced, already down by 35% since 2012.

Quorn Foods Chief Executive Kevin Brennan says: “We are the world leader in meat alternatives and have seen our business grow by 16% in the last year. We see decades of growth ahead of us as consumers respond to growing environmental concerns around meat production. We provide dramatic sustainability benefits compared to meat and with this new facility will enhance those benefits further. Sustainability is at the heart of our organisation and we are committed to ensuring we are being responsible with the carbon footprint of our business.”

The factory expansion builds on Quorn Foods’ strongest ever year of growth, a £7m investment in a Global Innovation Centre at its Stokesley headquarters, and sees the company stay on track to become a billion-dollar business by 2027.

The Role

Reporting to the Capital Projects Manager, responsibilities include:

  • Deliver Mechanical Engineering designs to agreed budgets and timescales. 
  • Ensure consistency of approach to engineering and design, through close liaison with the Capital Projects Manager, engineering contractor, and discipline engineers.  
  • Undertake the role of client mechanical engineering representative through all capital project phases.
  • Technical Authority for implementation of best practice mechanical principles such as pressure testing, vessel fabrication etc. 
  • Develop project specifications for improved and new production process equipment and systems. 
  • Assist in the coordination of all engineering and design activities, in particular discipline engineering and design, materials management, cost, planning and construction. 
  • Assist in delivery of project progress reports, project reviews, discussions with engineering contractors, equipment suppliers and subcontractors. 
  • Assist in the preparation and development of project specifications, drawings, documentation, procurement enquiries, tender documentation and purchase orders. 

The Person

The successful candidate will have:

  • A minimum qualification to degree level in Mechanical Engineering or related subject.
  • Experience of  similar role in a Manufacturing, Engineering or Process Environment. 
  • Experience of working through all stages of major Capital Projects.
  • Ability to interpret breakdown data and make decision for corrective actions. 

This is a rare opportunity to join a business in a period of such significant investment of over £150 million, and support their ongoing growth. 

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