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Lead Engineer

35 / per week - Full-Time
Cowley ,

We have an opportunity to strengthen our maintenance engineering team with a Senior or Lead Engineer to support our cutting edge pharmaceutical manufacturing, laboratory and building services across our sites in Oxford

Oxford BioMedica is a pioneer of gene and cell therapy and our work is helping to deliver life changing treatments.

Gene and cell therapy is the treatment of disease by the delivery of therapeutic DNA into a patient’s cells, providing long term and potentially curative treatments for a wide range of diseases. With the potential to transform medicine, the sector holds significant promise with the first commercial products now launched and others rapidly approaching the market

The job purpose is to be responsible for organising and performing all engineering maintenance activities associated within the area of responsibility, including all equipment, utility and facility planned and reactive maintenance, calibration, quality compliance, and contractor management. Also, the job requires the post-holder to provide supervisory support and leadership to Engineering Maintenance technicians to manage their work activities and overall performance and development.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Lead, manage and develop Engineering Maintenance Technicians.
  • Ensure compliant operation of all manufacturing, laboratory and office facilities.
  • Carry out reactive and planned preventative maintenance (PPM) activities
  • To participate in an on call roster for emergency breakdowns to ensure seamless operation of the manufacturing suite
  • Manage and prioritise work requests to meet engineering key performance indicators.
  • Active involvement in shutdowns and engineering projects to ensure smooth running and efficient delivery of engineering objectives
  • Manage contractors ensuring they carry out work to the standards of Oxford BioMedica and current GxP standards whilst adhering to site local rules
  • Identify efficiencies of scheduling, process and operational delivery of work to improve work output.
  • Effective scheduling and management of PPM and reactive works
  • Accurate and timely completion of all relevant documentation
  • Escalate Engineering issues likely to impact business operations to the relevant parties.
  • Responsible for own health and safety in the workplace and for that of staff in your control, contractors and third parties working under the direction of the role holder.

Required Skills/Knowledge/Qualifications:

  • Time served apprenticeship in a relevant engineering discipline (Mechanical, Electrical, Multi skilled or combination) or a relevant HNC / HND qualification in an Engineering or Technical capacity.
  • A current working knowledge of GMP, GLP and or GCP in a pharmaceutical laboratory and/or manufacturing environment.
  • Good knowledge of building services, facilities and utilities
  • Good fault finding abilities both electrical and mechanical
  • Experienced and knowledgeable of HVAC systems principle and operations
  • Experienced with operating engineering utility services
  • Previous experience as a supervisor or team leader

We look forward to receiving your application.

No agencies please.


The remuneration package includes:

  • Competitive salary
  • Attractive Pension    
  • 28 days' holiday plus Bank holidays (pro-rated as applicable)
  • Private Health Care
  • Health Cashback Plan
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)              
  • Life Assurance
  • Childcare Vouchers (provided by Childcare Account)
  • Discount Portal (Employee discount & Cashback Scheme)
  • Discretionary Share Option Scheme
  • Discretionary Sharesave Scheme
  • Cycle To Work Scheme (Operates via Salary exchange)
  • Flexible Working
  • Public Transport Season Ticket Loans
  • Free staff parking
  • Large office environment with good employee facilities
  • Working conditions at Oxford BioMedica are very good and include:
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Free beverages
  • Free staff parking

Oxfordshire has a wide range of places to live within commuting distance of Windrush Court in Cowley, Oxford. From rural locations and picturesque villages to busy market towns, with the historic city centre just five miles away, there is something for everyone.

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