Maintenance Inspector (Mechanical Engineer)

Job location:
Purfleet, United Kingdom
Created moment:
May 13, 2022
Job reference:
REQ - 05313

The Company

The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, technological expertise and its material science know-how to deliver solutions based on beneficiation of its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.

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The Position

Maintenance Inspector (Mechanical Engineer)

Job Summary

Maintenance Inspector (Mechanical Engineer)

Imerys Aluminates Limited - West Thurrock, Purfleet

Role overview:     

  • The position is demanding and the incumbent must be capable and competent to cope with the service and development demands of a continuous operation.  The incumbent will be required to be available after hours for consultation and remote support during equipment failures or planned works, and will be provided with communication tools to enable such support. 

  •  The incumbent must be capable of defining work procedures and methods within the Maintenance framework as defined by the Group, co-ordinated and managed locally by the Manager responsible for Engineering Services.

Reports To: Mechanical Reliability Engineer
Direct reports: None 

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Executing maintenance tasks including inspection, preventive, predictive, reactive, alignment and fault finding activities

  • Inspecting, measuring, reporting and maintaining records of the condition of the machinery and equipment

  • Responding to after-hours consultation and providing technical support during equipment failures

  • Coordinating and supervising internal and external maintenance workforce if required

  • Isolating and making systems/equipment safe to work on for oneself and others if required

  • Operating and caring for various equipment, tools and vehicles (as per training) to assist in safe execution of maintenance tasks i.e. Fork Lift Trucks, Cherry Picker

  • Building of systems, mechanical or electrical as required and within reasonable limits of capability and skills

  • Switching of power, LV or HV, working on high voltage motors and systems, working on power distribution systems as trained and appointed competent, as and when required

  • Adhering and contributing to maintaining maintenance management policies and framework.  This includes updating technical detail, job guidelines, method statements, risk assessments, CMMS database, drawings, financial plans, projects list etc.

  • Supporting and contributing towards maintenance planning/ scheduling, spare parts management, reliability and project functions.  This includes absent coverage for maintenance planning, foreman and store keeping positions if required

  • Participating in engineering projects’ feasibility studies, technical specification, planning, installation, execution, commissioning, hand over and operation stages if required

  • Participating in training and regular meetings as required to deliver duties.


Skills & Person Specification

  • Achievement of objectives

  • Autonomy e.g. organises and completes work

  • Quality of information network

  • Motivation - (Attendance, availability, constructive state of mind)

  • Anticipation - Curiosity (Anticipates problems, acts spontaneously and in a pro-active way, goes deeper into matters and tries to understand them) e.g. Initiative ability, e.g. seeks state of the art knowledge to optimise use of technology

  • Flexibility and adaptability (Adapts to changes, organisational demands and/or proposes new methods)

  • Capable of planning and re-organising activities dependant on changing priorities and multiple demands

  • Teamwork - (Creates and maintains a climate of mutual aid, makes the circulation of information easier within the department and with other departments, contributes to common objectives)

  • Development of others (Helps others to gain skills, has ability to transfer know-how).

Qualifications & Experience

  • NVQ Level 3 (or served an apprenticeship) or equivalent qualifications within mechanical engineering is essential.

  • Higher National Certificate (HNC) or equivalent qualification in Engineering is desirable.

  • Around 10 years mechanical based maintenance experience and proven competency in inspection, maintenance and operation of equipment like material handling equipment, power transmission equipment, compressors, fans etc.  in a heavy production / manufacturing environment

  • Proven experience of mechanical fault finding, diagnostic, problem solving, alignment and component selection skills

  • Good understanding and experience of condition monitoring techniques i.e. vibration analysis and oil analysis

  • Good understanding and experience of metalworking, welding and fabrication techniques

  • Reasonable understanding and experience of electrical engineering, pneumatic, hydraulic and control systems

  • Reasonable understanding and experience of relevant engineering legislative requirements such as LOLER, PUWER, and PSSR

  • Capacity and willingness to respond to afterhours breakdowns (physically and remotely)

  • Valid Fork Lift Truck Driving Certificate (or willingness to gain this licence)

  • Valid MEWPs Certificate (or willingness to gain this licence)

  • Valid First Aid Certificate (or willingness to gain this qualification)

  • Health and Safety NEBOSH or IOSH Certification desirable.

  • IT Skills and experience of using computer software applications e.g. Microsoft Office, Internet Browsing, Email and Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) applications

  • Good report writing and communication skills

To apply please go to, go to the Talent tab, select see all Job openings, find the vacancy and click the Apply button. Job ref: 05313

The closing date for applications is 31st May 2022

Applicants must hold the right to work in the UK.

We will only contact shortlisted candidates.

Position Type

Full time



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