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Reliability Manager

Location:  Bristol
Function:  Manufacturing
Job Reference:  2253
Employment Type:  Permanent / Full Time
Closing Date:  21/06/2022
Date:  11-May-2022

Are you a Reliability Manager or Engineering Maintenance Manager with experience of working in a manufacturing environment and looking to progress or up for a new challenge?   


As ‘Britain’s Best Loved Food Brand’ we have been baking bread since 1876.  Today, we are proudly a fifth-generation family company supplying 18,000 retail customers from 12 bakeries and 14 depots, producing a range of over 70 products including gluten and wheat free.  Our family of 4,500 colleagues throughout the UK, have recognised us as a Sunday Times Top 30 Best Big Companies’ to work for.

Family and values are what makes us different, and we are a proud bunch, join us and you too could be proud to be Warburtons.

The Recipe

Due to continued growth and investment in our Engineering-led manufacturing sites, we have two newly created opportunities for Engineering Reliability Managers to support our Bristol Bakery working a 4 on 4 off day’s shift pattern. As a key part of our Engineering Management team, you will engage and motivate a skilled team of engineering colleagues, utilising root cause analysis to identify and prioritise corrective, preventative, predictive and mitigating actions.


At our Bristol Bakery, the team is dedicated to delivering unbeatable quality in a safe manner with highly reliable equipment. We are proud to be leading and developing a collaborative, creative and responsive team at the cutting edge of engineering innovation. In this role you will lead, motivate and manage a team of multi skilled engineers to drive a culture that delivers plant reliability, product quality and safety in line with company standards.  Working with the Engineering Manager and Assistant Engineering Manager you will have accountability for delivering the engineering strategy, via planned, corrective and reactive maintenance work

Key Accountabilities and Measures

We’re going on a journey of innovation and of continuous improvement whilst working on a changing approach to reliability centred maintenance.

Our Engineering Reliability Managers and our Engineering teams are encouraged to foster new ideas and perspectives whilst driving change at a pace; we’re looking for you to make a personal impact, have passion and inspire a team whilst recognising successes and rewarding that along the way.  We take pride in keeping our people and customer’s safe, so you’ll play a key role in ensuring work is conducted in accordance with our stringent health and safety requirements. 

Passionate about our people you too will want to engage and develop your team driving together for results. People are our most precious ingredient so along with your technical focus, you will have a passion for people development as well as a hunger for working collaboratively with your colleagues to drive the success of our site. Through coaching and mentoring, we aspire to invest in your development to become our future senior leaders.

We'll be looking to you to be experienced with the following:

  • Safety - Accountable for own and team adherence to relevant safety performance across all activities
  • Leadership – responsible for team training plan, individual development plans and performance reviews 
  • Resource Management – Responsible for ensuring that the day to day operational requirements can be fulfilled through the appropriate provision and allocation of team members
  • Operational Management - Accountable for plant performance uplifts via allocated reactive, corrective and planned maintenance tasks across plant and equipment through the effective management of their team
  • Built on concepts from robust Root Cause Analysis of Top Losses/MI losses data within SAP. Develop site led Asset Care MI/Losses reduction plan by utilising various CI Tools & techniques. 

Essential Ingredients

  • Possess an Engineering Qualification such as a Degree, HND, HNC, BTEC or equivalent
  • Able to work a 4 on 4 off shift pattern
  • You’ll have previous experience of managing a team of Engineers, with the ability to lead, develop, coach and mentor
  • Experienced in implementing risk-based maintenance strategies
  • A working knowledge and understanding of Budgets, Capex (proposals and project implementation), contract management, supplier negotiation
  • Previous experience of working with electrical control systems and automation 
  • A strong mechanical background with electrical multi-skilled experience
  • You’ll be able to deploy and execute a reliability centred asset care strategy
  • Passionate about quality and best practice whilst driving continuous improvement
  • Have a safety-first mindset with experience of COSHH & HACCP, and a working knowledge of H&S audits and processes

Extra Dough

At last and by no means yeast you will want to know what your breads worth.

  • A slice of the annual profits (discretionary profit share)
  • Family time is important to us so as well as your holiday entitlement, we'll give you the opportunity to purchase up to an extra weeks annual leave
  • Award winning pension scheme with company contributions
  • Private medical insurance and life assurance
  • Products you will love along with deals and discounts for you and the family through our Extra Dough website
  • Continued investment in your personal development
  • Fully stocked kitchens filled with our delicious products for you to enjoy with your daily brew!
  • Support for your health and wellbeing, including access to free physiotherapy, 24/7 access to a confidential helpline for practical advice and a comprehensive occupational health service


We respect and value difference. We look to create an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. Companies that are diverse in age, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, or any other aspect which makes them unique, are proven to be better companies. More importantly, creating an environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best work, is the right thing to do.