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Maintenance Technician (multi-skilled) Pencaitland, East Lothian About the Company Bairds Malt Limited was formed in March 1999, when two existing companies, Hugh Baird & Sons Limited and Moray Firth Maltings plc, merged to form a...


Maintenance Technician (multi-skilled) 

Pencaitland, East Lothian


About the Company
Bairds Malt Limited was formed in March 1999, when two existing companies, Hugh Baird & Sons Limited and Moray Firth Maltings plc, merged to form a new company.  We currently operate four malting plants within the UK and produce malt primarily for the brewing and distilling industries. Approximately 10% of our malt is exported to customers around the world who want to use British malt in their brewing or distilling operations.

Our merchanting business, Scotgrain Agriculture Limited, procures malting barley for our own use and trades in barley, other grains, and related agricultural commodities. 

We celebrate our people and we work together to deliver on what we promise.  We are focused on developing a skilled workforce and encouraging diversity of both people and thinking.

Safety • Passion • Quality • Integrity


Responsible to the Maintenance Supervisor for ensuring the required levels of malt production are achieved at Pencaitland by maintaining plant and equipment to the required standards and dealing with breakdowns effectively and efficiently.  Provide call out cover for out of hours breakdowns, on a rota-based system. Be flexible to aid all on-site personnel as required. 


  •  40 hours a week, 8.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday with 30-minute paid break
  •  On-call rota requirement, one week in three
  • Flexibility is required during harvest period, plant shut-downs, sickness and holiday absence


  • To carry out planned and non-routine maintenance, including breakdown rectification at the Pencaitland Maltings, utilising appropriate testing regimes.
  • Liaise with malting management to report any obvious maintenance anomalies and to be familiar with the latest instructions and procedures.
  • Recommend alterations and improvements for enhanced operation.
  • Contribute to the installation and commissioning of new equipment and plant.
  • Provide assistance and work flexibly (with due regard to competence, capability and knowledge) with site staff and tradesmen.
  • Operating forklift truck
  • Control of lifting equipment
  • Maintain a high standard of housekeeping within and around the engineering workshop and plant control rooms.
  • Where required, deputise for maintenance supervisor, this may include permit issuing.
  • Undertake training and provide cover as per business requirements.
  • Ensure full compliance with:
    1. Health & Safety at Work Act
    2. Company Safety Procedures
    3. Food Safety Regulations
    4. Company Quality Standards
    5. Environmental Procedures
    6. Zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy
    7. Personal Protective clothing policy




  • Recognised apprenticeship or Electrical trade qualification


  • Electrical Testing
  • Electrical fault finding
  • Electrical fault finding without wiring diagrams
  • Electrical installation & inspection
  • Working knowledge of PLC systems 
  • Excellent problem-solving ability
  • Possess a mechanical aptitude
  • Self-motivated and able to work under own initiative or as part of a team
  • Have a can-do attitude
  • Quality awareness
  • Flexible

 Working Knowledge:

  • Practical experience in an industrial scale production environment
  • Electricity at Work regulations
  • Health and Safety legislation


  • Polio and Tetanus vaccinations and up to date boosters



  • Relevant Malting Industry Qualification
  • Recognised Mechanical Engineering qualification
  • Recognised Welding and or Fabrication qualification
  • Institute of Electrical Engineers 18th Edition Regulations


  • Willing to learn/train in various areas relating to the position
  • Welding, MIG, TIG, Arc
  • Metal work and Fabrication

Working Knowledge:

  • Previous experience in a malting manufacturing environment

A competitive compensation and benefits package will be provided. We offer EAP, paid holidays, life insurance, contributory pension plan, gym membership subsidy, cycle to work scheme, annual health surveillance screening, loyalty awards, health cash plan and access to the Benefit Hub portal for discounts from various retailers.

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