Maintenance Department Engineer

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An opportunity has arisen for a Maintenance Engineer to join the team in Fort William. The aim is to provide the right expertise to deliver planned and reactive maintenance on site. You will actively support the development of a reliability centred maintenance culture in partnership with the operations team.

About Us

Established since 1929, ALVANCE British Aluminium, part of the GFG Alliance, owns and operates the last remaining aluminium production plant (smelter) in the UK and a connected hydropower electricity generation station located on the slopes of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. A combination or renewable energy sources makes this site one of the greenest metal production plants in the country

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Comply with all company policies and procedures.
  • Lead the development and delivery of the weekly maintenance schedule in your area of control.
  • Identify changing / new engineering standards / legislation which require site action / compliance.
  • Lead and support engineering maintenance projects across the smelter complex.
    Ensure maintenance resources are utilised effectively, for planned and reactive maintenance activity.
  • Provide support and training to diagnose and fault find equipment failures.
  • Ensure all written isolation procedures are followed, involving multiple points of isolation to control hazardous energy.
  • Identify the quickest and most cost-effective, long-term solution to remedial activity.
  • Instil a reliability focused culture within direct reports, and maintenance function.
  • Ensure all equipment is maintained to a high standard.
  • Coordinate auditing systems to ensure engineering compliance on the site.
  • Work towards isolation officer and senior authorised person level.
  • Lead site reliability projects using recognised lean principles.
  • Ensure the development and training of apprentices is in line with the outcome of a time-served resource.
  • Coach the maintenance team to ensure competency and delivery standards.
  • Manage external engineering contractors in line with health & safety, cost, time and quality expectations.
  • Support the Engineering team on new equipment installation, providing long-term maintenance input.
  • Ensure all tasks completed within the department are carried out to the required health safety and environmental standards.
  • Work in a safe manner, avoid taking unnecessary risks and avoid improvisation which entails risk.
  • Will not allow any person under their charge to carry out any tasks for which they have not been adequately trained.
  • Ensure that all accidents and incidents are investigated thoroughly, with robust action put in place to prevent recurrence.
  • Give clear instructions which incorporate safety aspects and ensure they are adhered to.
  • Conduct as and when any other HSEQ related activities that is required by the business.

Working with Us 

We work collaboratively with high energy and ambition to develop sustainable growth plans for our business, our future and our careers.
We are committed to uncompromising levels of safety, strong customer-centricity and diversity. Our people are our greatest asset.

If your true passion in life is to help create a better world through the work that you do, we would encourage you to think about Alvance British Aluminium, part of GFG Alliance   You will have the opportunity to thrive, make a difference and leave a legacy to both industry and society.




  • HNC / HND / Degree in Engineering Discipline (desirable).
  • Engineering maintenance knowledge, in a heavy engineering environment (Mechanical or Electrical bias).
  • Good understanding of health, safety and environmental legislation.
  • Knowledge of industrial scale process plant operations and maintenance, including related standards, codes of practice and technical procedures.
  • People management / coaching / mentoring of engineering staff.
  • Experience working in a COMAH environment desirable.
  • Must be able to demonstrate good verbal and written communication.

Benefits and Reward

We can offer you the opportunity to be part of a strong and talented team, taking part in rewarding work, with supported learning and development, along with an excellent work-life balance. 

For your commitment, drive and outstanding performance you will be rewarded with

  • Competitive Salary 
  • 25 days annual leave 
  • 8 public holidays 
  • Bonus Scheme
  • Company pension contribution from 4% up to 9% 
  • AVIVA Life Assurance (6 times the salary) 
  • BHSF Cash Health Care Plan 
  • Onsite Gym and access to a variety of Employee wellness initiatives 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Education Support Grant, £1000 for each child in university paid annually 
  • Cycle to work Scheme 
  • Employee Reward and recognition programme
  • Employee Discounts – Inclusive rewards (Salary sacrifice scheme, discounts, cashback)

This role does not provide VISA Sponsorship. 

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