Mechanical Engineer – Kendal

Primary Mechanical Engineer

(salary dependent on experience)

About us:

We are a rapid-growth scale-up disrupting the infant nutrition space through our award- winning brand Kendamil – the only infant milk made in Britain, proudly used by the British Royal Family and uniquely crafted locally using British organic full cream milk, without the nasties.

Our company, Kendal Nutricare, is a 200-person team passionate about giving children a better start to life. We’re proud to be a Queens’ Award-winning business and to be ranked by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s 1000 Fastest Growing Companies in 2020.

We’re on an exciting path – join us!

The role:

We are recruiting Mechanical Engineers who will be responsible for meeting production needs in regard to engineering issues and breakdowns.

This is a full-time role at our headquarters in Kendal. Normal working hours will be Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm, with the expectation of covering all shift-based Mechanical Engineers Holidays. These shifts can include 12-hour shift patterns, night shift working, weekends and bank holiday working, all with an appropriately calculated additional Shift Premium Pay.

Key Accountabilities:


  • Ensure routine maintenance, breakdowns completed to time and to appropriate safety and engineering standards, plus complies with factory safety and hygiene policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that engineering cover is provided during operational hours.
  • To suggest modifications to plant and make improvements to increase efficiency.
  • Maintain documentation to provide historical records of breakdowns and PPMs
  • Logical approach to fault finding.
  • Welding, fabrication, Lathe, Milling Machine, Grinder, Pedestal drill and hand tools. Fitting of gearboxes, Pump changes and refurbishment, fitting of bearings and shafts, Steam systems.


What you’ll be doing:

  • Perform reactive and proactive maintenance on a variety of process equipment.
  • Carry out regular maintenance, planned preventative maintenance (PPM) and reactive maintenance, where directed.
  • Troubleshoot breakdowns across a range of equipment to provide minimal downtime.
  • Support Team Leaders and Production to facilitate production efficiency.
  • Maintain documentation to provide historical records of breakdowns and PPMs.
  • Ensure all required paperwork is kept maintained and up to date.
  • Operate in a safe manner adhering to Health & Safety best practice, ensuring at all times, any risk to self and others, is kept to a minimum.
  • Complying with hygiene procedures, by wearing the correct PPE.

What you’ll need:

  •      NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent in Engineering Maintenance or Manufacture.
  •      The job requires a time served engineer / fitter.
  •      Strong organisation and communication skills and the ability to work within a multi-disciplined team environment of varying levels of technical experience.
  •      Knowledge / Experience of working with controls, analysing faults, and providing solutions.
  •      Experience of both reactive and preventative maintenance.
  •      Must be flexible and adaptable to operational requirements.
  •      Some knowledge/training in electrics and hydraulics would be an advantage
  •      Self-motivated and be able to work with limited instruction.

What we would like you to be:

  • Flexible team approach regarding participating in shift patterns covers out of hours and holiday cover when required.
  • Good communicator with a helpful and flexible approach/ proactive in self-learning and development.
  • Good IT Skills, willingness to learn new systems.

What you’ll get from us:

The opportunity to work for the fastest growing infant milk brand in Europe, alongside a talented team dedicated to serving thousands of passionate customers.

We offer to all our employees:

  • 20 days holiday (with a bank holiday entitlement) with additional holidays granted each year for the first 5 years of employment
  • A pension scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Life Assurance at 2 x basic salary
  • Free on-site parking
  • Subsidised breakfast

If this sounds like a role for you, email Emma Murkin, Recruitment/HR Administrator ( with your CV and a note on why you’re right for the job — we can’t wait to meet you!