The Aggregates & Recycling Information Network
Mobile Menu
From the organisers of

2022 / 2023 Edition

Pre-order your copy here

Heavy Plant Maintenance Manager


Smiths Bletchington is a dynamic independent family-owned company and leading supplier of primary and recycled aggregates to the construction and allied industries in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. In business for over a century, Smiths have an enviable reputation as quality operators winning numerous domestic and international health, safety, and environmental awards.

Due to retirement, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and experienced Heavy Plant Maintenance Manager within Smiths. Reporting directly to the Quarries Operations Manager, this is a permanent, full-time position and will be based at the Company’s head office at Enslow in Oxfordshire. This is a pivotal role in ensuring departmental support to the operational sites to achieve continually improving fixed and mobile plant availability and minimal downtime.

Key experience and skillsets:

  • Experience in maintenance of static and mobile aggregate processing plant and heavy earth moving equipment;
  • Proven track record in designing, implementing and maintaining a preventative and predictive maintenance program;
  • Preferably time served with ONC, HNC, HND or similar qualification in the industry;
  • Engineering experience in fabrication and welding;
  • Track record of reducing unplanned plant downtime and maximising availability in a production focused environment;
  • Management experience demonstrating efficient use and prioritisation of personnel and resources of a maintenance team;
  • Good analytical skills and attention to detail;
  • Strong IT skills with experience of maintenance systems as well as computer software such as word, excel, outlook etc.

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the leadership and management of 5 Heavy Plant Fitters across 6 sites within the Oxfordshire area including Risk Assessment and Safety Toolbox preparation and presentation;
  • Well versed with hazard identification, developing risk assessments and delivering safety tool-box talks;
  • Leading by example – Visible Felt Leadership;
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement in HS&E performance;
  • Assisting the Management Team with scoping the specification (in line with minimum Industry standards), negotiation and procurement of heavy earth moving and processing equipment from the UK’s leading suppliers;
  • Coordinating with the Senior Management Team, Health and Safety Manager and The Environmental Manager that all current and new equipment complies with and is maintained to (as a minimum) current HS&E industry standards;
  • Track record in assessing and implementing new technology and innovations in order to deliver continual improvements in equipment and plant performance across the business;
  • Ownership and management of the maintenance budget;
  • Undertake annual review of all plant and equipment in line with the company’s strategic rolling program of upgrading and renewal;
  • Actively involved in accident/incident investigation, promoting near-miss reporting, recording and analysing accident/incident statistics and delivering swift and effective improvement actions;

To apply for this role, please submit CV and covering letter to our Personnel Manager, Paul Hillier: [email protected]

Closing date for applications is 31 March 2022.

Share this page