Automation Maintenance Technician

  • Job Reference: 310480
  • Date Posted: 5 July 2024
  • Employer: Royal Mail Group
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  • Location: NORTHAMPTON (NN6 7GZ), United Kingdom
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Transport & Logistics
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Duration: Permanent

Job Description



We are now recruiting Automation Maintenance Technicians at Midlands Super Hub, Dirft East Crick, Northampton. NN6 7DD. In this role your potential earning will be over £51,051 per annum.

We have an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of this transformation, working as part of the critical engineering maintenance team at Royal Mail's new, flagship parcel processing facility in Northampton, the Midlands Parcel Super Hub. The hub will have a processing capacity of over a million parcels per day and is the first of its kind within the business, leading the way in our transformation from being a letter led to a parcel led company. You can view a short clip of the new super hub by clicking  here

Salary: £51,051 per annum, night shift allowance of £2,500 per annum, a defined contribution pension scheme, with 22.5 days (15 shifts) annual leave plus bank holidays and free parking.  A weekend supplement for Saturday (£51 per attendance) and Sunday (£102 per attendance) shift attendance.


You may be eligible for a welcome bonus of £1,500.

Shift pattern: The successful candidate will be required to follow the shift rotation system, with some degree of voluntary flexibility to meet our 24/7 operational needs on occasion, including voluntary overtime coverage and occasional shift pattern flexibility.

You will work 12 hour shifts which includes two weeks earlies 07:00 - 19:00 and two weeks nights 19:00 - 07:00 and will include rest days.

The Role


Responsible for ensuring availability and performance of automation assets through completion of effective maintenance procedures.

 Key aspects of the role include:


  • Perform maintenance tasks, including preventative, predictive and corrective maintenance
  • Performing continuous improvement activities
  • Provide effective and efficient support to the Engineering Manager, Maintenance Team Leads, completion of end of shift reports, fault logging and data entry
  • Identify the root cause of automation breakdowns and prioritize corrective actions to meet operational processing requirements
  • Monitor equipment performance and improve automation outputs in collaboration with operational stakeholders. Identifying and working on Continuous Improvement projects, conception to implementation ownership, for machinery in the Hub/ Mail Centre
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team to achieve common goals


About you


As an experienced multi-skilled engineer you'll be qualified in electrical and mechanical engineering (minimum ONC Electrical Engineering / NVQ Level 3 - or equivalent). Understanding Health & Safety legislation, you'll have first-hand experience of maintaining automation equipment, ideally Programme Logic Controllers (PLC), along with a flexible approach and the ability to communicate complex issues effectively. 


What happens next?


After initial application, any shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview, incorporating practical and verbal assessments. You'll also be asked to supply proof any quoted formal qualifications at this interview.


About Us


It is an extremely exciting time to be part of Royal Mail Engineering, as we are engaged in one of the biggest technical changes in Royal Mails 500-year history. We are transitioning to a predominantly mechanised parcel sortation process.


In order to facilitate this change, a huge organisation wide investment in new parcel processing technology is in progress, with the necessary associated investment in engineering. You'll have a unique opportunity to be a part of this exciting transition, creating a delivery service provider, for the future, able to meet customer demand in the emerging e-commerce society.  A significant opportunity for anyone wishing to further their careers through dedicated commitment.

Royal Mail expects any applicant to fully embrace Royal Mail core values and actively contribute to its positive culture; for more information about Royal Mail's values of being positive, brilliant and part of it.