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Multi Skilled Maintenance Engineer

Vitacress Salads St Mary Bourne, Lower Link Farm, Lower Link, Andover, Hampshire, United Kingdom Req #39
07 December 2023



Job Title: Multi-skilled and Maintenance Engineer

Location: Vitacress Salads, St Mary Bourne, Andover

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Full-time, 4 Days on / 4 Days off (Days & Nights)

Salary: Up to £47,000 depending on experience and qualifications

You enjoy working closely with like-minded colleagues, ensuring our packing lines work to the best of their ability. We’ve got a fair amount of new equipment, having invested £30+ million in the infrastructure of our factory. Fancy the task of maintaining this?

Your industrial background and electrical qualifications will come in handy, as will your hands-on skills working with mechanical and electrical systems. Quite frankly, you play a big part in why our customers get to enjoy that egg and watercress sandwich they love so much.

There’s nothing you’d rather do than be in the thick of it and showing off your strong technical skills. There is never a dull moment as we fine tune our new investments. Your ability to understand electrical and mechanical drawings will mean you can respond promptly to machinery breakdowns, diagnosing problems, and performing repairs quickly and efficiently. Keeping accurate records of maintenance activities, including maintenance schedules, repairs, and spare parts inventory is second nature to you.

You will get to demonstrate real pride in your work, you will feel a great sense of achievement in helping identify opportunities for process improvements and provide technical expertise to enhance the factory’s daily productivity.

You never forget your hard hat and always adhere to the health and safety guidelines, keeping you compliant with company policies and procedures, day in day out.

You will receive a starting salary up to £47,000. This role will be a 12-hour shift; on a 4 on 4 off pattern. It will involve an equal amount of day shifts (5:00am to 5:00pm) and night shifts (5:00pm to 5:00am) which keeps our 24-hour operation fully functional.

We also have a range of wonderful benefits which come with the package.

  • Life Assurance
  • Company pension matching up to 7.5%
  • 10% Premium (Night Shift)
  • Yearly bonus
  • Free Parking
  • Pension Scheme
  • 23 Days Holiday
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Training Courses
  • Career Progression

An ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, experience working in an engineering maintenance position, strong electrical and mechanical understanding to fault find, understanding of pneumatic control, a recognised engineering qualification through a training programme e.g apprenticeship or graduate scheme and is a strong team player. If this sounds like you, then we want to hear from you.

Vitacress Salads, based in leafy St Mary Bourne, Andover is one of the principal salad and watercress suppliers in the UK. With our own salad leaf farms, we take immense pride in delivering a field to fork operation. We grow, wash, pack and distribute salad and watercress for retailer own brands and our own brand Steve’s Leaves. We take pleasure in ensuring the best possible standard and we will empower you to do the same. From the way we grow our products, to the relationships we maintain with customers, everyone knows exactly what is going on. We are authentic and grounded. At the centre of everything is a trust that you can feel every day at work. From the salads that are grown on site; to the investment in facilities and the growth of the business; to growing and nurturing out talented employees, growing is truly at the heart of what we do. Join us and become a trusted partner in our business.

If you have a strong desire to come join our friendly team, then this is the perfect opportunity for you. You can apply easily, either click the apply now button here or contact our recruitment team at We will be happy to answer any questions, so get in touch. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any sponsorship to candidates without permission to reside in the UK. Candidates are to be invited to face-to-face interview as part of our recruitment process and this cannot be facilitated with those residing outside of the UK.

About Us 

We are one of Europe's leading suppliers of fresh produce, specialising in watercress, salads and fresh herbs. 

Established in Hampshire 1951, we became part of the RAR Group in 2008. We have a proud heritage of market-leading innovation including the introduction of living herbs, and baby leaf salads, and market-defining salad leaves including bagged watercress, rocket and baby spinach. We have a wide range of customers in the UK, both under supermarket own brands and Steve's Leaves, we are branded market-leaders in Portugal and also operate in Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. We employ 1500 people across Europe. We're passionate about promoting the use of fresh produce, which is why we have introduced the Herbilicious and Wild for Watercress campaigns, as well as participating in the Make More of Salad campaign run by the British Leafy Salad Association.   

We have farms in the UK, Portugal, Germany and Spain, and a global sourcing network to ensure that, no matter what the season, we supply the freshest, tastiest, healthiest, most exciting products on the market.   We are determined to leave things better than we found them, and as such we have set up the Vitacress Conservation Trust to promote the well being of the unique chalk stream habitats where many of our watercress sites are based.

Please visit our sustainability section to learn more about our work and our partners. 

Culture Close to the Soil 

The Vitacress team has one goal; to provide the freshest, tastiest, healthiest and most exciting produce throughout the year. Inspired by our heritage and pioneering spirit, we constantly strive to bring new ideas to the market.

We win customers’ trust by delivering the best in quality, service and ethical standards.  Our people care for and endeavour to protect and enhance nature, our growing business and the communities in which we work.

This translates into the company values:

Always deliver quality - We take pride in ensuring our product is of the best possible standard.

Do the right thing -
From the way we grow our products, to the relationships we sustain with client, everyone knows exactly what is going on. At the centre of everything is a trust that has been built over years of excellent service.

Nurture the future - 
From the herbs and salads that are grown on site. To the investment in facilities and the growth of the business. We're focussed on always improving our offer and ourselves, leading the way forward.

Other details

  • Job Family Engineering
  • Pay Type Salary
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