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Maintenance Support Team Leader


As the home of iconic brands such as Baileys, Guinness, Smirnoff, and Johnnie Walker, at Diageo we source, produce and deliver 6.5 billion litres of world-leading products every year across 180 markets globally. Because of this huge undertaking, we rely on highly advanced systems as well as the very best talent to make sure our businesses continue to run smoothly.

We operate Guinness packaging facilities at Marshalls Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Runcorn, in North West England, producing canned, bottled and kegged product for Ireland, UK and export markets. Significant investment is underway at both of these locations.

This role is site based at Diageo’s east Belfast packaging facility is a 12-acre site running a 24/7 operation and is supplied with beer from St James Gate brought to the site in bulk tankers, which each hold up to 30,000 litres of beer. It has been operating for over 30 years, formerly as Irish Bonding and employs 150 direct staff. The site produces over 20 brands, including Guinness Draught, Extra Stout and Foreign Extra Stout, Harp, Hop House 13, Smithwick’s and Rockshore.

About this role 

The Maintenance Support Lead (MSL) reports to the Beer Packaging Engineering Manager, overseeing the delivery of utilities, facilities, and beer intake processes. The role involves ensuring compliance with health and safety standards, driving continuous improvement, and leading a specialist support team. The MSL collaborates with external partners and actively participates in Implementation Task Force meetings, aiming to enhance asset reliability and overall manufacturing efficiency.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure compliance with health, safety, environmental, and quality standards.
  • Lead a specialist support team and deploy Manufacturing Management System (MMS) Asset Care practices.
  • Actively participate in Implementation Task Force (ITF) meetings for sustainable MMS implementation.
  • Oversee utilities delivery, facilities management, and beer intake process reliability.
  • Drive projects to reduce site energy, carbon, and water usage.
  • Maintain and verify the site asset register.
  • Provide technical solutions through Root Cause Problem Solving (RCPS).
  • Collaborate with Sodexo and Veolia for effective technical solutions and world-class standards.
  • Train and develop Craft, apprentices, and new engineers.
  • Act as a leader in maintaining 5S and Asset Care standards.

About you

For this role you’ll need to have a minimum HND or degree level qualification in electrical, mechanical or chemical/process engineering subject areas.

We are seeking a dynamic leader with demonstratable skills in team management, adept at cultivating an environment of growth and innovation. This role is also ideal for junior candidates looking to propel their careers forward offering an excellent opportunity for advancement. Your demonstrated leadership prowess, combined with hands-on expertise in plant operations and a proactive problem-solving mindset, will drive the optimisation of asset efficiency and contribute significantly to our thriving workplace culture.

Your effective communication, influencing, planning, and organisational skills make you a valuable asset in a fast-paced environment. Your proactive and energetic approach sets the tone for success, while your commitment to world-class standards in 5S and Asset Care aligns seamlessly with the expectations of this role.

Working with Us

Join us and you can also expect a highly competitive and flexible rewards and benefits package including annual bonus, product allowance, 6 months paid family leave, private medical insurance, share options, contributory pension scheme.

Celebrating our inclusive and diverse culture is core to Diageo’s purpose of “celebrating life every day everywhere”. This purpose is, in itself, inclusive in nature, as it values everybody irrespective of background, disability, religion, gender identity, sexuality or ethnicity.

We know that for our business to thrive and for Diageo to realize its ambition, we depend on having diverse talent with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities in each of the 180 countries in which we operate and to reflect our broad consumer base. We view diversity as one of the key enablers that helps our business to grow and our values, purpose and standards set the conditions for us to respect the unique contribution each person brings.

About Us

From Arthur Guinness to Johnnie Walker, our business was founded on people of great character and in 250 years, nothing’s changed. We’re the world’s leading premium alcohol company. Our brands are industry icons. And our success is thanks to the strength of our people, in every role. It’s why we trust them with our legacy. And it’s why we reward them with the career-defining opportunities that they deserve.

Our ambition is to create the best performing, most trusted and respected Consumer Products Company in the world. To achieve these, we need the world’s very best people.

We're looking for people with creativity, boldness and a sense of purpose to take Diageo and our timeless, pioneering brands to the next level.

Feel inspired? Then this may be the opportunity for you.

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