Site Maintenance Operative

A Site Maintenance Operative is a multiskilled trades person who performs routine maintenance on common breakdowns. keeps a distillery and other buildings facilities and common areas running smoothly by conducting general repairs on facility equipment and building’s structure.

Typically, you will work on machines, equipment and buildings, repairing machinery, maintaining flooring, painting, plumbing, electrical work and HVAC repairs etc.

Role Description

Aa a site maintenance operative you are responsible for the delivery of maintenance services and processes that support the repair and upkeep of your site, setting and ensuring the highest standards of safety and maintenance.

Your responsibilities usually include general maintenance tasks that do not require specialized training.

Typical duties and responsibilities include:

  • Carry out a variety of planned and reactive building maintenance tasks, including general building, joinery, tiling, painting, paving and external works, drainage works and plumbing.
  • Understand and demonstrate the safe use of hand tools, for example screwdrivers, power drills, pliers, paper strippers and a variety of other tools used in plumbing and carpentry.
  • Maintain electrical distribution systems, safe repair of electrical installation to legal requirements, for example replacing damaged sockets, plugs, lighting and fuses.
  • Maintain plant, safety systems and equipment.
  • Maintain heating, plumbing and HVAC equipment.
  • Maintain alarm systems such as carbon dioxide, fire protection and schedule repairs as needed.
  • Maintain plumbing and drainage systems, for example repairs to WC systems, leaking taps or water testing and unblocking drains.
  • Maintain high levels of water hygiene within a building.
  • Undertake general facilities support tasks, including furniture building and furniture removals, grounds and site clearance, and keeping areas clean and tidy generally.
  • Manage, clean and maintain tools, parts and supplies required for maintenance and repair.
  • Undertake regular checks on vehicles used for distillery purposes to ensure that vehicles are safe. Maintain vehicle records as required and keep vehicles in a clean and tidy order.
  • Manage inspections, oil changes, meter readings etc
  • Perform manual repairs when necessary (fix locks, replace windows etc.)
  • Undertake pest and insect control activities.
  • Demonstrate and implement energy, environment and sustainable practices.
  • Maintain grounds and external fabrication of a building, such as drainage and guttering.
  • Plan incoming work requests and routine Planned Preventative Maintenance tasks.
  • Maintain a record / log of maintenance work completed.
  • Manage individual projects, working where required with sub-contractors.
  • Inspect facilities and equipment for signs of disrepair and perform necessary maintenance work.
  • Follow Health & Safety measures and policies.
  • Understand and demonstrate the importance of working safely at height.
  • Preparation of equipment for refurbishment or deep clean of surfaces
  • Carry out repairs and reactive maintenance.
  • Record and report information accurately either internally or externally

Skills, experience and qualifications

  • Proven experience as a maintenance operative, preferably in a food or beverage manufacturing plant.
  • Good technical knowledge.
  • Basic understanding of electrical, hydraulic and other systems
  • Good understanding of general maintenance processes and methods.
  • Experience of using a variety of equipment from lawn mowers to common hand tools and devices.
  • Good problem-solving skills with close attention to detail.
  • Good trouble-shooting skills including the ability to gather information, synthesise it, draw conclusions and execute a solution.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Careful following of safety protocols such as LOTO procedures
  • Physically in good shape, as the role can be physically demanding.
Did you know?

88% of manufacturing companies use preventive maintenance, 52% use run to failure, 40% apply preventive maintenance using analytics tools, and 22% reliability-centred maintenance (RCM) using operational data analysis.

The top causes for unplanned equipment downtime are ageing equipment (34%), mechanical failure (20%), operational error (11%), lack of time for maintenance (9%), poor equipment design (8%).


Institute of Brewing and Distilling
Tel: 020 7499 8144
Twitter: @IBDHQ

National Skills Academy for Food and Drink
Tel: 0330 174 1253
Twitter: @NSAFD

Scotland Food and Drink
Tel: 0131 335 0940
Twitter: @scotfooddrink

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