Plant Supervisor

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Closing Date: 07/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Full Time
Location Redcar & Cleveland
Salary £37,000 - £48,200
Company cpi

Job Description

About CPI

CPI helps make great ideas and inventions a reality. We’re a team of intelligent people using advances in science and technology to solve the biggest global challenges in healthcare and sustainability.

Through our incredible people and innovation infrastructure, we collaborate with our partners in industry, academia, government, and the investment community to accelerate the development and commercialisation of innovative products.

From health technologies and pharmaceuticals to sustainable food and materials innovations, we turn the entrepreneurial spirit and radical thinking of our people and partners into incredible impact that makes our world a better place.

Why this role is important for CPI’s work

CPI has an opportunity for an experienced Plant Supervisor to join the established and growing Biotechnology Operations team, based at the National Industrial Biotechnology Facility at the Wilton Centre, Redcar. In this role, you will work across a variety of projects with the opportunity to develop into the role of Plant Manager

Reporting to the Plant Manager the Plant Supervisor will supervise and coordinate the Operations team. They will ensure the delivery of department goals through delegation and providing feedback and motivation to team members, to develop and maintain a high-performing team and culture. The Plant Supervisor will also use a broad range of skills, experience, and technical knowledge to provide expertise and input to the delivery of projects

Read about the work the team carries out for CPI by clicking on the below links:



Key responsibilities:

Undertake line manager activities to ensure the smooth running of the group. This will include:

  • Short-term (daily / weekly / monthly) planning of activities and objectives.
  • Assisting the Plant Manager in setting team and individual objectives to meet departmental, business unit, and company objectives.
  • Supporting the Plant Manager with performance management activities, and leading on these where appropriate.
  • Providing training and coaching to team members to enable the delivery of objectives
  • Act as a point of contact for team members’ queries and escalations.
  • Conduct regular meetings and one-to-one sessions with team members to ensure good communication across the team.

Actively contribute to a culture of continuous capability development through coaching, mentoring, and/​or developing colleagues across the business unit and organisation, providing insights into areas of specialism.

Agree on weekly work plans with team members, project manager(s), and other relevant stakeholders, and ensure delivery to the agreed schedule.

Continuously improve all elements of the National Industrial Biotechnology Facility operational facilities such as safety, housekeeping, documentation, process operations and equipment, resource issues, plant availability, right-first-time performance, and running costs.

Develop and maintain positive working relationships and excellent communication across multi-disciplinary teams. Contributing experience to planning to safely and successfully transfer and operate projects.

Contribute to key meetings. Helping to plan for future projects. Using technical knowledge to advise on the best use of Plant and resource to run each process within the commercial proposal.

Assist in the writing of SOP’s and BMR’s. Continuously reviewing and updating procedures.

Attend HAZOP’s and SRA’s for new plant and processes, to provide technical knowledge and experience

Ensure Plant assets and equipment are available and fit for use when required.

Communicate with the Maintenance team, planning and preparing for maintenance activities.

Preparing the Plant and making it safe to carry out maintenance work. Issuing Work Control Permits.

Ensure effective and efficient operational delivery of projects, ensuring availability of standard materials and consumables, and an operations team who understands and can operate to procedures and protocols.

The person we are seeking

You will be educated to a minimum of GSCE level C (or equivalent) in Maths, English, Science, and Engineering disciplines or NVQ level III (or equivalent) in Process Plant Operation.

It is essential that you possess significant, technical expertise in plant operations, as well as Supervisory and leadership experience of shift teams in an operational environment.

It is also essential that you can demonstrate significant evidence-based experience in chemical or bio-chemical operational safety and excellence

Will exhibit professional mastery of principles and practices in Biotechnology and Biotechnology scale-up, with experience in a process plant-based environment.

It is essential that you are able to demonstrate evidence of building knowledge sharing and network-building practice across teams and organisations to achieve desired results.

Previous demonstrable responsibility for diverse or complex technical activities where it is necessary to use own initiative and judgment, implementing innovative solutions in complex

You will also be able to demonstrate evidence of troubleshooting and problem-solving practical and technical issues.

It is desirable that candidates are active members of a professional body, engaging with peers beyond CPI.

Knowledge of the following is also desirable, not essential however as full training will be provided:

HACCP level 3 


What does CPI offer you?

At CPI, we offer a wide range of benefits to our employees, this includes:

  • Up to 36 days holiday, including bank holidays – Plus a holiday purchasing scheme
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Life assurance and accident insurance schemes
  • Flexible working
  • Learning and Development Opportunities
  • Free parking

Find out more about our culture and benefits.

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