We have an exciting opportunity for an Multi-Skilled Operator Maintainer Technician Production team working at our well-established site at Spondon, Derby.

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Closing date: 30 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £13,312.00 to £23,795.20

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates
  • Working week

    Tuesday-Fri 12 hours shifts between day and nights

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    36 Years

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    29 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Reporting to a Production Shift Manager this Shift Based Operator role is primarily a Production Operator position with 1st response maintenance activities as well as supporting the maintenance team with planned maintenance activities during shutdowns. Initially you will shadow an experienced operator on shifts learning how to operate our production equipment 1st and foremost and will eventually be involved in basic repair work and eventually supporting maintenance activities during machine outages.

The key responsibilities and daily tasks will include:

• Maintain a Safe Working Environment by following all site HSE practices i.e. permit to work system etc.

• Able to assist with ‘Incident Control’ i.e. fire evacuations.

• Operating Production Equipment efficiently; meeting KPI’s and following all production procedures and documentation.

• Direct and Lead Production staff in the event of an Equipment Breakdown as well as first response maintenance activities.

• Carries out effective handovers to Maintenance Engineers & Production Management where repair work spans shifts

• Works to improve machine OEE and feeds back on losses effectively. • Able to safely undertake Isolations of Machinery and Processes in preparation for maintenance works.

• Uses CMMS system to accurately record completed works and raise work requests for the wider maintenance team to follow.

• Suggests and manages improvement activities within the production area to the point of completion.

• Assist with planned maintenance of Production Machinery

The training you will be getting

• Level 3 Maintenance And Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard

• Functional Skills in maths and English, if required

• Embedded qualification to ensure all knowledge is provided (Diploma in Engineering Technology)

• Training will be delivered one day per week, term time, and is based at The Highfield site and facilities are in creation to enrich the student experience, developing them with the necessary skills using industry recognised equipment to ensure the apprentice receives training closely matched to the employer’s and Industry

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Potential opportunity for a permanent role as an Operator Maintainer within the company following successful completion of the apprenticeship.

During your apprentice program the company will also aim to put you through additional courses which are highly sought after in industry such as IOSH, IPAF and 18th Edition Wiring Regulations to name a few. You will follow an apprentice program salary framework that will be fixed until you complete your studies where if successful you will then enter into our existing employee pay framework.

Eventually with the right level of commitment and experience you may have the opportunity to take your career further into Production Leadership or the Maintenance Team and Engineering Management.

Project Engineering is also a potential career option too.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Excellent communication skills, Strong IT skills, Effective time management, Problem solving, analytical skills


Other GCSE or Equivalent Maths 9-4 Essential (Grade 0) Desired
Other GCSE or Equivalent English 9-4 Essential (Grade 0) Desired
Other GCSE or Equivalent Science 9-4 Essential (Grade 0) Desired

About the employer

We are Celanese, an American technology and specialty materials manufacturing company headquartered in Irving, Texas. A Fortune 500 corporation, we are a world leading producer of speciality chemicals operating 25 production plants and six research centres in 11 countries, mainly in North America, Europe, and Asia. From the global production network of our Acetyl Chain, we provide materials that are critical to the global chemicals and paints and coatings industries. From our broad portfolio of Materials Solutions, we advance automotive and consumer electronic designs and enable life-improving medical, food and beverage products Our Vision at Celanese is to improve the world and everyday life through our people, chemistry and innovation. So, it follows that the Celanese Foundation is aligned with this vision and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world. The Celanese Acetate Production Facility in Spondon, Derby, dates back to 1916, when it was first built to produce cellulose acetate ‘dope’ to waterproof the fabric-covered wings of World War 1 fighter aircraft. The site currently has approximately 60 employees and produces Clarifoil Cellulosic Film across multiple production lines. Our film is an excellent biodegradable alternative to traditional petroleum-based plastic films commonly used today. Celanese film is produced using a precision casting process that provides excellent optical clarity, gauge control, and a wide range of film thicknesses and surface finishes available for customers. Clarifoil® film also has unique vapor permeability properties that are excellent for delivering moisture control for a wide range of applications including food packaging for sensitive bakery products and anti-fog performance for upright freezer doors.




1 Holme Lane



DE21 7BS

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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Maintenance and operations engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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