Electrical Technician (in shift) 1

The Sofidel Group 

The Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturers of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. Established in 1966, the Group has subsidiaries in 13 countries – Italy, Spain, the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania and the USA – with more than 6,500 employees, net sales of 2,801 million Euros (2022) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,440,000 tonnes in 2022). “Regina”, its most well-known brand, is present on almost all the reference markets. Other brands include: Sopalin, Le Trèfle, Hakle, Softis, Nalys, Cosynel, KittenSoft, Lycke, Nicky, Papernet. A member of the UN Global Compact and the international WWF Climate Savers programme, the Sofidel Group considers sustainability a strategic factor with regards to growth and is committed to reducing its impact on natural capital and maximising social benefits, setting as objective the creation of shared added value for all stakeholders. Sofidel’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets to 2030 have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as consistent with reductions required to keep warming to well-below 2°C, in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

The Role:

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of paper hygiene products, we are continuously striving to innovate and improve, as such Sofidel UK currently have a fantastic opportunity for an Electrical Engineer to join our team in Lancaster. Our culture inspires creativity, nurtures talent, and creates an inclusive workplace where you can thrive growing your career across our diverse operating divisions.

This position will sit within an established engineering team that thrives on continuous development of knowledge and practical application. Working in our continental shift pattern of 2 days/2 nights 4 off, this role plays an important part of the day-to-day workings of the Paper making machines. This role is well-suited to an Electrical Engineer with experience working in an heavy industry environment, happy to be hands on and always willing and eager to learn.

Main Duties:

  • Perform scheduled and planned maintenance repairs of equipment, as well as emergency/unscheduled repairs of mill equipment during unplanned shutdowns
  • Capable of repairing electrical, electro-mechanical, pneumatic & hydraulic devices
  • Perform preventative maintenance on machines and equipment throughout the mill
  • Safely use all hand and power tools. After onsite training and certification, safely use aerial lift equipment, fall protection, etc.
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose problems related to electrical failure, report conditions, and recommend steps to be taken.
  • Perform preventative maintenance such as changing contacts, checking motors, according to instructions.
  • PLC knowledge will be an asset.   
  • Install cables, conduit, for new equipment or replacing old one
  • Strong communication skills, and a team-player attitude
  • Collaborate with other team members as necessary to resolve problems and determine the roots cause.
  • Reads and uses all types of electrical schematic wiring diagrams.
  • Perform or assist with operations, as required to maintain workflow and to meet schedules and quality requirements.
  • Maintain safe work area and comply with safety procedures and equipment operating rules keeping work area in a clean and orderly condition.
  • Participate in a variety of meetings and work groups to integrate activities, communicate issues, obtain approvals, resolve problems, and maintain specified level of knowledge pertaining to new developments, requirements, policies, and regulatory guidelines.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Additional Skills/Requirements

  • Must be available to work 12-hour rotating shifts, weekends and holidays, overtime, and call-ins
  • 1-2 years experience ideally in a manufacturing background
  • Paper Mill process experience a plus.
  • Experience in electro-mechanical maintenance background in a large-scale heavy industrial manufacturing environment
  • Installation, calibration, troubleshooting and repair of electrical equipment and distribution systems
  • Blueprint/schematic reading, access and read electrical, pneumatic and mechanical drawings
  • Relevant qualification, NVQ, Diploma, Degree in Electrical Engineering 
  • 18th Edition advantageous 


  • Company Pension
  • Discounted staff shop
  • Sofidel Simplify – a personal assistant in your pocket
  • Onsite car parking
  • Overtime opportunities available