Plant and Machinery Manager

Website DudmanGroup Dudman Group of Companies

The Dudman Group of Companies have a vacancy for a Plant and Machinery Manager based at our Southwick Head Office, West Sussex.

Based primarily in West Sussex, the Group is a substantial business producing primary sand and gravel, crushed rock sub-bases and Armour Rock from both land-based and marine sources together with being producers of Readymixed Concrete. With extensive reserves, our market position is also supported further by a number of strategic wharves and comprehensive Recycling operations in the south ensuring a consistent quality supply to all major client contracts as well as our strong and highly valued regular customers.

With a reputation for excellence and service, we offer superb opportunities and personal development to people who actively contribute to our continued growth. In return, we offer real job satisfaction in an environment that encourages ideas, focuses on performance and rewards the continuous improvement of our business.


The Plant and Machinery Manager is a key role within the business, the person will be expected to maintain all company mobile and static plant to a high standard and work with our own staff and suppliers to strive for excellence and efficiency. Management of the Procurement function of the company is also a critical element of the role. The role would suit a service controller or engineer looking for the next step in their career.


  • Manage maintenance engineers and their daily work schedule
  • Plan and schedule static and mobile plant maintenance with internal staff and external suppliers
  • Problem solve and react to breakdown situations in a timely and controller manner
  • Line manage the Procurement function with 1x direct report
  • Look to maximise efficiency and limit asset downtime
  • Upkeep company maintenance records
  • Work with senior management to plan and cost capital projects
  • Liaise with sites and department heads on maintenance, defect reporting and rectification
  • Develop relationships and build rapport with suppliers
  • Anticipate potential issues and work under own initiative to solve
  • Prioritise work to importance and production needs
  • To ensure the Group fulfills all legislative and HSE responsibilities for the maintenance and repair of plant and machinery

Person Specification


  • Able to work collaboratively with a team
  • Self-motivated, flexible and adaptable
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Good telephone manner
  • Experience working with either mobile or static plant
  • Experience/exposure to purchasing and reporting to senior managers
  • Experienced in using various IT systems and packages (mostly MS office based)
  • Experience in managing a small team of engineers
  • Clean driving license
  • EU working entitlement


  • Construction Industry experience
  • Knowledge of diesel engines and/or hydraulics
  • Knowledge of electrical systems and drawings
  • Knowledge of Quarrying equipment

Key interfaces, stakeholders and relationships

  • Line Manager (Head of Operations)
  • Transport department
  • Accounts / IT department
  • Maintenance engineers
  • Production Manager and site managers
  • Suppliers, external contractors and agencies

Hours of works, Remuneration and Benefits

Position is full time Monday to Friday with 1x Saturday morning per month on a rota basis.  Salary commensurate with experience.

  • Contributory pension scheme
  • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Discretionary annual bonus
  • Company mobile phone

Must have own means to travel to and from Southwick Office.

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