Biffa Waste Services Seaham, England, United Kingdom Full-time 2023-11-15

Changing the way people think about waste.

At Biffa, we love working with waste. Whether we’re turning it into sustainable power, finding new ways to recycle it or simply keeping it off the streets, we believe every day is an opportunity to improve the lives of millions. It’s a view that’s shared by our 10,000+ people around the country, who trust us to provide them with a career that’s always rewarding, often challenging, but never dull. And it’s why we’re the UK’s No. 1 choice for business waste management.

Help us make a difference as a Senior Controls Technician.

A quick look at the role.

Are you a controls / instrumentation / EC&I technician looking for your next challenge? Biffa have created this new career opportunity that will allow you to work in an exciting and challenging environment that will draw on your extensive technical knowledge and experience.

Why it’s an opportunity not to be wasted.

This role represents the most senior level of engineering / technical expertise within our business. Graded at the same level as our engineering managers, this role provides a unique parallel career development pathway whilst remaining in a technical role.

You will be driven, dedicated to personal development and hungry to learn about all aspects of the equipment and systems within our processing sites.

This position reports directly to the Group Head of Engineering (Maintenance) and forms part of a team of 4 senior controls technicians. This role will be expected to work to the highest standards of safety and engineering standards. As the most senior technicians in the company, they will be expected to have significant commitment to professional development and be considered role models for more junior technicians to aspire to.

Working at waste processing facilities the role will be working independently, as part of the mobile support team or alongside site-based technicians at waste processing facilities nationwide. They will support through expert level breakdown repair, fault finding, root cause analysis, PM optimisation and project support.

There are 4 roles available, you can live anywhere within mainland UK as you will be travelling regularly around our network of sites, you should be prepared for frequent travel, short notice requests for site support and regular nights away from home.


Here’s what we require.

  • Level 3 Qualified Electrical / Electronic / Controls / Instrumentation
  • UK driving license (essential).
  • Working in a fast moving high pressure environment
  • Worked within a 24/7 process
  • Manufacturing industry / processing experience
  • Able to travel, without restriction, and work some unsociable hours, with regular nights away from home
  • Ability to respond out of hours to support operations teams dealing with call out or emergency


And here’s why you’ll love it at Biffa.

  • Competitive salary
  • Ongoing career development, training and coaching – because if you don’t grow, we don’t grow.
  • Generous pension scheme.
  • Medical and dental scheme.
  • Retail and leisure discounts.
  • Holiday and travel discounts.
  • Bike to work scheme.
  • Plus, much more…

Dedicated to diversity.

Being inclusive is core to our culture at Biffa; we believe different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds are key to developing a creative and effective working environment that represents our communities and generates the best outcomes for colleagues, customers and stakeholders, which is why you’ll find us championing diversity, equity and inclusion at every turn.