Engineering Manager

Would you like to work for a company with innovative & tasty products that are good for your health & for the planet!? If so, we are excited to tell you that we might just have something for you!
Scroll to content


Oatly is a company built on the idea of change. Our mission is to help people upgrade their everyday lives and the health of the planet by making tasteful oat-based food products accessible to a wider audience in a world-class manner. It's why we come to work every day. With head office in Malmö and production in Sweden, Netherlands and the US, our products are available in almost 30 countries across Europe, North America and Asia. 



Oatly are building their first UK factory in Peterborough and it’s expected to be finished in early 2023. The oats will be sourced locally within the UK and we anticipate we will be able to produce 300 million litres of oat drink per year at launch! That’s a lot of oat drink and it will make it one of the largest plant-based dairy factories in the world. THE WORLD.

And we wouldn’t be Oatly if we didn’t mention sustainability and that it’s at the heart of the planning process. We’re working to ensure the new factory brings value to the people and the planet without recklessly taxing the planet’s resources. We aim to use 100% renewable energy, and decrease its energy consumption, water consumption and waste by 75% each at the factory, by 2029 compared to Oatly’s environmental footprint in 2019.

The new UK factory will continue Oatly’s drive to create a systemic shift in society and the food system towards a plant-based future. That’s better for people and better for the planet too.


More and more people choose to switch to a plant-based diet for the sake of their health and the planet. We offer you a great opportunity to take an active part in the expansion of a great company with great products. If you’re getting a tingly feeling reading this, thinking you want to be part of making sure Oatly can actively making the world a better place, we are happy to tell you that we are looking for an Engineering Manager for our site in Peterborough.


Your mission as the Engineering Manager is to lead the engineering function and engineering processes (including investment and process development projects) ensuring that machine performance, technical solutions, budgeted targets and investment opportunities are both co-ordinated and met. Working collaboratively with the Site Leadership and Operational teams, the EMEA Engineering Team and members of the Global Specialist Teams you will provide a strategically functioning and operationally sound Engineering function, continuously improving and developing policies, processes, procedures and data management.


Of course you will also need to plan, direct, and coordinate the electrical, mechanical, automation and environmental engineering activities facilitating efficient, best practice and safe manufacturing operations across the site.

You will be accountable for setting up a brand new facility and then for all on-going activities on a 24-hour, 7 day a week basis covering all areas of the site.


More fun things you will do:

Reporting to our Director of Plant Operations you will assesses the cost effectiveness and feasibility of manufacturing processes and make and implement recommendations to reduce costs and improve operational performance.  You’ll need to be willing to travel to other manufacturing sites globally to learn about Oatly and to meet the Global Engineering Team!

You will have an opportunity to recruit and develop the site Engineering team and you’ll also to be part of a new Leadership Team yourself. You need to be energised by uncertainty and by building things from the ground up.



You will be an Experienced Engineer with a degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Production Engineering together with a Lean/Six Sigma tools and techniques qualification.  You will be experienced leading within in a “Blue-chip” 24/7 Food environment and will have significant exposure of working within a Company having a continuous improvement-based culture. Experience of working with an ERP system would also be highly useful.


You must be able to demonstrate an ability to engage and manage large engineering teams and you need to prove that you can coach people to be at their best and to find their own solutions whilst creating a safe and inclusive environment. You also need to be able to facilitate collaboration that supports alignment, creativity and results.  You need to be self-aware and growth-oriented and to understand your own strengths and limitations


Finally, to be the perfect fit for Oatly, we believe that you have a thirst for knowledge and that you are eager to learn more! You are an improvement driven person with a hands-on approach, even during rapid change.


We hope that you share our values and are just as eager as us to carry out our mission in order to make the world a little bit better.



Does this sound like your next challenge? We hope so and we look forward to receiving your application. Please note that we will be interviewing continuously, which means that we will close the application process when we have found the right candidate.


As you can probably tell, we are a norm-breaking company. For us, diversity and differences are an obvious asset. We know that amazing candidates are sometimes put off applying for a job unless they can tick every box, and that makes us sad.


So if you tick most of those boxes, but not all, please pop in an application anyway. And good luck! 🤞

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!


PE1 Peterborough Directions


Sustainability, health and trust are our core values and the foundation for our existence. These principles align us, but give us enough space to adapt them to our reality. If you plan to join us, our principles will help you get the hang of our culture quicker. We bring them to life by living them every day.


Already working at Oatly ?

Let’s recruit together and find your next colleague.


Applicant tracking system by Teamtailor