Capex Manager

Nelsons is the UK’s largest manufacturer of natural healthcare products, operating in the market place for over 150 years with a wide range of brands and products; inspiring generations to live healthier and happier lives. We are proud of our brands - RESCUE range, Bach Original Flower Remedies, Spatone, Nelsons Arnicare, Nelsons Teetha, Nelsons creams including H+Care and Nelsons homeopathic ClikPak range – which are distributed worldwide to over 60 countries.

The Capex Manager will develop, manage and maintain a continuous program of replacement and improvement of all production equipment in line with strategic plans, in order to increase efficiencies, minimise unplanned maintenance, and ensure safety and compliance through appropriate design, validation, and installation.

This position will also develop and manage facility improvement projects where required, utilising approved contractors, and deliver Capex projects across both our Manufacturing sites (London and Wales) through the effective management of budget, project scope, timescales, stakeholder expectations, and organisational priorities.

Key responsibilities

• Develop short and long term plans for capital investment of equipment and facilities.

• Provide initiatives for upgrading plant and systems that will result in improvements to health and safety, quality, productivity and capacity.

• To design and develop solutions for capex related projects, with external support where required

• To manage contractors and suppliers of services to the site in relation to capital expenditure projects, and issue permits to work where necessary.

• Ensure that all new equipment meets pharmaceutical requirements for the prevention of cross contamination of finished product via appropriate materials and design

• Ensure that all new equipment permits ease of use, maintenance, and cleaning.

• Ensure that all equipment is designed and installed to current Health & Safety standards

• To write sufficiently detailed user requirements specifications (URS) for new equipment prior to purchase.

• To raise change controls to gain QA approval of new equipment or facilities projects

• To work with suppliers to provide quotations and to raise sufficiently detailed capex proposals for business approval.

• To attend factory acceptance trials (FAT) for new equipment where required.

• To write validation master plans (VMP) protocols and reports for all new equipment, with support from the Validation team

• To write and execute the design, installation, operational, and performance qualification (DQ/IQ/OQ/PQ) of all new equipment, with support from the Validation team.

• To write work instructions (WIs) for the use, cleaning, and maintenance of all new equipment, with support from the Maintenance team.

• To manage the capital expenditure budget for Endeavour Way, and present regular updates to site management and Finance, co-ordinating with the Spatone site.

• To provide input where required for new product introductions or quality issues relating to equipment or facilities.

• To work closely with the Maintenance Team Leader to ensure that the site is maintained at a high level.


Person Specification 

Education / Qualifications

 ▪ Educated to degree level

▪ Engineering Qualification (or experience)


Skills and Experience


• Engineering Experience

• Good knowledge of manufacturing and continuous improvement

• Significant experience in regulated FMCG packaging environment

• Proven project management experience



• Pharmaceutical or regulated healthcare/ FMCG experience

• Knowledge of pharmaceutical equipment requirements

• Management experience

• Validation experience


Experience with several of the following

• Liquid filling

- Cartonner systems

- Labelling

- Tube filling

- Shrink-wrap systems



• Professional, hands on, self motivated, able to work on own initiative

• Confident, able to deal with people at all levels

• Good stakeholder management skills

• Completer/finisher

• Able to effectively prioritise, work under pressure and maintain deadlines.

• Good communicator

• Good Problem Solving Skills

• Ability to develop strong professional relationships to allow for cross-functional working.