CNC Machinist

Horstman Defence Systems Limited, Bath, UK

We are looking for CNC machinists on a triple shift pattern to set and operate defined machine resource producing a product portfolio to meet design criteria.


  • To set (tooling and fixtures) and run (proven program) designated CNC resource, as defined in the work instruction, within a defined manufacturing process.
  • As 1) however in liaison with Manufacturing Engineering program-prove, prove tooling package and thus the activity prove-out of new process activities.
  • The ability to carry out a minimum level of minor/ basic editing of CNC programs.
  • As an output of 1), 2) and 3) submit a near net shape and quality part for first-off inspection. Thereafter liaise with the quality team to close any defined gap between submitted work piece and design or stage drawing requirement.
  • Where applicable, and aligned to point 4), work to defined Inspection Control Plans (ICP).
  • Carry out any data capture required to improve process capability and control e.g. Statistical Process Control (SPC) and / or Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
  • Ensure that work is moved on to the next work center on completion of current operation.
  • To support the business to meet defined KPIs e.g. On Time Delivery.
  • To ensure health & safety requirements of the individual and team members are met.
  • Actively support continuous improvements activities throughout the business.
  • Support the process to ensure all necessary tooling, materials and documentation is available to facilitate on time manufacture.
  • Support the development and maintenance of a multi-skilled workforce by training colleagues as and when necessary.
  • In the support of point 12) undertake any training identified / specified to achieve acceptable/ improved levels in a personal skill-set.
  • Support the development and actively encourage a team culture within the machine shop manufacturing areas.
  • Maintain systems and procedures to enable continuing compliance with ISO9100 quality standard.
  • Work with/support multi-disciplined teams in the introduction of new products and production processes into full manufacture.
  • Maintain a high standard of housekeeping and cleanliness in the machine shop areas.


  • Demonstrated experience in CNC machining (Milling and / or Turning and / or Mill-Turn) of high precision products from a variety of materials and forms i.e. solid, castings or forgings.
  • Demonstrated experience in a high value, low volume mechanical manufacturing environment.
  • In-depth knowledge of Fanuc controls
  • A demonstrable ability to problem solve is desirable
  • Having a Secondary skillset(s) e.g. another CNC skillset, Manual Turning, EDM, Rotary and / Cylindrical Grinding etc. is a distinct advantage
  • A demonstrable background in delivering Continual Improvement ideas is an advantage
  • Computer literate.
  • Good communicator at all levels.


3 Shift Rotating

Nights:          Sun 10.30pm to 6am (Mon to Thurs 10pm to 6am)         30 minute unpaid break

Lates:             Mon to Thurs 2pm to 10pm (1:30 to 9pm Friday)            30 minute unpaid break

Earlies:          Mon to Fri 6am to 2pm (1.30pm Friday)                            30 minute unpaid break


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