Machine Shop Manager

Horstman Defence Systems Limited, Bath, UK

The Machine Shop Manager is responsible for the efficient running of the Machine Shop in line with customer requirements. The Machine Shop Manager motivates and supports the Machine Shop Team daily, applying a team approach and maintaining open communication. The Machine Shop Manager ensures overall customer satisfaction, quality levels in line with AS9100, product traceability at all stages of the production process and delivers product to meet OTD targets

Key Duties & Responsibilities

The Machine Shop Manager is responsible for ensuring the Machine Shop Team support the business output levels required in line with customer requirements, both internal and external, by ensuring the following :-

  • Manage the Machine Shop Team to ensure compliance with all HSE requirements and promote a strong Health and Safety culture in line with the requirements of ISO45001 through all areas of the machine shop.
  • Utilising the ERP workbench and sales forecasting the Machine Shop Manager is responsible for raising job orders in line with the system requirements.
  • Manage the transactional bookings of the ERP system.
  • Manage the Machine Shop Team to produce and prioritise jobs, and where necessary, re-organise to meet deadline / priority changes.
  • Ongoing development of the multi shift working model throughout the Machine Shop Team as business requirements evolve to maximise machine resource utilisation and efficiency levels.
  • Effective communication of product / programme status to all stakeholders within the business.
  • Ensure company policies and procedures are adhered to at all times.
  • Ensure effective implementation and monitoring of the TPM program in the machining area.
  • Monitor and report relevant KPI’s levels to the Leadership Team, in line with agreed targets and identify and mitigate potential barriers to attaining KPI’s consistently.
  • Ensure machine uptime is maintained to high levels through utilisation of the team and through effective communication of machine / process issues to the Principal Machinists, Manufacturing Engineering and Maintenance teams.
  • Identify and mitigate barriers to attaining required output levels caused by human resource constraints, i.e holidays/sickness, by escalating issues to relevant team managers for support to minimise potential impact on output.
  • Drive Continual Improvement of the working environment and infrastructure through effective deployment of company defined CI principles.
  • Maintain and manage Machine Shop Team time and attendance recording.
  • Monitor and identify potential capacity issues by work centre.
  • Monitoring of output levels in line with standardised costing models to ensure output and efficiency levels are met.
  • Management and development of Team members utilising the Personal Development Review forum to identify skills gaps and potential development potential of team members.
  • Active involvement in audits conducted both internally and by external certification bodies to demonstrate adherence by the Team to defined processes and procedures. Implementation of new procedures / practices as required and against any deviations identified.
  • Management of Kanban within the machine shop.
  • Undertake other additional duties that may be required from time to time as determined by the company and/or your Line Manager.

Knowledge & Ability Required

The post holder is required to have:

  • An experience based understanding of CNC machines and processes.
  • Strong team-working and leadership experience, with the drive and flexibility to maintain pace of work as priorities and requirements change.
  • Excellent team working and motivational skills to maximise the potential of the Machine Shop Team.
  • Adaptability to change in a fast paced, sometimes fluid, manufacturing environment to satisfy the demands and requirements of multiple programs.
  • Motivation and initiative, working equally well from the office or shop floor, with demonstrated time management, prioritisation and organisational skills.
  • Experience in production scheduling and material planning using MRP / ERP tools.
  • Degree in business, supply chain, logistics, operations/engineering or related field OR equivalent combination of qualifications and experience in a manufacturing or production environment.
  • Proficiency with standard Microsoft Office tools.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong multi-tasking abilities.
  • The ability to obtain UK Security Clearance.
  • Minimum 5 years supervisory experience in a fast paced manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in management / supervision of a variety of modern manufacturing environments.
  • Experience in management of certified Quality and Health and Safety requirements in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience and knowledge of CI tools, Lean, Six Sigma ideally trained to Yellow Belt status or above.

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