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Manufactruring Machine Shop Manager

Hays Building
West Lothian, Bathgate
Plus attractive package
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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My client is a large heavy industry manufacturer looking for a workshop Manager required in the West Lothian area of the Central belt of Scotland. The role will support the business in achieving business objectives in terms of asset reliability & maintainability, cost control, plant upgrades and improvements. The role is also responsible for helping drive improvements in productivity.


  • To ensure all HSE standards are achieved by compliance with all company/local procedures/requirements, housekeeping, and safe working practices. Drive a positive safety culture, based on ownership and accountability.
  • To support Operations Director in pursuing business objectives in terms of output, quality, and cost.
  • To ensure delivery performance and TOC meets all targets daily utilising relevant tools and measures and initiating solutions to prevent/minimise failure.
  • To ensure that agreed customer delivery times are achieved and that customers always receive a high standard of service.
  • To schedule resources to meet production requirements and ensure the organisation of priorities to achieve the plan.
  • To ensure that all operations are managed effectively.
  • To deliver continuous improvement on quality, right first time and customer requirements through quality procedures and process control. Analyse and interpret data for problem resolution and improvement.
  • To ensure all cost objectives are met through cost control and efficiency improvements. To drive and see through to completion spend reduction pipeline projects.
  • To develop high performing teams, through training, leadership, and communication. Ensure team are motivated and engaged in all aspects of their areas and drive down their responsibilities/accountabilities.
  • To participate, identify, develop, and implement continuous improvement activities throughout the area. To undertake any other duties specified by the Operations Director to fulfil the business needs. To carry out any other reasonable request by the management team.

Key Area Responsibilities


Team working - Actively encourages teamwork, sees things from a different view and discourages blame. Acknowledges other contributions and gives recognition.

Business Awareness - Considers the commercial impact of daily actions and makes cost-effective decisions. Considers the wider implications of those decisions on related departments.

Leadership - Capable of building an effective team. Involves all team members, gives advice, and help when required; provides stability and direction to others. Able to adapt a leadership style to suit different people and circumstances. Uses delegation as a tool for team members to achieve their objectives. Takes ownership of team and personal goals. Determined to achieve and exceed targets.

Developing Others - Identifies potential within the teams, aims to ensure an appropriate stretch in people's responsibilities. Ensure individuals effectively go through the necessary training programmes to increase their skill and flexibility.

Customer Focus - Strives to exceed customer expectations. Establishes partnerships with internal customers and follows through on customer issues.

Quality Orientation - Champions quality. Continually seeks to improve quality standards. Provides the information, resources, and authority to enable the teams to achieve high quality standards.

Change Management - Champions change. Grasps the opportunities that drive future business success. Help to create an environment of continuous improvement.

Communication - Possesses a positive attitude and can adapt the communication style to suit different audiences. Values communication and puts time and effort into effective communication processes.

Planning and Organising - Sets objectives at individual and team level. Balances the achievement of long and short-term goals. Manages own time effectively. Sets timescales and milestones and organises to meet them.

Analytical Thinking - Applies a logical thought process to resolve problems. Analyses relationships amongst various parts of a problem or situation; breaks down a complex task into manageable parts systematically.

Relationship Building - Uses coaching and counselling skills to motivate others. Builds relationships within your own teams and across departments. It is supportive and seen to be fair and just. Identifies conflict within a team and through advice and support is willing to resolve issues.

Judgement - Applies sound judgement to make decisions in complex situations. Considers the longer-term implications of different options. Analyses risks. Weigh different aspects of the problem according to overall priorities to reach decisions.

Knowledge and Experience

* Demonstrate several years' sound Manager achievement in a manufacturing environment and adherence to daily performance metrics as the norm

* Highly competent machine tool operator - preferably time served background or with in-depth experience of working within or supervising a machine shop

* Prior experience of leading a change transformation programme would be advantageous

* Financial management skills, good and demonstrable track record of financial awareness (operational cost control and budgeting)

* Good level IT skills

* Excellent verbal and written communication skills

* Should be flexible, have drive and initiative and be able to work as part of a team.

* The ability to produce action plans and deliver against them

* Team player who can build and lead high performing teams through effective communication and to develop people to realise their full potential

* Be able to mix a hands-on approach with the ability to achieve targets through the effective guidance of the Forge* deal candidates will have prior machining experience within a manufacturing environment. Preferably the successful candidate will have a background in a heavier type of industry or be able to show versatility in quickly absorbing the detail of new manufacturing operations with well-rounded experience.

If you are a workshop manager looking for your next career move with this international company and interested in joining a highly driven team - please contact me on the below details to discuss your current situation confidentially and if the role might be of interest:-

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