Machine Shop Supervisor


Job Title: MACHINE SHOP SUPERVISOR.   (Halstead)

Department: PRODUCTION


Responsible for (subordinates): MACHINE SHOP PRODUCTION TEAM

Consisting of: Setter Operators, Production Programmer/s and/or Apprentice/s or Trainees.

Working hours: Mon-Thurs 7.30am – 16.30pm

Friday 7.30am – 13.30pm


(This is supervisory role and as such a degree of flexibility may be needed on occasions to meet the needs of the department and business.)


Qualifications required:

  • Production Apprenticeship, or evidence of equivalent appropriate training.
  • ONC/HNC in Manufacturing / Mechanical engineering
  • Degree in Manufacturing/ Mechanical engineering


Desired Skills and Experience:


  • Health & Safety at Work.
  • 3/4/5 Axis CNC Machining systems/programming (Fanuc/Mazak or similar)
  • Renishaw Probing and SQC Process Controls
  • Working knowledge ISO9001 QMS & ISO14001EMS/MOD/Automotive Quality systems or similar,
  • Computerised production control. (ERP, Microsoft Suite; Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • CAD (Autodesk Inventor including 3D modelling, or similar)
  • Robotics/Automation.
  • Deep knowledge of manufacturing and production processes including Lean manufacturing principles.
  • Creative with the ability to use modern technology in the production process.
  • The ability to perform a muti-task job and adjust priorities as appropriate.
  • Possess time management skills. Be able to take initiative to meet deadlines and the ability to prioritise workload with minimal supervision.
  • Must have a strong passion for product and process excellence.
  • Ability to encourage, train, motivate and develop other members of the Production Engineering Team.


Salary: Dependant on Experience/Qualifications.




Supervise small Production Machine Shop Team of:  Setter Operators, Production Programmer/s and Apprentice/s or Trainees.

Support key CNC machining and potentially laser cutting type processes: 3/4/5 Axis milling machines Bending and Machining by producing operating part programs.

Maintain and develop the company’s production processes and procedures to facilitate efficient manufacture by identifying, sourcing, introducing, and maintaining machine tools/equipment, ancillary items such as fixtures, jigs consumables and building services.

Contribute to the development and implementation of methods, skills and systems that lead to optimum and safe use of machine tool/equipment, ancillary items and building services.



Core Functions

  • Comply with the company`s health & safety rules and regulations, help ensure compliance by all who enter or work at the company’s premises.
  • Liaise with the Production/Operations Manager to develop, introduce and maintain safe working practises including proper use of guards and protective equipment through vigilance, preparation of risk assessments, writing of procedure statements and warning notices, staff training.
  • Become fully conversant with the capability, capacity and safety features of the company’s plant, machinery equipment and building services.
  • Liaise with the Production/Operations Manager and others to prepare a schedule of planned maintenance for all machine tools/equipment and ancillary items; ensure that all are properly maintained and initiate prompt appropriate action in the event of any deterioration, misuse, damage or loss.
  • Attend to the commissioning of new and upgraded plant, machinery, equipment and software, including operator/user training.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of methods, skills and systems that lead to optimum and safe use of machine tools/equipment, ancillary item and building services.
  • Facilitate efficient manufacture by identifying, sourcing, introducing and maintaining machine tools and equipment, ancillary items such as fixtures, jigs, consumables and building services.
  • Liaise with the Production/Operations Manager to Identify and implement continuous improvements to the production process; this will include time and motion study and the maintenance of production procedures/bills of material.
  • Liaise with the Production/Operations Manager to carry out feasibility studies in respect of additional/alternative machine tools and ancillary items; participate with trials with the supplier.
  • Liaise with the Drawing office and Production staff to determine best production methods while minimising costs and optimising usage of material, machinery, energy and services.
  • Liaise with the Quality Department Team to identify and implement continuous improvement to the quality system this will include research and development of new products.
  • Participate in the design and development of jigs, fixtures, tools and factory layout.
  • Participate in the physical inventory of material and equipment for accounts or control purposes; help review discrepancies between physical and computer inventory.


Staff Function:

  • Assist Production/Operations Manager and other Supervisors with technical and supervisory issues.
  • Help motivate staff by praising effort and achievement and setting the highest personal example.
  • Attend meetings, conferences, seminars and training sessions as required
  • Organise and participate in the training of staff; act as author and/or Trainer as required.
  • Act as a key holder.
  • Monitor activity and performance, comparing with budgets, forecasts, standards and targets as appropriate; comment in monthly report to the Production/Operations Manager.


Personal Qualities:

  • Pro-active approach to maintaining Health & Safety of all employees.
  • Manage and lead by personal example
  • Establish and maintain friendly relationships with colleagues and staff.
  • Exude a courteous and helpful manner to all.
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality of information.
  • As a key member of staff, be aware the company is judged by his/her own personal standards of ethics, conduct, performance and presentation, act accordingly.
  • The Mentoring and training of both direct and indirect staff associated with the Production Engineering Team and manufacturing processes.



The above is not an exhaustive list and the job holder may be required to perform (on a temporary or permanent basis) other related or unrelated tasks which the company reasonably believes falls within their capability and/or responsibility.