Serving the UK & IE plastics industry



Reference number: 67732

Location icon Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Job contract type Full Time (Permanent)
Salary icon Negotiable
Company icon forteq (UK) Ltd
Company activities icon Precision Moulded Components and Assembly
Deadline icon 31/05/2022

Main responsibilities

  • Responsible for all aspects of in-house tool manufacturing, maintenance, development and testing activities to ensure the business objectives are met, to maximise productivity and maintain the highest levels of workmanship for all tooling activities. Lead and coordinate resources within the Toolroom to ensure all tooling are produced efficiently, on time and in line with quality standards ensuring that Health, Safety and Environmental requirements are adhered to.
  • Implement and maintain a production planning system.
  • Contribute to the creation and implementation of best practice tool room vision, strategy, policies, processes, and procedures to aid and improve operational performance.
  • Identify business improvement opportunities within the organisation.
  • Contribute to new business initiatives and projects and review and communicate the impact on Tool Room activities General and Task Management.
  • Provide specialist technical advice and support on all aspects of Tool design, manufacturing and estimating.
  • Support production and engineering with tooling/technical problems.
  • Have the potential to supervise/manage the running and plan activities of the tool room facilities and toolmakers, ensuring the tool room is a safe environment in line with health, safety and environmental requirements.
  • Supports Production and Engineering to manage and guarantee on time availability of tools to ensure continuous production and increase of OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness).
  • Develop and manage procedural arrangements whereby proposals on new equipment or tool design can be assessed for their impact in performance terms.
  • Maximise the use of all resources, including IT and database maintenance for tracking all tools, implementing a planned schedule of maintenance and repair activity to ensure a computerised log is kept on faults and service history of tools.
  • Implement storage of tools to facilitate highest standards within the department for good housekeeping, health, safety and environmental.
  • Ensure all stock items, tool inserts and spares are organized.
  • Oversee all work through the tool room efficiently and cost effectively and ensure that all target dates for tooling are met.
  • Manufacture new tools from technical drawings to a high level of workmanship and in an efficient, cost effective manner.
  • Provide quotations for new tooling, modifications and repairs.
  • CAD and CNC programming will be required.
  • Attend various meetings and action/communicate instructions.
  • Perform root cause analysis and resolve problems.
  • Stay current and up to date on any changes that may affect the tool room products, materials and advise others of any impact.
  • Ensure that the function operates in accordance with any health, safety and environmental policies and procedures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and visitors.
  • Monitor the completion of tasks and ensure good performance and record on appropriate systems.
  • Consistently promote high standards through personal example and roll out through the team so that each member of the team understands the standards and behaviours expected of them.
  • Input and hold responsibility for Tool Room budgets.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure optimal performance.
  • Work collaboratively, negotiate and engage with key stakeholders to facilitate delivery and compliance with the tooling strategy.
  • Communicate with stakeholders the impact of market change and potential effects on engineering design and development. Recommend solutions without compromising quality or service while optimising cost.
  • Liaise and communicate with other departments, customers, suppliers and other service providers.
  • Ensure an effective interface with other departmental staff is maintained.
  • Work as part of the Tool Room team, share ideas and improve operation, recommending, supporting and implementing continuous improvement activities and process and procedure improvements to optimise results and improve quality of delivery, in line with quality standards requirements delivery in line with Company and Customer requirements.
  • Identify and deploy the technical skill sets, resource levels and systems to deliver projects including the engagement of external resources as required.

Qualifications/experience required

Experience as a Tool Maker in a similar environment. Fully skilled and apprentice trained in Tool Making. Have the ability to read and interpret technical specifications and drawings. Have excellent machining skills, milling, grinding, drilling and CNC. Be self-motivated, have good organisational skills and be an effective team member.


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