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Workshop Manager

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Excellent opportunities to work in a leading science environment offering exceptional employee benefits.

About the Central Laser Facility

As part of UK Research and Innovation, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations and operates at a number of sites within the UK, including RAL and many more around the world.

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) within STFC is one of the world’s leading laser centres, providing scientists mainly from the UK and continental Europe with access to an unparalleled range of state-of-the-art laser technology. CLF has a small manufacturing and assembly team dedicated to delivering the engineering hardware for the CLF’s operational program. This is a dynamic, low volume, fast response prototype team skilled to utilize a range of CNC and manual machines. This team also supports the upgrading of labs and facilities which would include: cooling water, gas, vacuum and cryogenic systems.

STFC is an award-winning employer and RAL is a superb place to work – there is pioneering work going on all around the site and the environment, facilities and conditions are excellent. RAL has a real buzz and the people working here have a profound sense of pride in what they achieve. Alongside an excellent working environment and comprehensive continued professional development STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional career average defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies. Full details can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

About the role

We're looking for an agile team leader to manage the small team and grow the skill base.

There is significant scope for personal development and staff development. This wide role would suit both an established and hands on Machine Shop Manager/Supervisor, or a Machinist with leadership experience looking to take the next step and diversify.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Managing a team of 5 staff and up to 2 apprentices
  • Planning and managing the team’s output in an efficient and safe manner
  • Managing the maintenance and reliability of the machinery and infrastructure
  • Training and development of the team
  • Developing and delivering upgrades to engineering systems and processes

About You

You will have an Apprenticeship or Engineering qualification or equivalent, as well as experience in traditional manual and CNC machining.

With a good understanding of engineering practices and methods you should also be able to read and interpret engineering drawings.

Team leading experience is desirable, as is the ability to be able to check or produce 2D manufacturing drawings.


To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at https://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc252683_10396.aspx . Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.


The closing date for applications is 1st March 2020.


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