CNC Machine Shop Manager

Job Reference: WM – 2428

Location: Buckinghamshire

Salary: £35,000 - £45,000

Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

CNC Machine Shop Manager


  • Overall management of the metal fabrication department.
  • Assessing potential using CAD, simulation, and offline calculation to cost new parts and responding to sales team members with estimated production cycle times.
  • Programming of CNC machines for new parts using a graphical interface.
  • Overseeing trials of new parts and documenting processing parameters.
  • Managing stocks of cutting tools and other key consumables and requesting supplies as required.
  • Working with the Quality Manager to establish quality control and packing plans for new parts.
  • Assist with simple CMM inspection and macro programming for routinely inspected items.
  • Lead a team of supervisors and operators including allocating daily/weekly tasks to the team.
  • Assisting operators with set up of jobs on machines, but ultimately training and mentoring operators to be self-sufficient with support from the training manager.
  • Providing technical input on matters such as tooling selection, processing parameters, work holding, processing sequence, finishing and packing.
  • Carrying out induction training with new starters.
  • Carrying out staff appraisals, supervisions and return to work meetings.
  • Ensuring that the team remain in date with mandatory training.
  • Carrying out spot checks to ensure quality levels.
  • Ensuring acceptable levels of Overall Equipment Effectiveness are achieved.
  • Organising Preventative maintenance and cleaning of machines according to manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Liaison with the Operations Planner regarding planning of jobs.
  • Liaison with the Operations Planner and Customer Services team in the booking of transport.
  • Booking in finished items and issuing used materials.
  • Requesting raw material from the warehouse.
  • Selecting new plant and equipment.
  • Organising repairs/servicing of machines.
  • Building better SOPs and applying lean/six sigma principles.

About You:


  • CNC programming (at least using graphical software)
  • Ability to use CAD software (AutoCAD, Solidworks, Fusion or similar)
  • Ability to read and interpret drawings, schematics and manuals
  • Adaptable to change and varying situations
  • Ability to show resilience and a flexible approach
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent people skills and the ability to deliver hands on training.
  • A high level of computer literacy – CAD, Word, Excel and manufacturing systems etc.
  • Knowledge of Health & Safety Management Systems (Ideally IOSH).
  • Metal fabrication or CNC machining
  • Cutting tools, measuring instruments, and other ancillary equipment.
  • Basic level understanding of G-Code
  • Basic understanding of machine workings i.e. sensors, pneumatics, hydraulics etc.
  • Lean manufacturing training/six sigma experience


  • Ability to communicate professionally and effectively at all levels, including good level of presentation skills (verbal & written).
  • Positive can do attitude to problem solving, developing systems and improving business performance;
  • Ability to promote team working culture and demonstrate team ethics;
  • Demonstrate a methodical approach to tasks, adherence to procedures and auditing of processes.

Job Application:

If you would like to be considered for this role, please apply to send a copy of your full CV – or call us now.

Whilst this position may not be of interest to you or suit your skills and experience, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with a member of the team at Willcox Matthews to understand how we can support you.

We receive a large number of applications for all of our positions – Therefore, if you have not received a response within 10 working days, your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Candidates must be eligible to work and live in the UK