Head of Moulding & Engineering

Lawson Keys Ltd
16 May 2018
15 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Overview: Our client, a manufacturer of injection moulding components is keen to appoint a Head of Moulding & Engineering with strong technical experience of injection moulding processes and people management. EXPIRES 17/06/18

The role of Head of Engineering will be to manage the Moulding & Engineering department ensuring that the technical support required to meet company and customer needs is effectively provided.

For the role of Head of Engineering, you should be in a similar role, Moulding Engineer/Technical Manager/Moulding Manager and should be supported with relevant Injection Moulding qualifications (BPTA, IMT, G&A, RJG).

This is an excellent post for a technical moulding professional who is looking to add value to the company with the increasing demands from its clients.

Direct reports:

  • Senior Team Leader
  • Manufacturing/Technical Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Accountabilities & Responsibilities:

    General Management Working collaboratively with Management team and direct reports;

  • Ensure direct reports are supported
  • Support Sales & Marketing function throughout the sales process
  • Support and mentor the Quality Product Manufacturing team
  • Working with staff and shareholders:

  • Ensure all staff display a level of personal presentation which reflects the Company’s image
  • Actively participate in meetings as and when required
  • Establish & maintain active interdepartmental co-ordination, communication and cooperation
  • When required, provide cover for other team members + ensure cover is arranged when absent
  • Provide technical support to production and quality departments as may be required by them from time to time
  • Attend regular meetings with the production and QA departments to identify problems in current and forthcoming production, resolving any technical problems arising
  • Maintain awareness of developments within areas of operation and support and reinforce policies
  • Human Resources and Talent Development:

  • Build an academy culture with close links to schools and colleges
  • Build an apprenticeship programme that provides formal qualifications
  • Rotate staff throughout the team, proving career development
  • Planning & Scheduling:

  • Input known requirements into budgeting processes
  • Carry out activity within agreed budgeted levels, seeking prior approval of any necessary overspend
  • Regularly review BUD and new orders and plan new business and trials
  • Plan service and calibration of all moulding machines and ancillary equipment in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations
  • Keep accurate, up to date service, maintenance and calibration records for all equipment
  • Regularly carry out vendor rating assessments of toolmakers
  • Plan, develop and implement the Health and Safety system to ensure compliance with the Company Health and Safety Policy
  • Act as company Health & Safety representative, making sure that Health & Safety requirements are met
  • Requirements for new plant comes from Quotation stage… scheduled reviews
  • Business Development:

    Working closely with the Head of Sales & Marketing and the Quality Product Director, support lead generation and business development activities;

  • Identification of sectors and business during sales planning
  • Provide technical input with quotations for new and existing business
  • Attend client meetings as and when needed
  • Research & Development:

    Working with stakeholders and the Manufacturing Engineer, ensure the business has the technical advice it needs to manage development of new business and products

  • Project manage new technical developments and manufacture of tooling, ensuring the parts are delivered on time and meet the specifications agreed with the customer
  • Keep up with relevant technical developments which may affect the company and bring these to the attention of the Managing Director and the management team
  • Provide technical advice and support to customers
  • Carry out the associated metrology, and statistical techniques as required
  • Development and refinement of new tooling and production of new parts
  • Carry out and supervise tooling and manufacturing trials
  • Assist QA in establishing requirements for gauging, measuring and test equipment
  • Assist Production in establishing requirements for methods, jigs, and fixtures
  • To provide technical input in the preparation of quotations including liaison with customer and toolmaker
  • To undertake internal investigations into technical projects as given and to report back in a timely precise manner with recommendations taking due regard of cost effectiveness
  • Maintenance & Engineering:

    Management oversight of the maintenance engineer, ensuring company cars, plant and machinery are services, maintained and replaced when necessary

  • Approve requests for new plant and machinery
  • Approve requests for repairs and stocks of parts
  • Approve disposal requests
  • Manufacturing:

    Accountable for the technical manufacturing processes, working closely with the Quality Product Director to produce products to agreed standards, specifications and schedules

  • Day-to-day management of the Moulding Process Team Leader and Manufacturing Engineer
  • Attend daily meeting with team to review, plan and monitor achievement of production plan
  • Support the team in the identification and resolution of problems in current and forthcoming production
  • Ensure that key measures of delivery performance, reject levels, stock turnover, labour performance, absence and record accuracy are achieved
  • Reporting & Optimisation:


  • To undertake internal investigations into technical projects as given and to report back in a timely precise manner with recommendations taking due regard of cost effectiveness
  • Report adverse trends in equipment condition/Status of plant
  • Establish robust methods of continuous improvement
  • Actively pursue improvements to improve the cost effectiveness of the business
  • Maintain and develop reports such as Trouble Shooting Reports, Mould Tool Defect logs and Machine & Equipment Reports
  • Experience, skills and characteristics:

  • Leadership abilities, Organisational skills, Analytical skills, Critical thinking abilities
  • Experience of leading a technical department within a manufacturing business
  • Mould flow and tooling design experience and qualifications
  • Experience of managing a moulding/manufacturing team
  • Experience of managing Research & Development activities from conceptual design to trials and production
  • Strategic thinking, Management experience
  • Educated to degree level
  • You will be able to demonstrate:

  • Strong collaborative leadership. A clear communicator of views and opinions, with the ability to motivate a workforce
  • Effective management and delegation and an ability to consult before making judgments
  • Capable of working with staff at all levels
  • Strong financial acumen
  • Planning and forecasting
  • Knowledge of market opportunities and changing business environments
  • Complex problem solving
  • Effective decision making
  • Key Words: “Injection Moulding”, G&A, BPTA, IMT, “Moulding Technician”, “Process Engineer”, “Senior Process Engineer”, “Moulding Engineer” “Mouldshop Manager” “Setter Supervisor”, “Mould Technician”, “Process Engineering Manager”, “Moulding Manager”, “Technical Manager”


    Due to the sheer volume of applications we receive, we will only contact successful applications. Therefore if you have not heard from us within 10 working days please deem your application as unsuccessful.

    Candidates must be eligible to work and live in the UK
    This job was originally posted as www.totaljobs.com/job/81450726

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