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Operations Manager

  • Reporting To: Operations Director / Board

  • Salary: Negotiable depending upon experience / 39hrs per week / Benefits incl. Company Pension

  • Holiday: 25 days per full calendar year, increasing with length of service, plus public holidays


Uniform Engineering is based in Highbridge, Somerset and was established over 30 years ago.  It specialises in the manufacture of metal fabrications and components for a wide range of applications and markets.

The business benefits from deep expertise in producing bespoke metal parts developed from drawings supplied by our clients, using a wide range of CNC sheet metal machinery.  Over the years, Uniform Engineering has developed a favourable reputation within the pharmaceutical, healthcare, laboratory and defence sectors for precision work of an extremely high standard.

In February 2021, the owner and Managing Director retired, and the company was purchased by their largest customer, Monmouth Scientific Limited, who themselves are part of The SDI Group PLC. 

Now titled Uniform Engineering Limited and supported by Monmouth Scientific and SDI, we are looking to grow and expand the business, including a (potential) relocation next year to a larger facility locally.  As part of our ongoing plans, we have an exciting opportunity for an Operations Manager to lead the company through this next phase of growth.

Summary Of  Duties:

  • To lead the day to day activities on site at Uniform Engineering Ltd

  • To take responsibility for all elements of the P&L

  • To ensure Health and Safety is at the core of day to day activities

  • Responsible for the direct line management of all personnel

  • To quote prospective works ensuring that margins are maintained at an agreed level

  • To manage stocks and report on these as required

  • To play an active, integral role in the control and supervision of all stages of production and other processes

  • To manage the organisation and development of all production processes

  • To minimise production costs through effective use of manpower and materials

  • To offer problem-solving strategies, to ensure all production processes run smoothly without any impact on the Customer

  • To manage spending against budget, and control costs in relation to changes in product design

  • To encourage the use of new techniques to improve our products

  • To ensure the quality of the products meet and exceed customer expectations


Key Skills & Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Previous management experience in a similar environment

  • Ability to work autonomously and take responsibility

  • A desire to expand and develop the business 

  • A desire to succeed and achieve personal growth in the role

  • Excellent project management, problem solving and multi-tasking skills

  • Willingness to work flexibly, with a positive and motivational outlook to each task

  • Excellent attention to detail and high personal standards regarding quality of work

  • Good presentation, numeracy and computer skills

  • Ability to communicate clearly with staff at all levels

  • Ability to lead training sessions and workshops, and provide training and staff development opportunities

  • Oversee the training of staff to ensure they are able to carry out the work required and have the correct tools and resources to do so

  • Ability to make effective decisions whilst under pressure, and work to (tight) deadlines

  • Ability to prioritise works orders to meet a continuously changing delivery schedule

  • Good understanding of health and safety responsibilities

  • Overseeing of day-to-day running of production areas

  • Negotiating with suppliers to obtain the best prices

To apply for this role, please email or write with CV, covering letter and details of salary expectations to:

Alan Holcombe

Managing Director

Uniform Engineering Limited

Units 5 & 6 Kilnside

East Quay





Deadline for applications: strictly 5pm, Wednesday 15th December 2021

Applicants who demonstrate competency in the key selection criteria and most closely match our requirements will be short-listed for a brief telephone Interview soon after the closing date.  If you are successful at this first stage, you will be invited to a more formal Interview at our manufacturing site.

All applications received by post, e-mail or delivered in person by this time will be acknowledged.

Uniform Engineering cannot accept responsibility for late applications or those lost in the post or e-mail system.

Uniform Engineering Ltd is an Equal Opportunities employer, and positively encourages applications from those who meet our selection criteria from all areas of society.  We select candidates for interview based on their skills, qualifications and experience, and recruit individuals who we believe have the right mix of personality, talent and potential to succeed within our Company.  We are committed to the fair treatment of our staff, existing and potential, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age, physical / mental disability, reprimands, cautions, convictions, outstanding criminal proceedings, historical criminal records or other offending background.  We absolutely undertake, therefore, not to discriminate unfairly against applicants on any grounds.  Please ensure, however, that you have ‘entitlement and eligibility’ to work in the UK before applying, as it is unlawful to employ anyone who does not.

Information held by Uniform Engineering Ltd complies with and is stored in accordance with the ‘General Data Protection Regulation 2018’.  By submitting your Application for this role, you agree to us sharing your data with relevant personnel for the purpose of this recruitment campaign, and thereby consent to any such details being used in line with this Regulation.

Candidates must understand that any offer of employment by Uniform Engineering Ltd is subject to proof of the right to work in the UK, the receipt of references acceptable to the Company, the successful passing of a ‘DBS’ or ‘Security Clearance’ check if relevant to the position offered, and a satisfactory medical examination if required.

By submitting your Application, you understand that any intentional mis-statement or misleading information written as part of your Application or CV, or discussed during any subsequent interview, may render this Application and any subsequent Contract invalid, and you are therefore declaring that the information and facts contained in your Application and any accompanying support material submitted by you for this position are, to the best of your knowledge, true and complete.

No Agencies please

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