Works Manager - Vehicle Build

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Works Manager - Vehicle Build

Our innovative automotive client based in Yarnton, Oxfordshire are looking for a Works Manager to oversee the manufacturing staff of their hybrid commercial vehicles. Initially based in their head office in Yarnton but could move within a 10 miles radius as production increases.

Job Description

Job Description Works Manager

Reports to the Project Director


To provide day to day management, advice and support to ensure the effective prototype build process for the R&D hybrid electric automotive project. Contributing effective processes to optimise the R&D plan with a view to follow on production, utilising lean techniques so that quality products are produced, on time and on budget.


o To oversee the Prototype build process and build support for the activities of the R&D prototype build team
o To provide day to day management, guidance and support to the team to ensure the team are working together to achieve the objectives
o To identify team training and development needs regularly reviewing and recommending performance and timely updates to the Project Director
o To produce prototype detail build schedules and to effectively plan the resources of the team to ensure timings agreed with the Project Director are met
o To ensure each build meets the appropriate quality control standards and compliance, liaising with Projects, R&D, Product, Procurement and Homologation teams
o Monitoring sub-contractors to ensure any work carried out meets the agreed standards and is compliant with Health and Safety requirements.
o To take responsibility for the workshop equipment together with the Equipment Asset Register and to ensure appropriate maintenance and compliance with H&S and legislative standards including COSH
o To carry out and complete risk assessments with the prototype build team
o Apply lean principles and analytical techniques to establish and continuously improve processes and products
o Create 'step by step' standard operating procedures for the prototype build projects
o To work with the team with regards to project planning, selection of equipment and suppliers.
o An ambassador driving continuous improvement in prototype build development, health & Safety, quality and efficiency

Technical Expertise

o A high level of competence and proven practical application gained within a similar automotive environment to support and develop lean and design manufacturing processes
o Well-developed IT Microsoft Office and Project Management IT skills e.g. Microsoft Project

Personal Characteristics

o Passionate to drive delivery and optimise quality systems and processes
o A proactive 'hands on' approach
o Strong organisational and analytical skills together with commercial awareness
o Excellent interpersonal and teambuilding skills with the ability to lead, develop and motivate a team
o Resilience and determination to succeed
o Flexible with the ability to multi task and to manage changing priorities.

Applications are welcomed from people with a background in prototype build through to production, and overseeing technicians whilst remaining hands on. Ideal background would include motorsport of commercial vehicles.

*****The site location is initially Yarnton at the head office, but could change within a 10 mile radius as production increases.*****

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Key Consultant

Darren Puddephatt

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My areas of expertise are automotive OEM, consultancy, tier one suppliers and medical engineering, within mechanical and electrical engineering. I have been successful placing engineers, from graduate to chief engineer level within automotive engineering, covering controls and electronics, chassis engineering, body engineering, test and development engineers on various commodities.