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Tool Room Leader / Tool Maker - Plastic Packaging




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Our client serves a wide range of customers with rigid plastic packaging - from the largest European producers of consumer products, to smaller national businesses.

They are currently looking to recruit a Tool Room Leader / Tool Maker. Reporting into the Technical Manager. The successful candidate will be required to repair and maintain injection and EBM/IBM mould tools to a high standard. You will also be required to supervise the Tool Room and work load ensuring repairs and maintenance takes place to pre-determined times and estimates.

Principal responsibilities

  • Tool room management, assigning jobs to the tool room resources according the established priorities.
  • Plan and monitor workload to maximise tool efficiency using KPI's.
  • Prove tooling and troubleshoot until running acceptably.
  • Strip, rebuild tools for maintenance / repair and service.
  • Manage the current preventive tool maintenance program.
  • Operation of lathes, millers, grinders etc.
  • Use of measuring equipment such as micrometres and verniers.
  • Mentor for apprentices and trainer for other employees.
  • All employees are required to maintain safe working practices by adhering to the Health and Safety policies of the company in place at any given time.
  • The post holder may be required to perform duties other than those given in the job description.
  • The particular duties and responsibilities attached to the post may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed.
  • Such variations are a common occurrence and do not in themselves justify the re-evaluation of the post.


  • To hold a recognised qualification in (or be qualified by experience in) lathe work, milling work and the use of surface grinding machines
  • Overhead crane licence
  • Full driving licence


  • Substantial and significant experience (likely to be 5+ years) in a Tool Room environment

Key skills and competencies

  • Excellent communication skills, able to communicate clearly with external toolmaker, suppliers and customers.
  • Strong team player with the capability to build teams.
  • Competent Microsoft programs experience e.g. Excel.
  • Hands on manager, able to manage a work load in a fast moving 24/7 production environment with a small team of tool technicians.
  • Can fault find on modern Injection Mould hot runner systems and refit heaters when required.
  • Has a very good understanding of tooling designs.
  • A good eye for detail


  • Design skills using CAD
  • A degree of flexibility so far as working hours are concerned to accommodate the needs of the business

Tool Room Leader / Tool Maker - Plastic Packaging

no work experience required
High school
£40,000 - £49,999

Published on 11 May 2021

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