Machine Shop Manager

Job Locations UK-Wakefield
# of Openings
382205 Machine Shop


Based at Brilliant Stages in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and part of the TAIT Group.  We are currently looking for a Machine Shop Manager

TAIT is the Market Leader in designing, constructing and delivering world-class solutions for live experiences. Whether it’s creating awe-inspiring spectaculars, complex touring stages, theatre engineering solutions, brand activations or cruise ship installations, TAIT delivers world-class solutions for live experiences. With its proprietary entertainment automation platform, custom-made products, and creative engineering, TAIT’s cutting-edge offerings continue to advance industry standards and exceed client expectations. As a global network of over 900 employees in 14 office locations, TAIT has worked on projects in over 30 countries, all 7 continents and even outer space.  TAIT’s diverse group of clients include Taylor Swift, Cirque Du Soleil, The Metropolitan Opera House, NASA, National Geographic, Beyoncé and The Olympics.


The Machine Shop Manager will provide efficient planning, coordination, and control of the Machine Shop to ensure that practises and processes are run in an effective manner whilst ensuring that all orders and targets are met in the allocated time span. In addition to this, the Machine Shop Manager will lead and direct the team in the Machine Shop.


Main Outcomes of the Position

The Machine Shop Manager will work with production management to ensure that the Machine Shop runs in an efficient manner and that all work is completed in aligned to production schedules and to a high quality. They will also identify ways to continuously improve manufacturing processes and implement new methods that will allow the production process to run smoothly.


Key responsibilities/Decision making authority:

  • Review production orders and assess materials, processing and finishing requirements
  • Allocate work amongst the team and ensure staff have the required materials and equipment to produce the required parts
  • Ensure the status of orders are kept in date and are on track to meet production deadlines
  • Communicate engineering change notices, special manufacturing requests and order change notices
  • Inspection of completed parts in relation to the relevant drawings
  • Purchase materials, tools, equipment, and consumables when required
  • Strive to reduce expenses and increase productivity across all product lines
  • Keep track and place purchase requests for materials to meet weekly production plans
  • Liaise with key internal departments to ensure customer requirements are met
  • Oversee all employee welfare in the machine Shop department and provide motivation, support, and welfare
  • Ensure all employees follow industry-standard health and safety guidelines
  • Supervising the work of junior staff and organising training and staff development opportunities


  • A degree or higher national diploma in relevant industry
  • Technical & Extensive knowledge of CNC machinery and the practices and processes to operate these in an effective manner
  • 5+ years in manufacturing operations & 2+ years in a supervisory capacity
  • Experience in handling responsibility and pressure of meeting deadlines
  • Leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Communication and time management skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Interest in developing knowledge of the role and working with people

TAIT is a Group with imaginative, smart and passionate people always looking to build, grow, contribute, and make our products and customer services the best they can be. Our team members come from a range of diverse backgrounds with different skills and life experiences— we love, celebrate and fully embrace those differences and believe that employees are happiest when they are empowered to be their full, authentic selves, regardless of how you identify.

Because of this, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.




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