OPERATIONS MANAGER (Assembly Environment)

Job Description

  This is an excellent opportunity for an Operations Manager to work with an established leader in their market, who are part of an international manufacturer, operating from a new, start of the art facility.

They have a great work environment and a real family feel on-site, which you would be welcomed into.

The businesses growth continues, increasing revenue by 6 million this past year, with further revenue increase expected going forward, including a recent acquisition of another company, further extending its product offering and expanding the geographical sales of the business.

With UK based assembly, the operations focus is on providing high quality products, customised to each customers unique requirements in short lead times, whilst maintaining a cost base competitive with imported products.

Operations Manager Role Function

This is a hands-on management role, managing the daily operational aspects of the business, primarily the fulfilment of customer requirements through labour planning, assembly, warehousing and delivery, with effective management of resources to budgeted costs and productivity/efficiency levels, whilst maintaining a safe working environment.

Operations Manager Candidate Specification

  • Experience working in a fast-moving, high variety/ low volume, labour intense manual assembly environment is ‘essential’ – this role wouldn’t suit someone from a precision engineering background
  • Highly motivated, problem solver with good people management skills, and the ability to manage, motivate and mentor, improving efficiency throughout the operations team
  • Proven ability to manage change and contribute effectively to developing the future organization – this would be gradual and not drastic change
  • Lean Manufacturing – the ability to identify opportunities and implement lean techniques, although you don’t have to be an expert in this area
  • Experience of managing Quality ISO9001, Environmental ISO14001 systems and experience of operating MRP systems
  • A Degree would be desirable, but is not essential 

Operations Manager Key Responsibilities

  • Customer order fulfilment 
  • Management of staff, prepare work schedules and assign specific duties. Determine staffing levels, in line with financial budgets, interview and train new employees 
  • Establish and implement operational objectives and procedures in line with the overall business objectives
  • Promote and implement a Lean culture throughout the operation - identify and implement continuous improvements within the operations processes to reduce costs, improve quality and reduce stock holding
  • Implement NPI process from design and product management to assembly
  • Control materials in the warehouse in collaboration with other functions within the business, coordinate and Manage PI process
  • Effect use of ERP system – works order processing, BOM maintenance

Operations Manager Package and Hours

  • Salary £55,000
  • 10 – 15% company performance bonus
  • 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday
  • 33 days holiday

Commutable From: Northampton, Wellingborough, Rugby, Kettering, Bedford, Milton Keynes

Probe Technical Recruitment, Manufacturing, Production & Quality Recruitment Specialists since 1994



This Engineering Manager role is a new role due to company development and so an outstanding opportunity to make your mark!  It  offers excellent benefits: Excellent Salary and Profit Share Scheme! Healthcare Plan! Super holiday entitlement, Company Pension 10%!  Continued Training and Development Opportunity! 

As the Engineering Manager, you will be working for a leading Food Manufacturer.  The company have been established for several decades and are going from strength to strength! They are recognised throughout their field for their outstanding quality product / service.  They have remained busy throughout the pandemic; you would be joining an incredibly stable organisation.

Benefits for the Engineering Manager:

  • £45,000 - £50,000
  • 33 days holiday plus your Birthday off!
  • Profit Share Scheme paid Twice per Year.
  • Dividend Payment paid annually .
  • Company pension Scheme - 10%
  • Healthcare Plan
  • Excellent training and development opportunities

As the Engineering Manager, your duties will include:

  • To Manage and ensure the machinery are kept in good working order by scheduling timely maintenance –  regular and ad-hoc - via management of the various engineering resources.
  • Develop and Maintain TPM schedules to achieve the highest standard of engineering at all times.
  • Work with and educate Production teams and management, in order to reduce machine down time.
  • Work in partnership with the Production & Technical Managers to address any improvement opportunities.
  • Lead and performance manage your team of engineers, to include performance reviews and relevant training/development activities are undertaken. 
  • Control projects from start to finish including sourcing equipment controlling contractor enforcing CDM rules and updating health and safety files. 
  • Ensure all machines are maintained to the highest possible standards.
  • Responsibility for implementing communicating and maintaining a food safety culture as outlined within the FSSC22000. 
  • Ensure that staff are adequately trained and competent in all aspects of Food Safety Management

I would be very interested in speaking with you if you are/ have:

  • Previous Experience as an Engineering Manager
  • Previous experience in the Food Manufacturing Sector
  • Ideally HNC in Electrical and Mechanical engineering or similar
  • People management qualification
  • IOSH qualification or similar
  • Ideally food hygiene level 3
  • NEBOSH is desirable.
  • Ideally Scissor lift and Boom trained.
  • Knowledge of  Word, Excel and Microsoft Outlook;
  • Planning and scheduling skills;
  • Strong Leadership with the ability to build strong working relationships;
  • Ability to organise and prioritise.
  • Knowledge of health & safety requirements i.e. contractor issues, H&S regulations

Probe Technical Recruitment, a Manufacturing, Production & Quality Recruitment Specialists since 1994


For over 60 years, this business has been constantly evolving their product portfolio to meet the demands and ever-changing needs for some of the world’s largest industries.  From the design of their first ever product, the business has sustained manufacturing excellence, setting the industry standard & today they operate from a purpose built, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Northampton, where they routinely design and develop system solutions for bespoke applications.

The Role

The business wishes to recruit a Development and Applications Engineer to grow the strength of the Applications and Product Development team and assist company growth plans as the recent technology, will add new products to its portfolio and further strengthen its position in the market.

Development and Application Engineers provide technical solutions to customer enquiries and study, research and develop ideas for new products and methods used to make them. Working on a wide range of machinery, and test rigs of bespoke design that must be functional and reliable, easy and safe to use, including modifying existing products or processes to increase efficiency or improve performance.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the Chief Applications Engineer in providing timely response to new application and product enquiries.
  • Produce innovative designs/ideas and create workable and cost-effective solutions.
  • Assist in new product development and product improvement activities including brainstorming, design, analysis, supplier selection and testing.
  • Create 3D CAD conceptual designs and 2D drawings.
  • Collaborate with manufacturing, assembly and testing to build in-house R&D test rigs for new product development.
  • The ability to conduct test schedules, document the results and present these findings clearly.
  • Work on short and long-term projects both in managing, documenting and performing the project activities.
  • The selection and specification of suitable equipment suppliers and processes.

Person Specification

  • A 2.1 degree in Mechanical Engineering with Aerospace/Automotive/Energy/Oil & Gas background together with a minimum of three years industry experience.
  • Ability to use CAD (preferably Creo Elements or SolidWorks) and FEA (preferably Ansys Workbench) tools.
  • Ability to perform hand calculations for preliminary design, sizing and stress assessment of static and rotating components.
  • Material selection and knowledge of conventional manufacturing processes.
  • Ability to create and interpret engineering drawings and GD&T.
  • Good understanding of Strength of Materials, Fatigue, Vibrations and Rotor dynamics.
  • Advanced MS Office (Excel, Word and PowerPoint) skills.

Package, Benefits and Hours

  • Salary £34,000 - £40,000, negotiable dependant on experience
  • Excellent contractual benefits package to include contributory pension scheme, death in service and health insurance, together with a non-contractual annual profit share bonus
  • 33 days holiday 
  • 37 hours per week - Monday to Thursday 08:30am – 17:15pm, Fridays 08:30am – 12:30pm

Commutable From: Northampton, Leicester, Coventry, Milton Keynes, Rugby, Leamington Spa, Banbury


We are currently working with an organisation that designs and manufacture specialist bespoke machinery for customers in the Oli & Gas, Nuclear and the Chemical and Petrochemical industry sectors.

The organisation is currently seeking a Senior Controls Systems Engineer to create & develop, programme & configure and support the commission and build phases of PLC biased controls systems into bespoke machinery.

Projects can vary in size, cost and output, so experience is key with this role to deliver a successful part of the programme within time, budget and spec.

The Senior Control Systems Engineer role is focused on the creation of products in line with customer requirements and budget. This requires large amount of communication with the Engineering team, Customers, Sales, Procurement and Manufacturing. You will be required to provide updates to customers and host design reviews internally and externally, visiting sites where necessary. 

Working in line with the business Quality Management System (QMS) with a focus on continuous improvement of the company and products. The role will be expected to have a comprehensive understanding of PLC * HMI programming and be able to create programs for bespoke systems through modification of existing software and creation of new software. You will work independently, creating programs that satisfy the customers’ requirements.


  • Salary c£38,000 - £40,000
  • Pension
  • Healthcare
  • 25 Days Holidays + Bank Holidays


  • Independent programming of Siemens PCL / HMI based systems.
  • Reading and understanding of P&IDs, specifications & control narratives.
  • Carry out regular design reviews with the team and customer.
  • Making modifications to HMI screens and operations in line with internal and external feedback.
  • Specification of requirements to allow third parties to design & build Control Panels.
  • Management of third parties designing electrical control panels.
  • Checking of third-party designs including but not limited to:
  • Control Panel electrical design / physical layout.
  • Electrical control component selection / specification.
  • Electric / Hydraulic / Pneumatic actuation specification.
  • Ensure designs conform to industry, customer and company standards.
  • Analyse designs using suitable tools.

Key Skills:

  • PLC & HMI programming (Siemens).
  • Understanding of relevant industry standards (eg, LVD)
  • Electrical design / component specification/ drafting, (AutoCAD preferred)
  • Familiarity with pressure related products.
  • Strong IT skills: Microsoft Project, Excel, Word, Outlook etc.

Experience & Qualifications:

  • Proven working experience as an Electrical / Controls Engineer programming PLCs
  • BEng or BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering or equivalent 
  • Experience working with bespoke systems / machine design and manufacture.
  • Control of electro-mechanical systems, hydraulics and pneumatics or associated supply.
  • Industry experience; (custom machine design, high pressure / hydraulic systems).

This is a great opportunity to join a busy organisation where you will be the sole Controls Systems expert on site.

Commutable from – Blackburn, Bolton, Manchester, Wigan, Oldham, Preston


This is your chance, as a skilled EDM Operator to work with a long-standing company, who have successfully supplied components to a variety of precision-critical sectors, including Aerospace, Oil & Gas and General Engineering, offering a specialist EDM service.

The EDM Operator / Supervisor will join a small team of skilled engineers, who work closely together.

Salary and Hours:

  • £29,000 - £32,000 dependant on experience
  • Paid Overtime
  • 34 Days Holidays
  • Mon – Thurs 7.00am to 4.15pm  
  • Fri 7.00am – 12pm
  • Overtime paid at time a 1/3 

EDM Operator Key Experience Required:

  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings then translating to setting up parts on machines is a necessity.
  • Proficient in working to tight limits and finishes.
  • Being capable in shop floor measuring equipment.
  • Excellent awareness of health and safety aspects at work.
  • Work well under pressure as very busy section.
  • Able to organise a team of engineers and prioritise production needs in a supervisory capacity.

Machining Experience Required:

  • Agie Charmilles - Fast Hole Drill, Form 30 and Sink Machines
  • Ona Machines

Commutable from; Coventry, Leicester, Bedworth, Nuneaton, Rugby, Hinckley

Probe Technical Recruitment, a Manufacturing, Production & Quality Recruitment Specialists since 1994


This Multi Skilled Maintenance Engineer role offers excellent BENEFITS: Excellent holiday entitlement, Superb Pension (up to 7% company contribution)!  Attendance Allowance – 5% of salary! Lots of overtime!

As the Multi Skilled Maintenance Engineer, you will be working for a leading Global Manufacturer, who are known throughout their field for their outstanding quality product / service.  They have remained busy throughout the pandemic; you would be joining an incredibly stable organisation.

Benefits for the Multi Skilled Maintenance Engineer:

  • Excellent holiday entitlement
  • Excellent Pension – up to 7% company contribution
  • Attendance Bonus – 5% of salary
  • Loads of Over Time!
  • Free Parking
  • Canteen

As the Multi Skilled Maintenance Engineer , your duties will include:

  • Maintenance, Repair and Service of all mechanical and electrical equipment within the factory incl AC/DC drives and motors
  • You will be assisting with the installation and commissioning of machinery electrically, mechanically and pneumatically
  • Troubleshoot faults with all machinery and equipment
  • You will carry out breakdown maintenance and fault diagnosis on all equipment on site
  • Carry out PM works on all equipment 
  • Carry out general property / facilities maintenance incl heating and lighting

I would be very interested in speaking with you if you are/ have:

  • Previous Experience as a Multi Skilled Maintenance Engineer and have an Electrical Bias
  • You must have previous experience in the Manufacturing Sector
  • Flexible approach – with a strong team spirit
  • The ability to work on your own initiative
  • To be considered for this position you will ideally be Apprentice trained and will hold a relevant Electrical Engineering Qualification such as City and Guilds or NVQ level 3. 
  • I would be keen to speak with Maintenance Engineers, Technicians, or Maintenance Electricians who have experience supporting plant machinery within Manufacturing settings.

Probe Technical Recruitment, Maintenance, Reliability & Service Recruitment Specialists since 1994


This is a fantastic opportunity, with an internationally recognised business, who are truly passionate about what they do. 

Due to continued business growth, client is looking to appoint a Web Developer to join their established team on a full-time basis. 

This is an important position within the marketing team, and you will be key in driving the development of the company website and content. You will also be responsible for the quality and features of the company end-user-facing software products. The role also encompasses web development duties by way of maintenance and development of new areas of the company family of websites and web tools.

Company Benefits

  • £30,000 
  • 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week
  • 33 days holiday
  • Sick pay
  • Death in service cover
  • Unique, relaxed environment
  • Casual dress code

Key Responsibilities, but not limited to

  • Specifying, designing and developing a new, user-focused website as per business needs
  • Support and maintenance of existing website and content, including the specification and development of new features
  • Other duties within skill set but not necessarily role scope as required (creative design input, attending meetings etc.)
  • Supporting and maintaining the existing website and developing it further using the latest standards and technologies
  • Be fully responsible for the layout, visual appearance and usability of the website, ensuring brand continuity is maintained.
  • Identifying areas for improvement within the software development processes, and delivering solutions for them
  • Some ad-hoc low level IT support to the internal team when required

Person Specification 

  • Degree-qualified in a relevant subject
  • 2+ years’ commercial web development experience
  • Web development experience using HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP
  • Experience of developing sites in PHP, MySQL using OOP and MVC frameworks
  • Understanding of Google Analytics

Other Useful Experience

  • Agile and Scrum / Sprint development experience
  • Experience with project ownership and coordination, helping to deliver a project from concept through to delivery 
  • Adobe Photoshop / Illustrator design skills

Commutable From: Northampton, Wellingborough, Rugby, Kettering, Bedford, Milton Keynes

Probe Technical Recruitment, Technical Engineering Recruitment Specialists since 1994