Workshop Manager

Location Southwark
Discipline: Construction
Job type: Permanent
Salary: ££55,000.00
Contact name: Neil Bokhoory

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Job ref: 691
Published: 8 days ago

Workshop Manager – Job Description

The workshop manager is a skilled maker/ builder with the leadership qualities necessary to run a busy wood and metal workshop. The role will primarily be a practical one, applying experience and knowledge to resolve design outcomes.
They will provide support to the workshop employees and directly line manage workshop subcontractors. Working closely with the Head of Production (HOP) and Technical Designers they will influence methods and workflow as demand requires, understanding the resources available to help schedule and budget upcoming work.
They will work closely with the Workshop Supervisor and be responsible for creating a safe and efficient working environment, understanding the H&S risks and committing to the measures required to reduce them. They will develop and maintain working standards in the workplace, committing to the routines and systems outlined in them. They will implement change and improvement through an understanding of company objectives and seasonal pressures.
Occasionally they will be required to be flexible, assisting other departments and working on site installations.

Reporting to: Head of Production

Key Tasks and Responsibilities


  • Manage workflow through the workshop in line with production, deadlines and budgets

  • Supervise junior workshop staff as required

  • Manage subcontracted workshop labour

  • Sign off weekly subcontractor invoices

  • Manage and implement good H&S

  • Oversee workshop team and spaces, maintaining agreed working practices and communication back to HOP, Technical Designers and Project Managers

  • Join regular meetings to influence workflow and foresee problems

  • Manage records for inductions, maintenance and regular meeting notes

  • Provide on the job training when necessary

  • Understand the capabilities of team members to assign appropriate tasks

  • Oversee trial days for subcontractors

  • Administer fair and honest feedback, using disciplinary procedures when necessary

  • Oversee the proper use and maintenance of workshop equipment and space

  • Help manage and encourage general housekeeping across the warehouse


  • Lead by example on punctuality, working to agreed practices and commitment to H&S

  • Apply a pro-active approach and maintain high levels of organisation

  • Assist with training, mentoring or the organisation of a mentor to less experience staff

  • Provide feedback and quality control through the regular checks and completion review

  • Innovate and introduce new skills and processes

Hands on

  • Prep work for fabrication – Cutting, drilling etc.

  • Steel and Aluminium Fabrication – MIG & TIG welding

  • Carpentry

  • Finishing – Fibreglass, filler, sanding, prep for paint

  • Painting – Mixing, priming, painting and lacquering

  • Meet targets outlined by HOP and Project Managers

  • Assist with complicated test assemblies and rigs in the warehouse

  • Assist designers and production in the realisation of decorations through prototyping

  • Carry out stress tests to make sure products are fit for purpose

Design Development

  • Develop designs of prototypes with Designers and Technical dept.

  • Review materials required for a project and advise on orders

  • Influence construction approach and methods for decoration builds

  • Report alterations to the construction drawings back to the PM/Technical dept.

  • Influence and improve agreed Drawing Standards for all technical workshop packs


  • Be punctual throughout the day, adhering to start/end and break times

  • Carry out tea rota duties and help to keep all communal areas clean and clear

  • Attend weekly production planning meetings to form fabrication schedules

  • Agree a working space with workshop staff. Consider each person’s working method and space requirement to make sure each team member can work safely and efficiently

  • Make sure workshop staff have sufficient materials to complete the next phase of work

  • Oversee the signing out of materialstock and update HOP/ Buying

  • Organise material deliveries and the correct use and allocation of them

  • Facilitate general operational objectives that allow safe working practices

  • Engage in daily pack down and Friday organisation (set up for week ahead)


  • Update HOP/ PMs when works are complete or if issues arise

  • Attend Daily OPS meets with Manager and OPS manager to review operational requirements (Workspace, material organisation, workflow, tidying required)

  • Facilitate ongoing workshop discussions for finding solutions and problem solving

  • Attend weekly Workshop Scheduling meeting with HOP and Technical Dept.

  • Lead Workshop Weekly meeting to discuss upcoming works and stocks review

  • Attend Monthly dept meets and carry out H&S actions that follow

  • Communicate workflow with painter and manage organised handover of complete work


  • Enforce H&S procedures in the workshop and more generally across the warehouse

  • Oversee a tidy and organised working environment

  • Allow only inducted staff working in a safe manner to be in the workshop

  • Report poor H&S practices to line manager and H&S committee

  • Report Accident’s, Incidents and Near misses to the Buildings & H&S manager

  • Following the failure of machinery or tooling notify the team and isolate if appropriate

  • Enforce PPE in the workshop and be an advocate for it’s appropriate used across the warehouse environment

  • Ensure H&S and maintenance systems are recorded and up to date

  • Support with H&S Training days

  • First Aider & Fire Marshall

  • Assist with Toolbox talks. Expect them to be instigated by H&S Rep


  • Carry out tasks for other departments as required

  • Assist the Belvedere team with repairs of decorations during refurbishment. Through tooling, guidance and sometimes visiting to carry out work

  • Work weekend days during the busy season as required (this will be reimbursed as TOIL)

  • Understand minor overtime may be required to meet deadlines (part of give + take)

  • Work closely with Workshop Supervisor and provide cover as necessary

On Site Works

  • Work onsite as required

  • Provide practical build supervision where needed

  • Support other employees or management on-site

  • Represent the company well and uphold good H&S practices