Lean Manufacturing Operative Apprentice (Bridon-Bekaert)

Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group

General Description

This position exists to perform all machine set-ups and operations in accordance with the Company’s health & safety, quality and other standards and regulations.

Main Duties
  • Principal accountabilities shall include but not be limited to:
  • Conduct all set-up and quality operations in support of machining for self and others. Set-up and operate machines in accordance with process sheets and any other required paperwork (i.e. drawings, specifications, etc.).
  • Retrieve SOP’S from system files and follow.
  • Use manufacturing paperwork to manufacture product that meets quality requirements. Inspect and verify work prior to submitting for inspection. Follow non-conforming material procedures for substandard quality issues.
  • Meet time and schedule standards for assigned work.
  • Correctly process work via required paperwork and MRP system.
  • Advise supervision of issues that arise.
  • Perform non-machine tasks when necessary: non-machine equipment operation, hand-work operations, inspections, saw-cut operations, etc.
  • Identify set-up reduction opportunities and Lean process opportunities and communicate to supervision.
  • Properly use the MRP system to record job information. Assist supervision in workforce compliance with MRP reporting.
  • Identify issues and opportunities in meeting cost requirements of assigned work.
  • Understanding and utilising the following basic decision making process so quality and timely decisions will be made that are supported and understood.
  • Understand your authority in the decision making process including involving those affected by the potential decision and those who have meaningful knowledge so they can contribute facts and opinions, if need be.
  • Identify and understand the criteria for a successful decision and utilising the help chain (Chain of Command) to communicate pertinent information.
  • Ensure operations & personal behaviour is compliant with current legislation & company procedures.
  • Ensure operations & personal behavior is compliant with the company QMS and all other internal / external standards; participate in audits & reviews as required; identify areas for improvement.
  • Actively participate in the development of, and support the health & safety plan. Participate in any site audits as required.
  • From time to time may be required to work at other Bridon sites.

Requirements & Prospects

Desired Skills
  • To be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
  • Hard working
  • Reliable
  • Willing to learn
  • Motivated
Personal Qualities
  • To be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • The ability to work on your own
  • Candidates must be hardworking, committed, and motivated
  • Reliable and punctual with the ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • A pro-active approach to learning and work is essential
  • Good problem-solving skills
Desired Qualifications
  • The candidate must have GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) in maths and English Language
Future Prospects

Full time employment on completion of the apprenticeship

About the Employer

Bridon-Bekaert The Ropes Group (BBRG) was formed on 29th June 2016 by the merger of Bridon Group with the steel ropes and advanced cords businesses of Bekaert. Together, an unrivalled partnership was created, capitalising on over 300 years of combined expertise and technology leadership.

Prior to the merger in 2016, Bridon and Bekaert were already business partners. Not only did they source steel wire, ropes and half-products from one another, they were also involved in an important joint venture many years ago.

During the recession of the early 1930s, trade tariffs were put on imports of steel wire to the UK. In response, the Belgian steel wire maker Tréfileries Leon Bekaert needed to set up a UK factory to produce wire.  Bekaert set up production in association with Templeborough Rolling Mills Ltd, a local supplier of wire rods, and in 1933 it joined with British Ropes Ltd and the United Steel Companies Ltd to form Tinsley Wire Industries Ltd (TWIL) with a factory at Tinsley in Sheffield.

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Weekly Wage

£ Competitive salary

Expected Duration

12 months

Possible Start Date

4 Jul, 2022

Working Week

38 hours a week

Apprenticeship Level

Level 2



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Closing date: 30 Jun, 2022

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