Production Team Leader

Contract Type: Full-time

Company: R&B Switchgear Services Ltd

Location: OL10 2EX, Greater Manchester, England

Salary: Competitive

We’re looking for an organised, supportive, and committed Production Team Lead to support our Workshop Supervisor with the coordination of work activities and resources for switchgear manufacturing in the workshop, ensuring that quality, safety, and efficiency is maintained at all times.


Who we are

R&B Switchgear Group has provided world-class power engineering solutions to a global client base since 1985. Specialising in the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of LV and HV switchgear and associated assets, we provide turnkey solutions to some of the world’s largest blue-chip companies.

With group companies located throughout the UK, USA and Singapore, the company’s project management and service teams are continually working together to take on complex power distribution projects across international waters.


Your new role

As a team lead, you will be responsible for the operation of your allocated area within the Manufacturing department, supporting the Workshop Supervisor with the day-to-day management of workshop activities and requirements whilst working as a team member on the shop floor, to ensure product specification, deadlines and quality standards are achieved.

You will be responsible for overseeing and co-ordinating a team of fitter/wiremen, ensuring compliance with all company policies and health and safety regulations. You will provide line management to the team, coordinating their workloads, providing support to ensure that the team delivers, monitoring any issues, and ensuring production targets, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and quality standards are met in order to meet the requirements of the business.

As Team Leader you will be the point of contact for team members, therefore your communication skills should be excellent. You should also be able to act proactively to ensure a smooth and safe team operation, identifying and eliminating any safety, quality, or production issues in a prompt manner. You will embed lean management principles into your working area, eliminating waste and adding value to the business with new and improved processes where required. As part of your role, you will be expected to be agile and take a proactive and helpful approach to your duties, supporting the team with a wide range of tasks. You will set team workloads, carry out training of staff members and ensure employees work towards company goals and objectives.

You will support the development of the team by focusing on individual performance and support requirements to achieve high standards, whilst fostering a culture of working safely.

You will be responsible for 5s and lean manufacturing within the working bay, this includes ensuring production paperwork is correctly filled out and within the set deadline, defects will be reported. You will be accountable for quality and equipment within the working area of your team.


  • Supporting the Workshop Supervisor with planning workloads and delegating tasks to a team of fitter/wiremen in the production area to ensure efficiency and maximise output
  • Creating a productive, efficient work environment for the team using trust and other appropriate strategies
  • Act as an R&B Lean Champion ensuring workplace organisation is adhered to
  • Support continuous improvement across the business by eliminating waste and driving improvement of processes where applicable
  • Support the development of a skilled workforce by identifying training requirements, offering training and guidance to both new and existing fitter/wiremen
  • Demonstrate good communication skills with team members and management throughout the company
  • Communication of goals and deadlines to team members, keeping all key stakeholders up to date with progress, identifying and resolving any areas for concern
  • Ensure all manufacturing processes and procedures are compliant with the company’s policies and procedures, as well as Health and Safety requirements
  • Ensuring all production paperwork is complete correctly and within deadlines
  • Ensuring that the workshop work areas are clean and tidy according to R&B Standards
  • Maintain visible lead for adherence to procedures and instructions
  • Providing teams with information about recent developments, programmes, and policy changes of management
  • Foster a strong health and safety culture amongst your team
  • Living R&B’s core values of safety and integrity, which means taking responsibility for your own actions while caring for your colleagues and the business


What will you get in return?

As a business we value our people, because it’s our people who set us apart. As a member of our team, you’ll receive a wide range of benefits including;

  • Competitive salary
  • Annual performance-related bonus scheme and pay reviews

Investment in training/career development:

  • Bespoke training and career development opportunities including professional qualifications and accreditation

A flexible working environment:

  • 33 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays)
  • R&B is currently trailing a 9-Day Fortnight across the company

Health & Wellbeing Benefits:

  • Occupational Health Provider
  • Company wellbeing workshops
  • Access to mental health support and counselling
  • Sick pay scheme for those days you need to rest and recover

Tax efficient benefits (salary sacrifice):

  • Auto-enrolment personal pension scheme which is matched by the company
  • Company car allowance


  • Auto-enrolment personal pension scheme which is matched by the company
  • Employee referral scheme
  • Commission scheme for engineers generating new enquiries
  • Discretionary 2 week paid sick leave allowance after probation
  • Social committee with calendar of regular social events – all paid for by the business
  • Individual recognition and reward schemes including employee of the year celebration
  • Free parking


Your skills and background:
  • Ideally experience of working within an engineering workshop
  • Experience of leading small group activities to drive improvement ideas
  • Experience of assisting and developing (multi-skilled) people
  •  Knowledge of lean manufacturing techniques and recognised tools
  • Understanding of production costs to include waste, downtime, scrap, and re-work
  • Ability to lead by example, gain respect from team and communicate with clarity whilst demonstrating excellence in approach to work and people activities
  • Ability to plan, analyse and challenge
  • Solid understanding of all people related processes and procedures
  • Good understanding of customer deliverables and the impact of failure/cost of poor quality
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to problem solve and resolve conflicts
  • Attention to detail
  • Employee training experience
  • Responsible, reliable, calm and approachable
  • Flexible and with a positive attitude
  • Trustworthy and able to work with discretion
  • Full UK Driving License is required


Our employees benefit from a great work environment, competitive salaries, use of company vehicles, unique travel opportunities and much more.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We respect and seek to empower everyone. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our employees.

If you have a passion for engineering, a hunger to learn and a positive work ethic then we want to hear from you!