As a Manufacturing Operative for TopHat you will work as a member of the team on our manufacturing lines, assisting in the production of our modular timber framed homes.

You will also be required to perform production tasks in our Derby factory, working to defined processes and procedures. Assisting in assembling the finished product and carrying out inspections to ensure high quality standards.

You will also assist in continuously improving performance in the areas of output, cost, quality and service whilst maintaining a safe working environment.

The Manufacturing Operative will be responsible for:

1. Identifying and solving minor problems on the line with colleagues

2. Cutting timber and board materials to size using appropriate cutting equipment.

3. Operating pneumatic and electrical plant equipment, including hand tools

4. Preparing frames/joist sub-assemblies, this will involve manual handling (joists, studs and large panels) using overhead cranes and vac-lifters etc

5. Making floor/ceiling/wall panels using semi-automated framing equipment and hand tools, this will involve manual handling (joists, studs and large panels) using overhead cranes and vac-lifters etc.

6. Insulating cavities and surfaces with acoustic/thermal materials using hand tools

7. Fitting M&E services and sub-assemblies within the cavities using hand tools

8. Cladding panels with sheet materials using semi-automated framing equipment and hand tools

9. Fitting vapour/breather/weatherproof membranes

10. Fitting window/door components using hand tools

11. Assisting with painting/decorating, floor laying (carpet & timber), tiling and joinery

12. Stock picking from racks/boxes to create/build delivery kits for line side use

13. Cutting (PVC, copper and aluminium) and bending of (copper) pipes


Functional Skills and Experiences

1. Ability to follow instruction and communicate with colleagues

2. Experience of working in a production/manufacturing assembly environment is desirable

3. Experience of a practical nature such as joinery, plumbing, roofing or with a trades background would be beneficial


Applying for a Position

This is a full-time position and is based at TopHat, Park Avenue, Dove Valley Park, Foston, Derby, DE65 5BT.

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