Career and Job Opportunities at SWS UK

Work for the UK's leading manufacturer of physical security products and automated garage doors.

Who Are SWS UK?

SWS is a growing manufacturing company currently employing more than 100 staff.

Established in 1985, we are very proud to be a leading British manufacturer of garage and industrial doors, security shutters, as well as fire shutters.

As part of our growth and continuous development, we are particularly proud of our Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) and Police approved ‘Secured By Design’ products. These industry-recognised accreditations give us the most comprehensive range from any security manufacturer.

Where Are We Based?

After outgrowing our previous premises, we moved to our purpose-built manufacturing and office facilities in Claughton, Lancashire in December 2000.

With the additional square footage, we can house our workforce made up of different specialisms and skills under one roof, meaning that we can offer unrivalled customer service by looking after all orders from start to finish.

 

Who Are Our Team?

We have a range of different departments at SWS UK, meaning that there are a range of roles to suit different skill sets.

These departments include:

  • Marketing
  • Customer Services
  • Accounts & Finance
  • Installation
  • HR
  • (Office-based) Technical Sales
  • Regional Sales
  • Manufacturing
  • Design & Development

What Next?

If you're looking for a career in one of these areas and want to work for SWS UK, why not send us your CV with a covering letter? Fill out the form below to tell us about yourself and how SWS would benefit from your skills and experience.

IT Developer

The Microsoft Access Developer will be exposed to all areas of software development including, design, development, stakeholder review, testing, implementation and maintenance. The ideal candidate will have experience in the design, coding, development, issue resolution and documentation of Access based applications as user interface. The candidate should be very familiar with Microsoft Access/VBA and have a strong understanding of Microsoft SQL Server. 

Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  • Participate in staff meetings dedicated to the development of core programs and enhancements.
  • Design, develop and implement a MS Access database application that meets management objectives.
  • Work with consultants and other areas of the business as may be needed to help develop programs and maintain existing programs.
  • Assume responsibility for full project lifecycle.
  • Provide maintenance support for programs already developed.
  • Provide application support to users.
  • Keep a detailed record of planning and coding performed.
  • Deliver high quality design notes for future operations to modernize the application.
  • Work with the team to ensure database application is securely backed up.
  • Support application issues and service request as needed.
  • Document status and keep team informed of progress.
  • Follow application performance, security and coding standards.
  • Assist with inhouse support of hardware and software on our manufacturing site.
  • Work flexibly to meet the needs of the business.

To be successful in this role you’ll have:

  • Experience working with MS Access/VBA and Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Previous experience with constructing a ground-up database with multiple data input sources.
  • Experience with developing software programs via Microsoft Access.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent research skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work in a team and inspire other staff members to think creatively.
  • Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to execute projects on time.

The Person

  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft packages specifically Access/VBA and SQL Server.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Independent thinker that uses own initiative.
  • Organised and efficient with excellent problem solving skills.
  • Great attention to detail.
  • A team player who builds strong internal and external relationships.

Factory Operative

Our small but established and knowledgeable teams have quality at the heart of everything they do, and are focussed on getting gates, garage doors, industrial shutters and more, out of the door on time, every time. 

Working in the manufacturing department, you’ll be supporting the Factory Management Team to ensure the highest standards and rates of production. In this role, you’ll:

  • Manufacture our products to agreed specification and in line with daily production rates.
  • Operate a range of machinery as part of a multi-skilled team.
  • Focus on quality standards to ensure these are achieved and maintained.
  • Minimise waste by increasing efficiency and reducing errors.
  • Live by the 6S housekeeping methods to ensure environmental standards are sound.
  • Operate safely within health and safety guidance.
  • Take a proactive approach to training to ensure multi-skilling across teams.

To excel in this role, you’ll be:

  • Great at following written instructions and sticking to a process.
  • Able to spot when something doesn’t look quite right and proactively escalate for a resolution.
  • Skilled at understanding finished product & factory quality procedures.
  • Able to use computers to a reasonable standard.
  • Comfortable juggling priorities and managing time effectively.
  • An excellent communicator.
  • A strong team player.
  • At an advantage if you have a welding qualification.

Despatch Operative

The Despatch Operative will be responsible for the safe and efficient despatch of finished stock ensuring that Factory production deliveries are loaded in a timely and safe manner.

Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  • Responsible for loading full stillages into the trailers
  • Keep control of stillage returns, ensuring system is updated.
  • Replenish the empty stillage locations, ensuring stillage labels are updated.
  • Organise, maintain and plan the ‘Despatch’ area.
  • Move stock around either by hand, utilising lifting equipment or a fork lift truck as required in line with manual handling guidelines
  • Ensure stock is picked and loaded in time to all relevant daily orders to meet agreed deadlines.
  • Utilise the Despatch and yard areas efficiently and effectively
  • Adhere to the company’s processes and procedures

To be successful in this role you’ll have:

  • Operate in a safe manner complying with health, safety and environmental requirements to ensure own safety and the safety of others
  • Keep Despatch area clean and tidy to ensure operational efficiency
  • Ensure accuracy of all stock levels at all times

The Person

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent numeracy skills
  • Independent thinker that uses own initiative
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Organised and efficient
  • Great attention to detail
  • A team player who builds strong internal and external relationships
  • Reliable and dependable

Quality Manager

The Quality Manager will be involved in defining and implementing the QA strategies for each area, promoting continuous improvement through the adaptation of Lean 6 Sigma methodologies, monitoring compliance, identifying deficiencies, and minimizing their potential impact upon the organization and driving cultural change through great leadership at each level of the organization.

Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  • Developing standards operating procedures in support of quality compliance goals.
  • Leading initiatives to improve quality compliance and quality systems where compliance improvement is identified through audits and monitoring.
  • Providing leadership, guidance and communicating trends from NCR details.
  • Supporting supplier qualification were appropriate for high profile or critical vendors.
  • Manage a quality process to achieve performance improvements and embed a culture that supports continuous improvement.
  • Evaluating purchased product performance, supplier's process controls and the effectiveness of established supplier quality systems. Recommend and implement the continuous improvement of supplier quality systems.
  • Coordinating with manufacturing and other internal departments to define and resolve product or service supplier quality issues.
  • Participates in Quality Metrics reviews, management reviews.
  • Develops quality internal audit plan annually in support of Quality programs.
  • Tracks all inspections of the site by regulatory authorities, providing guidance to the site for observation responses when appropriate. Capture observations and analyze for trends for communication to the broader site network, or updates to quality systems.
  • Identifying quality compliance risks proactively and working with onsite leadership to create and implement mitigation plans.
  • Frequent interaction with senior management, using negotiation and influence skills to achieve mutually beneficial and compliance outcomes.
  • Managing the customer compliant process.
  • Systematic identification of improvement potential as well as continuous monitoring and further development of processes in close cooperation with the Product Development Team.

 

To be successful in this role you’ll have:

  • Gained at least 3 years of professional experience in Quality for a Manufacturing facility.
  • Experience of running an ISO9001 & ISO14001 Integrated Management System.
  • Have the know-how in process development in a manufacturing company and good methodological skills, e.g. in Lean Management, 8D Report, FMEA, etc
  • You have experience in project management and an analytical and innovative mindset.
  • Your strengths include organizational and coordination skills, problem-solving competence and an independent and structured way of working.
  • Your distinctive communication skills and willingness to cooperate distinguish you.

The Person

  • Quality focussed with a drive to ensure standards are upheld
  • Be flexible and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with aggressive and dynamic timelines
  • Have the ability to collaborate, facilitate and support standard practices across multiple departments.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Independent thinker that uses their own initiative
  • Organised and efficient with excellent problem-solving skills
  • Great attention to detail
  • A team player who builds strong internal and external relationships

Product Development Manager

Planning and implementing the overall research and development strategy for product developments and enhancements and ensuring that all relevant technical detail is up to date.


Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  • To establish a vision and strategy of innovative and margin enhancing improvements within the core sectors of the business.
  • To establish a product development plan which maximises the life cycle of company products and company differentiation against competitors within our target sectors.
  • To be responsible for the product management of existing products so that competitive advantage is achieved and the company benefits from delivering quality products at a competitive price.
  • To ensure that all developments are on target for release date and a robust costing and pricing structures are in place.
  • To be accountable for continuous production by ensuring that product enhancements are communicated effectively to the Production Manager and that training is carried out to all relevant departments.
  • To contribute to quality and commercial services of the business by the dissemination of technical knowledge whenever appropriate.
  • Collect, understand and record market and competitor information with a view to using this to the competitive advantage of SWS UK.
  • To monitor sales trends and customer input to develop a plan of future developments.
  • To ensure that all product enhancements meet with legislative and standard requirements and that patent opportunities are registered.
  • All product risk assessments are completed and recorded.
  • To liase with sales and marketing regarding literature and technical documentation.
  • To ensure that technical files are in place and up to date.
  • Product Development meetings are held regularly to ensure the effective communication and feedback of the plan to all departments.
  • Work instructions for all product enhancements are generated and up to date.
  • To liase with IT to form a specification for the implementation of product enhancements into Opera and CSM.
  • To liase with Purchasing to ensure that all stock requirements and drawings are communicated within the timescale indicated on the plan.
  • A training plan is in place for all staff and customers relating to the implementation of product enhancements.

To be successful in this role you’ll have:

  • Have gained at least 3 years of professional experience in Product Development.
  • Mechanical Engineering Qualification, including knowledge of Solid works
  • Have the know-how in process development in a manufacturing company and good methodological skills,
    e.g. in Lean Management, 8D Report, FMEA, etc
  • You have experience in project management and an analytical and innovative mindset.
  • Your strengths include organizational and coordination skills, problem-solving competence and an independent and structured way of working.
  • Your distinctive communication skills and willingness to cooperate distinguish you.

The Person

  • Be flexible and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with aggressive and dynamic timelines
  • Have the ability to collaborate, facilitate and support standard practices across multiple departments.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Independent thinker that uses own initiative
  • Organised and efficient with excellent problem solving skills
  • Great attention to detail

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