Tool Room Manager - AA Position (Ref: METRM)

Position in the Engineering sector in Pietermaritzburg - Kwa- Zulu Natal
Posted On Tuesday 1 September 2020
Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Tool Room Manager to join their team. The successful incumbent will be responsible to make or improve different types of tools to enable the production processes within a manufacturing facility to be as efficient as possible. The position reports directly to the General Manager: Technology


Main job function

People Management:

Through the utilization of the tooling engineering team, provide leadership in the development of tooling and machined products/components

Through the utilization of resource management tools, ensure that the tooling engineering team’s activities are in line with the overall company strategic objectives with regards to the tool room

Department lead in Coaching and Mentorship of employees in the Tool Room department including Apprentice Tool Makers in training


Tool Development:

New tooling: designing, draughting, programming, planning and execution of all new tooling projects within cost, time and scope of work limitations

Jigs and Fixtures: Ensure that supporting jigs and fixtures are in line with product design and manufacturing requirements specifications for output production

Information management: Ensure that a data library is created and well managed to keep all information related to the company intellectual property with tool room work



Periodic technical and management reporting are a requirement for the job role, details of which will be provided by the GM Technology


Quality Management:

Assist the Quality department in the reduction of production waste throughout the factory; by the design and manufacture of related gauges for quality control and manufacturing process stability

Assist with guidelines during the supplier qualification and audit processes for outsourced supply of products and components related to tooling


Sales and Marketing:

Outwork estimation and execution for external customers requiring utilizing our tooling facility, while maintaining costs allocated and timeline restrictions

Project estimations for bidding purposes on future projects


Trade Tested Tool Maker (Qualified)

Any Management Certification or Qualification an advantage



A minimum of 10 years’ total experience in the tool-making field, 5 years in a related managerial role

Specific combined experience preferred

Platework, injection moulding (plastic and/or rubber), forging, casting (ferrous and/or non-ferrous metals)

Experience in the electrical power transmission and distribution industry a distinct advantage

Design project engineering and management in relation to tooling and other machining projects

Legal knowledge required (as amended):

-      Basic Understanding of South African Labour Laws

Personnel Management

ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard and related systems


Work Systems

Project Management — Intermediate to Advanced Level

Microsoft Office: Projects, PowerPoint, Excel and Word — Intermediate to Advanced Level

ERP understanding — basic Level

Mastercam or CATIA programming — Intermediate to Advanced

SolidWorks — Intermediate to Advanced


CurroQuip Job Management System — Intermediate to Advanced


A Consultant will be in touch if you are shortlisted for the position.  Please consider your application unsuccessful should you not have been contacted within 2 weeks.  We will keep your CV on our database and contact you should you match the criteria of any other vacancies.

Please contact Melanie Els