Where could a career at Thorlux take you?

Thorlux employs approximately 400 people in its modern manufacturing facility in the Moons Moat area of Redditch, Worcestershire. We have excellent facilities including robotic wiring machine, fully automated punch and bend sheet metal line and in house powder coating. We have a long history and we genuinely care about our employees.

Electronic Cell Manager


The Electronics Cell Manager will be required to manage the team and report daily on the status of production, identifying current and future capacity requirements. You will review technical issues and ascertain proactive long term solutions, while conducting problem solving exercises to improve key metrics.
You will be involved with the planning, coordination and control of the entire SMT manufacturing process to ensure goods and services are produced efficiently with a high level of quality.


  • Conduct team briefs.
  • Planning workloads through various SMT lines.
  • Control of maintenance and machine data records.
  • To Train, guide, coach and counsel all departmental staff to achieve optimum performance
  • I Pulse M20 & S10 Pick and place machine (Yamaha Pick and Place machines).
  • AOI & Reflow ovens Advanced programming and operations.
  • Stencil printing of solder paste onto boards.
  • Programming of new jobs using drawings, BOM’s etc. from customers.
  • Rework of SMT components.
  • Picking Kits using Bill of Materials.
  • Prototype builds.
  • Profiling re-flow oven (BTU).
  • Customer Liaison.
  • Continuous Improvements.
  • To program and operate the AOI machine at both the machine and offline station.
  • Understand and interpret information on drawings and bills of materials.
  • Continually examine all processes and materials with a view to offering improved product and reduced departmental costs. Ensure that all required personnel documentation is current and up to date with reference to: training records, probationary progress, absence statements, return to work interviews and holiday entitlement.
  • Be fully competent in the use of M3 in order to carry out stock transactions and physical inventories and to ensure that all departmental components, WIP and consumables are identified, controlled and accurate.
  • Ensures adherence to company rules, policies, and procedures and encourages a positive “lead by example” approach to Health and Safety requirements.
  • Encourage participation from the team to solve problems and instigate new production techniques. Promote good morale and be consistent when dealing with personnel issues.
  • Required to maximise departmental out-put through planning, organising and developing a well-trained, positive Team and planned preventative maintenance schedules in conjunction with the Production Engineering Department.

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience is required, working within a previous Management position within the SMT/PCB process facility.

  • Must have a minimum of 6 years previous experience of FMEA, within a PCB populating process.
  • Must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience for the financial accountability of the department to include labour costs, materials, scrap analysis and reporting.
  • Must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience of preparing SOP’s.
  • Must possess a strong awareness of the Lean / Six Sigma techniques, along with demonstrable achievements within process, FRT or waste reduction.
  • You must have the ability and confidence to prepare statistical data and present to Director level.
  • You must have the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively with your team, senior managers and clients.
  • You must be proficient user of Microsoft Word and Excel to perform critical and constructive team appraisals.
  • Must have IPC-A-610 Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies, IPC711/7721 Rework, Repair and Modification of Electronic Assemblies and IPC-A-610E Common Inspection Errors of Electronic experience and qualifications.

We offer an excellent range of benefits to include Pension, Company Bonus (after qualifying period) and 25 days flexible holiday in addition to statutory Bank Holidays, excellent opportunities for personal and professional development exist here at Thorlux Lighting.

AOI Programmer/Operator


To program and operate the AOI machine, informing the team leaders of any defects found as part of the first off and batch inspections. The role includes writing and improving programs, liaising with the Electrical, Manufacturing and Technical departments. Statistical data should be monitored and reported as part of process control and overall improvement.


  • To program and operate the AOI machine at both the machine and offline station.
  • Examine circuit boards to detect defects such as shorts, excess or missing solder, scratches, cracks and placement of components.
  • Assist the Quality/Engineering departments solve manufacturing problems and issues..
  • Liaise with engineering functions to strive to improve production processes.
  • Possess - Good IT Skills and attention to detail required.
  • Perform routine machine maintenance.
  • Verify conformance to specified dimensions – producing PCB’s to IPC-A-610, class 1 as a minimum.
  • Understand and interpret information on drawings and bills of materials.
  • Train personnel on automated inspection equipment as needed.
  • Populate PCB’s to the specification defined as - IPC-A-610.
  • Be able to rework to IPC711/7721 levels – rework, repair and modification of electronic assemblies.
  • Be proficient in soldering with lead free pasted.
  • Advise on tools required to aid in assembly and rework processes.
  • Be responsible in maintaining the rework tools and kit.
  • Maintain Health and Safety procedures and promote good working practices.

How to Apply

If you are interested in any of the above positions you have three options:

  1. Contact Julie Laman (Group Personnel Manager) on +44 (0)1527 583200 for an application form
  2. Complete the PDF version of the application form on your computer and return by Email to recruitment@thorlux.co.uk
  3. Print off and fill out the PDF version using a blue or black pen and return by post to the below address

Julie Laman (Group Personnel Manager)
Thorlux Lighting
Merse Road
North Moons Moat
B98 9HH
United Kingdom

You may include a CV if you wish but only submissions including the FW Thorpe Plc application form can be accepted.

(Need help? Please view the instructions for completing in Word Version)

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