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Wheel Lathe Team Leader / Operative


Location: Suffolk

Job Type: Full time


Our commitment to you, once you join our team, is to foster growth and provide developmental opportunities to ensure you reach your utmost potential.

Wheel Lathe Team Leader / Operative

Freightliner Maintenance Ltd Ipswich VMF

Freightliner Maintenance has built a brand new wagon maintenance facility located near Ipswich train station. We are recruiting for a Wheel Lathe Team Leader / Operative for our wheel lathe . The successful applicantwill be responsible for carrying out tyre turning events on locos, wagons and loose wheelsets.

Responsibilities whilst working in the role will include:

  • Adhering to health & safety and local safety policy requirements, and other safety and
technical standards

  • Ensuring Freightliner company engineering standards and procedures are understood, applied
and followed.

  • Leading
and managing a team of Wheel Lathe Operators to achieve the Ipswich VMF objectives.

  • Managing and controlling the movement of wheelsets within
the Ipswich VMF.

  • Be able to cover for a Wheel Lathe Operator when absent t
yre turning locos, wagons and loose wheelsets in accordance with approved maintenance plans and standards.

  • Ensuring all relevant
records for tyre turning are correctly completed to company standards through our electronic Asset Management System

  • Maintaining high standards of housekeeping whilst having an ability to identify and reduce
hazards to ensure a clean and safe environment is maintained whilst carrying out your duties.

  • Carry
basic preventive maintenance on the wheel lathe.

  • Being
an effective communicator, liaising closely with the Depot Supervisors and Facilities and Materials Manager.


  • Commitment to adopting safe working practices

  • A willingness to be flexible a
s this role will require some working away from your home location mainly at the start of your employment

  • An appreciation of mechanical maintenance activities and a willingness to learn.

  • A background knowledge and experience of
machining, working to tight tolerances and meticulous record keeping.

  • Preferably apprentice trained or equivalent and have experience in mechanical maintenance

  • A UK driving licence.

The successful applicant should be safety conscious and motivated to work safely to tight deadlines, a team member who can also work on their own unsupervised. Please note it is planned that this post works a 24/7 shift patter. It is also subject to standard pre-employment checks including employment references, medical, D&A screening and successful DBS background checks

We are looking for the most committed and reliable individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and experience needed for their roles.

In return we can offer competitive pay, excellent benefits, a competitive pension scheme and a rewarding career in an award-winning team