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Title:  CNC Lathe Setter (Night shift)

Requisition ID:  50031
Date:  Aug 2, 2022

Bodmin, Cornwall, GB

Department:  Operations



Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate – which all help contribute to a Healthier World.


At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients’ lives each and every day – our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $2.14B in 2020. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNA—our team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.


Job Summary:

In this role, you will program, set and operate CNC lathes in the manufacture and repair of elastomer & plastic moulds, press-tools and other tooling components.

You will demonstrate a proactive mindset for process development, assist in increasing automation and utilisation of equipment, support and contribute to Lean Sigma programs and activities, whilst supporting colleagues, Section Leaders and Managers to meet quality, delivery and cost objectives.


You will comply with the company’s safety, environmental and quality policies at all times.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Program, set & operate CNC Lathes
    • Incl. driven tooling
    • Incl. creation of quality documentation (‘Control-Plans’)
  • Support lathe operators
  • Set & operate grinding machines (surface grinder/cut-off grinder)
  • Comply with all corporate and local site Health & Safety, Environmental and Quality policies, procedures and regulations
  • Comply with all machine instructions and ensure proper use of equipment and assets
  • Comply with all process work instructions, control plans, maintenance and safety schedules
  • Read, understand & interpret Engineering drawings correctly
  • Act in accordance with the Company’s Code of Conduct and Guiding Principles
  • Report any near miss accidents, incidents or HSE irregularities
  • Ensure that your work area(s) are always kept clean and tidy
  • Ensure your PPE is used and maintained correctly
  • Demonstrate a proactive mindset for process development
  • Ensure maximum OEE through effective prioritisation and use of automation
  • Support and contribute to Lean Sigma programs and activities
  • Support the business in meeting all quality, delivery and cost objectives
  • Report issues, problems or irregularities beyond your control to the appropriate person
  • Other duties as assigned


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Required: Formal engineering apprenticeship to NVQ3 level (or C&G equivalent)
  • Desirable: Formal engineering apprenticeship to HNC level (or C&G equivalent)


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Required:
    • Extensive experience in setting & operation of CNC lathes
    • Familiarity and experience in on-machine programming
    • Familiarity and experience of use of measuring equipment
    • Familiarity and experience of interpreting Engineering drawings
    • Familiarity and experience of modern cutting tools and techniques


  • Desirable:
    • Experienced in Mazatrol machine tool control
    • Experienced in multi-axis machine tools
    • Experienced in elastomer mould, plastic mould and press-tool manufacture
    • Experience in conventional toolroom machinery (mills, lathes, surface grinders)
    • Knowledge of other toolroom machinery (cylindrical grinders, EDM, WEDM)
    • Experienced and conversant PC user
    • Experienced in automation processes & database managed machine tools
    • Experience of “Lean Manufacturing” techniques
    • Experienced in Offline programming & part verification







West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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