CNC Setter (Night Shift)


A fantastic opportunity has now arisen as we are actively seeking to recruit a Night Shift CNC Setter to join our team at our office in Andover. You will set the production machinery and equipment correctly to achieve the output rate needed to complete the production plan and you will machine metal components from raw billets working to the standards specified to ensure quality and ensure on-time delivery of goods.

We are looking for a hard-working individual who will be responsible for the set-up and operation of CNC Lathe and Mill machines to ensure high-quality components for our products and who will most importantly match the values we aspire to achieve at R E Thompson.


Founded in 1948, R E Thompson has specialised for 75 years in manufacturing high precision parts and providing a complete manufacturing engineering solution to our customers.

Our company has built its reputation through working in true partnership with its clients, collaborating at the early stages of design and right through the manufacturing process. We value and reward the forward-thinking, creative people in our teams, and we know that our extraordinary staff are our greatest asset.

Today, we are on a mission to be the leading precision manufacturer, producing more effectively and efficiently than ever before. Our vision is to innovate, transform and autonomise manufacturing, optimising it to its full potential.

We continue to invest in cutting edge technology and we are extremely proud of our significant growth trajectory. We have ambitious plans for the future, which makes it the ideal time to join our fast-growing, innovative company.

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  • Location: Andover
  • Hours: 6.30pm- 6.30am (46hours) Monday to Thursday
  • Reports: Production Manager



  • Set production machinery and equipment
  • Perform product changeover, setups and run established tooling to the manufacturing specification, within production time targets
  • Diagnose and correct running faults in a timely manner
  • Control the process to maximise output but minimise scrap
  • Maintain and improve machine efficiencies: perform basic maintenance task to ensure the safe and efficient operation of equipment
  • Identify tool preparation requirements and communicate these and any defects to tooling technicians via the tooling sheet
  • Complete quality checks and maintain product quality standards in line with QA specifications
  • Manufacture the product to the required standards and record all data as required by the quality standards


  • Operate and finish machine parts as specified on tooling sheets
  • Able to lift and remove heavy parts onto machines
  • Conduct in-process inspection, ensuring quality of parts is to the required standard
  • Ensure machines are maintained at the highest hygiene level possible for efficient running (topping up coolant and oil as required)
  • Maintain and improve machine efficiencies: perform basic maintenance task to ensure the safe and efficient operation of equipment
  • Communicate any problems or opportunity for improvement to your manager/team leader
  • Maintain a clean, tidy and safe working environment



  • No specific qualifications are needed although any gained in a similar job role will be beneficial
  • Previously worked in an engineering company using machinery
  • CNC Setter experience & Operator experience
  • Tooling knowledge and able to set up machines
  • Excellent eye sight and hand/eye co-ordination
  • Able to stand and concentrate for long periods of time


  • Previous experience working in a manufacturing engineering environment (ideally aerospace/ motorsport manufacturing environment)
  • Able to interpret, read and understand internal drawings
  • Inspect 1st offs, spotting any problems and resolving
  • Lean manufacturing experience & Operational programming knowledge
  • Fanuc G code, Mill/Turn, 5 axis milling
  • Understanding of manufacturing processes & geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing


  • Hand-Dextrous; good with both hands and good hand-eye coordination
  • Good eye sight and strong attention to detail
  • Able to show an organised methodical way of working
  • Excellent interpersonal skills & collaborates well in a small team and with a range of people
  • Able to operate with minimum supervision in a complex environment
  • Excellent listening skills and able to follow written and verbal instructions
  • Good proficiency with computers
  • Able to maintain tidiness and order around work area


  • In-house training provided, such as job shadowing + on the job tuition
  • hyperMILL, hyperCAD-S and CMM training provided
  • 25 days holiday (increasing on length of service) + public holidays
  • Pension + Life Assurance
  • Free on-site parking
  • Facilities ideally located, within easy walking distance of Whitchurch/ Andover Station

If ​you are interested, please click on “Apply for this role” at the top of the page and complete the application.
Please note that candidates must be eligible to work in the UK to be considered. We will therefore not be sponsoring visas for this role.​

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

Recruitment Team
R E Thompson

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