“I secured my dream job at Alpha’s Recruitment Open Day”

In August, Alpha Manufacturing held its first ever Recruitment Open Day. With up to 30 positions available in a range of skilled and unskilled roles, candidates were offered the chance to interview for their preferred role on the day.

Offering robust training schemes and professional development opportunities, a Group bonus scheme and competitive salaries, the Open Day was a great success with over 70 potential candidates attending over three time slots throughout the day, and almost all roles filled, with some candidates being offered the job on the day.

RoffyAmongst the attendees on the day was Roffy Chitumba, a recent Masters graduate in Advanced Product Design, who was looking to start his career in the engineering industry. Roffy picks up his story from here: “As early as I can remember I have always had a passion for engineering, always wanting to understand how machines and moving parts work, but growing up in Zimbabwe there were not many higher education pathways for me to develop the knowledge and skills required.

“After moving to England to pursue my education, I attended University to study Aeronautical Engineering in Manchester. Once I graduated, I worked in technical support for a consultancy for a while, but I wanted to continue my education in engineering and manufacturing, to give myself the best start to my career in this area, which is why I pursued my Masters degree in Advanced Product Design.

“I found out about the Recruitment Open Day at Alpha Manufacturing through social media, and it came at the perfect time for me, having recently completed my Masters degree. I was so impressed with Alpha’s Apprenticeship Scheme, Higher Apprenticeships and training opportunities it seemed like a company that really invested in its employees.

“At the Open Day, I took a tour around Alpha’s facilities and was fascinated by the scale of the factory and the world-class machinery.  It’s exactly the kind of place I had dreamed of working, somewhere I can get stuck in and put my theory knowledge into practical experience, learning every part of the production process.  Meeting the wider team, including an interview with Operations Manager, Neal Lafford, was really interesting and after a nervous week waiting to hear news, I was absolutely thrilled to be offered the position of Quality Inspector with the goal of becoming a Production Engineer. My skills, knowledge of CAD design and modelling, made me the perfect fit for this area. I couldn’t believe it when I got the offer. It was a dream come true, to be offered the role I applied for with the scope to progress.

“The first month has been a whirlwind experience. I took part in a two-week induction, working on the factory floor operating machines, welding, polishing and getting some hands-on involvement of the journey in which parts go through in the production line. This week, I am finally in the Quality team and I’m already loving it. Through a combination of the knowledge learnt during my degrees and getting to know the manufacturing methods on my induction, this has helped me to get into the mindset of a Quality Inspector; being able to spot possible areas within the production of a component where issues may occur and working with the Production Engineers to find solutions.

“I already feel a part of something special here at Alpha and am looking forward to doing the best possible job I can do for the company.  My advice to anyone who is worried about applying for their dream job, just go for it! Never give up, as there may be the perfect opportunity out there for you, like this one at Alpha is to me. If you’re willing to work hard and get stuck in, then good things will happen. Follow your dreams!”

Are you looking for your dream job? Take a look at our available positions on our careers page.

Find out more about our Quality Team, meet Ben Austin and Peter Ricketts.

Alpha Manufacturing Team Continues to Grow with Appointment of New Commercial Manager, Michael Whitfield

Having worked for JCB for 15 years, most recently in the Global Major Accounts department as General Manager, Michael Whitfield has joined Alpha to support recent business growth and continue to drive the company forward.

Michael Whitfield

Michael’s new role will see him working with Commercial Director, Robin Eley and Technical Sales Engineer, Corey Hammond, building relationships with new and existing customers and supporting the continuing growth of the business.

Michael’s appointment comes at an exciting time for Alpha, as the company is experiencing unprecedented demand for its services with the opening of two new sites this year; Alpha Integrated Solutions and Alpha Manufacturing Chemical Technologies, a brand new 35,000 sq ft facility in Beacon Park, Stafford in collaboration with global brand INEOS Electrochemical Solutions.

On his new role, Michael said: “As someone who is passionate about the engineering and manufacturing industry, I’ve been following the evolution of Alpha Manufacturing, and the whole Bri-Stor Group for a long time, and have always been impressed. Something that really stands out is the way Alpha values its staff, and has such strong relationships with its customers.

“I have no doubt Alpha has an exciting future ahead as it continues to grow and I look forward to being part of that journey.”

Living locally to Hixon, Michael lives with his wife and two young children. The family are active in the local community and although having young children occupies much of his time, Michael enjoys keeping fit through running and playing football with friends as well as embarking on DIY projects at home.

Welcome to the Alpha Team Michael, and good luck in your new role.

Alpha Manufacturing to host Recruitment Open Day due to recent growth

With up to 30 roles available in a range of skilled and unskilled roles, Alpha Manufacturing is offering the chance to interview for your preferred role on the day

Hixon based sheet metal manufacturer; Alpha Manufacturing is hosting an open day in order to recruit for nearly 30 new roles created due to recent businesses growth.  Part of the Bri-Stor Group, Alpha Manufacturing occupies a 35acre site, shared with sister companies; Bri-Stor Systems, Atlas Coating and Hex Signs and Graphics.

Since the start of this year, Alpha Manufacturing has seen a surge in demand for quality UK sheet metal manufacturing, resulting in the opening of two new divisions; Alpha Integrated Technologies and the most recent being Alpha Manufacturing Chemical Technologies, a 35,000sq ft purpose-built manufacturing facility in Beacon Park, Stafford in partnership with global chemical company INEOS Electrochemical Solutions.

This recent success has led to the creation of new roles, including both skilled and unskilled positions with quality training in place for those looking to begin their career within the engineering industry, such as; MIG and TIG Welders, Production Team Leaders, CNC Machine Operators, Quality Inspectors, Press Brake Operatives and more. Offering robust training schemes and professional development opportunities, a Group bonus scheme and competitive salaries, Alpha Manufacturing is anticipating large numbers of applications.

Talking about the scale of the opportunity, Managing Director Paul Clews, said: “This is an exciting time to be part of Alpha. As we respond to the recent demand for our services, business is booming and we are pleased to be able to offer a number of positions within our production facility. With the opening of our Chemical Technologies division planned for mid-2022, we hope to be able to offer even more quality jobs going forward with our ambitious, yet achievable growth plans, which we hope will be a big boost to the local economy and for local people.”

The open day, on the 18th August 2021, will provide prospective employees with the opportunity to take a tour around the factory and to view the state-of-the-art machinery for themselves, which includes the longest STOPA Storage System in the UK. With three time slots throughout the day, interested parties will also be given the chance to participate in an on-the-day interview for the role they are interested in, or hand in their CV.

Group HR Manager, Karen Barnacle added: “I am very excited about the opportunity to recruit for such a large group of new talent to enhance our 500 plus people strong workforce across the Bri-Stor Group. The Group is renowned for our apprenticeship programme, employee development opportunities, as well as our people retention, with a number of our employees having been with the Group for over 15 years – This recruitment drive really does represent a great opportunity to kickstart your career.”

The open day will be held at Alpha Manufacturing premises in Hixon, Staffordshire, with three time slots throughout the day available to pre-book. Book your slot here: https://bit.ly/AlphaRecruitmentOpenDay

Production Team Leader

Alpha Manufacturing, a member of the Bri-Stor Group, is a privately-owned business fabricating sheet metal in the UK. Alpha designs and produces both sheet metal work components and assemblies. Established in 1989, the company now employs over 100 people. Utilising industry leading technology, Alpha Manufacturing have facilities to design, prototype and manufacture a diverse range of products all in their purpose-built sheet metal fabrication factory in the heart of Staffordshire.

Having experienced significant growth and success over the last few years, we are looking to strengthen our team with the recruitment of a Production Team Leader.

Key Responsibilities:

·       Co-ordinate and supervise all day-to-day activities of the team to meet the production targets.

·         Liaise with other team leaders on a day-to-day basis to assist in ensuring continuity of materials and component parts between areas.

·         Highlight any existing or forecasted problems to the Production Manager.

·         Carry out weekly 5S assessment and ensure the team carry out daily and weekly 5S cleaning tasks.

·         Ensure all machine TPM’s are carried out by your team at the required frequency, and report back any machine faults or potential faults.

·         Must understand and ensure all team members comply with stock and MRP systems and procedures.

·         Highlight potential and perceived shortages, including managing a system that informs the relevant teams that the shortage is critical. This includes escalating the issue if the answers are not satisfactory.

·         Ensure all Production Operatives carry out activities in line with any current SOP’s.

·         Provide regular reports to the Production Manager on team performance against specified targets.

 

The Candidate

·       Flexible and able to adapt as required

·       Excellent organisational and time management skills

·       Excellent communication skills

·       Ability to supervise and lead a team

·       Experience in a team leader/supervisor role

 

Package

The successful candidate will be entitled to:

·       25 days annual leave plus bank holidays

·       Company bonus scheme

·       Continental day and night shifts available

 

Welder

Alpha Manufacturing, a member of the Bri-Stor Group, is a privately-owned business fabricating sheet metal in the UK. Alpha designs and produces both sheet metal work components and assemblies. Established in 1989, the company now employs over 100 people. Utilising industry leading technology, Alpha Manufacturing have facilities to design, prototype and manufacture a diverse range of products all in their purpose-built sheet metal fabrication factory in the heart of Staffordshire.

Having experienced significant growth and success over the last few years, we are looking to strengthen our team with the recruitment of a Welder.

Key Responsibilities:

·        MIG welding ranging from 1mm – 20mm

·        Welding various materials, predominantly mild steel

·        Using jigs whilst welding

·        Maintaining all health and safety standards

The Candidate:

·       Flexible and able to adapt as required

·       Excellent organisational and time management skills

·       Excellent communication skills

·       Ability to work alone and as part of a team

·       MIG Welding experience

Package:

The successful candidate will be entitled to:

·       Earn up to £16 per hour

·       Wide variety of shifts available

·       25 days annual leave plus bank holidays

·       Company bonus scheme

TIG Welder

Alpha Manufacturing, a member of the Bri-Stor Group, is a privately-owned business fabricating sheet metal in the UK. Alpha designs and produces both sheet metal work components and assemblies. Established in 1989, the company now employs over 100 people. Utilising industry leading technology, Alpha Manufacturing have facilities to design, prototype and manufacture a diverse range of products all in their purpose-built sheet metal fabrication factory in the heart of Staffordshire.

Having experienced significant growth and success over the last few years, we are looking to strengthen our team with the recruitment of a TIG Welder.

Key Responsibilities:

·        Precision TIG welding of high-grade stainless steel

·        Fabricating to new drawings using bespoke jigging systems

·        Use of purging techniques is preferred but not essential

·        Maintaining all health and safety standards

The Candidate:

·       Flexible and able to adapt as required

·       Excellent organisational and time management skills

·       Excellent communication skills

·       Ability to work alone and as part of a team

·       Experience TIG welding high-grade stainless steel

Package:

The successful candidate will be entitled to:

·       Earn up to £17 per hour

·       Wide variety of shifts available

·       25 days annual leave plus bank holidays

·       Company bonus scheme

Robot Weld Operative

Alpha Manufacturing, a member of the Bri-Stor Group, is a privately-owned business fabricating sheet metal in the UK. Alpha designs and produces both sheet metal work components and assemblies. Established in 1989, the company now employs over 100 people. Utilising industry leading technology, Alpha Manufacturing have facilities to design, prototype and manufacture a diverse range of products all in their purpose-built sheet metal fabrication factory in the heart of Staffordshire.

Having experienced significant growth and success over the last few years, we are looking to strengthen our team with the recruitment of a Robot Weld Operative.

Key Responsibilities:

The Candidate:

Package:

The successful candidate will be entitled to:

Quality Inspector

Alpha Manufacturing, a member of the Bri-Stor Group, is a privately-owned business fabricating sheet metal in the UK. Alpha designs and produces both sheet metal work components and assemblies. Established in 1989, the company now employs over 100 people. Utilising industry leading technology, Alpha Manufacturing have facilities to design, prototype and manufacture a diverse range of products all in their purpose-built sheet metal fabrication factory in the heart of Staffordshire.

Having experienced significant growth and success over the last few years, we are looking to strengthen our team with the recruitment of a Quality Inspector.

Key Responsibilities:

·        Working as part of the Quality Team

·        Inspecting components & assemblies to drawing standards or inspection documents

·        Aiding production to achieve RFT targets

·        Maintaining all health and safety standards

The Candidate:

·       Flexible and able to adapt as required

·       Excellent organisational and time management skills

·       Excellent communication skills

·       Ability to work alone and as part of a team

·       Experience working in a manufacturing quality inspection role

Package:

The successful candidate will be entitled to:

·       Earn up to £13 per hour

·       Wide variety of shift patterns available

·       25 days annual leave plus bank holidays

·       Company bonus scheme

 

Linisher

Alpha Manufacturing, a member of the Bri-Stor Group, is a privately-owned business fabricating sheet metal in the UK. Alpha designs and produces both sheet metal work components and assemblies. Established in 1989, the company now employs over 100 people. Utilising industry leading technology, Alpha Manufacturing have facilities to design, prototype and manufacture a diverse range of products all in their purpose-built sheet metal fabrication factory in the heart of Staffordshire.

Having experienced significant growth and success over the last few years, we are looking to strengthen our team with the recruitment of a Linisher.

Key Responsibilities:

·        Working within our busy fabrication department

·        Grinding and linishing a range of products to various standards

·        Maintaining all health and safety standards

The Candidate

·       Flexible and able to adapt as required

·       Excellent organisational and time management skills

·       Excellent communication skills

·       Ability to work alone and as part of a team

·       Full training can be provided for anyone wishing to re-train

Package

The successful candidate will be entitled to:

·       Earn up to £14 per hour

·       Wide variety of shift patterns available

·       25 days annual leave plus bank holidays

·       Company bonus scheme

CNC Router Operative

Alpha Manufacturing, a member of the Bri-Stor Group, is a privately-owned business fabricating sheet metal in the UK. Alpha designs and produces both sheet metal work components and assemblies. Established in 1989, the company now employs over 100 people. Utilising industry leading technology, Alpha Manufacturing have facilities to design, prototype and manufacture a diverse range of products all in their purpose-built sheet metal fabrication factory in the heart of Staffordshire.

Having experienced significant growth and success over the last few years, we are looking to strengthen our team with the recruitment of a CNC Router Operative.

Key Responsibilities:

·        Operating CNC Router

·        Cutting various products up to 20mm thick

·        Ability to program is preferred but not essential

·        Maintaining all health and safety standards

The Candidate:

·       Flexible and able to adapt as required

·       Excellent organisational and time management skills

·       Excellent communication skills

·       Ability to work alone and as part of a team

·       Full training can be provided for anyone wishing to re-train

Package:

The successful candidate will be entitled to:

·       Earn up to £14 per hour

·       Continental Day shift

·       25 days annual leave

·       Company bonus scheme

 

CNC Punch Operative

Alpha Manufacturing, a member of the Bri-Stor Group, is a privately-owned business fabricating sheet metal in the UK. Alpha designs and produces both sheet metal work components and assemblies. Established in 1989, the company now employs over 100 people. Utilising industry leading technology, Alpha Manufacturing have facilities to design, prototype and manufacture a diverse range of products all in their purpose-built sheet metal fabrication factory in the heart of Staffordshire.

Having experienced significant growth and success over the last few years, we are looking to strengthen our team with the recruitment of a CNC Punch Operative.

Key Responsibilities:

·        Operate various CNC Punch machines

·        Maintain current tooling portfolio

·        Maintaining all health and safety standards

·        All machines have fully automated material handling systems

The Candidate:

·       Flexible and able to adapt as required

·       Excellent organisational and time management skills

·       Full training can be provided for anyone wishing to re-train

Package:

The successful candidate will be entitled to:

·       Earn up to £16 per hour

·       Continental Day and Night shifts available

·       25 days annual leave

·       Company bonus scheme

 

Press Brake Operative

Alpha Manufacturing, a member of the Bri-Stor Group, is a privately-owned business fabricating sheet metal in the UK. Alpha designs and produces both sheet metal work components and assemblies. Established in 1989, the company now employs over 100 people. Utilising industry leading technology, Alpha Manufacturing have facilities to design, prototype and manufacture a diverse range of products all in their purpose-built sheet metal fabrication factory in the heart of Staffordshire.

Having experienced significant growth and success over the last few years, we are looking to strengthen our team with the recruitment of a Press Brake Operative.

Key Responsibilities:

·        Operating press brake

·        Manual folding of items up to 10mm thick and up to 4m wide

·        Ability to Set-Up is preferable but not essential

·        Maintaining all health and safety standards

The Candidate:

·       Flexible and able to adapt as required

·       Excellent organisational and time management skills

·       Excellent communication skills

·       Ability to work alone and as part of a team

·       Full training can be provided for anyone wishing to re-train

Package:

The successful candidate will be entitled to:

·       Earn up to £16 per hour

·       Continental Day and Night shifts available

·       25 days annual leave

·       Company bonus scheme

Joining the Bri-Stor Group is an Exciting Opportunity

Growing up in Staffordshire, just a few miles from the family business, Martin Smith spent much of his childhood watching his parents build Bri-Stor Systems Limited (Bri-Stor is an abbreviation of British Storage). Today, as CEO of the Bri-Stor Group, he reflects on his own career and the tough lessons he learned along the way.

“Growing up in the 80s and 90s I didn’t see a lot of my parents; they were always at work and I suppose looking back I didn’t really have a full appreciation of their hard work and what it meant for my future. At that time, I spent a lot of time playing sport, in particular cricket and hockey and enjoyed playing at a reasonably high level. As for school, I was a challenging lad to say the least, I was a bright kid and I loved my school, but I was quite mischievous and was often looking for clever ways to distract my mates and the teaching staff. That said, I did pretty well in my GCSEs and A Levels, and the turning point really came for me when I was 18 and took up a place on a four-year degree at Bath University, studying International Business and Foreign Languages.”

In year three of his degree Martin started a role at Peugeot, based in Paris, a turning point in his future, as he explains: “my role at Peugeot really changed my view of the workplace. I’d always done well academically but this was my first opportunity to really get stuck into something outside of education. It was an incredible experience and built my confidence no-end. It was never a given that I would work for Bri-Stor Group, far from it, my dad’s view was “you make your own way son” so that’s exactly what I did. I worked flat out at Peugeot, rarely seeing anything other than the inside of the office or my tiny flat – but it was a solid grounding.”

Graduating from Bath University and gaining experience in the world of manufacturing and engineering, Martin felt he was set for a career in the family business, he tells us what happened next: “I can recall the conversation with my dad about joining the business and he was adamant that I had to go and find out what my value was in the world of work. What he meant was, go and get three job offers and we’ll talk about a job at Bri-Stor Group.  So that’s what I did, I got offers from three global management consultancy businesses and my dad’s response? “Well done son.  You can have half the salary and you can start in the paint shop, on the night shift” – so that’s exactly what I did.”

For several years Martin worked night shifts, day shifts and a combination of the two.  He worked in all departments learning the shopfloor skills required to run the business and eventually became Production Manager in Alpha Manufacturing, he continues: “It was pure hard work, but to this day I remind people that you shouldn’t expect somebody to do something you wouldn’t be prepared to do yourself.  That mindset has stayed with me throughout my career in the Group and is a strong part of our culture today. I look at how hard the teams work throughout the business, but what really stands out is the strong team ethic that underpins it all. As we welcome new Apprentices into the business, I know we are giving them the very best opportunity to develop a successful career. In truth, if you’re wondering if an Apprenticeship will broaden your horizons, then read about Paul Clews’ career – he is the very essence of how an Apprenticeship can pave the way for a bright, successful future.”

What are you looking for in this year’s Apprentices?

“As with every cohort of Apprentices, we expect to see determination and the willingness to try new skills. For many of this year’s intake, regardless of age, they will have experienced a really disruptive education, so we are looking for Apprentices with a really strong, positive mindset.  Joining the Bri-Stor Group is the start of an exciting chapter.”

We are giving young people the opportunity to put their ambitions first

 

After a twenty-year career in the Army, retiring as a Warrant Officer in 2015, Will Davies-Hill was ready for the next chapter in his career.  Joining Bri-Stor Systems and securing a position in the electrics team, Will slotted straight into the fast-paced and dynamic culture of the business and was immediately struck by the firm’s attitude towards career progression and personal development, as he explains:

 

“Having spent two decades of my life in the military I’m well aware of the importance of discipline and personal improvement and these are two values that I recognised in Bri-Stor Group, so when the opportunity came up to advance my own career as the Apprenticeship Manager I jumped at the chance.  I’d already observed the fantastic opportunity our Apprentices were being given but I knew, with the right support, I could take the Scheme to the next level.”

Six years on and Will and the wider teams in the Group have developed a fully accredited Apprenticeship Scheme, recruiting approximately 15 students each year to join one of the region’s fastest growing businesses.  With strong ties to both engineering and manufacturing disciplines the Bri-Stor Group Apprenticeship Scheme is in high demand, Will continues: “My dedicated role is all about nurturing and developing young talent.  We attract applicants from across the county who can see the diverse and exciting nature of our Scheme and I believe that’s because we’ve embedded the real ethos of Apprenticeship into our scheme – giving young people the opportunity to put their ambitions first. 

“My own career experience in the military has given me a unique insight into what drives and motivates young people, often in challenging situations, so I have brought this experience to Bri-Stor Group and today, we are delivering what I believe is a solid blend of learning, experience and the opportunity to use initiative and self-discipline.  It has to be said though, we know how to have fun and we love the comradery amongst the Apprentices – we give them ample opportunity to let off steam and really bring their personalities to the work place.  There is space in this business for everybody, our role is simply to nurture their talent.”

While year one and two of the Scheme are focused on learning and experiencing different roles, in year three, the Apprentices are getting stuck into a role which matches their ambition, talent and the needs of the business.   According to Will, this transition can be more challenging for some than others, but Will has this to say: “whether an Apprentice is joining us at 16, 18 or even older, we understand that coming into the work place can be a daunting prospect.  In year one we spend a lot of time focusing on business etiquette and expected behaviour – these are essential skills that need to be acquired but we do it in a subtle way and by year two, they’ve seamlessly transitioned from pupil to colleague.”

With the pandemic affecting both education and workplace training for almost every business in the UK, Bri-Stor Group has adapted its Scheme to ensure Apprentices can stay on track, Will comments: “It’s been a challenging time, no question, but we have a robust plan in place to ensure year one Apprentices can continue with the three-year plan.  That’s just one of the benefits of joining Bri-Stor Group, our fully accredited Apprenticeship Scheme is highly regarded but our intake numbers enable us to flex as situations beyond our control change.  That said, I am incredibly proud of the resilience our Apprentices have shown in the last 12 months – these are incredibly challenging times and it’s testament to their attitude and team-spirit that they all continue to grow and develop their business skills.”

What are you looking for in this year’s Apprentices? “We are in tough times and we are keen to see how applicants have responded to the uncertainty of education through a pandemic.  Those that have continued to show determination to succeed will thrive at the Bri-Stor Group.”

CNC Fold Operative

Responsibilities:

Operate Press brake machines and support the production team by assembling parts, operating machinery, punching or sawing of metal products as instructed by supervisors. Produce a variety of parts, all of which must meet the dimensional specifications of the mechanical engineered drawings.

This position may include all or some of the duties and responsibilities listed below.

Press Brake Operator Job Duties:

Press Brake Operator Skills: