Bird Bellows - Radnor Park Industrial Estate, Congleton CW12 4UQ
Bird Bellows
Bird Bellows
Vacancy title
Bird Bellows - Radnor Park Industrial Estate, Congleton CW12 4UQ
Advertised salary
Employment type
Working pattern
Monday - Thursday (4 day week 36 hrs Condensed)
Closing date
24 July 2024


Full-time, Permanent

Monday to Thursday – Day Shift

Who is Senior Plc?

Senior is a FTSE listed international manufacturing group with 26 operations in 12 countries. Senior designs, manufactures and markets high-technology components and systems for the principal original equipment producers in the worldwide aerospace, defence, and land vehicle and power and energy markets.

We have a long history of well-respected brands and an excellent reputation in our key market sectors. Senior delivers value to its customers and shareholders via operational excellence that is underpinned by its people and processes.

Our global values underpin what we do, and how we do it…

Safety – Integrity – Customer Focus – Respect and Trust – Accountability – Excellence

Who is Senior Bird Bellows?

Based in Congleton, Cheshire, Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows was established in 1975 as a family run operation serving the Petro-chemical and Gas Industries. Since then, we have evolved to become one of the industry leaders in the design, development and manufacture of pressure duct systems, flexible joints and insulation for highly regulated industries. We have established customers in aerospace (both civil and military), as well as in the nuclear, oil and gas, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.

What does the job involve?

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to quality and continuous improvement
  2. Read, interpret and understand engineering drawings and associated shop packet paperwork (ie job card, kitting lists and work instructions) in order to determine how products are to be correctly manufactured
  3. Use hand tools, production machinery and tooling to cut, machine, form, shape, and size components to their required dimensions specified on engineering drawings
  4. Use production machinery and tooling to resistance weld and join materials and components together in accordance with instructions and engineering drawing requirements
  • Guillotine
  • Bellows Rolling
  • Elastomer Forming
  • Spring Rate Testing
  • Pressing
  • Trimming
  • Rolling
  • Linishing
  • Spot / Seam Welding
  • Vac Testing
  • Macro Testing
  • Bench Fitting
  • Assembly
  1. Visually check the part prior to starting work to ensure it meets the standards required
  2. During each Job Card operation, check the quality of your work and confirm that it conforms to the requirements by recording & stamping the operation complete with any required measurements.  Verify that the product is free from foreign objects prior to passing to the next stage of processing
  3. Attend training or participate in improvement events as required.  Support the Team Leader in the training of new or temporary personnel
  1. Partake in cross-functional training to maintain a minimum of 4 in one coverage across all processes within the business
  2. Provide support and have the flexibility to move to another Production Team, should operational demands require it


  1. Promote workspace organisation in accordance with Lean 5S principles and generally help to maintain a high standard of housekeeping throughout the factory
  2. Maintain a high standard of health and safety based upon safe working practices 
  3. Ensure that all work activities and records comply with Company Policies, Procedures   and Codes of Practice
  4. Ensure that their stamp is kept securely and understand that use of the stamp denotes confirmation that the work is to the required standard and that they accept responsibility for their work on that part and as detailed on the Job Card

(Note:  In addition to these duties, employees are required to carry out such other duties as may be reasonably required)

What key skills, experience and qualifications do I need?

Experience and knowledge


  • Experienced in working within an engineering environment.
  • Experience of working with manufacturing jigs and assembly aids.
  • Experienced in using production tooling and machinery.


  • Experience of converting raw materials and purchased parts into saleable manufactured products
  • Experience of working within ducting manufacture and be conversant with the use of both hand and machine forming tools and processes
  • Sheet metal fabrication experience
  • Basic machining experience
  • Resistance Welding experience

Qualifications and training


  • 3 x Level 2 qualifications (Maths, English + another)


  • NVQ Level 3 Engineering apprenticeship

Job related skills and abilities


  • Ability to inspect work to both company and customer standards
  • Ability to accurately measure using equipment such as a Vernier callipers and Pi Tapes
  • Ability to read and work from engineering drawings
  • Ability to follow “job cards”


  • Experience of working with Titanium, Stainless steel, and Nickel alloy materials

Physical and mental demands


  • Enthusiastic
  • Can do attitude
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Good eyesight (can be corrected) and hand eye co-ordination
  • Ability to learn a variety of processes within the business


Ability to work additional hours where required

We offer a competitive salary, great benefits and the opportunity to develop and progress your career.

The benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Excellent pension and life assurance scheme
  • Career and development opportunities
  • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Birthday vouchers
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Wellbeing/Occupational Health clinics
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Free parking
  • Social events