Title:  Machine Setter Operator


Norwich, GB

Department:  Assembly Lotus Advanced Structures
Date:  25 May 2023

Press Brake Machine Setter/Operator



On- site




About the Role:



The role involves setting, operating, and programming a Press brake, to manufacture components for assemblies, required for vehicle production, projects and special orders.


The role involves working within a clean workshop, with areas where people use CNC punch press, laser & forming equipment, so it can be quite noisy. The ideal candidate will be working to a strict time schedule. Tasks involve lifting & intricate or complex manipulation of materials & parts & there will be long periods of time spent standing at the workstation.


The role may also involve working unsociable hours. A level of physical activity may be required to carry out some tasks, for example, lifting, orientating and transporting parts with containers up to 20 KG on a regular basis & load tooling up to 20 KG.







Key Responsibilities Include:



  • Producing components for assemblies on a Press brake
  • Selecting the correct tools, cleaning & setting-up
  • Reading Engineering Drawings
  • Inspecting parts First off/last off, prior to the next operation
  • Completing batch cards
  • Identifying maintenance concerns & first level resolution
  • Moving parts to the next operation
  • Working in accordance with Health & Safety guidelines, including keeping the work area and machine clean and tidy
  • Being responsible for keeping the P.P.E supplied in excellent condition   
  • Ensuring documented processes are followed
  • Meeting quality & production targets, as set by the area supervisor
  • Understanding & responding to the quality & process feedback system
  • Understanding the need to adhere to the Company's flexible working patterns
  • Respecting the safety of other team members
  • Being responsible for the quality of your own work, in the allocated time
  • Understanding that failure of the above will have financial consequences for the Company
  • Selecting the correct programme & tooling to avoid scrap & wastage











Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required:





  • GCSE (or equivalent) Maths
  • General Fabrication & sheet metal experience
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to read engineering drawings
  • Proven use of vernier callipers & protractors
  • The ability to work as part of a team or individually
  • Must be able to understand & communicate effectively in English, both written & verbal
  • Able to carry out physical tasks








  • ONC in an Engineering Subject
  • GCSE (or equivalent) in English & Programme CNC Press brake
  • Good Knowledge of Amada Press brake machinery
  • The ability to read complex engineering drawings
  • Automotive, Aircraft, Ship building or similar experience working within an engineering environment
  • Ability to drive a forklift truck







About Lotus:


Lotus Cars is based in Hethel, Norfolk, UK, and is the global headquarter for sports car and hypercar manufacturing operations, the Lotus Advanced Performance Centre and the iconic 2.2-mile test track.


Lotus builds world-class high-performance cars, born out of legendary success on the racetrack including 13 FIA Formula 1 world titles and many other championship honours. In July 2021 Lotus unveiled the all-new Lotus Emira, its last petrol-powered sports car and best-of-breed, and in July 2019 it launched the Evija, the world’s first all-electric British hypercar.


The latest new model from Lotus is the Eletre. Unveiled in March 2022, it has the soul of a sports car and the usability of an SUV. It is pure electric and represents a clear vision of the future ambition of the company.


The ongoing transformation of Lotus, from a UK sports car company to a global performance car business and brand, is laid out in the company’s Vision80 strategy. It states what Lotus will be in 2028 when we celebrate our 80th anniversary. We welcome talented, creative, and motivated people to join us on our journey.


We offer you all the advantages of working for a prestigious high-tech automotive company. You will find a purpose-built facility; with all the tools and equipment you need to do an outstanding job. You will benefit from our fast-paced learning environment and our track record in designing and manufacturing thoroughbred sports cars over the last seven decades.





What We Offer You:


In addition to a competitive salary, you will have access to the following benefits:


  • 25 days’ holiday plus bank holidays
  • 6% pension contribution 
  • Discretionary annual bonus scheme, based on your contribution and the performance of the company
  • Private Healthcare
  • Group income protection based on length of service
  • Paid time off for medical appointments
  • Family Friendly policies
  • Disturbance allowance
  • Exclusive Employee discount, wellbeing, and recognition platform #ForUSLOT 


We reserve the right to close this role early if a high volume of applicants is received.