New Tooling Introduction Team Leader

Personal Background Information

New Tooling Introduction Team Leader

Stuart Berry, New Tooling Introduction Team Leader, Brandauer


  • D&T is a key subject for anybody thinking of pursuing a career in engineering because it provides a basic understanding of how everyday products have been derived, from design stages through to manufacture.
  • The manufacturing industry, where I work, is exciting as we are at the forefront of cutting edge technology working to high precision. It offers a challenging environment due to its fast pace and complexity of the tasks being undertaken.
  • My advice to anybody wanting to pursue a career in engineering is to do your best in all of your academic subjects. Secondly, get ‘hands on’ experience in any practical or mechanical jobs, including around the home, as it all demonstrates and improves your practical skill.
  • I enjoy my job for many reasons and especially enjoy the fact that each day is different.




My current job role is based around new tooling projects within the business. I manage the project through the Toolroom, from the conceptual design, manufacture, to first off part at the press.  As my job role is very diverse I am never in one spot for very long, i.e. I could be at my desk designing a press tool one minute, the next I could be on the shop floor operating a machine. Sometimes I need to visit customers and suppliers relating to new projects.

Key Activities:

  • Full ownership of the practical manufacture of tooling for all new tooling projects including problem-solving, cost analysis and controls
  • Managing the team, including prioritising workloads, regular meetings, staff recruitment, discipline and training

Personal skills

Self-motivation and commitment is really important for career development and progression. Problem-solving is a key part of my current job role i.e. being able to analyse a problem and review the data surrounding the issue, then implement a corrective action based on facts and figures to justify your reasoning.



At school I enjoyed maths, science and PE. In year 10 and 11 I especially enjoyed doing resistant materials, where I designed and built a shoe storage cupboard as my GCSE project. The shoe cupboard is still in use today at my parents’ house. Outside school I was a keen dinghy sailor and competed nationally; I still compete nationally now in a GP14.  I gained 10 GSCE’s grade C and above and took ‘A’ levels in maths, physics and chemistry.


Whilst at school I worked for a local mechanic during this school holidays to gain some experience.  My father was also an engineer so we carried out engineering tasks together from tuning engines to building steel frameworks which helped me acquire base level engineering knowledge and skills.

After school I took a one year Advanced Modern Apprenticeship at MG Rover and then took a job at Brandauer where I have worked for 10 years. I started as a toolmaker apprentice, became a toolmaker machinist and then a product development engineer, leading to my current role. Whilst at Brandauer I have gained a range of qualifications including NVQs, ONC and HNC in manufacturing engineering and, in 2014, achieved a BEng Hons in Management of Manufacturing Systems.