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Simon Copley

Simon Copley

Branch Manager

Robinson Manufacturing Ltd

General Manager (Essex Branch), Robinson Manufacturing Ltd


Robinson Manufacturing Ltd

Branch Manager

Based in Wellingborough, Robinson Manufacturing is a privately owned limited company dedicated to the design and manufacture of engineered timber products including roof trusses, Ecojoist®, and JJI floor joists, with over 40,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
Robinson Manufacturing has been designing roof trusses for 25 years and is equipped with the latest design technology and software from Gang-Nail® Systems.
We design and manufacture roof trusses from very simple designs for affordable housing through to highly creative and complex designs for prestigious and luxury developments.With two manufacturing outlets, dedicated sales and technical support personnel and exclusive arrangements with Gang-Nail® systems, Robinson Manufacturing is one of the most experienced suppliers and designers of roof truss and Ecojoist® systems.
Looking to the future, the second manufacturing facility in Basildon was opened in June 2013. I was brought in as Branch Manager and given the responsibility of taking over the reigns and developing the site to its maximum potential.
Job roles and responsibilities as follows:
Overall Site Management
Budgets, Targets and KPI's
Factory Scheduling, Output and Transportation
QMS Controls
Stock Management
Staff Resourcing & Management
Quotations & Sales
Office Management
Staff Training & Development
Management Reviews

Career medium 06

Yorkshire Timber Engineering


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Career medium 04

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Westholme Estate is an exclusive selection of contemporary leisure lodges nestled within a sensitively landscaped estate deep in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
My role as General Manager is the day to day running of all aspects of this business and to report to the board of Directors. Day to day management of the lodges and bar & restaurant include development and building work, sales management, staff management, financial management and budgeting along with many other daily tasks.


Donaldson Timber Engineering

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Career medium 03
Career medium 02

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Technical Sales Engineer

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Project Design Co-Ordinator

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Career medium 03

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Special Products Designer

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Engineered Wood Products Designer & Others

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Career medium 02

Sheffield Hallam University

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), Computer Software Engineering

Thomas Rotherham College

Old Hall Comprehensive