Where could a career at Thorlux take you?

Thorlux employs approximately 400 people in its modern manufacturing facility in the Moons Moat area of Redditch, Worcestershire. We have excellent facilities including robotic wiring machine, fully automated punch and bend sheet metal line and in house powder coating. We have a long history and we genuinely care about our employees.

Cost Engineer


  • Maintain material and labour details in the company Material Requirements Planning (MRP) system; Movex, and alter Bill of Materials (BOMs) accordingly
  • Check all new Items and BOM’s loaded onto the company MRP system are correct / update accordingly / cost roll and sign off
  • Check any altered BOMs to see if it has any implications on costs and selling prices
  • Ensure all items have material and labour costs associated with them and if not investigate
  • Calculate selling prices based on relevant costs
  • Maintain accurate price reports and investigate any price differences from previous report
  • Provide selling prices for Home Trade and Export markets, calculate specials based on information provided
  • Help maintain prices on the company’s various published pricelists (online and internal systems)
  • Check purchase prices and make alterations on company MRP system if necessary
  • Produce cost / selling price reports as and when requested
  • General office duties and support other cost office requirements as required


  • Provide pricing information as and when requested
  • Provide breakdown of costs when asked
  • Create estimated costs / selling prices based on drawings provided by the design office
  • Create BOMs and routings for components based on drawings provided by the design office
  • From time studies – update the company MRP system accordingly and also check part numbers similar and make changes accordingly
  • Check and update BOMs based on price recommendations from team leaders
  • Develop reports using the company’s reporting system - Qlikview
  • Recommend process improvements


  • Excellent numerical skills
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent Excel / Spreadsheet skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Logical / problem solving


  • Company will provide training and support in the use of the MRP system - Movex
  • Training will be provided for the company reporting system - Qlikview


  • Sales departments
  • Manufacturing and related departments
  • Design

Commissioning Engineer/Electricians - Posts in Redditch and Manchester


To provide on-site assistance for, and commissioning of Thorlux Lighting controls systems.


  • Liaise with customers to advise on installation, connection and basic fault finding on all Thorlux Lighting control systems.
  • To arrange site visits with relevant parties from contractors to end users, in order to enable timely and effective commissioning of all control systems or site rectification work.
  • To keep active records on all projects to enable generation of commissioning certificates upon satisfactory completion of the commissioning process. To then ensure all relevant invoicing is carried out.
  • To report back on all issues relating to product defect/performance issues, and to actively advise on improvements.
  • To assist with testing of control system site and customer returns and relevant paperwork.
  • To carry out any other task delegated to you by the Site Services & Contracts Manager, the Site Services Team Leader or the Senior Commissioning Engineer.

You must hold a valid, and up to date, 17th Edition certificate and ideally possess a CSCS and ECS card.

The role based UK wide, so, a car will be provided. There will be the requirement for occasional over nights stops which are fully expensed.

New Sales Role Opportunity - South East

Solite Europe Ltd


Solite Europe Ltd, a sister company of Thorlux Lighting, is a leading manufacturer and supplier of clean room lighting equipment and luminaires (Up to a rating of IP65) for laboratories, pharmaceutical areas, semi-conductor manufacturing areas, healthcare, kitchens and food preparation applications. Customers include many blue chip pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Solite Europe Ltd is a group member company of F W Thorpe Plc in the UK. The Group consists of a diverse portfolio of six lighting manufacturers based in the UK and Europe covering the areas of commercial, industrial, cleanroom, healthcare, education, retail & hospitality, road & tunnel and Emergency lighting. For further information please visit [www.fwthorpe.co.uk].

We have strengthened our reputation as a company that can supply specialist lighting and clean-area products to the highest standards. Solite has shown significant growth over the last years, and this represents is an exciting opportunity to join our sales team and help Solite accelerate it’s growth plan.

We are looking to strengthen our team with a dedicated employee in line with the following requirements:


  • To develop, implement and execute our marketing and sales strategy within the UK market, primarily in the South East of England.
  • To achieve the set annual sales targets and relevant KPIs.
  • To support a network of specialist contractors, engineering consultants, end-users and industry specialist architects.
  • Help to cultivate a demand for our specialist products.
  • To be able to carry out lighting designs using Dialux/Relux/AutoCad as and when required to support your customers.
  • To ensure new products are fully introduced to all your target customer base.
  • To conduct relevant product training for your customer base.
  • To accurately maintain our CRM system holding out projects and customers database as required to ensure that the project/account status are always up to date.
  • To gain knowledge of customer requirements to feedback to the business.
  • To liaise with the necessary parties when local sales opportunities fall outside the UK.
  • To liaise with various departments within the Group, to ensure satisfactory customer support/backup.
  • To observe Health & Safety regulations and encourage others to do so.
  • To carry out any task delegated by Solite Management.
  • Willingness to travel off area to realise project opportunities and grow customer base to benefit Solite.


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a technical lighting sales role within the specification and end user market.
  • Be able to set pricing levels and negotiate orders to maximise profitability.
  • Thorough knowledge of LED technology and a basic understanding of lighting controls would be preferred.
  • Be able to demonstrate a stable career within lighting.
  • Good to excellent capabilities in using lighting software’s such as AGi, Dialux or Relux.
  • Experience with industrial end users will be advantageous but not essential.
  • Be able to demonstrate capability to understand broader sector requirements.
  • Ability to deliver technical presentations tailored to the customer needs.
  • Provide unique technical solutions within the sector.
  • Experience in electrical installation will be advantageous but not essential.
  • High degree of self-motivation, independence and willingness to deliver a project from concept to delivery including high levels of customer service.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills are a must.

Salary and related benefits are commensurate with industry standards. Have we aroused your interest to be part of a dedicated team working in a niche area within the lighting industry? Then please send your CV to Andrew Marshall Sales Director, andy@solite-europe.com

IT Support Apprentice


Provide 1st line support to computer users within Thorlux, log / update helpdesk tickets & work closely with the IT team on infrastructure project work.


  • Provide first line support for all users.
  • Maintain a hardware inventory.
  • Maintain a professional presence to enhance the quality and reputation of both the department and the company.
  • Assist users in resolving any IT issues through guidance (telephone, email or in person).
  • Monitor any harmful attacks such as viruses & Spyware and take preventative steps where possible to minimise disruption.
  • Maintain adequate stock for printer consumables.
  • Generally undertake such duties deemed necessary by the IT Manager as and when appropriate.


  • GCSE ICT / IT course.
  • Computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • PC Hardware experience.
  • Confident.
  • Approachable.
  • Good communicator / telephone manor.
  • Have a general interest in IT.

Mechanical/Electrical Maintenance Technician


To maintain, service and repair the company plant equipment/buildings. To design, manufacture, repair equipment. Assist in factory service installs and general maintenance of factory/plant. To install/test/repair and maintain electrical circuits/equipment within F.W. Thorpe Plc premises.


  • Assist/project manage the installation of services, ensuring that they meet all current regulations/recommendations.
  • Undertake small projects from design through to commissioning.
  • Identify energy saving opportunities and produce payback calculations to back up concept.
  • To assist in the setting up and ongoing running of a preventative maintenance schedule to agreed standards and timescales, ensuring safety devices and practices are adopted at all times.
  • To keep records of repairs and services in line with the preventative maintenance programme.
  • To advise on methods/equipment that could lead to improved safety, productivity improvements, cost savings and scrap reduction.
  • Liaise with external engineers to fault find/correct machine issues when they arise.
  • To ensure all electrical work conducted/installed meets the requirements of the latest IET regulations.
  • To ensure all electrical work has the appropriately signed and completed test certificates / documentation and it is provided to the central file.
  • To check that safe electrical practices are being adopted and provide recommendations / practical solutions for improvement.
  • To conduct ‘fixed wiring’ repairs on site – following recommendations/report(s)
  • To set up and maintain ongoing running of an ‘Electrical preventative maintenance schedule’ to agreed standards and timescales.
  • To specify and order parts & materials required for electrical/mechanical projects, conduct their installation
  • To work flexible hours and when requested conduct work outside normal working hours, including weekends, in order to minimise the disruption to manufacturing processes.
  • Maintain and organise Control panels to ensure safety and compliance to latest regulations.
  • To adhere to company rules and procedures and ensure quality and accuracy of work in a timely manner.


  • Fully indentured apprenticeship
  • Electrical NVQ level 3
  • Health and Safety knowledge
  • Electrical design and testing
  • The ability to understand mechanical theory
  • Able to read electrical drawings
  • Fault finding skills
  • 3-PH power experience
  • Experience with PLC’s, control circuits and electrical distribution

Business Development Manager - Retail

Due to yet further expansion within our Business Development department, we are looking to further strengthen our teams with dedicated employees strategically located to develop national accounts.

The principle activity is to develop business with new customers. These customers will be predominantly clients with multiple outlets, located predominantly in the UK, with multi-national geographical coverage where required. The role should provide a consultative approach to our customers, offering support and guidance on their lighting specification requirements culminating in mutually advantageous value propositions leading to an increase in profitable business. The role requires a full understanding of our offer which includes knowledge of design, quality & technical solution benefits and a strong emphasis on the excellent customer service at all relevant customer touchpoints.


  • Schedule and organise regular meetings with key client contacts, and there associated supply chain partners. To develop and implement business plans including relevant customer account plans.
  • Be able to respond promptly with accurate information ensuring complete customer satisfaction.
  • Customer complaints that arise should be logged and resolved fully.
  • To maintain customer contact information and to ensure activities and action plans are documented and completed on CLM. Liaise with customers to develop a deep routed understanding of any program or project requirements.
  • Liase on a regular basis with your internal sales contact and progress planner to communicate program changes.
  • Check Thorlux order acknowledgement meets customer expectations and any variances are communicated in a proactive timely fashion.
  • Visit sites before, during and after shop-fits.
  • Communicate and manage appropriate resource within the business to implement large scale programs.
  • Develop new leads from a standing start and progress through the pipeline funnel to sales generation impacting top and bottom line results.
  • Provide appropriate feedback from the market to include competitor developments, commercial trends, technology developments, personnel movements and relevant feedback of a general nature.


You will ideally possess 5 years’ experience in a technical lighting sales role within the specification market and a background in retail lighting is essential. Some experience / exposure within electrical installation would be advantageous but not essential.

You must however have a high degree of self –motivation, excellent communication and presentation skills along with the willingness to travel, so, a full clean UK driving licence is essential.

The Group consists of a diverse portfolio of lighting manufacturers based in the UK, Europe and the Middle East region covering areas of commercial, industrial, cleanroom, healthcare, education, retail & hospitality, road & tunnel and Emergency lighting. For further information please visit www.fwthorpe.co.uk.

How to Apply

If you are interested in any of the above positions you have three options:

  1. Contact Julie Laman (Group Personnel Manager) on +44 (0)1527 583200 for an application form
  2. Complete the Microsoft Word version of the application form on your computer and return by e-mail to recruitment@thorlux.co.uk
  3. Print off and fill out the PDF version using a blue or black pen and return by post to the below address

Julie Laman (Group Personnel Manager)
Thorlux Lighting
Merse Road
North Moons Moat
B91 9HH
United Kingdom

You may include a CV if you wish but only submissions including the F.W. Thorpe Plc application form can be accepted.

(Need help? Please view the instructions for completing in Word Version)