Head of Manufacturing Engineering

London (South), London (Greater) (GB)
Attractive Package
19 Jan 2022
02 Feb 2022
Department Head
Contract Type

The Company

Our client is a world-leading pioneer of advanced technologies, specialising in the development of low cost, next generation fuel cell technology. Used in decentralised energy products, our client’s technologies enable a change in the way businesses, homes and vehicles generate their power, reducing energy costs, lowering CO₂ emissions, increasing efficiency and improving energy security and reliability. Our client’s innovation is leading the way in delivering clean energy for a clean world.

This British technology and engineering company is now a market leader, with the principle of innovation at the very heart of what they do. The company’s products are manufactured using conventional materials and standard processes developed for the solar industry, meaning they can be mass produced at an affordable price, making widespread adoption for businesses, homes and vehicles a reality. Our client is recognised globally, supplying their patented technologies to some of the world’s largest and most innovative technology and engineering companies.

The business, now valued at over £1bn, has enjoyed a significant period of growth and has almost doubled in headcount in the past 2 years, now roughly 550 people strong. The company has formed partnerships with other Global leading technology companies, and continued significant growth is expected. As part of their ongoing plans, we are now helping them to recruit a Head of Manufacturing Engineering.

The Role

Reporting into the Operations Director, the successful candidate will be responsible for leading the day-to-day Manufacturing Engineering function, taking overall responsibility for the roadmap for Process Development, Process Validation, New Product Introduction and Advanced Manufacturing Engineering. It is expected that the incoming candidate will critically assess the Manufacturing Engineering function, and drive continuous improvements through technology, process improvement and strong leadership. The purpose of this role will be to make things better, quicker, cheaper, safer, and more efficiently. The successful candidate is seen as a potential future successor to the Operations Director. 

Key Candidate Requirements

  • Chartered Engineer in relevant engineering field or equivalent experience
  • Successful and demonstrable track record of leading a manufacturing engineering function within a comparable business
  • Successful background of developing and leading best in class engineering teams in support of the production of complex electromechanical technologies
  • Significant experience of utilising Lean manufacturing/ Six Sigma principles and digital technologies to drive efficiency and engineering performance
  • Significant project management experience track record for on-time and on-budget delivery of manufacturing engineering projects covering NPI activities, process development, test development and execution, fault diagnosis and rework strategies
  • Excellent relationship management skills with the ability to engage, negotiate and manage key stakeholders and suppliers
  • Experience of working successfully within a high-tech, low to mid volume, high quality environment delivering best in class results
  • Meet regularly with other senior members of staff to ensure targets and project deadlines are met
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Results orientated with the ability to plan and deliver against project deadlines

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