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Engineering Manager - Special Purpose Machinery

Engineering Manager - Special Purpose Machinery

Posted 17 January by Wallace Hind Selection
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Would you like to lead our design and development of bespoke special purpose machinery in Bedford as our Engineering Manager? We can offer you an excellent salary and a company profit based bonus for the right person. We have a multi-disciplinary Design team who need your expertise to drive the business forwards. There’s a genuine directorship opportunity here too, if you want it.

BASIC SALARY: Up to £90,000 dependant on your relevant experience

· Company bonus (profit related) – (usually circa £10,000-£15,000 a year – record year was worth £30,000!)
· Full access to our company benefits package including a matched pension of 6%, + 23 days holiday + bank holidays

LOCATION: Bedford, Bedfordshire

COMMUTABLE LOCATIONS: Luton, Milton Keynes, Stevenage, Hitchin, Biggleswade, Sandy, St Neots, Huntingdon, Northampton, Wellingborough, Rushden, Royston, Cambridge.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Engineering Manager - Special Purpose Machinery, R&D, Design Engineer, Mechanical, Mechatronics

In this site-based role you will lead our multi-disciplined R&D and design teams team made up of mechanical, electrical and controls / test Engineers.

You will cover the development of new mains electric machinery and associated equipment – some projects will be true blank page from concept to completion, some projects will be re-engineering. You will need a broad mechatronics understanding, a flare for innovation, and you’ll want to remain hands on as an engineer and a problem solver. Your team will rely on you to problem solve complex engineering issues and develop solutions for them.

You will be running 1-2 projects at any one time with an expectation for you to deliver those projects within 3-10 months.

R&D and design engineering, your team of engineers will cover final machine test, and FAT on customer sites, compile all BOM’s, associated design documentation and adhere to CE/UKCA compliance. Which you will drive.

Depending on the complexity of the project, once you have handed over to production after design freeze, a machine build can take us up to 8 weeks. All our components and parts are bought in and manufactured to our specification, but we do all the fitting, build and assembly on our site in Bedford.

Our machines value from £10,000 to £500,000; and we sell on average 10-20 machines a year.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES: Engineering Manager - Special Purpose Machinery, R&D, Design Engineer, Mechanical, Mechatronics

As our Engineering Manager, you will :

· Lead a team of eight permanent engineers covering mechanical design / electrical design / controls engineering & machinery test
· Project manage the innovation of new special purpose machinery (mains electric)
· Problem-solve complex technical / engineering challenges for your team
· Have a solid engineering / technical background
· Be able to understand the roles of your various team members

YOUR BACKGROUND: Engineering Manager - Special Purpose Machinery, R&D, Design Engineering, Mechanical, Mechatronics

· You will have previously led the design and development of industrial / special purpose machinery - managing a team of multi-skilled design engineers
· You’ll have experience with machine innovation and developing new special purpose machinery from concept to completion (i.e., the full project life-cycle)
· Your background should also cover the redesign and redevelopment of special purpose machinery
· Any exposure you have to converting / rewinding machinery would be advantageous – but we don’t expect you to have it – just a solid design background in special purpose machinery

We’re not hung up on your engineering qualifications – but you’ll probably be degree educated with considerable experience in a similar role. A purely mechanical background probably won’t be strong enough for you to lead and develop electrical and software engineers. Mechatronics would be perfect, but some combination of mechanical, electrical and software - maybe through education and further training etc.

I would welcome applications from candidates currently working within the development of special purpose machinery in such roles as: Project Manager, R&D Manager, Design Manager, Senior Project Manager, Chief Technical Officer, Engineering Manager, Technical Manager, Technical Director, Head of Design, Industrial Design, Innovation Manager, Automation Manager, Senior Engineer, Lead Engineer etc


We are a well-established manufacturer of slitting, rewinding, spooling, and automatic winders. We turn over circa £3m per annum and employ 16 people. We supplying to a variety of industries such as converting, food, paper, labelling, films, non-woven – ranging from small start-up companies through to blue-chips.

INTERESTED? Please click apply. You will receive an acknowledgement of your application.

Please Note: Wallace Hind Selection have been chosen as the retained recruitment partner of our client and therefore any direct applications to our client from candidates or agencies will be forwarded on to us direct.

REF: JAC17461, Wallace Hind Selection

Reference: 51971489

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