Manufacturing Engineer - Oxford HighQ

Location: Oxford, UK
Closing date: 09 Dec 2020
Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

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If we find a candidate prior to the deadline, we may close the job advert early.

Salary: £35,000 - £45,000/annum

The role

Oxford HighQ are looking for a Manufacturing Engineer to help us implement manufacturing processes that result in high-quality products. This is a new role within the company and as such, you need to be a confident self-starter able to set up new systems from scratch for a completely new product. Ultimately reporting to the Operations Manager (once appointed), you need to have good knowledge of tool design and fabrication methods. Other necessary manufacturing engineer skills include project management ability, commitment to quality, and familiarity with safety and environmental standards. If you're also inventive and meticulous, we'd like to meet you. You will be able to take the lead in planning, creating, and validating the manufacturing and test processes, including sourcing and set up of manufacturing facilities for existing and new products, whilst supporting outsourcing and resourcing supply chain activities.

Key responsibilities

  • Responsible for all manufacturing engineering tasks associated with the introduction of new products into production as defined in the NPI checklists.
  • Provide expert advice and guidance to the design team on design for manufacturing, design for service and design for cost requirements ensuring that designs meet the process capabilities of manufacturing.
  • Once premises have been sourced, you will be responsible for creating the manufacturing facility layout using Lean techniques and along with the Operations Manager manage the maintenance of the facility to ensure technicians can always perform their tasks efficiently and successfully.
  • Establish target hours for build and test operations.
  • Responsible for the creation and maintenance of manufacturing and test documentation for all new and existing products, ensuring that manufacturing staff are equipped with adequate processes and procedures to exceed customer expectations and requirements.
  • Work with the technology and design team to ensure critical product features requiring test are defined and accompanied with test specifications.
  • Maintain and control the release of all production documentation
  • Provide training to build & test technicians and outsourced suppliers following release of new documentation.
  • Define and manage the procurement and commissioning of cost-effective jigs, fixtures, tooling and test equipment. Define and provide assembly aids, including jigs, tools and test equipment (aided by technology team).
  • Manage the calibration requirements for deployed equipment as defined in the QMS.
  • Act as the technical conduit for all information exchange between suppliers and engineering with regard to specification release, process improvement, cost reduction, new product introduction and change management.
  • Take the lead role in bringing an outsource supplier to full manufacturing capability if outsource becomes the strategy.
  • Resolve corrective action requests in a timely manner. Liaise with suppliers on quality issues. Put in place metrics to monitor/report performance. Record inaccuracies found in manufacturing processes/data.
  • Set in place continuous improvement initiatives to reduce manufacturing process and test cycle times.
  • Provide support to the manufacturing facility to ensure output is not delayed, giving hands-on assistance when necessary.
  • Responsible for ensuring all H&S requirements are adhered to and raise any issues or observations
  • Carry out any other tasks that may be reasonably requested by the Company.


  • At least three years Manufacturing\Production Engineering experience within an electro-optical-mechanical instrument-based company with a defined QMS.
  • Extensive experience in new product introduction.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of Lean methodologies and manufacturing techniques ability to lead continuous improvement projects.
  • Recent experience of generating manufacturing documentation in support of detailed manufacture, assembly, and test activities, e.g. engineering change, working knowledge of BOM structures, work instructions and test procedures.
  • Extensive knowledge of manufacturing/production techniques and best practices for electro-optical-mechanical instruments.
  • Have designed, specified, or manufactured tooling/jigs/fixtures & test equipment to enhance assembly and test processes.
  • Experience of dealing with suppliers and outsourced partners.
  • Able to interpret technical engineering drawings and competent in the use of CAD systems.

Additional requirements

  • Good presentation and communication skills with the ability to communicate at all levels throughout the business.
  • Good problem-solving skills with the ability to consider all views impartially.
  • Good team player with hands-on approach to work but at the same time proactive and self-managed
  • Prepared to travel, visit sub-contractors and suppliers throughout UK and sometimes overseas.
  • Full UK driving licence
  • Right to work in the UK


Educated to HNC/HND/Degree level in Manufacturing Systems, Production, or Mechanical Engineering.


  • Company Pension 5% Employer Contribution
  • Life Insurance
  • Sick Pay
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Store Discounts
  • Training & Development

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If we find a candidate prior to the deadline, we may close the job advert early.


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