Continuous Improvement Lead
JOB TITLE - CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT LEAD
DEPARTMENT - DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
The Brompton is the iconic product of its type, a unique bike used and loved in over forty countries around the world. Sales have grown rapidly over the last ten years, making us the largest bicycle manufacturer in the UK, with our products still designed and made by hand right here in London. Despite this we feel like we are just getting started and there is huge potential to make our bike lighter, more capable and more fun to use.
As a design team we are passionate about making the best bike we can and approach this in an unusual way; we design all our own components, so we get exactly what we want and need them to be. Brakes, gears, tyres, luggage, frame parts and almost everything else. Brompton is created by us from nose-to-tail.
We are seeking an effective and detail oriented senior design engineer to lead our continuous improvement team. You will directly manage a team of three and grow this over the year to a team of six. You will work within the wider design team and predominantly with the production, quality, and supply chain teams to make improvements to our production products and working practices.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- As an active member of the change control board you will liaise with:
- Change control to approve or reject change requests on behalf of design.
- Purchasing team to ensure design concepts meet the financial targets set out for the projects.
- Production engineering and third-party suppliers to ensure designs are efficient for manufacture and meet production capabilities.
- Quality to help generate inspection plans in line with the critical design requirements.
- Marketing and sales to ensure they are informed and consulted on the designs as they develop.
- You will be responsible for:
- Participating in weekly change management meetings to review and update on new change requests, prioritisation of activities based on resources and to update progress of change notices to be released.
- The output of all design activity from the continuous improvement team and the alignment of this activity with the other stakeholder departments involved in change.
- The maintenance of best practices within the direct and wider team for drawing templates, standards, and control.
- The integrity of the data within the master parts register.
- Design department initial point of contact for approval of any open part concessions.
- Attend concession review meetings with Quality and production team to evaluate and comment on acceptance or rejection of any open non-conformance reports.
- Follow up on and advise design corrective actions should they be necessary to allow for longer term capability.
- Manage the activities of the continuous improvement team to:
- Review and act upon incoming change requests.
- Communicate improvement activities to the wider design team to ensure lessons learned are built into new development projects.
- Set design improvement activities where opportunities may present themselves or may benefit the introduction of current development projects.
- Provide PDM admin support to the wider design team.
- Maintain the master part register to distribute new and maintain existing part numbers through issue control.
- Review and approve the output of the continuous improvement team:
- 3D CAD modelling using SolidWorks.
- 2D critical dimension drawings (including tolerance stack analysis)
- Simulation (Finite element Analysis) where appropriate for validation.
- Design verification plans which are used to physically validate concepts and designs in line with internal test procedures and industry standard requirements.
- Experience in a similar role ideally within automotive, aerospace or consumer product development.
- Demonstrated skills in
- 3D CAD, preferably SolidWorks.
- 2D drawing creation for mass production.
- Detailed tolerance analysis.
- Ownership of issues to closure.
- Drawing approval.
- FMEA management.
- Experience of BOM management is an advantage.
- Proven ability to work with multiple projects simultaneously and to demonstrate tight project management capability.
- Ability to work equally well individually or within a team.
- Exposure to and experience of design for relevant manufacturing techniques is a clear advantage:
- Injection moulding
- Die casting
- Welding and brazing
- Paint and coating application
- Surface treatment
- Heat treatment
- Spring specification
- Position to thrive. Whether you are early in your career or an experienced professional, Brompton provides you with everything you need to excel in your job and for personal growth. You will be actively encouraged to increase your skillset and to attend relevant events.
- 25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays.
- Flexible working options including 9-day fortnight.
- Workplace Pension Scheme, Season Ticket Loan, Childcare Vouchers, Cycle to Work Scheme.
- Huge discount on your very own Brompton (family and friends get discount too).
- Birthday Breakfast, Family Fun Days, Christmas Parties, London to Brighton Bike Rides, Charity Raffles, Volunteering with the local community all go towards creating a working environment that is fun and enriching.
QUALIFICATIONS AND PERSONAL
Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or product design engineering.
A minimum of 10 years of relevant industry experience, ideally within a continuous improvement role.
Brompton offers you a very excellent working environment with enthusiastic colleagues who get along very well, communicate and cooperate with each other. The working climate is informal, but we work hard. Next to good terms of employment Brompton offers you the opportunity to work in a responsible and challenging job within a dynamic, international, and ambitious environment. We are all proud to be part of Brompton Bicycle; we all share the same passion and dedication to the company and embrace differences in cultural backgrounds and skills.