Manufacturing Project Engineer
Job title: Manufacturing Project Engineer
Department: Manufacturing Engineering
Responsible to: New Product Engineering Manager
Hours: 40 hours per week, excluding lunch breaks / 9 Day Fortnight (every second Friday off work)
About the Company
The Brompton is acknowledged worldwide as the finest bicycle of its type. This excellence, combined with a resurgence in cycling for transport, means we are enjoying strong, sustained growth. If we are to continue to thrive, we need to recruit great people who can drive innovation of our products and the processes used to make them. We are proud of our bicycles and enjoy using them.
Brompton Bicycle manufactures in its factory in West London. We export 80% of our production to 44 countries around the globe and intend to produce over 70,000 bikes this year.
If you have enthusiasm, thrive on being given responsibility and want to make great products that make a difference to people’s lives, we can offer you a job you won’t find anywhere else.
Brompton has ambitious plans for growth over the next 5 years and a key part of this is the introduction of new products, which includes new-to-market products, parts & accessories, and updates to our existing products.
This role will be part of the New Product Introduction (NPI) team of engineers responsible for bringing these exciting new products to market, right from the Design stage through to mass production in our West London factory.
The Manufacturing Project Engineer will be part of the team delivering the Brompton ‘Roadmap’ - diversifying our product portfolio, developing our internal processes, and paving the way to make changes better and faster.
- Manage product launch readiness for Manufacturing Engineering to ensure deliverables are met to plan and we have flawless integration of new products into the factory.
- Produce production impact analyses, analysing the effects on the whole factory and distilling this to key KPIs, such as the cost to manufacture.
- Work closely with the Design department to ensure final product specifications are suitable for mass production. Ensure robust feedback loops between departments, and communicate lessons learnt once products are in production.
- Work closely with the Product Management team to optimise the value for the customer at the lowest complexity impact in the factory.
- Ensure the highest quality throughout, minimise teething issues and faults through PFMEA and formal root-cause analysis investigations.
- Work closely with the in-house Tooling & Equipment department to produce in-house jigs and fixtures, produce requirement specifications, and sign off validation trials.
- When needed to purchase new equipment: liaise with machinery suppliers, produce CAPEX budget requests and business cases, negotiate new machinery purchases. Perform risk assessments where appropriate.
- Map out process flows and write SOPs to define how the new products are to be manufactured.
- Perform verification trials and evaluate the ease and repeatability of the manufacture of new products.
- Plan and execute pre-production builds, digital systems tests, and ramp up to production.
- Once successfully productionised, hand-over the projects to the wider Manufacturing Engineering team with a robust handover document and ensure that all other paperwork and records are complete.
Skills and Requirements
- Exceptional self-motivation and a pro-active confidence needed to identify and prioritise work
- Project management skills and the ability to manage stakeholders
- Good communication skills and the ability to produce concise and good quality project metrics
- Technical experience of LEAN principles and other manufacturing techniques
- Problem solving experience using Root Cause Analysis, DMAIC or other methods
- Excellent understanding of mechanical and engineering principles
The ability to demonstrate a solid engineering background in a relevant environment is essential, with at least 3-5 years’ New Product Introduction experience in manufacturing with project management experience.
Brompton utilises Personal Profile Analysis and Psychometric Assessment during the recruitment process. This allows to identify the ideal behavioural requirements for each job function in terms of Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance. The ideal behavioural profile for this role is set out below:
Influence (High I)
- The ability to establish and cultivate inter-personal relationships and participate with others is advantageous to this role
- The ability to create positive and friendly workplace will be expected of the person occupying this role
- Influencing and motivational skills are critical requirements for this role
Compliance (High C)
- The candidate will take a conventional, systematic and tactical approach to variety of tasks
- Compliance with corporate values and culture could be critical to long-term success
- The candidate will carefully consider their approach to problem solving
- Technical interests, specialist skills and experience are important to this role
Dominance (High D)
- The successful will be expected to deal with strong characters
- An assertive, but not an aggressive, working style may be a requirement for this role
- Some timely decision taking skills and experience are needed for this role
Steadiness (Low S)
- The ability to demonstrate flexibility in approach and persistence to complete assignments on time are important to this role
- An energetic working style is needed for the more dynamic and fast-paced demands of this job