NPI Design Manager – Tooling and Equipment

Job description

The Role

This role will manage a growing team of design engineers. The team will sit within the Tooling and Equipment department and will be responsible for the design, manufacture and sourcing of tooling and equipment for use in production. As the company grows, we are splitting departments and separating the responsibilities for the current products and new products, of which we have several in the pipeline. This role will be responsible for the tooling and equipment relating to production of new products at Brompton Bicycle.

Main Responsibilities

Technical duties – you and your team

  • Design tooling and equipment to achieve production of new products within Brompton, for use in both frame manufacture and bicycle assembly.
  • Where appropriate, provide solutions that are based on the latest manufacturing technology; research new technologies, assess their suitability and ensure effective adoption at Brompton.
  • Project manage the solution deliverables within the gated NPI APQP process. Ensure that realistic timelines are planned and kept to by your team, communicate progress and KPIs.
  • Review and approve your team’s engineering drawings and technical documents for release. Instil BS8888 and uphold strict drawing control practices.
  • Ensure that your team’s designs supplement or advancecurrent jigging and tooling practices within Brompton.
  • Maintain meticulous records and issue technical reports as necessary.
  • Identify and liaise with suitable suppliers, produce CAPEX budgets and business cases, produce requirement specifications, negotiate new machinery purchases and manage their delivery.
  • Assist with process FMEAs and risk management within the production environment.
  • Work closely with Production Engineering teams to ensure that new equipment is effectively handed over; assist with validation trials and general productionisation.
  • Prepare technical resources for training and maintenance purposes
  • Ensure that new equipment meets the latest Health and Safety requirements and best practices such as PUWER and the machinery directive.

Managerial duties

  • Define roles and responsibilities within your team and delegate effectively.
  • Identify new roles required within the team and undertake succession planning.
  • Recruitment of new team members.
  • Management of appraisals, performance, disciplinaries, training and career development of team members.
  • Mentor and coach your team to increase the team’s skill level.
  • Define the design projects for your team and oversee their project management.
  • Weekly workload monitoring, adjusting and prioritising using SQDC criteria.

Wider duties

  • Work with the Production Engineering NPI department to agree priorities for new equipment.
  • Offer technical support and problem-solving skills to Production and the shop floor teams.
  • Work with the Design team to provide feedback regarding Design for Manufacture principles.
  • Maintain working relationships and strengthen feedback loops between your department and the Quality Assurance and Customer Service departments to safeguard new products from known issues.
  • Report departmental progress and KPI’s in monthly reports.

Job requirements

Skills and requirements

  • Experience in mechanical design and engineering, especially in implementing jigs, fixtures and tooling solutions.
  • Proficient in 3D CAD software, especially SolidWorks, to produce intelligently modelled parts, assemblies and engineering drawings.
  • A practical understanding of modern manufacturing processes such as automation, CNC, digitally controlled equipment, CMM or robotics.
  • Experience in applying lean principles and other manufacturing theories.
  • A natural and intuitive feel for engineering with a gift for pre-empting and avoiding technical difficulties.
  • A hands-on practical approach.
  • An understanding of Health and Safety requirements and best practice.
  • Project management skills and the ability to influence projects across different departments. Run projects to good project management principals. Incorporate timelines and deadlines into your team’s daily life. Ensure that all stages of the project are given the correct attention, particularly problem definition, concept selection, validation, handover and lessons learnt.
  • Experience managing a team.
  • Ability to coach, mentor and transfer your own technical skills to your team. Leadership qualities and the desire to provide strategic guidance to your team.
  • Excellent self-motivation and the desire to pro-actively identify and undertake new projects.
  • Excellent emotional intelligence and communication skills; the ability to work effectively with a wide range of characters and departments.

Experience

  • A degree in Engineering or a similar related field is essential.
  • An engineering background in a relevant working environment is essential.
  • At least 3 years’ managerial experience in design and manufacturing.
  • Able to demonstrate successful design projects that have been implemented in industry

Job Profile

Brompton uses a Thomas Personality Profile Assessment (PPA) as part of the recruitment process. You will be invited to undertake a test as part of the second stage interview. The following sections give an indication to the type of personality profile we believe fits the role, in terms of Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance.

Compliance (High C)

  • A disciplined and rational approach to problem solving is important for the role.
  • The possession of and recognition for specialist or technical competences are factors which are needed for the person fulfilling this role.
  • The successful candidate must conform closely with policies, procedures and precedent in place.
  • On occasion the person in this role may need to take quick decisions with only a limited supporting data and information.
  • The possession of leadership and motivational skills will be vital to the function of this role.
  • Able to establish and cultivate relationships with others will be advantageous.
  • Be able to create a positive and friendly atmosphere to work in will be expected of the person in this role.
  • Able to work as a team with others.
  • Influencing and motivational skills are critical requirements for this role.

Influence (High I)

  • The possession of leadership and motivational skills will be vital to the function of this role.
  • Able to establish and cultivate relationships with others will be advantageous.
  • Be able to create a positive and friendly atmosphere to work in will be expected of the person in this role.
  • Able to work as a team with others.
  • Influencing and motivational skills are critical requirements for this role.

Dominance (Marginally High D)

  • A degree of an assertive and direct working behavioural style will be needed where necessary in this role.
  • The successful candidate will be able to drive for results, this is vital for this function.

Steadiness (Low S)

  • Being self-critical and fault-finding will play an important part of the role.
  • The successful candidate will be able to maintain a high work rate.
  • The candidate will be able to seek new and better ways of doing things in this role.
  • Adaptability and alertness will be required from the person occulting this role.