Research Engineer – Plastic and Composite materials
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’re 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 of our own components so we get exactly what we want and need them to be. Brompton is created by us from nose-to-tail.
We are seeking a technically and commercially skilled Plastic and Composite specialist to join our Advanced Materials and Technology team and help deliver the next ten years of Brompton products.
The successful candidate will bring expertise in design and manufacturing with polymer/polymer matrix composite materials (PMC) to shape the engineering strategy for our future product pipeline and our manufacturing base. You will assess the suitability of new material options and manufacturing technologies for our future product needs. You will lead and/or execute prototyping and testing to assess the engineering suitability of new technologies and run pilot studies to investigate promising options and technology readiness.
- Min 3 years experience within a research institution or OEM working with polymers and PMC testing, design and manufacturing
- Experience in design and manufacturing of polymers / PMC materials, preferably non-labour-intensive/automated manufacturing technologies
- Knowledge of joining methods for PMC structures
- Experience/interest in sustainable composites is a plus (CFR-thermoplastics, bio materials, alternative/recycled reinforcements …)
- Interest or familiarity with the bike industry will be a greatly considered
- Understanding of research methodology and approach. Previous experience in a research departments is preferable.
- A record of successful project(s) where multiple suppliers were involved.
- Understanding of Technology Readiness Levels.
- Project engineering/project management knowledge (even if small projects - PMI/APM/PRINCE2 preferable)
- Understanding of Lean Six Sigma approach
- Knowledge of DFMEA & PFMEA
- Degree in mechanical Engineer and/or Material science (Msc. Preferable) with specific focus around composites materials.
- Solid academic background in engineering, with understanding of principles of structural engineering and materials for design.
- Concepts of Production engineering.
- Strong analytical skills.
- Good commercial awareness.
- Ability to interpret and read technical drawings.
- Extremely high proficiency of Microsoft Excel.
- Willingness to expand their knowledge towards new manufacturing processes.
- Ability to read scientific paper and create technical reports.
- Not afraid to learn or spend time reading books and researching.
- Extremely good presentation skills.
- Good organisation skills (to manage projects with a very brief life cycle).