Brompton has ambitious plans for growth over the next 5 years and a key part of this is the introduction of new and improved parts/processes to the factory floor, which includes running changes to existing products, factory layouts and processes.
This role will be part of the Continuous Improvement team of engineers responsible for the industrialisation of the new parts and procedures, working out the most efficient way to manufacture the new designs and implementing their manufacture in the West London factory. The team is responsible for the bill of materials, works manuals, manufacturing processes and other activities that will be needed to support change.
• Project manage running changes. Attend NPI meetings and produce gate review documents. Produce project timelines and ensure deadlines are met, including managing other departments where necessary.
• Responsible for the deliverables including, complete (PIA) Production Impact Analyses for the suggested changes, analysing the effects on the whole factory, and distilling this to a few key KPI’s, such as cost to manufacture.
• Responsible for the manufacturing bill of materials.
• Take the prototypes and develop suitable manufacturing procedures, including automated processes, tools, developing technical documentation like SOPs (Standard Operating Procedure), shop floor layouts and updating bill of materials where deemed necessary.
• Perform verification trials and evaluate the ease and repeatability of the manufacture of new products.
• Work closely with production, training, and planning managers to ensure that SOPs are adhered to and smooth transition of change.
• 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 Quality Assurance team to ensure that defects are minimised but are also recorded and acted upon.
• 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.
• Looking at overall working processes and developing/executing strategies for improving the same.
• Enforce correct working practices within the team, such as document standards and control and HSE requirements.
• Focus the team to meet delivery, performance, and improvement targets for each project.
• Define roles and responsibilities within your team.
• Recruitment of new engineers.
• Weekly workload monitoring, prioritizing, adjusting, and allocating.
• Management of appraisal, promotions, disciplinaries, training and the general career development of team members
• Identify new roles required within the team and undertake succession planning.
Skills and Requirements
• Technical experience of LEAN principles and other manufacturing theories.
• Problem solving experience using Root Cause Analysis, DMAIC or other techniques.
• Experience working in a gated style project environment.
• Prior experience managing teams is preferred.
• Exceptional self-motivation and a pro-active confidence needed to identify and prioritise work.
• Project management skills and the ability to balance short-term firefighting with long term improvement.
• A hands-on practical approach.
• Good communication skills and the ability to produce clear, precise work instructions.
• Knowledge of Health and Safety law and best practice.
An Engineering degree is essential. The ability to demonstrate a solid engineering background in a relevant environment is crucial, as is experience bringing new products/parts/processes to production. The successful candidate will have at least 5 years’ experience within manufacturing environment.
The person occupying this role will be able to meet and build relationships with people with ease and use researched information when solving problems and apply logic when handling conflict. The ideal person will take on an energetic and proactive working style and seek to get things done while dealing with a variety of tasks.
The successful candidate will be expected to support those who need assistance and encourages others to perform to the highest standards to complete tasks. They will be able to remain confident when dealing with challenging situations and encourage others to come up with creative and practical solutions to problems that may arise. The ideal candidate will be able to commit themselves to the task at hand and go beyond the limit to achieve their key objectives.
The successful person will have the drive to achieve results in a friendly manner but still maintain quality and standards. They should have the ability to absorb and impart information to others and work in line with the standard operating procedures. The person will have specialist skills and work within the area of knowledge and expertise for this role. Communication, the need to enjoy challenging situations and taking a logical and systematic approach to all tasks is vital to the function of this role. The ideal candidate will be self-confident, pro-active, a self-starter, inquisitive, factual, participative, flexible, adaptable and self-disciplined.