Production Engineering Lead

We’re searching for a¬†Production Engineering Lead

Vacancy: Kent, United Kingdom

Reporting directly to the Production Manager, the purpose of the Production Engineering Lead is to work primarily within the Production Engineering Team, but will have key working relationships with the Production, NPI, Purchasing, QA/RA and R&D departments.

This role requires a driven individual that is able to motivate and support members of the Production Engineering team to achieve targets as well as take ownership of customer driven deadlines.

They will work closely with, and provide resource to, the NPI lead to assist with the timely introduction of new products, this shall include work cell set up, creation of all related manufacturing documentation, ERP structuring, building pilot instruments and carrying out efficiency reviews based on lean manufacturing methodology.

They will also work closely with the QA team to generate PFMEA and Process Validation documentation in a timely manner, this documentation shall to be a satisfactory standard to pass ISO13485, FDA, MDR audits. The candidate will be required to take ownership of Product Change Requests (PCR) within the Production Engineering department, assign PCR’s to members of the Production Engineering team, monitor progress, and offer support, through to completion.

This role will fully support the manufacturing facility to maintain compliancy to all aforementioned regulatory requirements.

Key Roles & Responsibilities 

  • Data entry on ERP System.
  • Build pilot production instruments.
  • Carry out the initial training, and setting up the training log for production staff, prior to handing over to the production supervisor to maintain.
  • Create and maintain training logs for the production engineering team.
  • Controlling Software, Firmware & Gerber Files.
  • Oversee the creation of all manufacturing documentation, carrying out a review, alongside the production team, prior to official production training record creation and sign off.
  • Provide justification in the form of a work efficiency analysis to present to senior management for review. This shall be for such things as, but not restricted to, new tooling, design of custom fixtures, staff increases, new software etc.
  • Problem solving in the form of current production process review, as well as documenting CAPA related issues and resolutions.
  • Assist QA with the generation of DMR (Device Master Record).
  • Create and maintain project related GANTT charts for review with senior management, as well as the customer.
  • PFMEA/Process Validation.
  • Calculation of labour costs to support the quotation of commissioned technical file maintenance.
  • Willingness to travel to customer/supplier sites within the UK and internationally.
  • Carry out route cause analysis.

In addition to the above functions and responsibilities employees are required to carry out such other duties as may reasonably be required.

Experience, Knowledge & Requirements

  • Minimum HNC/HND or equivalent in either mechanical, electronic or manufacturing.
  • 5+ years’ experience in high-tech engineering to exacting standards.
  • Lean manufacturing experience.
  • Customer facing role, so excellent written and communication skills are essential.
  • Evidence of ability to work with critical attention to detail and high levels of accuracy.
  • Excellent time management skills to effectively handle conflicting priorities and ensure tight deadlines are met.
  • Experience of ERP like Syspro or another.
  • Microsoft Office proficiency, particularly desirable in Excel, macros, pivot tables etc.

Beneficial But Not Essential

  • Experience of Microsoft Project.
  • Experience of ISO13485.
  • CAD & Design experience.
  • Programming in C or Python.
  • Team management experience.
  • Use of Silicon Expert.
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