Manufacturing Manager – Prototyping

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We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Manufacturing Manager to lead the establishment of our new Prototyping capability. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in executing our prototyping strategy, ensuring the timely and high-quality delivery of prototype hardware to our Product Validation Team. Your responsibilities will encompass developing and managing the prototyping process, overseeing the operation of in-house machines, and building a high-performing team. Additionally, you will be responsible for managing the prototype supply chain and ensuring our organisation has the necessary capabilities to deliver our current and next-generation products.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Build and Delivery Prototype Hardware:
    • Establish and execute the prototyping process, focusing on delivering prototype hardware to the Technology Team on time and to the desired quality standards.
    • Drive the development and refinement of processes to optimise prototyping efficiency and effectiveness.
    • Work closely with design teams to ensure Design for Manufacture learning and feedback is embedded in new products.
  • Operate and Maintain In-House Machines:
    • Plan prototype production, ensuring on-time delivery to internal customers
    • Ensure the efficient operation and maintenance of machines, addressing any issues or improvements needed. Processes include additive manufacturing, milling, grinding, turning, wire EDM and various measurement and finishing operations.
  • Recruitment, Management, and Development:
    • Build and lead a skilled and motivated prototyping team, actively participating in the recruitment, selection, and development of team members.
    • Provide strong leadership, guidance, and mentorship to foster the growth and professional development of the prototyping team.
  • Prototype Supply Chain Management:
    • Establish an effective prototype supply chain, ensuring timely availability of required materials and components.
    • Establish relationships with suppliers and vendors to optimise the procurement process and manage the prototype supply chain effectively.

Essential Requirements:

  • Proven experience in managing prototyping activities within a manufacturing environment (3+ years experience)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Manufacturing, or a related field. A master’s degree is a plus.
  • Experience in manufacturing precision equipment (<5 micron tolerances)
  • Strong knowledge of prototype development processes, including planning, execution, and quality control.
  • Proficient in operating and maintaining prototyping machinery and equipment.
  • Excellent leadership and team management skills.
  • Ability to recruit, develop, and motivate a high-skilled prototyping team.
  • Solid understanding of supply chain management principles and practices.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Highly organised and detail-oriented.

Beneficial Requirements:

  • Experience with New Product Introduction processes
  • 5+ years manufacturing leadership experience
  • Experience of machining Additive Manufactured parts
  • Experience of machining hydraulic components

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