Job title: Head of Design & Engineering
Salary: £Excellent plus bonus & benefits
Location: East Midlands

The Role

Our SME client operates in the construction sector, designing and manufacturing the most advanced and premium quality products. Founded in 2002, the business is now under new ownership and has an excellent growth opportunity, building on strong foundations.

To support the growth agenda, we are seeking an excellent Head of Design & Engineering to join the team. With an entrepreneurial and fast paced culture, the environment will suit a self-starter who is able to drive innovation. You will need to understand trends in the market and deliver both evolution in existing lines, and new product development to ensure the business continues to grow and thrive.

The Head of Design & Engineering is critical to product excellence, focusing on innovation, quality and the optimisation of costs and engineering performance. It requires an experienced and dynamic senior designer who can:

  • Lead the team to develop new concepts and continuously improve the existing suite of products.
  • Own all aspects of engineering performance, guiding the team and building a customer-centric culture whilst ensuring statutory, legal and regulatory compliance.
  • Drive engineering excellence, including process improvement (lean) and early adoption of advanced materials.
  • Work with the CEO and senior management team to build a customer centric product road map, including timelines and agreed milestones.
  • Lead projects to take new products from concept to production, overseeing the design, planning and engineering resource required.
  • Produce CAPEX budgets and business cases where required.

You will be comfortable working in an SME/entrepreneurial manufacturing environment, utilising a mix of technologies, including mechanical, electrical, electronic and software to produce aesthetically outstanding, meticulously engineered, market leading products.

You will require:

  • Technical and analytical capability with a proven background in design engineering, preferably linked to aluminium fabrication. This could come from the construction, automotive or other sectors.
  • Hands-on leadership with full control for your function, supporting the wider vision of the business. Strategically focused, with an ability to get into the detail when necessary.
  • The knowledge to oversee cost-efficient manufacturing, and improvement in engineering for ease of installation.       
  • Degree educated or equivalent in engineering/appropriate professional engineering qualification.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislations: including health, safety and environment.
  • Results-driven, commercially aware and able to operate in a fast-paced environment.

Further Details

An excellent base salary, benefits and long-term incentive plan is on offer.

You will be based from the head office and manufacturing facility in the East Midlands. Relocation support will be considered.

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisor at Berwick Partners:

David Thomas

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