As a Process Engineer for TopHat you will be responsible for providing technical direction to all phases of the home manufacturing process, including prototypes, in order to fulfil customer demand requirements.

The main duties and responsibilities of the role will include:

  • To manage the prototype home builds, getting hands-on to ensure complete familiarity with product range
  • To make recommendations to improve prototype build by conducting trials, testing samples, determining costs, and documenting results
  • To contribute to manufacturing specifications/SOPs by compiling and maintaining product and process information including engineering drawing systems
  • To provide detailed analysis and design of assembly processes that accurately reflect product drawings, specifications and manufacturing considerations
  • To establish detailed and accurate production processes based on project schedules and specifications/design variances
  • To work effectively with Design, Sales and Derby team to enable optimum and most cost-effective production solutions
  • To assist in compiling design reports and other engineering documentation
  • To produce process, control functional specifications
  • To produce process flow diagrams
  • To manage project results, timing and costs
  • To ensure test systems are working correctly and identifying and repairing faults
  • To make recommendations of best practice or alternative processes and identify opportunities for continuous improvements by reducing cycle times, process variations, defects, set up times etc
  • To deliver completed modules within specified timeframes
  • To assist in training and developing production crew to a high level of competence and providing technical assistance during the manufacturing process
  • To create quality supporting data to demonstrate productivity, manning and throughput
  • To keep abreast of current industry practice, new equipment etc
  • To lead and support improvement projects using LEAN deployment, 5S, 6S and Continuous Improvement
  • To ensure compliance with all statutory HSE requirements and TopHat specific initiatives.

The ideal candidate will possess as a minimum, an HND/HNC in mechanical/electrical/aerospace engineering, along with extensive experience in the Production/Process Engineering sector preferably in modular buildings. Experience in a low volume complex manufacturing environment is also desirable/a suitable substitute for modular experience.

You will have a proven track record in improving safety, quality, delivery and cost performance, as well as in the development and implementation of process control.

The ideal candidate will also possess:

  • A good understanding of 5S, Lean/6 Sigma and Continuous Improvement
  • Excellent IT skills and knowledge and practical experience of CAD
  • Experience of PFMEA and Control Plans
  • Ability to understand and interpret technical drawings
  • A proven track record in process design with the ability to design a robust production process capable of meeting volume targets and quality/cost/delivery measures
  • Previous involvement in NPI projects.

Applying for a Position

This is a full-time position and is based at TopHat, Park Avenue, Dove Valley Park, Foston, Derby, DE65 5BT.

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