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Technical Manager

Job description

Exclusive chance to apply to be a Technical Manager.
Up to £60k DOE
Based on site just off M5 in Mid-Devon - incredible chance to relocate and find your dream job.
About the Company:
Our client is a prominent European manufacturer, known for its pioneering advancements in a niche engineering field. With a track record of involvement in notable projects for example in aerospace, they innovative solutions tailored to their clients needs. They are a privately owned, debt free company who invest in their employees.
What is the purpose of the Technical Manager?
Overall responsibility for the technical aspects of product development for the WIS business unit, designing and developing novel fabric solutions for current and new markets and customers.
Responsible for coordinating the development and quality related activity with sales and production staff to achieve agreed targets, liaising with the procurement team to assess and utilise the most cost-efficient raw material sources.
Manage a bespoke team of incredible like-minded people, working on diverse projects across automotive, aerospace and military applications.
What will you do as the Technical Manager?
  • Manage the technical development and quality processes.
  • Research and understand the current capabilities and technology available in the market, and to our client
  • Manage all live technical cases to include sample analysis, new product design and costings.
  • Responsible for the fabric design and development of WIS products, including all parts, weaving and laboratory specifications and performance checks and reports.
  • Generate statistically robust technical specifications for all data analysis, yarn suppliers, fabrics constructions and external processing requirements.
  • Responsible for the product quality of WIS products, monitoring the yarn and fabric, understanding the product requirements and problem solving as appropriate.
  • Responsible for the technical sign-off of all incoming orders.
  • Identify improvement opportunities for fabric construction and cost reduction.
  • Maintain appropriate levels of contact with suppliers (including tradeshows) in regard to sourcing, specifications and quality.
  • Ensure customers are provided with the appropriate level of technical support.
  • Responsible for raising health and safety alerts as and when required.
  • Ensure all staff adhere to all company processes such as standard work, 5S, Risk Assessments (RAs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Ensure departmental 5S is maintained and improvements are highlighted and actioned.
  • Continually work within the 5S framework and instigate improvements where deemed necessary.
  • Ensure that standard work checks are being completed and the process followed, managing actions as necessary to drive improvements.
  • Implement continuous improvement practices, including appropriate kaizen events on relevant quality processes through enforcement of quality tools and best practice.
  • Support and manage improvement events and use lean manufacturing principles, as and when required.
  • Make recommendations based on knowledge and experience for developing the Company business strategy.
  • Identify and manage projects within the Company that drive improvement. Involve appropriate stakeholders in deciding which projects to progress.
  • Work as part of the management team to ensure all business objectives are met, maximising opportunities for the business and individuals to develop.
  • Provide leadership to all direct reports and respective teams, ensuring the Company’s values are part of daily routines and behaviours.
  • Promote and encourage an environment focused on delivering a world class service, with a positive employee culture.
  • Resolve all issues and disputes, to ensure the smooth running of the department.
  • Investigate any perceived breach in company policy and take the appropriate action.
  • Ensure knowledge is kept up to date by evidenced Continued Professional Development (CPD).
  • Management and leadership of the team, identifying any training and development requirements as appropriate.
  • Ensure compliance with all necessary legislation and audit requirements at all times.
  • Ensure the Health and Safety Policy is implemented, and the obligations are met according to the health and safety procedure – HS001.
  • Ensure Environment Policy is adhered to.
What qualifications and experience are needed for a Technical Manager?
  • Degree level in a scientific field, preferably textile or polymer based, or relevant experience in textile manufacturing.
  • Scientific methodology with an analytical approach to problem solving using expertise to proactively assure requirements are understood and satisfied, including leading complaint resolution and root cause and corrective action execution.
  • Analyses organizational quality metrics and performs periodic reviews to evaluate results and recommend action plans to close gaps at an operational level.
  • Develops and analyses statistical data and product/process performance to recommend and implement improvements in targeted areas
  • Management skills - proven leadership experience - supporting and driving the Technical Team providing expertise and ensuring product and process quality requirements are implemented through Company Policies and Quality Best Practice deployment
  • Desirable skills and experience Textile manufacturing
What will you get in return:
  • Salary of up to £60K DOE
  • Engaging work culture
  • Environmentally conscious company
  • Company profit share scheme
  • Company contribution pension plan
  • Personal learning and development - training bursary available
  • Leadership development and mentoring programmes
  • 34 days holiday per year
  • Canteen and on-site car and cycle parking
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Enhanced maternity benefits
  • Health & Dental plans
  • Company sick pay and life assurance
  • Tech and Cycle Schemes Discounts with participating local shops and businesses
  • Contribute to high-profile textile projects
  • Privately owned, debt-free company