Design/Product Engineer

Location: Braintree, Essex
Contract: Full Time

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced degree educated individual to join our Production Engineering Department at our Braintree site.

Job Role:

Reporting to the Production Engineering Manager, the primary function of the role will be to:

1. Lead, and manage elements of design projects focused on:
  • Improving existing manufacturing processes.
  • Development, introduction and adoption of new technology.
  • Research and development of new product.
  • Value engineering of existing product.
  • Gauging reproducibility and repeatability.
2. Provide technical support to evaluate existing processes and configure manufacturing systems to reduce cost, improve machine reliability and develop best practices within the manufacturing environment.
3. Standardise and document existing and new manufacturing processes, drawings and manufacturing layouts.
4. Manage, analyse and update the companies ERP system for new manufacturing routes and product.
5. Support day-to-day operations of the factory.


  • Plan, organise and prioritise the Production Engineering activity in agreement with Production Engineering Manager.
  • Manage tooling and fixture design and their manufacture, to support production needs.
  • Design lead for R&D activities, assisting with converting concept models to manufactured parts, through design for manufacture and design for assembly principles.
  • Produce and manage product drawings and layouts for new product, tooling and gauging to allow internal or external manufacture.
  • Manage and maintain drawing modification process and document database.
  • Assist Process Primes in the development and improvement of processes within the production environment.
  • Recognise opportunities to adapt and adopt technologies across processes.
  • Lead Continuous Improvement activities within the Manufacturing environment.
  • Analyse existing product and look for opportunities to aid manufacture and reduce cost.
  • Support shop floor team improvement programmes providing technical and logistic support. eg. BIT, 5S SMED projects.
  • Conduct and participate in team briefings, workshops and training to ensure smooth integration of new processes, equipment and systems to the production teams.
  • Ensure safe working practices supporting health and safety within the workplace and assisting with the Risk Assessment process for all manufacturing processes and equipment.
  • Provide and develop process documentation including but not limited to Standard Operating Procedures and Set up instructions.
  • Assist in the management, creation and control of machine documentation and data including but not limited to Machine Manuals, Maintenance Instructions, CNC part programs, and CNC control software.

Skills Required:

  • Formal qualification in Mechanical, Manufacturing or Production Engineering to degree level.
  • Good understanding of Maths
  • Willing to challenge themselves and recognise when to ask for help.
  • Ability to Lead, Manage and Engage with different levels of the business from directors to shop floor.
  • Excellent organisation, administrative and communication skills.
  • Good level of computer skills with basic Microsoft packages, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability and willingness to travel as required and act independently representing the company while away from the company premises.

Preferred skills

  • Understanding of both the imperial and metric measurement system and able to convert between.
  • Understanding of precision, working to 0.001 of a millimetre.
  • Conversant with Lean Manufacturing / Continuous Improvement techniques.
  • Knowledge of Six Sigma techniques.
  • Knowledge of Metal cutting and manufacturing processes.
  • Knowledge of metrology and measurement techniques.
  • Experience in project management.
  • CAD/CAM experience ideally in SolidWorks, FANUC FIPT or Alkart CNC Wizard

Hours of Work:

Monday – Thursday: 07:30am – 16.00pm
Friday: 07:30am – 15.00 pm.

39-hours per week.

Closing Date:

Friday, 22 March 2024


In addition to a competitive salary, we offer an attractive benefits package, including:

  • 25 days holiday per annum, plus bank holidays
  • Company contribution pension
  • Healthcare cashback scheme
  • Discounts with local shops and services
  • Discounts at many major retailers including Argos, Currys, Halfords, Tesco, Sainsburys and Morrisons to name but a few
  • Free on-site parking
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Continued professional learning and development
  • Recommend a friend scheme
  • Death in service after qualifying period
  • Mental health support
  • Financial wellness support
  • Long service awards
  • Seasonal events organised by HepcoMotion’s social committee
  • Opportunities for overtime at a premium rate

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