Manufacturing Development Engineer

We are a market leader in Aerospace composite manufacturing, working with exciting technologies and materials to design and build advanced composite structural components and assemblies. We are seeking an experienced Aerospace Engineer to join our Engineering team at our sites in Crewkerne, Somerset.

This varied role combines manufacturing engineering activities with composite materials and aero-structures technology development work, so is ideally suited to someone with an interest and experience in collaborating on and progressing development projects who is also keen to retain a hands-on role in the productionisation of parts and components.

The role

The key areas of responsibility will include:

 - Undertake manufacturing engineering tasks as defined by the Engineering Manager. Achieve planned tasks to schedule, including creation of Manufacturing Information Sheets, Engineering Instruction, Tooling Specifications, drawing/model interpretation and customer/vendor technical interface. Optimise production performance for a wide range of composite products and processes.

 - Provide technical input into internally and externally funded composite materials and aero-structures technology development programmes to support delivery of technical, financial and programme milestones. Application of innovative approaches to new solutions in composite materials for aerospace applications.

 - Identification and development of new technologies, capabilities and markets.

This role will work closely with the Operations and Quality functions to resolve production issues and non-conformances, and also provide technical support to the Business Development and Engineering team on bids and development programmes. There will be a requirement to present research outcomes and technical information internally, to customers and development partners, and at trade shows, seminars and conferences. Therefore, the successful candidate must an articulate and confident presenter, and be able to work flexibly and travel as needed.

The person

 - Relevant engineering qualification or equivalent experience, preferably with a strong background in materials science and/or a relevant engineering discipline.

 - Understanding of aerospace configuration control requirements with specific experience of composite material processing and component production procedures.

 - Computer literate, MS Windows and Office based, plus a working knowledge of 3D CAD systems (CATIA V5 preferred).

 - Pragmatic approach to problem solving.

 - Relevant experience in composites research and scientific experimentation and reporting.

 - Practical experience of composites manufacturing and testing (mechanical and non-destructive).

 - Understanding of health and safety requirements, including REACH.

 - Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.

 - Reliable, able to develop successful working relationships, working on own initiative or as part of a team.

 - Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate at all levels.

 - A good team player with a flexible attitude to work load.

 - Willingness to travel nationally and internationally in support of business activities.

We offer a competitive benefits package based on skill and experience. Please state your salary expectation in your application.

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