Technical R&D Manager

Location: Gateshead

Contract Type: Full-time

Salary: £50,000 - £60,000 per annum


Our client is a successful privately-owned manufacturer based in Tyneside known for supplying industry leading innovative products to an international customer base across Automotive, OEM, Rail, Architectural, Construction and Defence sectors. A succession plan has now created the opportunity for an experienced and capable R&D Technical Manager to develop bespoke, niche technical products and drive improvements throughout the R&D and Technical divisions.


The role:

Reporting directly to the Managing Director, this is a hands-on role, whilst operating as an integral part of the site leadership team and as such will require ability to lead by example across the Engineering department.


Responsibilities will include:

  • Implementation of a structured R&D plan from concept to design to production handover

  • Review and understand the equipment, manufacturing systems and processes

  • Measuring for excellence using manufacturing analytics / KPIs; including Performance, Quality, Yield, Capacity, Throughput, PMP, Scrap

  • Responsible for the on-going evaluation and development of processes and product range ensuring utilisation of the most up to date manufacturing tools and techniques whilst exploring new and innovative ways of manufacture

  • Implement and maintain a robust preventative maintenance and engineering programme to drive OEE and improve performance

  • Working closely with supply partners from around the globe chosen for their industry knowledge, experience and quality leading materials which subsequently ensure our products are technologically advanced and are at the very cutting edge within our industry

  • Manage the maintenance and engineering team including mentor and developing staff, leading from the front

  • Identify and present a coherent and commercial plan for capital expenditure

  • Use Continuous Improvement Techniques, in conjunction with the Production Team to contribute to the development of the business to deliver stable products and processes

  • Interface with Sales and Production to deliver product innovation in line with customer requirements


About the company:

A long-established local business, the company is renowned within its industry for service, innovation and quality, supplying a high quality product with excellent lines of communication. This company would appeal to an ambitious individual looking for personal development.


About you:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in an Engineering discipline - Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical Engineering

  • Experience within an R&D Technical role at managerial capacity leading and directing an Engineering/Maintenance Team

  • The ability to methodically & systematically scope a project and plan a route to production using technical methodology

  • Manufacturing experience, ideally gained within OEM, Automotive, Process or Engineering

  • Demonstrable experience in using Standard Operating Procedures, Continuous Improvement Plans & leading R&D projects

  • A natural problem solver who is driven by results and solutions with an ability to communicate with key internal and external stakeholders