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Production Engineer

Job title Production Engineer

Department Designability

Grade N/A

Placed on Monday 31 October 2022

Closing date Monday 19 December 2022

Reference JS10005

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Location: Regular presence at our offices in Bath plus some remote working

Hours: 37.5 hrs/week 

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: From £26,000 FTE

For over 50 years, Designability has designed and provided products that have enabled disabled people to live with greater independence. Our team of talented designers and engineers create innovative new products which have helped hundreds of thousands of people with their day to day challenges. We are best known now for Wizzybug, our powered wheelchair which helps young disabled children move and play independently for often the first time in their lives. Families loan one from us for free thanks to the generous support of our donors. 

We create our innovative products by being experts in user-centred design – put simply, this means that it is disabled people who drive our innovation strategy, and it is their needs and views make our products unique.

We have ambitious plans for the future. We are in a strong financial position with healthy reserves, and have a forward plan for a significant new product innovation, and a partnership project which will have impact on the lives of millions of disabled people. 

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team providing innovative solutions which deliver greater choice for disabled people. 

Purpose of the role

Designability is undergoing a period of growth due to our hugely successful paediatric wheelchair, Wizzybug. In the UK we run a national loan scheme service, and we export to partners and distributors abroad. 

This growth led to the expansion of our facilities in 2020 with a dedicated manufacturing and R&D site. We have a growing team of engineers and technicians, and we have a pipeline of new products and improvements that are coming to market soon. 

This role will support the Engineering Operations at Designability, supporting the production and continuous improvement of existing products and the implementation of new products to production.   Working closely with the Engineering Operations Manager, this role will ensure that production runs efficiently, within budget, with products manufactured on time and to the highest standards of quality and regulatory compliance. 

You will have:

  • Experience working in manufacturing or production.
  • An interest in improving manufacturing and production processes with a good understanding of lean principles and kaizen.
  • Understanding of supply chain and supplier management.
  • Experience working within an ISO9001 Quality management system and working towards continuous improvement.
  • Ability to present data clearly in written and verbal form and communicate ideas and plans effectively with a variety of different stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal and motivational skills.
  • Excellent organisational and decision-making skills.

You will joining an independent, national charity based in Bath. Our creative and inspiring team includes engineers, technicians, product designers, occupational therapists, fundraisers and administrators. We are led by strong values: we are creative, inclusive and practical, with our vision being to create a future where every disabled person has the products they want to live the life they choose.

We are really proud that we were recently awarded second place in the ‘Best Charities to Work For 2020’ list by Third Sector which is a reflection of our team highly rating the fact that we encourage activities that create strong teams and foster good personal relationships. Our staff also stated their confidence in Designability’s leadership and strategic planning.

To find out more about Designability visit designability.org.uk 

The University of Bath provide us with recruitment support and applications are made through the University of Bath jobs website. We choose to follow many of the University of Bath’s human resources policies. However, Designability is a fully independent charity and our staff contracts are not with the University.

Please upload a CV and Covering letter with your application. The covering letter should outline how your experience and skills meet the job requirements and why you want to work at Designability.

For an informal conversation about this role, please email Nicole Krzanowski at Designability at nicolekrzanowski@designability.org.uk

Closing Date for applications: The application process will close once vacancies are filled.

Interview date: To be confirmed, interviews will be held on a rolling basis.

Start date: At earliest availability.

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