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Manufacturing Engineer - New Product Introductions



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Romsey SO51, UK
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2024
The Azure Fiber team in Romsey is seeking dynamic candidates with energy and a passion for innovation to join our team. You will be working on fabrication technologies for radically novel optical fibers, including glass preform manufacture, optical fiber drawing and associated processes. The role will involve close interaction with the R&D team to take new fabrication methods for next generation fibers and turn them into robust and reliable processes that can be successfully transferred into volume manufacture by the production team. Additionally, you will be required to support the scaling up of the new fabrication facility to meet customer demand and company ambition. As such, this role involves hands-on work in our state of the art Romsey facility.

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The role supports the development, transfer and implementation of manufacturing processes for preform and fiber fabrication. Responsibilities include:

  • Contributing to the development and management of documentation in support of process technology, operating procedures and process control requirements
  • Developing an understanding of and deploying process control tools, and analysing measurement data to identify trends and correlations
  • Operating and monitoring state-of-the-art optical fiber manufacturing equipment under the guidance of senior engineers within a quality management and safety conscious environment
  • Supporting production to ensure operating procedures are efficient and fit for purpose
  • Developing an understanding of projects to identify novel and improved manufacturing methods
  • Collaborating with equipment suppliers on technology development and process equipment requirements and improvements under the guidance of others
  • Supporting the scale-up of the new fabrication facility in Romsey


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in manufacturing, material, mechanical, electrical, and industrial engineering, or related field
    • OR equivalent experience
  • Relevant experience of developing and documenting optical fiber manufacturing process
  • Relevant experience of new product introductions (NPI)
  • Proven experience in process engineering
  • Experience of statistical process control methods and their application
  • Experience of facilitating improvement in yield through identification and reduction of waste and stabilisation of production processes
  • Use of lean problem solving and continuous improvement methodologies and practices
  • Demonstrated ability in innovative development and practical application
  • Experience in the operation and use of high value capital equipment
  • Knowledge of cleanroom working environment and disciplines
  • Capability to arrange and analyse data to identify trends and correlations
  • Knowledge of full product lifecycle from concept through to production
Other Requirements

  • Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings:
    • Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud Background Check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in manufacturing, material, mechanical, electrical, and industrial engineering, or related field
    • OR equivalent experience.
  • Patent or track record of engineering excellency
  • The following skills and attributes would also be beneficial:
    • Practical knowledge of optical fibers and their properties
    • Ability to work across multiple tasks methodically and efficiently and meet committed timescales
    • Able to deliver technical updates of status on agreed work schedules
    • Happy to work in a dynamic environment and adaptable to changes in priorities
    • Ability to integrate into multidisciplinary and cross-functional teams
    • Hands-on, creative approach to problem solving and the ability to translate engineering requests into working solutions
    • Self-starter with good interpersonal skills and a strong execution-oriented approach
    • Must be diligent, focused and thorough, taking personal pride in their work and achievements

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