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Head of Research and Design- Automotive
Title: Head of Research and Design- Automotive
Category: Engineering
Job type: Permanent
Job status: Full Time
Salary: £35,000.00 - £45,000.00
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We are seeking an experienced Head of R&D to join a manufacturing and distribution business based in Essex.

Due to continued growth, this well-established business are looking for a Head of R&D who will be responsible for reviewing existing designs to reduce costs and improve production efficiencies. As Head of R&D will play a key role in delivering products that are unique to this business, at a price that customers are prepared to pay, that in turn positively contributes to the business' overall sales growth targets.

You will need to be innovative and demonstrate an ability to turn ideas into commercially worthwhile products.

Key duties and requirements:

Take responsibility for any product design work for products Ensure product designs are aesthetically aligned to customer expectations. Construction and Plant Hire is a rugged environment. Ensure designs are cost effective to produce. Testing products to ensure they are fit for purpose. Ensure designs meet prevailing legislation. Manage the type approval process. Develop and maintain good relationships with new and existing suppliers. Meet with customers. Review and manage post production issues. Produce assembly instructions for production including Safe Systems of Work AND raS Support to trailer production as required. Developing our own range of trailers. Designing and developing other products for our parts range. Developing bespoke products for customers. Requirements

As Head of R&D you will require the following skills, attributes and qualifications...

Automotive or Trailer industry experience Proven experience in a project office. PRINCE2 or equivalent to at least foundation level. Management and leadership experience. Competent with design software; Solidworks or similar. Commercially astute and had P&L responsibility. Good listener. Able to work on their own with minimal guidance. Strong communicator. Conflict management experience. Self-motivated and driven. Enthusiastic and exciting with supporting a newly created division Well presented. Benefits

Salary between £35,000 - £45,000 per annum DOE Bonus scheme – up to 10% annual salary. Monday-Friday Free on-site parking. Free lunch provided. Pension scheme. 28 days holiday inclusive of bank holidays.
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