Senior Manufacturing Engineer (Composites)

Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
£39992  - £49149
03 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
19 Nov 2017
Academic Discipline
Engineering & Technology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Senior Manufacturing Engineer (Composites)

Department: Advanced Forming Research Centre, Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management (
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering (
Staff Category    Knowledge Exchange
Reports To    The Head of Department, through the AFRC Chief Operating Officer
Salary Range:    £39992  - £49149
FTE:    1 (35 hours/week)
Reference No    80764
Grade:    8
Contract Type:    Fixed Term (36 months)
Closing Date    Sunday, 19 November 2017

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow possesses a large internationally rated Engineering Faculty with a proud history of successful joint ventures with industrial and enterprise partners.  As a part of the University’s strategic development the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) has been established at Inchinnan near Glasgow’s International Airport in partnership with multi-national companies such as Rolls-Royce and The Boeing Company.  The AFRC is the embodiment of over £30 million collaborative investment by Industrial, Academic and Government partners to establish a world leading research facility for forging and forming technologies.  Since 2011 it has been a part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

The AFRC is establishing a new Manufacturing team focusing on light-weighting of components and structures in recognition of a growing research and industrial demand for weight reduction in product manufacture for the benefit of the UK manufacturing sector. A Senior Manufacturing Engineer is sought to lead and manager research programmes and the delivery of high value projects at the AFRC. The role sought will be focussed on the development of composite material manufacture, optimised component geometry for weight reduction and component integrity of mixed material manufacture at the AFRC and will be required to identify and deliver projects in these areas as well as build consortia for CR&D projects and stakeholder management across large work programmes. In this role you will be a key point of contact for light-weight and composite manufacture to both internal project work and external engagement. The post-holder will also be required to become part of relevant networks, for example HVM Catapult related fora, and become integral to the development of capabilities within the AFRC and as part of AFRC growth. The post-holder will also be required to develop relationships with key partners in the field of composite material and optimised component design/manufacture. 

To be considered for this role, you will either be educated to PhD level or be able to demonstrate equivalent relevant industrial experience within an industrial environment. You will have significant knowledge of composite manufacturing as well as component design and method of manufacture definition; you will be able to evidence relevant experience of leading high value projects in this area as well as engaging directly with customers and project partners. The post-holder will be expected to demonstrate and exert an interest in the area of composite materials and already have key relationships or be involved in relevant networks. You will have an established track record in identifying research or industrial projects as well as experience of supporting research and development in the context of manufacturing. You will have significant experience of project planning and delivery as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to interact with a range of stakeholders from industry and academia.   You will have an ability to plan and organise your own workload and the workloads of others, you will have excellent troubleshooting skills, including a methodical approach to solving complex problems, and an ability to work as part of a team. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills.   Lastly, the post holder will be required to make a significant contribution to the administrative activities of the AFRC including the membership/chair of relevant committees and acting in senior departmental/school administrative positions.

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