Job ref: CST/55740

Technical Director

Technical Director
Safety critical plastic products
Based in East Midlands

Job ref: CST/55740

Salary/Benefits: Commensurate with experience

The client:

The company is a leading manufacturer of safety critical plastic pipe products that are used in highly regulated industry sectors. It is at the forefront of innovation and product development employing a highly experienced R&D team. This role has been created to lead the operational delivery of products; ensuring NPD projects are delivered on time, developing internal resource capabilities, leading process improvement initiatives, interfacing with customers/stakeholders and management of the technical team.

The role:

Leading a team of professional engineers and technicians that span the design, development, manufacture and application support in the field for plastic pipe and fitting systems, mainly used in the utilities sector such as gas and water distribution.

The person:

The Technical Director will lead a significant internal resource and in addition, represent the company externally on all technical matters pertaining to the product portfolio. Client meetings are an important attribute of the role and technical competency is therefore vital.

Key competencies expected of the post holder would include:

Skilled in new product development process management
Basic competency in Stage-Gate project definition and planning
Estimating skills to support Portfolio Review c/w commercial colleagues
Ability to deliver process leadership and achieve/sustain process adherence

Operationally focused – lead person for all production technical matters
Management of the site process engineering team
Implementation of modern fault-finding techniques – 5 why, 8D, 6 sigma etc
Delivery of technical SOC (Standard operation conditions) for all lines

Sector expertise in market and application engineering (client focus)
Expertise in pressurised plastic pipeline systems is an advantage
Alternatively safety critical industries such as automotive, aerospace, oil & gas
Expertise in lifetime (reliability) engineering for long life assets is an advantage
Expertise in standards, risk management/design of tests outside standards
Ability to deliver focussed presentations & lead discussion forums with clients

Relevant experience in design for manufacturing in plastics sector
Expertise in material selection, properties & performance
Expertise in design for injection moulding and/or multilayer pipe extrusion
Expertise in specification of, and contract management of, tooling purchases
Ability to be the gate keeper and final decision on technical attributes

Proven ability to manage and deliver customer contracted R&D
Expertise in preparation of offers, negotiating and agreeing scope of works
Expertise in R&D contract forms, legal review and agreements
Ability to deliver to time, quality and agreed outcomes, the contracted works

Knowledge and experience of managing intellectual property portfolio
Expertise in identification of patent opportunities & developing patents
Expertise in monitoring patent databases, specifically competitor activity
Expertise linked to infringement risk mitigation/defending against infringers
Ability to maintain an active, valued, portfolio to reasonable budgets

The ability to operate under pressure when faced with product or customer issues
Expertise of operating in safety critical markets with AFARP/ALARP risks
Ability to lead multidisciplinary team for containment & risk mitigation event
Ability, with legal/contract professionals, to work through contract escalation
Ability to sustain process until agreed outcomes achieved

To lead and motivate the teams that form the technical directorate
Current 2 direct managers (laboratory, and legislation)
Current 10 engineering staff, 3 laboratory technicians (permanent staff)
Ability to identify internal and external resource requirements
Expertise in budget preparation, planning ahead and justification

Other Attributes:

The post holder must display a high degree of emotional intelligence and provide a constructive ability to operate across a broad range of operational situations. A core attribute is the ability to work throughout the business to achieve operational goals, and to work with customers, suppliers, professional institutions and regulatory bodies to achieve outcomes having a direct bearing on the business reputation. The business expects to be seen as both technically competent, and as a leader in this respect, in its chosen segments.

To apply please contact Conrad Taylor
0044 (0) 1789 207070

For EU roles, candidates must be eligible to work and live in the European Union.
Proof of eligibility will be required with your application.

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