Process Development Engineer

Working with the R&D team / develop current process capabilities / deliver improvements to existing processes & production capabilities for our lens systems.

Witney, United Kingdom

Location: Eynsham, Oxfordshire UK

Salary Range: £45,000 to £60,000 per annum

Overall purpose of the job

The Process Development Engineer will assist in the development of fluid lens manufacturing technology. Working closely with the other disciplines within the Research & Development team (such as optical and mechanical design, modelling and materials science), the role requires the specification of new and improvement of existing process capabilities to deliver the next generation of adjustable lens technology, whilst focusing on delivering customer samples or project milestones.

The successful candidate will have a broad knowledge of manufacturing and assembly processes, and the suppliers of equipment to deliver these. The process challenge will require working with precision components and processes, to tight tolerances, in a clean room environment.

The candidate will be expected to undertake process characterisation in parallel with engineering concept design. Also the specification, procurement and modification of process equipment for specific process stages. The candidate will also be requirement to undertake prototyping activities on the line to execute samples for internal and external evaluation.

The role may involve working with technical representatives of the customer and suppliers to optimise performance of materials, equipment and processes.

Our employees all share the same philosophy of working hard, having fun and being part of one cohesive team.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Develop, configure and optimise industrial processes from inception through to start-up and certification
  • Assess processes, take measurements and interpret data and capture in reports
  • Design, run, test and upgrade systems and processes
  • Perform process simulations
  • Manage process cost and time constraints
  • Develop best practice, routines and innovative solutions to improve production rates and quality of output
  • Contributing to specification, procurement and qualification of outsourced custom tooling and machine building
  • Perform risk assessments and participate in risk analysis at a technical level
  • Conducting cross-functional failure investigations and complex problem solving
  • Provide process documentation and operating instructions and ensure timely reports are provided for all process changes, promoting customer confidence.

Experience & skills

  • 5 years+ experience in process or manufacturing engineering in a high-tech, multi-disciplinary environment
  • Experimental and investigation skills
  • Excellent technical skills and an analytical thinker
  • Experienced in the production of high tolerance precision devices and small components
  • Knowledge of production processes and materials such as adhesives, ultrasonic welding, laser processing, fluid handling, thin-film coatings
  • Knowledge of process-related standards (optics experience beneficial)
  • Knowledge of process-related control and improvement methods e.g. FMEA; DfM etc
  • Experience in process simulations
  • Working knowledge of process engineering software packages Solidworks, Matlab) is desirable
  • Working knowledge of statistical analysis techniques and software (MiniTab) is desirable
  • Excellent written, oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with health and safety regulations
  • Lean practitioner beneficial
  • Must be able to work efficiently with precision and accuracy
  • Knowledge of GMP and ISO 13485 medical devices (desirable)
  • Experience of Validation (desirable)
  • Ability to read engineering drawings


  • Degree in Engineering related subject
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