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Materials Engineering Lead - Northern

Research & Development
Ref: 220 Date Posted: Saturday 21 Jul 2018
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Materials Engineering Lead


The Company

Our client has been a pioneer in the fields of orthopaedics, spinal care and neuroscience therapies for decades.

From non-surgical pain management to complete surgical solutions, it’s range of treatment options include those for treating or reconstructing damaged or diseased joints, caring for traumatic skeletal injuries, treating spinal disorders and deformity, and repairing injured soft tissue. In addition, the company offers a wide range of state-of-the-art therapies for neurological and central nervous system care.

Our client specializes in the manufacture of bone cement and related chemical products supplied to a global market, primarily for joint replacement surgery.


The Role

There is an exciting opportunity for a Materials Engineering Lead to join the team based in Blackpool. In this role, you will provide leadership in the Cluster Material Development group. Collaborating with global functions including R&D, Engineering and Operations, you will be responsible for identifying and leading strategic materials related engineering projects ensuring optimum process capability and design for manufacturability in the development of processes. The role involves providing people and technical leadership working with a cross functional team to develop advanced manufacturing processes for the implementation of materials technologies and innovative processes to build excellence in Materials Development.


What you’re great at:

You will be a strong technical leader who will provide people and technical leadership whilst working with a cross functional team to develop advanced manufacturing processes for the implementation of materials technologies and innovative processes to build excellence in Materials Development.


As a Materials Engineering Lead, your typical day may include:

  • Develop and implement long-term strategy for materials related technologies
  • Implement design for manufacturability in new processes to minimise lifecycle cost
  • Conduct detailed product / process design reviews
  • Develop strategic collaborations across functions, business units and geographic boundaries to achieve effective long-term outcomes
  • People leadership responsibility, including talent development, goal setting and resource management
  • Development of advanced materials related manufacturing processes from end to end within the supply chain, including raw materials, process design and optimisation
  • Implement of cost effective material-related manufacturing solutions to drive engineering efficiencies. Facilitate technical problem resolution through the application of best practice tools such as 8-D, DMAIC, etc
  • Develop innovative product development processes to shorten lifecycle of product time to market
  • Direct PFMEA studies and lead risk assessment effort for materials processes
  • Drive Validation /Verification strategies, authoring Master Validation Plans
  • Develop innovative qualification methodologies to apply appropriate statistical and validation techniques based on overall risk
  • Lead and manage collaborations with R&D and academic institutions
  • Development of capital business cases for new process development projects
  • Mentor and guide external researchers on collaborative projects
  • Interface with global academic Institutes in material science



To be part of this dynamic team you will have strong technical experience of managing large complex projects together with and strong evidence of leading a technical team, alongside:

  • Ph.D/Masters in Material Sciences or Engineering 4-6 years’ experience in a medical device company or similar industry


  • BSc Material Sciences or Engineering 6-8 years’ experience within a medical device company or similar industry
  • Experience in a Technical Environment –in the areas of polymers, coatings, biomaterials.
  • Extensive statistical and problem-solving engineering expertise (Six Sigma, SE, A3, RCCA SPC, DoE etc)
  • Experience in Material Characterization (chemical/physical) and in advanced analytical techniques

It would be great if you had a certification in Project Management and/or product and process validation experience within a high volume medical device manufacturing environment


In return for all this great work, you’ll own and you’ll grow by:

This is a great role to work cross functionally with many teams to drive technical improvements.   You will be supported to develop both technically and personally in order to drive your own career.  As the subject matter expert on site, the business will look to you for technical guidance.  This role will give you the opportunity to shape the team and drive change across the business.


What the company is about:

They are passionate about their work, and play vital roles across a range of professional disciplines, and care deeply about customers and communities. The company culture enables dynamic and impactful careers. They share a kind of DNA where each are:

  • Committed to caring
  • Responsible to communities
  • Ready to apply knowledge and know-how
  • Unique in background and experiences
  • The drivers of own success
  • Passionate about doing what’s right

Specialists in consultancy

At Medical Engineers we have a range of technical consulting jobs in the medical engineering industry throughout the UK. Requiring a broad range of technical and management skills and most importantly the ability to communicate effectively. Consultancy roles require candidates with unique abilities. Roles vary in length of contract depending on clients’ requirements.

Our degree qualified consultants have specialist knowledge of the UK medical engineering consultancy job market. We have a successful track record in finding the best candidates for our clients who know and trust Medical Engineers to understand their business requirements.

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