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ILM Manufacturing Engineer (PN)

Job Category: Engineering

Reference: ILM MAN ENG PN FT

Location: Ilminster

Gooch & Housego offer exciting and rewarding opportunities for motivated and talented people to join a team of like-minded, highly skilled colleagues who want to grow and succeed with our company.

Hiring talent to complement and grow our current teams’ skills and capabilities is a strategic priority to enable our plans for growth.

Our six business locations in the United States and four UK-based businesses employ across a broad range of functions including engineering and process, manufacturing, product management, supply chain and customer services, quality assurance, continuous improvement, compliance and finance.


Reporting to:   Lead Manufacturing Engineer


  • As part of the manufacturing engineering team having responsibility for meeting business performance commitments to key stakeholders.
  • Responsibility for improving and defining new processes for product release to manufacture.
  • Managing cost improvement objectives and technical support of the operational function.
  • Support the training of new and existing processes, raising training and process corrective actions with manufacturing when required.
  • Responsible for implementation of manufacturing processes and procedures, leading productivity improvements with project based activities, including new product introduction and manufacturing cell design to reduce waste, improve quality and safety, and reduce operating costs.
  • Manage KPIs and ensure preventative actions are taken to maximise success.
  • Work on many phases or sub-tasks of projects or entire projects of moderate complexity, with results impacting on project completion.
  • Work under general supervision, reviewed at project milestones and/or on completion by Senior Management.


  • Cost of material
  • Cost of labour
  • NPI milestone
  • RFT & Yield
  • OEE (overall equipment effectiveness)

Job Responsibilities


  • Provide technical support to manufacturing with respect to product/process design and functionality.
  • Provide manufacturing engineering support with NPI projects.
  • Support the technical issue escalation process from manufacturing, with the appropriate level of on hand shop floor support in each production area.
  • Drive implementation and maintenance of LEAN and CI practices across the organisation.
  • Drive disruptive cost reduction plans into existing processes, potentially benefitting from technology elsewhere in G&H group.
  • Resolve issues with manufacturing when product quality risks are identified.
  • Support transfer of Beta level product to release to manufacture, optimising cost through process, material and yield in collaboration with Development Engineering and Manufacturing.
  • Support the training of new and existing processes, raising training and process corrective actions with manufacturing when required.
  • Support best practice operational process for clean rooms.
  • Drive culture of Manufacturing Engineering excellence.
  • Support Product Configuration (currently PCR) and engineering change processes.
  • Manufacturing engineering support for RMA’s
  • Support Quality, Supply Chain & Manufacturing Managers ensuring all aspects of the business support the needs of our customers.
  • Participate in regular performance reviews and set personnel objectives in line with the business strategy. Identify manufacturing needs for new products in development
  • Comply with the Health, Safety and Environmental Policies
  • Design new systems and processes and provide facilities and methods to ensure the cost effective integration of new products or for the improvement of existing ones into manufacturing operations
  • Ensure all product and system requirements are taken into account from the initial product conception to the finished result
  • Assist with shop floor layout and cell designs
  • Design fixtures and tooling for assembly tasks
  • Generating production documentation such as assembly instructions
  • Reduce variability in manufacturing by providing standard work methods and work instructions
  • Ensure product and process quality meets specifications required
  • Support the tender process for equipment to ensure the best quality for best price
  • Oversee installation of machinery and equipment
  • Maintain statistical and financial records
  • Improve manufacturing efficiency by analysing and planning work flow, space requirements and equipment layout
  • Remove waste from the processes
  • Organise plant start-up and shut-down schedules to ensure minimum loss of production time
  • Plan and organise maintenance
  • Respond to breakdowns
  • Report down time and possible trends
  • Support and lead continuous improvement, problem solving and process improvement activities
  • Carry out FMEAs, (Failure Mode Effects Analysis) process documentation and implement improvements
  • Poka Yoke (error proofing) where possible to prevent errors
  • Investigate production and process issues providing technical support and training
  • Keep up with current and developing engineering trends
  • Undertake special projects as required
  • Contribute to continuous improvement activities
  • Quality control of work by appropriate reviews
  • Support and lead process improvement activities
  • Write reports and present progress at project meetings and to clients
  • Achieve goals within budget
  • Conduct benchmarking studies to determine best practices/designs and future trends
  • Plan projects or subtasks so they may be tracked and presented
  • Manage the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Attend various meetings and action/communicate instructions
  • Produce written reports and make presentations
  • Undertake continuous training and development

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  1. Understand all business system tools and ensure correct implementation by Manufacturing Engineering personnel.
  2. Have awareness of scorecard KPIs, understand how Manufacturing Engineering actions and strategy effects site performance.
  3. Have an understanding of STG strategy and objectives, and the timelines for delivery of new products to the site.
  4. Knowledge of H&S to a level where issues can be highlighted and managed by the appropriate personnel.
  5. Knowledge and understanding of Lean Manufacturing & Continual Improvement strategy.


  • Drive and Determination
  • Communication skills
  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Delivering Results
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving (and root cause analysis)


  • Engineering (Optics/Electronics/Mechanical/Software) Degree/HND or equivalent preferred.
  • Ideally able to use CAD
  • PC literate in Microsoft office 


  • 5+ years’ experience in an engineering or manufacturing role.
  • Experience in manufacturing environment essential, ideally batch-process manufacturing.
  • Experience in Photonics and it applications, specifically fibre optics
  • Experience in Lean Six Sigma and Lean Principles in v manufacturing preferred
  • ideally with working knowledge of FMEA (Failure Mode Effects Analysis), Kaizen/A3 (continuous improvement and problem solving)process improvement and Poka Yoke (error proofing) techniques
  • Understanding of design and production costs to include waste, downtime, scrap and re-work
  • Ability to design processes and layouts

How to Apply

You can send your CV to UKJobs@goochandhousego.com with ILM Manufacturing Engineer in the subject line

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