Development Engineering Manager

Aberdeen, UK
19 Jul 2019
01 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Who We Are

James Fisher and Sons Plc is a leading provider of innovative marine solutions and specialised engineering services worldwide in: oil and gas, nuclear, construction, defence, renewable energy and more.
JFD, part of James Fisher & Sons Plc, is now the world leading underwater capability provider, serving the commercial and defence markets with innovative diving, submarine and hyperbaric rescue, technical solutions and services.

The company is at the forefront of Hyperbaric Rescue, along with being the leading supplier of commercial and defence diving equipment and saturation diving systems to the commercial industry. Our diverse range of products meet the challenges of the various diving industries in which our clients operate and we are the largest manufacturer and supplier of professional diving equipment worldwide.

Our Vacancy

The purpose of this role is to provide effective engineering management of the Development Engineering team for all aspects of the department. Including product design/development, researching latest technologies, implementation to JFD products, adherence to rules, regulations, standards and processes and development of team through competence measurement and training.

Principal accountabilities:
  • Management and supervision of the team
  • Maintaining a suitable, safe working environment for all department activities
  • Keeping up to date with latest technology releases
  • Ensure team provides cutting edge design solution in line with market expectations
  • Maintenance and development of departmental processes and procedures
  • Adherence to global engineering end to end process and sub processes
  • Planning and estimating for future product research programs and design developments
  • Recruitment of sufficient permanent and temporary staff to meet the current and future demand on the department
  • Management of budgets to ensure the cost of research and/or development tasks are always within the allocated budget and all deliverables are completed as per the assigned schedule
  • Ensure all design activity is in accordance with relevant internal and external standards including upload and approval in Advitium
  • Reporting on department performance through set KPIs
  • Proactively develop research, development and engineering initiatives, with a view to continual improvement and evolution of JFD processes in conjunction with improvement authorities
  • Close liaison with engineering management team to instill best practice and set & maintain adherence to the engineering strategy
  • Provide line manager with weekly performance dashboard
  • Report and advise on relevant statutory and industry changes
  • Provide practical and hands on advice and support to all stakeholders
  • Coach/mentor team members where required
  • Develop team through the use of competence framework and training
Who we are looking for
  • Minimum of 10 years in an engineering field including management experience
  • Experience in a defence or subsea engineering environment
  • Experience with PLM systems for generating and storage of engineering packages
  • Previous dive system or submarine escape experience would be advantageous
  • A relevant Engineering degree or equivalent industry experience
  • Any relevant diving qualifications would be advantageous
  • Capable of providing technical supervision and decision making on complex and varied research, development and engineering issues
  • Have a sound knowledge of engineering principles and strong engineering skills
  • Have a sound knowledge of manufacturing methods in order to support decisions on design requirements
  • Able to provide leadership to a multi-discipline team of engineers including Mechanical, Electrical and Draughting.
  • Effectively identify and communicate critical tasks and key risks
  • Able to maintain and control departmental and deliverable documentation and procedures
  • Ability to react to and drive change in a positive manner to seek continuous improvements
  • Ability to work effectively within a team structure, accept and understand management instruction, manage own timescales and specified timescales effectively
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, tasks and personnel issues
  • Flexible for travel to local or overseas sites if required
Contract Type - Permanent / full-time

Rewards & Benefits

We offer a competitive salary and excellent rewards, for what our employees consider to be really rewarding work.

This includes a number of core and voluntary benefits such as: 26 days annual leave plus Christmas, Boxing Day, 1st & 2nd Jan, early finish on a Friday, pension scheme, life assurance, share save scheme, Simplyhealth plan, eyesight tests and cycle to work scheme.

James Fisher and Sons plc and all subsidiary businesses are committed to creating a diverse workforce and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. For further information on the James Fisher group please visit .

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