R&D Test Engineer

Brompton Bicycle
Greenford, UK
Closing date
27 Sep 2020

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Our purpose is to change the way people live in cities. By providing the means to commute or explore with a bike that you can take anywhere and store anywhere, we can make cities happier places to live. We want to increase people's freedom, improve their health and reduce society's impact on the environment. We make more than just a bicycle, and we are more than just a bicycle company.
We continue to make the Brompton in West London, where we started in 1975. Brompton now offers 16.5 million combinations on the bike, every one of which is still made by hand in London. It is now estimated that there are over 80,000 Brompton bikes in London. Three-time winner of the Queen's Award for Enterprise, the company sells over 45,000 bikes in 44 countries around the world every year. Sales have been growing at a fast rate with the help of Brompton Junction retail stores in London, Barcelona, Munich, Beijing, Milan, Hamburg, Shanghai, Chengdu, Amsterdam, Tokyo and Kobe and we don't plan on stopping there.

Brompton has ambitious plans for growth over the next 5 years and a key part of this is the introduction of new-to-market products and the relentless refinement of existing products and processes through running changes. As part of reliability team within the R&D department, this role will contribute to the advancement of product requirements and performance targets through testing and experimentation.

Main duties
  • Design and lead lab experiments to better understand the performance requirements of new products, verify design changes and validate process changes
  • Design and equip test bikes with sensor and data-logging systems
  • Execute established test methods and contribute to their evolution
  • Employ a scientific methodology to design novel test methods with consideration of functional and technical specifications, test fairness and repeatability
  • Liaise with external test houses for mechanical and metallurgical testing
  • Produce concise and coherent test reports
  • Analyse field and lab failures to identify key failure modes and trends.
Job requirements
  • Engineering or science degree and the ability to demonstrate a solid engineering background in a relevant environment are essential
  • Thorough knowledge of bicycle mechanics and enjoys riding!
  • Familiarity with accelerometer and strain gauge sensors, ideally also with the physical application of strain gauges.
  • Strong data analysis skills, utilising tools such as MS Excel and MATLAB to manipulate and analyse large datasets.
  • Confident understanding of basic statistical mathematics.
  • Sound metallurgy and metal failure understanding.
  • Understanding of the major manufacturing processes and materials, including composites.
  • Tirelessly perceptive and critical of all aspects of a task, process, or design.
  • Accustomed to keeping thorough, archivable notes when designing and conducting experiments.
  • Very high level of spoken and written technical English.
  • Proven ability to work independently and manage your own time on multiple concurrently running tasks
  • Comfortable with manual labour, standing for extended periods and regularly lifting up to 20 kgs.
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