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Engineering Category Manager

Minstrell Recruitment Ltd
Hatfield, UK
Closing date
26 Nov 2020

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Engineering Category Manager - Automation / Mechatronics / Electro Mechanical / Robotics / MHE

Circa £65-70K

Excellent package with development opportunities.
Hatfield, Hertfordshire

The product engineering team provides automation engineering product specialist knowledge, expertise and support to enable delivery of global CFC's (Automated Distribution Centres). They are accountable for the configuration, application and support of automation products and solutions released from Technology delivered at scale through Platform Implementation. They are the central conduit for all automation engineering product aspects of a new CFC.

The Engineering Category Manager is a cross functional role to provide joined up technical, commercial and strategic leadership for the global scale, sourcing and deployment of third party solutions used in the companies automated warehouses. This role has no direct reports, but the individual is expected to have considerable influence across teams to ensure cohesive strategy.

Key Customers

Platform Implementation Team

Construction & Installation (UK & international)

Solutions Design

Program & Portfolio Management teams

All areas in Engineering & Supply Chain


Asset Handling Automation (HW, SW & Product groups)

Central teams

Role & Responsibilities

* Cohesive risk identification and mitigation, anticipating engineering challenges and opportunities across products and projects

* Conduct regular strategic reviews of the direction of third party systems and the ways of working to ensure it is appropriate and aligned prevailing business needs and climate

* Define and manage appropriate KPI's & metrics

* Develop and maintain close working relationships with key customers and collaborators

* Enabling and subsequently resolving an escalation route for cross functional and portfolio issues relating to third party systems

* Ensure full adherence by self and others to change control processes

* Ensure we have the right cross functional processes in place to deliver third party systems

* Maintain and championing both engineering best practice and standards

* Maintain global industry knowledge and network and be able to leverage this for the company

* Manage and balance the priorities of third party systems work, ensuring that individual projects do not cause detriment to another

* Provide a single point of focus and leadership for third party systems within PI

* Provide and influence the portfolio perspective on third party systems delivery within Platform Implementation

* Provide consolidated reporting (including risks and issues) for management of third party systems

* Support to the Solutions bid teams

* Work alongside commercial / business managers to ensure appropriate business cases are made, budgets created and approved and business priorities are met.

* Work in and ensure others work in a safe manner at all times

Work with Technology colleagues to ensure Platform Implementation are ready to deliver new third party systems in line with product roadmaps

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


Appreciation of applicable directives, codes, standards etc. (e.g. Machinery Directive, CDM 2015 etc.)

MHE Knowledge and experience

Technically and commercially aware

Coaching and mentoring of others

Comfortable and experienced in a dynamic, fast paced environment

Communication in a variety of forms to people at all levels, especially communicating technical information to non-technical audiences

Define and establish management process

Demonstrate a balanced and considered approach to problem resolution

Excellent technical competence and understanding relating to both automation and general engineering

Experience of projects in manufacturing, automotive, airports, FMCG distribution or similar field (could also be from within the MHE industry)

IT literate, proficient with Microsoft Office and/or Google Suite

Managing and operating in matrix organisations

End to end Project Engineering - demonstrable experience & success

Technical / Engineering qualification in a relevant field

Extensive related industry experience

Self-motivated team player

Preferred (in addition to minimum)

Experienced with managing solutions remotely

Familiarisation with CAD CAE packages

Experienced in international working

Sales or applications engineering

Application Process

If you have the above skills and wish to be considered for this position or find out more details then please submit your CV.

We will endeavour to contact all applicants however if you do not hear from me within two weeks then unfortunately you have been unsuccessful
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