Group Head of Manufacturing Production

As a specialist water-focused consultancy, we build and test scale models to help us explore developments in the coastal and marine environments and our facilities are some of the largest in the world. To support this work, we develop specialist equipment, software and instrumentation for our engineers and scientists, and we also supply these to other facilities around the globe.

Our Equipment, Technology and Innovation (ET&I) group – a multi-disciplinary team of mechanical, electrical and software engineers – is focused on developing and supplying this equipment.

Due to our recent growth, we have a fantastic opportunity for a Group Head of Manufacturing Production to join our team and drive forward our thriving equipment and technology business.  This is a senior management role within the group, based in our Manchester office.

Join us, and help us to develop and deliver our class-leading portfolio to international clients.

About the role

Our product portfolio stretches across high quality wave generation, instrumentation and data acquisition systems used by universities and marine research facilities worldwide.  The development of our wave generation and data acquisition systems over the last 30+ years has recently (2019) been supplemented by the acquisition of the highly-regarded Kempf and Remmers (K&R) brand of instrumentation to measure forces and movements on vessels and marine structures.  We also design and supply remote platforms for survey related activities on inland water.  Innovation and customer focus are the keys to our success

You will play a key part in managing the production of all equipment in our portfolio and have overarching management responsibility for the manufacturing teams based in Manchester and Oxford, working closely with the Group Head of Engineering and Project Delivery and other members of the senior Equipment, Technology and Innovation (ET&I) team.

You will oversee the operational area of the business, manufacturing, planning and maintenance and close involvement with QHSE. The primary purpose of the role is to take full responsibility for planning, organising and effectively utilise company resources i.e. materials, machines and people to manufacture various mechanical, electrical and control elements of systems such as wave generation systems, passive absorbers, force measuring instrumentation, carriages, cavitations tunnels, general data acquisition instrumentation and remote platforms. You will be responsible for the product portfolio from both our Manchester and Oxfordshire based teams.  Whilst the role is based in our Manchester office, regular visits to our Oxfordshire office will be essential. In particular you will oversee:

  • Product manufacture including scheduling of production, ensuring it is carried out in accordance with drawings and specifications and it is completed on schedule
  • Procurement including taking a lead in material management including management of pre-production activity including goods received and stores, ensuring sufficient material and/or components to deliver the manufacturing plan. Also developing supplier relationships.
  • Staff management including recruiting and fostering staff development
About you

You will be able to demonstrate a significant depth and breadth of production management evidenced by any relevant qualification and/or a good number of years of manufacturing leadership and management experience. You will have an excellent understanding of manufacturing processes and planning, including a sound understand of Lean and/or Six Sigma principles and continuous improvement in manufacturing. You will have a track record in having acted as a hands-on manager, focusing on people, equipment and facilities. Experience with MRP systems and IT literacy is required.

Strong organisational skills in planning in the short and long term, and managing changing priorities showing an ability to make well informed decisions under pressure is a pre requisite. This is a leadership role in which you would demonstrate your critical thinking and problem solving abilities. You will need to have excellent communication skills including sharing information and must be confident and articulate – able to persuade influence and be diplomatic.

Additional Information

Further information about our company culture is found at including our approach to Diversity and Inclusion. Further information about the application process including flexible working, pre employment screening and sponsorship is found at

Our excellent benefits package includes:


  • A defined contribution pension scheme with minimum 10% contribution from the employer (up to 15% with matched funding)
  • Life insurance x 3 salary
  • 25 days holiday, (comprising 22 days annual leave and 3 days at Christmas) and 8 bank holidays, 
  • Permanent health insurance (subject to eligibility rules). 
  • Cycle to work scheme. 
  • Employee Assistance Programme.

How to apply

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Please to apply, click the Apply now button below. You should include a CV, tailored to this position, and a covering letter. 

Closing date: This role will stay open until the right candidate is found.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our workplace. We do not discriminate, and work to create an inclusive culture across our business.

Contact us for more information
Emma Thomas
Personnel advisor
+44 (0)1491 822899