Senior Instrumentation Engineer - Equipment, Technology & Innovation (Ref 2021_07

Our Manchester team has a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Instrumentation Engineer to help us drive forward our thriving marine equipment and technology business.

Building and testing scale models help us explore developments in the coastal and marine environments and at our facilities we are building some of the largest in the world.  As part of this work, we have developed a range of specialist equipment, software and instrumentation.  Our Equipment, Technology and Innovation group – a multi-disciplinary team of mechanical, electrical and software engineers – is focused on supplying this equipment to other facilities around the globe.

This is your opportunity to help us to develop and deliver our class-leading portfolio to international

About the role

Our high-quality instruments are used by the marine research facilities worldwide to measure forces and moments on vessels and marine structures; this includes the highly-regarded Kempf and Remmers brand.

You will play a key role in the fabrication of this equipment, working with our mechanical engineering team to develop the solutions required by our clients.  The role will involve overseeing the department, along with hands on assembly & production assistance with fault finding, repair and servicing of products whilst maintaining quality and traceability of products to fulfil customer expectations.  The successful candidate should understand the importance of documentation, manufacturing processes and protocols.

You may need to support our equipment in the field, most commonly via remote sessions, but some international travel may be required.

We are proud of our reputation for quality, and we’ll expect you to work to our high standards, delivering solutions on time and within budget, whilst maintaining a safe and clean working environment.  You may work directly with both our suppliers and our clients, so where possible we’d like you to demonstrate experience in a customer facing role.

Innovation and customer focus are the keys to our success.  You’ll work with the team on product development to allow us to continue to offer cutting edge technology, whilst also providing our clients with first class service.

About you

You should be able to demonstrate at least 3 years’ proven supervisory experience with small teams working within a small-scale production laboratory environment and with 7 – 10 years’ experience of building instrumentation / electromechanical systems to meet customer driven deadlines.  You will be:

  • Technically inquisitive: you will help our team to innovate and deliver novel solutions for our clients, therefore the following attributes are required
    • Mechanical and electrical / electronic understanding
    • Knowledge of limits, fits and tolerances
    • Optical encoder set-up and assembly
    • Experience, knowledge and understanding of telemetry systems
    • Load cell transducer knowledge would also be advantageous
  • Hands on: taking a practical approach to help us resolve technical issues and meet deadlines
  • Self-motivated: work independently as well as within a team
  • A great communicator: dealing with project teams and clients at all levels from around the world
  • Flexible: able to respond positively and adapt to changing priorities.

It is essential that you have either completed apprenticeship or further education qualification in a mechanical, electrical or scientific subject.

While not essential, strengths in the following area would be a real bonus

  • Practical Electrical skills: Soldering, basic wiring, knowledge and application of strain gauges and load cell transducers (non-essential as training would be given).
  • Language skills: excellent spoken and written English will be the minimum requirement.  As we work all over the world, other languages would also be welcome.
Flexible working

We are interested in relevant applicants looking for either part time, full time or fixed term employment.   Helping our people achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us, and we would be happy to explore flexible working and job share arrangements. Please talk to us about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

Additional Information

Our people are our most important asset. We are committed to recruiting and retaining staff of the highest calibre – people who have the desire and determination to succeed and be ambitious, not only for themselves but for their colleagues and clients too. We are relentless in our drive to create an exceptional working environment and we look for energy and positivity to ensure our staff remain inspired. We offer a stimulating working environment that seeks to surprise colleagues and clients with what we can achieve. We share knowledge, ideas and experience to underpin our value of working collaboratively. Our work is authentic, based on evidence and facts, and we aspire to be aware, manage, understand and master the challenges of expanding world issues and complex customer problems.

Our excellent benefits package includes:

  • A defined contribution pension scheme (subject to eligibility criteria)
  • Life insurance x 3 salary (subject to eligibility criteria)
  • 24 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

How to apply

Click the "Apply now" button below to complete our online application form. You will need to attach a two-page CV, tailored to this position, and a covering letter explaining your suitability for this role.

This vacancy will remain open until we find the right person

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
Sharon Draper
Sharon Draper
Personnel Advisor
+44 (0)1491 822899