Manufacturing Engineer

Date:  18 Sep 2023

Bristol, GB

Job Function:  Technical
Business Unit:  Plasma Technology

At Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology, we provide tools for the engineering of micro- and nano-structures, with customers using our process solutions to research and produce materials and semiconductors vital for everything from medical devices and diagnostics, to electric cars and quantum computers.


We are looking for a Manufacturing Engineer to join our team in Bristol on a permanent basis. Your main responsibility will be to provide initial diagnosis and support for any operational issues. This will result in a smoother workflow within our factory, less need for rework and less interruption for our Engineering Designers and Testing team. Ultimately, this will lead to increased capacity in our Production space, reduced labour hours, and faster delivery times. Additionally, you will have a positive impact on our Production Teams by empowering them to solve issues independently and maintain our manufacturing flow.


Key Responsibilities:

Build Standardization: Provide technical assistance and support:

  • Provide expert advice and guidance on production engineering and test processes and ensure these are adhered to.
  • Ensure products are manufactured and tested to the standards as set out in our documentation.
  • Support the Manufacturing engineering team to keep documentation (SOP, Instructions) up to date.
  • The BOM, ECO and DP’s are reviewed in a timely manner to ensure material is correct and added to any work orders if needed.
  • Track and monitor any Quality Notifications and customer feedback/faults on commissioning relating to Operations
  • Monitor and optimise product quality.

Issue resolution:

  • The first line of diagnosis for all production issues associated with assembly and test and to determine root cause. Follow the KT problem solving methodology or 8D RCA investigation tools where necessary.
  • Use practical mechanical, electrical and electronic expertise when fault finding.
  • Coordinate with other departments and consult to determine the appropriate containment and preventative measures and ensure manufacturing continuity and delivery schedule.
  • Support corrective action requests typically FRN (fault reports) and DP’s Deviation permits. Provide the resolution to these within a timely manner.

Continuous improvement:

  • Work with manufacturing engineering to propose improvements to BOM structures, control plans and part routings.
  • Identify and implement cost reduction ideas.
  • Promote a CI culture through cross functional team working, training and process improvements
  • Support CI and 6S activities as and when required.


  • Ensure company values and procedures are strictly adhered too.
  • Ensure Health & Safety procedures are adhered to at all times.
  • Keep abreast of advancements in engineering and production and share knowledge with co-workers.


Education / Qualifications:

  • HND or higher (Mechanical, Electrical & Electronic disciplines).


Professional Skills/ Abilities:

  • Experience in electro-mechanical systems production engineering environment - preferably small batch, high technology system integration ideally with machining/fabs
  • Experience in a fast paced operations environment
  • Commercial awareness.
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Recent and practical experience of mechanical and electrical assembly.
  • Experience in Lean Methodologies both working with and implementation would be advantageous.


Personal Qualities:

  • Excellent communicator, can converse at all levels of the company
  • Accomplished mediator, able to diffuse and deal with conflict
  • Comfortable with responsibility and high pressure working at times
  • Results driven and pro-active
  • Demonstrates a mature and effective approach to implement improvement.



Oxford Instruments provides more than just a competitive starting salary. You can also benefit from structured career development opportunities, a healthy work-life balance, private healthcare, a share incentive plan, 25 days of annual leave, half-days on Fridays, a defined contribution Group Personal Pension Plan, and a flexible benefits package that you can customize based on your needs.


If you find this position interesting, kindly submit your up-to-date resume as your application.


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