Project Engineer (106860-0123) . Job Reference: 1889881

University of Warwick
February 19, 2023
Offerd Salary:£32,348 - £42,155
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Contract Type:Fixed Term Contract
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Vacancy Type/Job category

Management & Professional




£32,348 - £42,155 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Fixed Term Contract for 24 months, 36.5 hours per week.

An exciting opportunity exists to join the Automation Systems Group, part of the world renowned WMG at the University of Warwick, to undertake research on the migration of SKF Aerospace UK Ltd.'s manufacturing to a fully automated and optimised paradigm enabling higher product quality and sustainability.

The project is investigating automated production techniques, machine and tooling design to deliver a range of high-quality process and production methodologies. You will also support other automation systems research as further opportunities emerge related to proof-of-process and pilot production at WMG.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to enhance your personal profile in this area and to be involved in the realisation automation applied to low volume, high quality aerospace part manufacture and its virtual and physical process planning, production automation, machine and tooling design, implementation and operation.

You will have significant experience of manufacturing processes engineering and CAD in an industrial context, coupled with the ability to engage actively with industry collaborators and project partners.

You will possess a good honours degree (2.1 or above) or equivalent in an engineering or related discipline, together with a serious appetite to engage in project delivery.

In return we will provide you with a great range of benefits which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.

At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

Interview Date: TBC.

Job Description


To assist in the delivery of manufacturing research for SKF Aerospace UK Ltd. The Automated Systems Group are currently enhancing SKF's manufacturing capability, ensuring its position as the premium manufacturer of aerospace spherical non-rotating bearings in the UK and worldwide.

This includes the introduction of robotics / automation, in-process measurement, special purpose machinery, intra-factory logistics, adaptive tooling / machining to challenging manufacturing processes and quality regimes.


1. Carry out research to deliver the specific work stream objectives of the project as defined in the project plan, with particular emphasis on manufacturing and automation related issues.

2. Provide specialist technical recommendations, practical tools and design resolution advice on manufacturing systems using DMAIC principles related to virtual and physical process planning, production automation, machine design, implementation and operation.

3. Effectively communicating and controlling the CAD design recommendations to customer, supply chain and ensure the quality of the product meets the desired specifications

4. Create Safe systems of work in relation with Risk assessments and method statements

5. Take ownership of problem solving, implement control plans and conduct reviews after implementing solutions

6. Identify and implement best practice throughout the project

7. Planning and management of process and suppliers - to implement improvements and control material supply chain and material storage

8. Managing research aspects of the project including contributing to academic publications, technical reports and other presentations and dissemination methods.

9. To assist with the development and delivery of teaching and training materials to disseminate the research findings in a format that will encourage successful implementation.

10. Identify, operate and install suitable equipment to support the project objectives, carrying out suitable tests to evaluate the equipment performance effect on product to push forward the boundaries of current knowledge in each topic area.

11. Record and track the delivery of deliverables during research and development identifying routes for achievement of targets.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

An honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent in an engineering of related discipline (a)

Essential Criteria 2

An honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent in an engineering of related discipline (a,c)

Essential Criteria 3

Ability to initiate, plan, organise, implement and deliver programmes of work to tight deadlines, together with the ability to report effectively on progress against plan (a,c)

Essential Criteria 4

Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team on research programmes (a,c)

Essential Criteria 5

Good effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 6

Ability to deliver rapid, commercially focused results (a,c)

Essential Criteria 7

Well-honed problem-solving skills, with experience of DMAIC principles or any other structural approach for implementing process improvements (a,c)

Essential Criteria 8

A strong capacity to act upon their own initiative with a flexible approach to work, ability to prioritise and multi-task (a,c)

Essential Criteria 9

Competency in IT (a,c)

Essential Criteria 10

A range of quantitative and qualitative research skills (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 1

A doctorate level qualification or equivalent experience in a relevant research area (a)

Desirable Criteria 2

Experience in industrial automation within a relevant applied context with experience of industrial R&D and first implementation in ‘real world' environment (a,c,d)

Desirable Criteria 3

Experience in process planning both virtual and physical environment with ability in relevant project management (a,c,d)

Desirable Criteria 4

Experience in design and implementation of production facilities and CAD design software (a,c,d)

Desirable Criteria 5

Experience in PFMEA and risk assessments with some experience of delivering training material (a,c,d)

Further Particulars

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Closing Date

19 Feb 2023

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