£50K – £70K DOE + Bens inc Private Healthcare, Life Assurance & Pension (G240786) Bedford


This role represents an excellent opportunity to play an integral part in maintaining the operational integrity of the company’s complex facilities and supporting systems and to become involved with further development of these world leading capabilities.

Reporting to the Head of Engineering, the Deputy Head of Engineering will support the Engineering team and assist in maintaining operational quality and delivery, by focussing on the development and maintenance of continuous improvement programmes, processes and procedures, to ensure the Department meets the needs of the business and maintains compliance with changing legislation and standards, during a period of significant capital investment.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and confident manager with strong leadership and stakeholder management skills to be part of the on-going evolution and success of the company.

Deputy Head of Engineering – main roles and responsibilities

  • Ensure that modifications, operation and maintenance processes meet the company Quality, Health and Safety, and Environmental standards.
  • Ensure that the appropriate process is applied for any works resulting in both temporary and permanent modifications and changes to equipment and infrastructure including appropriate design reviews, and that such modifications and changes to the systems or deviations from the design configurations are visible, understood, documented and controlled.
  • Maintain a good understanding of technical assets, equipment and testing methods being used in the R&D facility through communication with other managers, attendance of design reviews, plant meetings, etc…
  • Working closely with the Engineering Services Manager and Site Services Team Lead, review and ensure the operating requirements and instructions required to maintain the integrity of the system designs are delivered in accordance with the operating manuals and specified requirements.
  • Review maintenance progress, actions and status, approving or rejecting any deviations from the plan including deferral of maintenance tasks or temporary changes to the system, in consultation with the relevant Engineering Manager.
  • Attend Engineering team leadership meetings, develop and maintain appropriate reports and KPIs, participate in setting the department’s annual budget and share in the responsibility of managing performance to that budget.
  • Support the Head of Engineering with the day-to-day management of the Engineering team.

Deputy Head of Engineering – Qualifications, Skills & Experience

  • A good level knowledge of mechanical or electrical engineering gained through experience with complex engineering products or industrial machinery.
  • Demonstrable experience of working with and implementing changes to engineering design processes and engineering drawings within an industrial quality management system.
  • A Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering (or similar subject) or equivalent knowledge gained through experience. Preferably Chartered Engineer status or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in a technical environment preferably with 5+ years’ experience.
  • Experience of managing a diverse and multi-experienced team of engineers. Providing direction to those more experienced, and guidance and development to the junior members of the team.

Deputy Head of Engineering – Attributes

  • Capable of understanding complex systems, analysing data and applying problem-solving techniques in a logical, competent and timely manner.
  • Ability to improve standards and be driven by continuous improvement.
  • A positive behaviour set with great communication and collaboration skills.
  • Have a desire to succeed, ability to work under pressure and be prepared for out-of-hours working from time to time.
  • Have commercial awareness and some client relationship management experience.

The successful candidate must satisfy security clearance requirements – including the last 5 years continual UK residency.

Deputy Head of Engineering previous suitable job titles: Engineering Manager, Maintenance Manager, Assistant Head of Engineering, Assistant Head of Maintenance, Senior Engineering Manager, Senior Maintenance Manager

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