Product Development Engineer (KTP Associate)

£30,000 - £36,000

Draperstown, County Derry / Londonderry - 2 Years

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Job description

To help position Heron Manufacturing Limited to become a market leader in the design and development of next generation Eco windows and to implement and embed sustainable New Product Development capabilities organisation-wide. This will be achieved through the establishment of a New Product Development centre of excellence to design, develop, test and productionize a next generation suite of innovative, market-led, value-added sash windows that meet the anticipated environmental legislative requirements, and assist the company on its journey to Net Zero.

The KTP will focus on helping Heron to a market leadership position in next generation sustainable wooden windows and doors by introducing the ‘NextGen’ Sash Window. A New Product Development centre of excellence will be established to design, develop and test the next generation suite of innovative, market-led, value-added products that meet upcoming environmental legislative requirements and embeds sustainable New Product Development capabilities organisation-wide. The KTP will play a significant role in accelerating Heron’s path to Net Zero.

Project description

This KTP project provides a unique opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills to a real industry challenge whilst benefitting from industrial and academic supervision and mentoring from Ulster University’s experts Professor Margaret Morgan, Professor Trevor Cadden and Mr Wesley McKnight who will enhance your technical expertise in New Product Development and sustainable smart manufacturing practices. As a KTP Associate you will also acquire new skills in strategic leadership that can help to super-charge your career. Additional benefits include:

* Generous £12k Training, Development, Equipment & Travel Budget dedicated to project delivery, which include but not limited to trainings and courses to enhance research skills as well as for critical networking with key players in the field, specific software system licences, etc.
* FREE formal management training and development
* FREE University postgraduate study opportunity including 2 years of part time PhD study if appropriate
* 10% Associate development time built into work plan
* Opportunity to work with academics to develop scientific articles to be published in peer-reviewed, world-class academic journals
* Competitive salary
* Enhanced skills and experience that are marketable and highly transferable
* KTPs accelerate careers

Applicants should hold an honours degree in engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering design, engineering management, technology with design, or a closely related discipline at 2:1 or above or have substantive (i.e. 5 years or more) manufacturing and product design experience in the building supplies sector.

The Associate should have good skills and experience in the following areas:
* Principles and practice of product design and innovation
* Sustainable manufacturing and linkages with supply chain management
* Engineered and natural materials and performance characterization
* Project planning and management for New Product Development

Further information can be found in the candidate briefing document.

Main Duties
* New Product Development Strategic Review and Market Analysis
* Conceptualization Phase for Next Gen Eco Window Product
* Detailed Design and of NextGen Eco Window
* Testing and Validation for NextGen Eco Window
* Pilot Production and Implementation of Next Gen Eco Window
* Production Ramp up to full scale

The appointment will be for a period of two years and although the post is administratively linked to the University, the Associate will be based at the Company’s premises in Draperstown. Successful completion of the KTP may lead to a new position within the company partner at the end of the project period.

Both Heron Manufacturing Group Ltd and Ulster University are Equal Opportunities employers.

About the business

Heron Manufacture Limited was established in 1997 after the consolidation of 3 Manufacturing divisions within Heron Bros Limited, i.e. Heron Joinery, ProMOULD, and HERON FIT OUT, and supplies products to the construction sector. The KTP is based in the Heron Joinery manufacturing division which supplies high quality timber windows and doors solutions to a range of commercial and residential clients, primarily within the GB market. The Heron Joinery business has grown significantly over recent years, with a current turnover of £12M and 121 FTEs. Heron Joinery commercial clients are larger, strategic contracts typically lasting between 3-4 years (e.g. schools, hospitals & hotels etc) represent circa 60% of sales.

Manufacturing

Product Development

Applicants should hold an honours degree in engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering design, engineering management, technology with design, or a closely related discipline at 2:1 or above or have substantive (i.e. 5 years or more) manufacturing and product design experience in the building supplies sector.

20 June 2024

5 August 2024

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To help position Heron Manufacturing Limited to become a market leader in the design and development of next generation Eco windows and to implement and embed sustainable New Product Development capabilities organisation-wide. This will be achieved through the establishment of a New Product Development centre of excellence to design, develop, test and productionize a next generation suite of innovative, market-led, value-added sash windows that meet the anticipated environmental legislative requirements, and assist the company on its journey to Net Zero.

The KTP will focus on helping Heron to a market leadership position in next generation sustainable wooden windows and doors by introducing the ‘NextGen’ Sash Window. A New Product Development centre of excellence will be established to design, develop and test the next generation suite of innovative, market-led, value-added products that meet upcoming environmental legislative requirements and embeds sustainable New Product Development capabilities organisation-wide. The KTP will play a significant role in accelerating Heron’s path to Net Zero.