Senior NPI Engineer

 
 

Isotropic Systems is seeking world class candidates to join a fast-paced, proven team working on cutting edge technology in a successful start-up company that brings significant opportunity for the right candidate. 

We are pioneering the introduction of innovative and disruptive low-profile multiple-beam satellite communications terminals for mobile and fixed applications. These highly integrated terminal systems combine elements of new advances in microwave lens optics, phased array antenna technology, and dynamic beam pointing control systems using analog and/or digital signal processing. Our terminal designs operate as fully electronic beam steering systems. Our IP has applications across a wide range of market sectors including: aeronautical, land mobile, maritime, and 5G, providing broadband, multi-beam, two-way communications with dynamic tracking of geostationary and non-geostationary satellites or terrestrial nodes.

Opportunity:

Isotropic Systems is seeking an experienced NPI Engineer with a history of successful product execution as part of its progression into the next phase of the company’s growth strategy. Reporting into the COO and working closely with the VP Engineering and Supply Chain / Production Manager, the Senior NPI Engineer is responsible for ensuring engineering designs are translated into manufacturable product designs that maintain the metrics of Quality, Cost, Performance and Schedule whilst taking account of the supply chain capabilities.

The Senior NPI Engineer will be focussed on DFMA&T (design for manufacture, assembly and test) principles to allow successful and efficient product introduction of terminals for satellite communications. Working as an integral part of the Engineering team they will influence design decisions early in the lifecycle through identification of suitable materials, components, manufacturing processes, assembly processes and product-qualification techniques that dovetail into the supply chain design.

They will also work with the Supply Chain / Production Manager to manage the transition from Design to Product with the particular responsibility to design, setup and qualify the final production line facility including test stations and final assembly, prior to formal handover for volume production.

With a remit that covers prototyping to pilot production builds in a volume-production facility, they will be expected to engage with appropriate 3rd party partners and contractors to ensure Engineering designs are compatible with the manufacturing/assembly process and can deliver the intended product performance and cost metrics accordingly. This ranges from quick-turn, low volume test pieces at the local level to designing and qualifying volume production-line facilities for sustainable operation in off-shore locations around the world. This includes the development of appropriate internal and external procedures and processes that self-manage the NPI activities in a formal framework of verifiable and accountable reporting.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Deliver products that meet quality, cost and performance metrics whilst achieving project budget and schedule milestones.

  • Acting as the authority on mechanical and electrical DFMA&T and in the context of the intended supply chain design, work in concert with the Engineering design team to ensure products are designed to suit manufacturing processes.

  • Design, build and qualify the final production / assembly lines for a range of products. Optimise the design to take advantage of modularity and component crossover between products.

  • Champion new technologies, design methods and industrial processes / techniques to promote ongoing improvements that lead to product cost reductions and/or performance improvements.

  • Develop and maintain a high standard of NPI documentation to ensure full traceability of the production processes and procedures across the company. Drive a process of continuous improvements in accordance with ISO9001 certified quality management system.

  • Provide specifications and guidance to the Production Manager towards building and refining an efficient end-to-end supply chain (component sourcing to final packaging and shipping) that is tailored to our products.

  • Manage the development and ongoing support of in-house custom test equipment and associated software (as expected to be deployed in the production line).

  • Contribute towards the supply chain design through supplier selection and qualification.

  • Provide the associated technical support to represent our requirements to 3rd party production departments through the preparation of control documents and work instructions.

  • Carry out process validation for new/existing manufacturing processes to meet product requirements, including environmental qualification. Use of FMEA and risk management techniques as required.

  • Estimate, negotiate and agree with 3rd parties and internal managers on budgets and schedules for the NPI elements of the product development cycle.

  • Identify and implement reporting of product KPIs to track and improve productivity. Perform SPC studies to understand the process trend and yield. Develop any associated mitigation plans.

  • Initiate and coordinate the introduction of ECNs into production.

  • Generate and issue Component Inspection reports.

  • Provide support to Production for released products through their complete lifecycle, including any EOL (end of life) component replacement to maintain manufacturability.

  • Prepare and present design and analysis summary material during internal and external design reviews.

  • Other tasks, as assigned from time to time.

Skills and/or Experience Needed:

  • Minimum BSc/BEng in related Engineering or Manufacturing discipline.

  • 10+ years of experience in product DFMA and management of the transfer of product from engineering to production for high volume, low cost manufacturing.

  • Proven experience in the design of efficient production lines including gauge/fixture design, development of automated and semi-automated test equipment for the production environment, statistical techniques (SPC's, Gauge R&R) and an awareness of measurement and calibration standards.

  • Extensive industrial experience in the implementation of PCBAs, moulding, casting and vacuum forming, including the associated DFM and tooling aspects for such processes.

  • Extensive experience identifying and interfacing with 3rd party suppliers and contract manufacturers, both local and offshore.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects having dynamic priorities on time and to budget, chair design reviews as needed and report project status to senior management.

  • Ability to interpret drawings (ASME and ISO) & GD &T, technical specifications, and product control documentation.

  • Technically proficient in MS Office products

  • Excellent communication skills - written and verbal. Fluency in written and spoken English

  • Ability to travel on request, sometimes for extended periods.

Desired Attributes:

  • A solid understanding of quality management methods, statistical controls and supply chain management.

  • Ability to communicate calmly in a well thought out response (verbal and written) including dissemination of technical data and complex manufacturing topics.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities

  • Strong interpersonal skills. Able to communicate effectively at all levels of the organisation and with customers and suppliers.

  • Ability to effectively present information in team meetings and design reviews as needed

  • A strong background in developing products for wireless communications and knowledge of the associated regulatory requirements for certification.

  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing, product routings and workflows.

Job Details:

  • Full-time

  • Location: United Kingdom

  • Isotropic Systems offers a highly competitive compensation package (salary and equity), excellent benefits (including comprehensive medical/dental/vision benefits in the US, paid vacations, US 401k plan option and UK pension contributions, stocked pantries, fridges and coffee) and an environment that recognizes and rewards your contributions.

 

Isotropic Systems is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, non-disqualifying disability, or any other basis covered by applicable laws. We base all hiring decisions on candidate qualifications and business needs.

 
John Finney