NPI Laser Engineer



Stockport, UK
Posted on Friday, April 21, 2023

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NPI Laser Engineer


This role of NPI Laser Engineer is responsible for providing the engineering link between the R&D and production departments. Working on project(s) within the New Product Introduction (NPI) team, the key objectives of the role are to verify design performance, raise any issues/risks, and support the successful transfer of the NPI project into the production environment.

What do we offer?

  • A competitive base salary reviewed annually.
  • Private Medical Insurance Scheme.
  • Annual leave - 23 days + bank holidays, rising each year.
  • Death in service scheme.
  • Enhanced company pension scheme.
  • A friendly and sociable working environment - including regular business unit wide social clubs, activities and events.
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Volunteering Days.

Key Responsibilities:

New Product Introduction (NPI):

  • Work with NPI and/or R&D engineer(s) to understand new designs and key technical trade-offs.
  • Build, test, and evaluate design elements of NPI laser systems.
  • Diagnose issues, develop and evaluate technical solutions (with NPI/R&D support as necessary).
  • Develop consistent build/test/soak methods.
  • Identify and log risks/issues experienced throughout the NPI process.
  • Contribute to defining work requirements within the NPI project schedule.
  • Incorporate best practice between company departments into NPI projects.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of the NPI process.

Production Transfer:

  • Oversee the smooth transition of initial laser systems through production.
  • Coordinate activity for the First Article Inspection (FAI) system for quality audit.
  • Support the Training Manager to provide training to Lead Product Engineer(s) for First Article Inspection (FAI) systems.

Experience and Skills:

As an ideal candidate for the role of NPI Laser Engineer, we are looking for someone with;

  • A minimum of a BSc in Physics or Engineering, or relevant industrial experience.
  • Proven understanding of laser physics, with specific knowledge of DPSS laser physics an advantage.
  • Proven hand-on experience with laser systems, ideally DPSS, is desirable.
  • Appreciation of laser manufacturing techniques and quality processes is an advantage.
  • Appreciation of non-linear optics such as harmonic generation is desirable but not essential.
  • An understanding of wider engineering disciplines such as electronics, mechanical design, and system control is an advantage.
  • Excellent oral communication, technical writing and presentation skills.
  • Proactive nature with the ability to motivate others.
  • Demonstrates good interpersonal skills.
  • Strong logical approach.

As an inclusive employer, Novanta wants to see every candidate performing at their best throughout the application process, interview process and whilst at work. We therefore encourage you to inform your Talent Acquisition Partner of any reasonable adjustments you might need to enable this to happen.

Novanta is proud to be an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action workplace. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, military and veteran status, disability, genetics, or any other category protected by federal law or Novanta policy.

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