In addition to advertised jobs, we are always looking for exceptionally talented (top 5% of your field) and highly motivated engineers to join a growing team that aims to bring innovation to flow-control.

If you have exceptional skills that mean we should look at your CV outside of advertised jobs, please send a CV and covering letter to careers@oxford-flow.com. We may not be able to reply to all emails, but will reply if we feel you are a good match with our team.


Senior Mechanical Engineer

Full-Time, starting as soon as possible

Role

Oxford Flow are looking for a Senior Mechanical Engineer to join a small, talented R&D team developing oil and gas process control products (pressure and control valves, cyclonic separators, silencers, etc.) on accelerated development cycles.

We are looking for a highly-motivated and ambitious Engineer to take a lead role in current product development and commercialisation activity. We are a very output-oriented company solving real problems and selling commercial products into various industry segments, not presentations.

We expect the successful applicant to work to very rapid product development and commercialisation timescales, taking products though the latter stages of the development process including technical review, prototyping, accelerated life testing, live trials, product improvement initiatives and certification.

The successful applicant will be able to work to tight deadlines, have strong communication skills, and the ability to work independently within a small team. They will be working alongside talented PhD level engineers, and would be expected to integrate well into this environment, contributing to a range of live projects while taking the lead on others.

The successful applicant will report to the Principal Engineer, but a high degree of technical independence is expected. This is a role with a high degree of responsibility and autonomy.

Oxford Flow’s technical team have a rigorous internal technical review process, and the successful applicant will feel comfortable making technical presentations and writing reports to a very high standard, working within a technical review environment alongside a team of talented engineers.

Areas in which the recruit is expected to be capable of taking a technical lead within the company will include the following:

Taking new products from design / prototype stage through to a fully market ready, commercialised product offering
Design optimisation; driven by specific technical, customer or regulatory requirements or to improve the overall manufacturing readiness of new products
Produce drawings in an appropriate CAD package, including detailed understanding of tolerancing, dimensioning and stress analysis (finite element and hand calculation)

Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will have:

A degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering at Masters or PhD level (First class, high 2:1, or equivalent)
At least 5 years of industry experience involving new product development activity leading to successful commercialisation
Proven experience in leading or supporting new product development with significant hands-on prototyping, development and commercialisation experience
Track record of delivering near market ready products/ prototypes to market
Strong understanding of engineering and scientific principles with ability to rapidly learn and apply new concepts
Track record of delivering technical solutions where creative thinking and a pragmatic, problem solving mindset is key
Experience of designing and executing high quality, reliable accelerated life testing
Experience of rapid numerical/experimental validation of design concepts to meet technical specifications
Knowledge of thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics principles

Candidates should be able to demonstrate a significant level of ability to independently solve product design improvements and have expertise in some or all of the following:

Mechanical component design
Stress analysis of safety-critical components
Cost-down design initiatives
Design revision of existing products to incorporate customer feedback
Working to industry design standards or similar internal processes
New product certification requirements.

The applicant’s relevant expertise would draw on proficiency in a number of the following tools, listed in order of importance:

CAD: Modelling and drafting for manufacture in Solidworks or similar
Finite element analysis: Abaqus, ANSYS, NASTRAN, Solidworks Simulation, (or equivalent package)

Salary is negotiable.

Benefits package includes a company contributory pension, death in service insurance, 25 days annual holiday plus public holidays.

Please send your CV and covering letter quoting reference number 992-2018 to careers@oxford-flow.com.

Posted 17 September 2018.


Production Technician

Full-Time, starting as soon as possible

Recent growth has resulted in the first sizeable product orders and Oxford Flow now seeks a Production Technician to support the company’s Operations team with production and assembly. The role will report to the Production Engineer and will both support and be responsible for certain areas involving purchasing, suppliers and manufacturing. This is a full-time permanent role based at our offices and workshop in Oxford.

A key part of the role is to ensure that our production processes operate effectively, with products produced as scheduled and to the required levels of quality. Day-to-day, the work will involve adhering to our company quality procedures (ensuring compliance with ISO9001), supporting the management of our supply chain, managing procurement for product components, stock accountability, supporting product assembly and ensuring a safe and tidy workshop environment.

The Production Technician will be primarily responsible for:

Delivering production quality and managing / amending QA procedures
Supporting safe working in workshop areas, supporting H&S improvement, and helping to maintain a tidy workshop environment
Managing product returns and supporting non-compliance investigations
Supporting production planning and investigations - for new fittings / components, materials and service providers
Maintaining all production areas on our Improvement Log
Raising POs & general purchases; Tracking orders & managing delivery and goods in; Collecting invoices.
Responsible for stock – including component stock control and final product levels. Supporting sales enquiries, advising on stock levels available for sale and supporting product delivery operations
Managing parts obsolescence, quarantine process and stock take preparation
R&D test rig and testing support. Developing acquisition / maintenance plan for tooling, jigs, fixtures and calibrations; managing the calibration log and calibrated items
With assembly, raising and keeping Works Orders up to date throughout production, and ensuring timely closeout
Supporting Final Verification activity including Factory Acceptance Testing and carrying out pressure testing and reporting
Supporting Assembly staff with packaging and shipping activity, maintaining packaging material stock levels

Skills and Experience

This position will suit someone with an engineering qualification or with comparable relevant experience. As a small manufacturing company, staff at Oxford Flow are proactive, enjoy working with others, accepting of challenging targets and are comfortable adapting to new tasks.

Candidates for this role should have the following skills, experience and interests:

Hold a Level 4 / HND engineering qualification or equivalent experience
Understand mechanical production processes and quality management
Have knowledge of engineering workshop practices to ensure a safe working environment
Be comfortable managing relationships with our suppliers to ensure the correct and timely delivery of components
Be willing to tackle engineering challenges typically encountered in a developing manufacturing environment with enthusiasm
Work well as a team player and with a degree of autonomy when required

The position is located at our newly refurbished offices in Oxford, only 10 minutes’ walk from the train station. The right candidate will receive a competitive salary with generous benefits package. This is a great opportunity to join a dynamic team in a fast-growing company.

Please send your CV and covering letter quoting reference number 993-2018 to careers@oxford-flow.com.

Posted 21 August 2018.


About Oxford Flow

Oxford Flow was founded in 2015 as a spin-out from The University of Oxford. The company raised £6.1 million in April 2018 to support rapid growth, product optimisation and customer base expansion.

Oxford Flow produces the most precise and accurate flow control valves in the world. Its range of pressure flow regulators are a fraction of the weight of traditional products and virtually maintenance free. This disruptive technology is used in water & gas distribution networks, oil & gas processes, and other industrial applications. Pressure Reducing Valves (PRVs) represent a $3.5bn sector of the global $65bn valve & actuator market.


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