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Development Technician

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The Role

The Development Technician’s primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Support development projects with workshop and laboratory skills such as:
    • Running test procedures
    • Producing components using CNC tools
    • Running moulding machines to produce prototype components for testing, user trials and pre-production activities
    • Running a range of 3D printers as part of the development process
  • Contribute to the design process at all stages from his/her production and testing experience and expertise
  • Define and set up appropriate test protocols and test equipment
  • Where necessary design and build test and development rigs to prove function and adherence to specification
  • Collate results and produce internal reports as a basis for review and decision-making
  • Work in a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, garment/fabric technologists, designers and development managers

JOB ROLE: Development Technician
LOCATION: Battersea, London
SALARY: Competitive (based on experience) 

  • Our Offer to You

    You will be:

    • Playing an important project role in an organisation with great potential for expansion and growth
    • Working on exciting, ground-breaking product developments with global sports brands
    • Enjoying a great atmosphere of collective endeavour, exploration and mutual support
    • Immersed in a range of leading-edge prototyping and production solutions
    • Involved in developing not just new products but new, ground-breaking processes
    • Working in a fast-paced, interesting, and very current sector
    • Working alongside highly experienced senior staff
  • Who we are looking for

    We are looking for someone who:

    • Is a qualified engineer/technologist (min HNC/HND) with excellent practical skills combined with good analytical capability
    • Has at least 5 years of post-qualification experience working in (and preferably running) a workshop and/or test laboratory environment
    • Is organised, has excellent attention to detail, and can be relied upon to deliver
    • Is a natural ‘problem-solver’
    • Has experience of defining and running a wide range of tests to confirm adherence to a product’s requirement specification
    • Has a track record of successful collaborative working with suppliers and manufacturers
    • Appreciates the critical role of specification, testing and validation as part of a structured development programme
    • Has experience of design control, data/file management, and documentation version/control
    • Will be flexible and adaptable as demands and priorities change and remains good humoured under pressure
    • Is keen to get involved with different aspects of the product development process
    • Is genuinely excited by the high-performance sports apparel sector
    • Is motivated by learning and developing
    • Is proactive and takes responsibility for tasks whilst having a positive, can-do attitude at all times
    • Can think critically and creatively
    • Cares about the detail as well as the big-picture and recognises the critical role of quality in design and production
    • Has good communication skills
    • Is proficient in using Microsoft Office
  • About RHEON LABS

    RHEON LABS has developed a revolutionary mouldable material that is capable of absorbing high levels of energy in impact. It uses a property known as “strain-rate dependency” to allow this material to be flexible in normal wearing, but to stiffen instantaneously and temporarily at the moment of impact. This material can be moulded directly onto clothing and is both breathable and washable. The technology is patent-protected and emerged from research work carried out at Imperial College, London where the business operated for its first few years. See www.rheonlabs.com for further insight into this sports-focused proposition.

    Poised now for rapid growth, RHEON LABS is building a team to widen the commercialisation of this exciting technology. Whilst the initial focus is on the sports-apparel sector, there are significant opportunities in several other sectors such as electronics, healthcare and defence. As part of its sports strategy, RHEON LABS is building the RHEON ingredient brand which will be carried by its key customers on their product labels.

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