Job Opportunities at VACGEN

As pioneers in the field of UHV technology, VACGEN’s focus on innovation, reliability and quality has helped great minds take great leaps forward. Products from VACGEN are widely used by the world’s leading Universities and research institutions, from NASA and the European Space Agency to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

At our new, purpose-built manufacturing facility near Hailsham, East Sussex we have entered an exciting new phase in our development as we embark on an ambitious expansion programme. We are always interested in hearing from talented, flexible and ambitious individuals to join our team. If you have manufacturing or engineering experience then please send your CV to talent@vacgen.com

Benefits

Company pension, life insurance, flexible working hours with a 1200hrs finish on a Friday, a state of the art working environment, workwear and a competitive salary.

Our flexible approach to working welcomes applicants who may want to work different hours from part time workers to job shares. We understand people have different priorities and encourgage people to apply who are looking for a rewarding role that works and supports their current life commitments.

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Current Opportunities

Engineering Department

Finance

Relocation Package

We offer a relocation package for those who would like to join us in the idyllic and beautiful countryside on the south coast. If you are looking for a fresh start, why not East Sussex with it's magnificent Seven Sisters, Friston Forest, beaches and a harbour. Could this be the opportunity for you! We are committed to helping any new members of staff with their potential relocation costs. 



Senior Buyer

We are now recruiting for a Senior Buyer to ensure the supply of the required production material, in the right quality, on time and cost effective.

Key Responsibilities: 


  • Reducing quality defects of supplied products
  • Enabling form of supply ready for use
  • Improving Supplier on time delivery to 90% within one week
  • Reducing dependency on one supplier
  • Reducing cost of supply
  • Increasing standardisation of supply
  • Prioritise products or product categories according to the impact of quality, timely supply and cost
  • Work along the Stage Gate Process to qualify new/existing suppliers.
  • Continued evaluation the outcome of the key accountabilities (OTD, NCRs, price changes, sourcing dependency, supply ready to use)

In order to be successful in this role it is essential that you have:

 

  • Good knowledge of high mix, low volume purchasing environment
  • Working in a team environment with engineering, manufacturing, logistics, quality, purchasing, planning, sales
  • Experienced in dealing with suppliers
  • Diligent follow up and result oriented approach
  • Proficient in MS Office applications, email and internet
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Managing complex tasks
  • A course in “buying high mix low volume products”

It would be great if you have:


  • Ability to articulate specific actions and timelines
  • Operating in a structured and transparent way
  • Supportive of other roles and managing to get support from others

Location: Hailsham, Lower Dicker, BN27 4EL

Salary:   Competitive DOE

Contract: Full time, Permanent


Buying and Planning Manager

An exciting opportunity for a high-energy Purchasing and Planning Manager to join a fast-growing manufacturing business. We’re looking for a supply chain and planning professional with a demonstrated management track record of delivering value in a manufacturing environment.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Maintain and own the master schedule in line with customer requirements, including planning of work centres, raw material, and sub-contract operations
  • Matching customer requirements with factory and supply chain capacity and identifying bottlenecks / requirements for new capacity well in advance of requirement
  • Develop a supply chain capable of delivering to the master schedule with outstanding quality and on-time delivery and lead-time performance, including managing supplier scorecards
  • Negotiate long-term supply agreements with suppliers as appropriate to protect against price escalation and ensure security of supply
  • Develop and deliver strategic procurement initiatives to drive year-on-year price improvement in the supply chain

In order to be successful in this role it is essential that you have:


  • Five years’ experience in Procurement & Master Production Scheduling roles
  • Experience with using MRP systems within a manufacturing environment.
  • Team Management
  • Ability to respond quickly to requirements, prioritising effectively
  • Analytical, with excellent communication skills and attention to detail and the ability to work across the organisation
Employment experience: 

  • Buying: 3 years (optional)
  • Planning: >5 years (Required)
  • Management: >5 years (Required)

Education:


  • Degree (Preferable) 

Location: Hailsham, Lower Dicker, BN27 4EL

Salary:   Competitive DOE

Contract: Full time, Permanent


Buyer

We are now recruiting for a Buyer to procure raw materials / miscellaneous items whilst complying with our internal processes.

Key Responsibilities: 


  • Ensuring all purchases meet the appropriate specification.
  • Researching Outsourcing opportunities, and producing justifications.
  • Raising purchase orders, progressing purchases and ensuring completion of the purchasing process.
  • Sourcing potential new suppliers/products, and submit recommendations.Completing specific cost versus benefits analysis as required.
  • Co-ordinating incoming shipments within the Supply Chain process.
  • Taking ownership of your orders, and expedite them to ensure on-time delivery.
  • Driving change and improvements throughout the Supply Chain Process.
  • Analysing and reconciling invoice variances.
  • Adhering to competitive tendering requirements.
  • Maintaining the best possible supplier relationships.

In order to be successful in this role you must have:

 

  • Previous experience in a buying role and the use of ERP systems
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills at all levels are essential
  • Desire to take ownership of issues and resolve them.
  • Engineering competence in relation to complex products and parts and a suitable level of product and organisational familiarisation is a distinct advantage.
  • The ability to make decisions within guidelines and take responsibility for these is essential.
  • The ability to meet time frames and work under pressure is important.
  • Knowledge ofMicrosoft Dynamics AX.
  • Drive and Enthusiasm are pre-requisites.
  • A purchasing or general management qualification or support training is advantageous.

Location: Hailsham, Lower Dicker, BN27 4EL

Salary:   Competitive DOE

Contract: Full time, Permanent


 


Mechanical Assembly Technician - Cleanroom

We are now recruiting for a Cleanroom Mechnical Assembly Technician.
 

About the Mechanical Assembly Technician role:


You will be responsible for the assembly of UHV Manipulation & sample handling sub-assemblies including pre-test data recording and QC evaluation.

Key Reponsibilties:


  • Assume responsibility for precision hand assembly of instruments in accordance with engineering drawings & manufacturing instructions
  • Carry out specialist UHV compatible instrument wiring & electrical pre-testing of instruments
  • Maintain ‘UHV clean’ process standards with all ‘in vacuum’ component parts and sub-assemblies
  • Support transition of new hardware from NPI through to routine production including writing any required manufacturing information documents & guides
  • Maintain and updating existing manufacturing instructions
  • Support the maintenance of departmental records, particularly test data, quality control information and serial numbering of instruments to provide navigable history of future service and support

In order to be successful in this role it is essential that you have:


  • Ideally a relevant engineering degree/HND/HNC e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Electro Mechanical Engineering, QBE or time served apprenticeship candidates can be considered
  • Previous experience in a high technology manufacturing environment or clean room

 

Professional Skills/ Abilities:


  • Familiarity with the production of UHV compatible devices & instrumentation that utilises electron optics & ion optics principals would be advantageous
  • Previous experience in a low volume customised product manufacturing environment is preferred. Ideally yielding a broad understanding and appreciation of precision hand fitting techniques, specialist wiring and product test procedures.
  • Resilient under pressure, able to adhere to the predetermined timescales and deadlines
  • Basic IT skills, including MS Office

 

Location: Hailsham, Lower Dicker, BN27 4EL

Salary:   Competitive DOE

Contract: Full time, Permanent


 


Production Planner

We are now recruiting for a Production Planner to join our busy Purchasing and Planning department on a permanent basis. 

Key Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Maximises our Shipping Performance and achieves our On-time Delivery Goals.
  • Take Ownership of, and plan all products through Manufacturing Cells.
  • Maximise use of the order management system and ensure visibility of all orders.
  • Identify critical items and issues, and resolve them.
  • Investigate available capacity vs. likely load.
  • Produce and publish metrics as required.
  • Co-ordinate’s activities and processes to ensure that ‘Stock-outs’ are minimised.
  • Interacts between Sales, Engineering, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain functions.
  • This role requires effective interaction with Team Leaders to ensure On-time Delivery.
  • Ensures that all processes and procedures are adhered to.
  • Be involved in Order Input Control Process – Liaise with Sales on delivery dates, agree delivery dates prior to Order Input.
  • Drives Continuous improvement.
  • Cross-functional communication and co-ordination to minimise delays.
  • Support function for team members in production and purchasing during absences.

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • ERP planning experience is essential.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills are essential.
  • Engineering competence in relation to machining and assembly and a suitable level of product and organisational familiarisation is a distinct advantage.
  • The ability to make decisions within guidelines and take responsibility for these is essential.
  • The ability to meet time frames and work under pressure is important.
  • Drive and Enthusiasm are pre-requisite.

Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • 5+ years Production Planning system experience.
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX experience is an advantage.
  • Previous exposure working in a manufacturing and assembly organisation.
  • Good analytical and numeracy skills.
  • Strong systems and excel knowledge.
  • Knowledge of supply chain Qualified to ONC/HNC level in Engineering/Manufacturing or relevant planning/purchasing professional qualification.

We require all employees to have the following personal qualities / attributes:

  • High levels of motivation, enthusiasm.
  • Capable of working well in a team environment.
  • Good at listening to and following instructions.
  • Ability to work on own initiative.
  • Willing to contribute to the overall improvement and success of the business, working practices.
  • A positive attitude, co-operative, willing to comply with company policies and procedures and work constructively with colleagues.
  • Willing to commit to our core values.

 

Location: Hailsham, Lower Dicker, BN27 4EL

Salary:   Competitive DOE

Contract: Full time, Permanent



Senior Product Engineer

We are now recruiting for a Seinior Product Engineer responsible for one or more of our product ranges to be an integral part of the Engineering team ensuring our products are delivered on time, to specification and within budget and to the best DFMA principles.

Have you got demonstrable experience in CAD Design / Drawing and using this to provide manufacturing engineering support?
Are you great at project costing, quotation and root cause analysis?
Do you have a background in design engineering and experience in Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA)?

You will be responsible for owning the full lifecycle of one of our product ranges including Product Development, Product Maintenance, Custom Design, NPI and Manufacturing Support:

  • Maintain project management processes and deliver development projects on budget and time
  • Perform feasibility study on select NPI’s
  • Providing manufacturing engineering support for the design and development team
  • Locate new and maintain existing supplier collaboration partners for Product Developments
  • Ensure all data is provided to Operations in the correct format
  • Root cause engineering problems and seek to eliminate
  • Provide engineering support for quotations and technical enquiries
  • Check detail drawings to BS 8888 (308)
  • Create BOM’s and planning sheets for new products & systems.
  • Provide timely production engineering support for custom orders to agreed dead lines
  • Carry out FMEA
  • Keep up to date with technical innovation in the UHV & manufacturing areas

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • 5+ years in a similar engineering role
  • Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA)
  • Experience in CAD design/drawing
  • Production Engineering of components and assemblies
  • ERP system familiarity including creating BOM’s
  • Project costing & quotation
  • Root cause analysis
  • Able to manage a diverse team & chair technical meetings (8D/Design reviews)
  • Need to be a naturally critical thinker (need to analyse, evaluate, and produce information to make objective judgements and recommendations.)

Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • Experience of Microsoft Dynamics and MS Office products
  • Must have a degree in Mechanical Engineering or an HNC/D in Mechanical or Production Engineering
  • Experience in new product introduction would be a benefit

We require all employees to have the following personal qualities / attributes:

  • High levels of motivation, enthusiasm.
  • Capable of working well in a team environment.
  • Good at listening to and following instructions.
  • Ability to work on own initiative.
  • Willing to contribute to the overall improvement and success of the business, working practices.
  • A positive attitude, co-operative, willing to comply with company policies and procedures and work constructively with colleagues.
  • Willing to commit to our core values.

 

Location: Hailsham, Lower Dicker, BN27 4EL

Salary:   Competitive DOE

Contract: Full time, Permanent




To apply for any role please email your CV to talent@vacgen.com stating which role you are interested in.