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

We offer 25 days holiday, company pension, life insurance, flexible working hours with a 1200hrs finish on a Friday, a state of the art working environment, a great benefits package and a competitive salary.


Quality Assurance Manager:

You will be managing a team of 3 in our organisation and thus experience in managing a small team and being hands on is essential. You will be responsible for ensuring the quality of all products and associated processes. Improving quality in line with customer expectations and industry standards. You will be managing our Quality Management System (QMS), ensuring ongoing development, accreditation and compliance with ISO9001.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Reducing the Total Cost of Quality.
  • Understanding customer requirements and industry best practice.
  • Leading, nurturing and inspiring your team of Quality personnel.
  • Working as a hands-on member of the quality team.
  • Ensuring all employees receive ongoing training and monitoring.
  • Maintaining, improving and ensuring the compliance of our quality manual.
  • Ensuring all BSI audits are managed and resulting Corrective actions and Opportunities for Improvement are administered and actioned.
  • Leading co-ordination of root cause analysis of quality issues.
  • Ensuring that sufficient checks and inspections are in place to verify supplied components.
  • Specifying, installing, calibrating and maintaining all required inspection and measuring equipment.

 

Skills & Experience: 

  • Be experienced working in a similar manufacturing environment, at least 5 years.
  • Have experience of managing a quality team.
  • Have experience of managing and implementing ISO 9001 and QMS.
  • Have hands on experience of mechanical measurement and inspection techniques.
  • Have a positive attitude to modern Quality practices and manufacturing processes and a willingness to adopt Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma principles.

 

Personal Qualities: 

  • Experience using CMM or Faro Arm devices and a range of metrology equipment typically used in machine shop environments.
  • A qualification in Mechanical Engineering / Manufacturing or relevant Quality subject – ONC / HNC level.

 

Location: Hailsham, Lower Dicker, BN27 4EL

Salary:   Competitive DOE

Contract: Full time, Permanent



Quality Inspector:

You will be responsible for measuring, inspecting, testing and validating various components and assemblies to specification. Recording information to drive improvement in quality performance and identifying root cause to prevent future failures. To be the champion for maintaining quality standards across the business from goods receipt through to customer delivery and providing feedback and data to raise standards.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Measure and visually inspect components and assemblies to drawing using a variety of metrology equipment including the use of Faro Arm (CMM) equipment. 

  • Test and validate components and assemblies using a variety of test equipment.

  • Visually inspect welds

  • Ensure any defects and features not to specification are recorded through the non-conformance process and corrective actions and root cause are established to correct errors and prevent future occurrence.

  • Visually inspect finished goods to ensure compliance to specification and being the champion for ensuring the required quality standard is delivered to our customers

  •  Work with various individuals and teams to improve processes to manufacture product right first time. 

  • Update key performance indicators and metrics to drive quality improvement. 

Skills & Experience: 

  • Experience working to ISO 9001
  • At least 3 years’ experience working in a machine shop or similar manufacturing environment and possess a good understanding of Quality and Process management tools and methodology. Examples including 5S/6S, flowcharts, VSM, Kaizen, Pareto, QCPC, SPC, AQL, FMEA, 8D, Cause & Effect, Ishikawa, 5 whys etc.

  • Experience of using CMM or Faro Arm devices and proficient in a range of metrology equipment typically used in machine shop environments.

  • Ability to read and understand technical drawings and engineering specifications

Personal Qualities:

  • A BTech or HNC / HND in mechanical engineering. 
  • Knowledge or experience of welding and fabrication processes would be beneficial

  • Previous experience of working in the vacuum industry would be advantageous.

 

Location: Hailsham, Lower Dicker, BN27 4EL

Salary:   Competitive DOE

Contract: Full time, Permanent


Machinists (Mills, Lathes, CNC)

We are looking for people who are skilled in either the operation of manual mills and lathes or CNC Setter/Operators to produce high tolerance piece parts and components used in UHV end products.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Meet deadlines for internal and external customers
  • Improve efficiency by working to reduce set-up and ensuring accurate, efficient work output
  • To perform other duties from time to time, as may be required by the Company
  • Ensure tidiness and physical appearance of the workplace is maintained

 

Skills & Experience: 

  • A proven track record of understanding how to use machines and problems associated with machining different shapes and sizes of components
  • Ability to read engineering drawings and operate manual mills or CNC machines, setting and operating 3, 4 and 5 axis machines to produce parts correct to drawing
  • Set tools and produce ‘First off’ parts to the correct quality - change from machine to machine at infrequent intervals
  • Have an understanding of how parts/material will react after and during machining to be able to foresee potential problems before they arise
  • Ability to produce high quality product with very low levels of waste
  • Deadline driven without compromising quality
  • 3 years minimum experience of actual machining in a production environment

 

Personal Qualities: 

  • Good constructive communicator
  • Flexible and able to adapt to short term changes
  • Motivated & Enthusiastic individual
  • Capable of working in a team environment
  • Good at listening to and follow instruction
  • Comfortable working to deadlines set

 

Location: Hailsham, Lower Dicker, BN27 4EL

Salary:   Competitive DOE

Contract: Full time, Permanent



Manual Machinist

We are now recruiting for a Manual Machinist to operate manual mills or lathes to produce high tolerance piece parts and components used in UHV end products.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Meet deadlines for internal and external customers
  • Clocking on works orders to initiate start of job and clocking off works order to show job completion
  • Improve efficiency by working to reduce set-up and ensuring accurate, efficient work output
  • To perform other duties from time to time, as may be required by the Company
  • Ensure tidiness and physical appearance of the workplace is maintained
  • Ensure adherence to HS&E policies

 

Skills & Experience: 

  • A proven track record of understanding how to use machines and problems associated with machining different shapes and sizes of components
  • Ability to read engineering drawings and operate manual machines.
  • Must understand requirements of On Time Delivery both internally and externally
  • Have an understanding of how parts/material will react after and during machining to be able to foresee potential problems before they arise.
  • Ability to prioritise projects throughout team to achieve targets incorporating CIT, (call in time / Overtime).
  • Deadline driven without compromising quality.
  • Capable of using the relevant measuring equipment that is suitable for the tolerance band being checked
  • Understands and works to the 5s program.

 

Personal Qualities: 

  • Good constructive communicator
  • Flexible and able to adapt to short term changes
  • Motivated & Enthusiastic individual
  • Capable of working in a team environment
  • Good at listening to and follow instruction
  • Comfortable working to deadlines set

 

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.