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

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.

Current Opportunities

Development Engineer

Providing manufacturing engineering support for the design and development team

• Ensure up to date drawings are available in manufacturing

• Root cause engineering problems and seek to eliminate

• Provide engineering support for quotations and technical enquiries

• Maintain project management processes and deliver development projects on budget and time

• Perform feasibility study on select NPI’s

• Check detail drawings to BS 8888 (308)

• Create BOM’s and planning sheets for new products & systems.

• Carry out FMEA

• Keep up to date with technical innovation in the UHV & manufacturing areas

• Understand competitive position and perform reverse engineering and bench marking of competitive products

• Provide timely production engineering support for custom orders to agreed dead lines

• Provide technical support to other team members and help them to check their work

Candidates must have the following skills and experience:

• Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA)

• Root cause analysis

• Production Engineering of components and assemblies

• Microsoft Office products

• Project costing & quotation

It would be great if you had:

• 3 years in similar role

• Experience of Microsoft Dynamics

• A degree in Mechanical Engineering or a HNC/D in Mechanical and Production Engineering

Project Engineer

We work with the world’s most renowned research centres who expect us to provide technically competent people to work with their engineers to find the best solution for them. We are looking for an engineer who wants to work with research institute engineers on world leading projects. This role would include the opportunity to train in the commercial side of our organisation, showing the successful candidate the ropes with regards to customer support and business development! We are a small team that works closely together to focus on delivering for our customers. If you are looking for a new, fresh and meaningful opportunity then read on! This role involves some travel across the UK and internationally. As a successful Project Engineer, you will be responsible for maintaining direct contact with major research institutes, managing their projects and developments which in turn will increase sales! You will be collaborating with sales and engineering to support customers and representatives, understand their needs and identify solutions alongside providing technical support. You will be working key accounts, visiting customers, developing relationships and building business opportunities! You will further be responsible for:

• Customer project management (with engineering, manufacturing)

• Grow sales pipeline with direct accounts and agent networks

• Manage pipeline and strategy for winning identified opportunities

• Prepare and deliver technical presentations explaining products or services to customers or prospective customers

• Support agents in conferences where appropriate

• Identify and qualify additional agents The essential skills, experience and qualifications required for this role are:

• Bachelor in Science, Mechanical Engineering or relevant professional experience will be considered.

• Outgoing energetic personality.

• Well organised and structured.

• Passion for people and technology.

• Fluent in English. The skills and experience we would like the employee in this role to have are:

• Up to 3 years’ experience in a technical role preferably with some customer interaction

• Ideally some practical experience in the field of scientific equipment or other technical equipment

• Any additional language skills should be highlighted

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 of the Manual Machinist role:

• 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 Required 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. Education / Qualifications:

• Craft apprenticeship and 3 years minimum experience of actual machining in a production environment.

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