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.

Current Opportunities

  • Welders
  • Manual Machinists
  • We are offering a generous relocation package for TIG Welders / Fabricators who would like to join us in the idyllic and beautiful countryside on the south coast. If you are considering if now is the time for you to make a fresh start, try something new, and move somewhere why not East Sussex with the magnificent Seven Sisters, Friston Forest, beaches and a harbour, this could be the opportunity for you! We are committed to helping any new members of staff with their potential relocation costs and issues.

    Multiple Openings: TIG Welder / Fabrication

    We are now recruiting for an experienced team of TIG Welders / Fabricators to join our busy manufacturing department, as we are in the process of expanding to accomodate customer demands. 
     

    Primary Purpose: 


    To ensure all TIG Welding projects are completed in conformance with specifications and set time scales.

    Fabrication and welding of vacuum chambers, components and sub assemblies as required in line with planned manufacturing operations to defined quality standards and timescales.

     

    Key Reponsibilties:


    • Work closely with Lead Technician to enable welding and fabrication objectives to be completed.
    • Complete projects in accordance with planned schedules aligning fabrication and welding workload with machine shop operations.
    • Quality Control evaluations. Set up and running of leak checking operations using mass spectrometry equipment, (helium leak detectors) on all chamber vessels.
    Indicative Performance Measures:

    • Manages personal workload, meeting all targets set 
    • Works well within the team, maintaining effective relationships with colleagues in the welding department 
    • Demonstrates a flexible atttude coping with changing priorities in a fast paced environment 
    • Understands the importace of quality, time frames and customer requirements
    • Looks for continous improvement in quality and time saving solutions 
    • Completes work in an effective and safe manner, following guidelines 
    • Ability to prioritise projects throughout team to achieve targets incorporating CIT (call in time/overtime)
    • Understands and works to the 5s program
    • Follow all health and safety regulations and seek to maintain and imporve these standards

    Candidates must have the following skills and experience:

     

    • Minimum 3 years experience in TIG welding 
    • TIG Welding (Ideally working with Mu-Metal and Stainless Steel) 
    • Established skillset in metal fabrication and wedling including the use of precision measuring equiment 
    • Able to read specified drawings 
    • Comfortable working to deadlines set by lead technician 
    • Basic knowledge of turning would be an advantage 

     

    Personal Qualities:

     

    • Good constructive communnicator 
    • Flexible and able to adapt to short term changes
    • Supports project completion through problem solving 

    Location: Hailsham, Lower Dicker, BN27 4EL

    Salary:   Competitive DOE

    Contract: Full time, Permanent


     


    Quality Inspector

    We are now recruiting for a hands-on Quality Assurance Supervisor to ensure the quality of all of our products and the associated processes we observe.

    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:

    • Identifying opportunities to reduce the Total Cost of Quality.
    • Understanding customer requirements and industry best practice.
    • Leading, 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: 

    • 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: 

    • Be experienced working in a similar manufacturing environment, at least 3 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.
    It would be great if you had; 
    • 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



    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.