Job Vacancy: R&D Project Engineer

Posted on 16th November 2021
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We are seeking a skilled and experienced Mechanical Engineer to be involved in all engineering functions at our new Research and Development Centre, on the outskirts of Norwich. The successful applicant joins the Group at the start of an exciting new development phase innovating a revolutionary material to replace fossil fuel plastics.  

The role is a hands on project engineering position working very closely with the Chief of R&D and will ideally suit a candidate with a strong mechanical engineering background with skills in installing, repairing and running production machinery and ideally some plastics processing and production knowledge. 

The post holder will also take on responsibility for the facilities of the new R&D centre and will work closely with contractors to achieve the upgrades and installations required.  

The role will be varied and will also require management of engineering aspects of the business, including site infrastructure, plant maintenance, development work for the Group’s engineering projects, development of new material manufacturing testing, development of the health and safety, fire systems and emergency response, and management of the Group’s UK R&D facilities. 

Role responsibilities:  

The key responsibilities of the R&D Project Engineer include, but are not limited to: 

  • Support the Chief of R&D with engineering functions as required  
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance to the group  
  • Identify and deploy technical skills, resources and systems to support R&D projects, including the engagement of external resources as and when required  
  • Evaluate industry requirements for processing new material developments  
  • Management of site infrastructure, service and maintenance of R&D equipment 
  • Develop strategies for ongoing material engineering evaluation  
  • Assist other business areas with process improvements and new projects to ensure that viable engineering solutions are delivered  
  • Ensure that Health, Safety and Environmental requirements are adhered to  
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders   
  • Prepare status reports for distribution within the company relating to facilities management and engineering aspects of the business 

The role is based in Norwich, but will require travel within the UK and abroad to visit external suppliers and customers to aid development and testing of materials and production, as well as attending trade shows. 

This is a new role and offers excellent career progression opportunities to grow and manage the Engineering Department.  


Skills & experience:  

  • A solid background in Mechanical engineering, with 5+ years' experience. 
  • Experience in plastic production, thermoforming and mould tooling is advantageous but not essential. 
  • A high level of IT skills is essential, the position requires the capability to implement, manage and monitor engineering systems. Skills in CAD and MS Office in particular are necessary.  
  • Excellent presentation, written and verbal communication skills in English.  
  • The ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team to provide analytical thinking and problem solving skills.  
  • The role will involve client facing activities, so professionalism and excellent communications skills are essential.  
  • Knowledge of and an awareness of sustainability issues, biomaterials and bioplastics is advantageous but not essential. 


Key information:  

  • Salary £30-40,000 (dependent on experience) 
  • Package includes private pension plan 
  • 28 days annual leave plus customary holidays, including bank holidays 
  • Permanent, full time role  
  • Regular hours of work 8am-5pm, Monday – Friday 
  • Based at UK R&D Centre in Norfolk, close to Norwich Airport 
  • This is a new role, with an expected start date of 01/01/2022.  

Applications for this role are accepted via LinkedIn and Indeed, or to apply directly please email

R&D Project Engineer