Senior NPI Engineer in Cambridge at Sepura

Date Posted: 11/8/2022

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Due to continued success, we are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly motivated Senior NPI Engineer to join the NPI Engineering team

Here at Sepura, the Senior NPI Engineer is involved in the whole lifecycle of product development from concept and prototype stages, through to production and support. You will have a strong background in DFMA, owning process development from SMT through to final assembly and final pack-out. Proven experience working with Contract Manufacturers to introduce new products and processes is a key requirement

Come and join Sepura Ltd at an exciting time of growth and progress your career within this innovative technology company, based in Waterbeach, Cambridge

Your role

  • Owning the mechanical, electronic and support aspects of introducing new product development into the supply chain
  • Working on new product development projects ensuring that the supply chain and sub-contract manufacturers are prepared to produce in high volume and at the correct level of quality
  • Developing and implementing new manufacturing equipment and processes and ensuring they are documented and qualified to meet yield and capacity targets
  • Defining rules for Design for Manufacture and Assembly - confirming that the PCB and Mechanical designs are appropriate for the manufacturing techniques and cost effective
  • Managing prototype builds (ensuring logistics of key parts are in control, build plans are in place, production lines are prepared and any issues are recorded)
  • Supporting root cause analysis of prototype build issues down to mechanical product design or assembly issues and suggesting/implementing corrective actions
  • Providing on-going support to our production partners to address any process/design issues which arise after mass production ramp
  • Creation and/or review of supplier work instructions (ensuring that the suppliers have appropriate documentation regarding their assembly and test process, and that the documentation is acceptable) 
  • Ensuring all Sepura operations teams are prepared for the introduction of the new product (e.g. Service and Repair, Customisation, Stores etc.)

Your day to day

Our customer base includes many different industries and markets around the world. Our complete TETRA and LTE solutions have been developed specifically for users in multiple sectors to face their critical communications challenges

There is no such thing as a typical day here at Sepura. You will be supported by your manager and team, as well as collaborating with other departments across the business. NPI Engineering activities you will be responsible for include:

  • NPI/Manufacturing/Production/Process Engineering, across a wide array of electro-mechanical products
  • Managing end to end NPI process, from project concept through to production ramp
  • Developing electro-mechanical production processes such as SMT and electro-mechanical assembly
  • Applying process knowledge to root cause issues found during product assembly and test
  • Regular communication to both technical and non-technical personnel using verbal and written styles

This job involves travelling so the successful candidate will have a full, clean driving licence and their own car. Travel expenses will be paid

Job Requirements

What you need to succeed


  • A strong academic record including higher education in a scientific or engineering related subject
  • Otherwise, demonstration of significant relevant experience in a similar Engineering role

Experience and skills

  • NPI/Manufacturing/Production/Process Engineer with a minimum of 5 years' electro-mechanical product manufacturing experience
  • Significant experience of end to end NPI process, from project concept through to production ramp
  • Good understanding of electro-mechanical production processes such as SMT & electro-mechanical assembly
  • Knowledge of medium to high volume product assembly and test

Personal attributes

  • Enthusiastic, communicative and inquisitive 
  • Motivated by delivering quality work within planned timescales
  • A structured, proactive approach - numerically focused
  • Customer (internal and external) focused
  • Commercially aware
  • Creative yet detail focused
  • Calm under pressure
  • Ambitious, flexible and self-motivated

Nice to have


  • Six Sigma
  • Statistical Process Control
  • DFM

Experience and skills

  • Experience of working with European or Far Eastern contract manufacturers
  • Knowledge of low-cost manufacturing techniques 
  • Understanding of Injection Moulding process and/or aluminium casting processes
  • Experience of working in a medium size 'high tech' company
  • Good project planning and estimation 
  • Experience of working with formal PLM systems (Oracle Agile)

Your benefits

  • Flexible working hours
  • Pension, dental care and healthcare
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Subsidised onsite restaurant 
  • Large, free car park onsite and electric car charging points
  • Social events and activities 

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