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Head of Manufacturing

We’re looking for a highly experienced, driven, quality focused, Head of Manufacturing with a passion for championing leading edge manufacturing and assembly techniques and world-class manufacturing practices to help bring the next generation of surgical-assist robot to market.

If you’re an inspiring and motivating leader, who enjoys leading a manufacturing team to achieve high priority objectives and quality goals, this could be the right opportunity for you! You’ll need to be a forward thinker who will thrive in a fast paced, developing and ever-changing high-tech environment.

Reporting to the Manufacturing Director, you will take a hands-on approach to managing the day to day running of the manufacturing engineering and manufacturing operations functions within the group taking overall responsibility for manufacturing output and improvements to the manufacturing process as we scale towards volume manufacturing.

You will have the skills to:

  • oversee the planning and management of the day-to-day running of the production line;
  • oversee the management of projects running within manufacturing engineering;
  • running a large team to budget;
  • bring world class, best practise, principles to the running the team;
  • bring LEAN processes to the line and drive down bureaucratic practises;
  • establish visualisation of the line and KPI reporting on a weekly basis;
  • scale up the manufacturing facility and consider alternative locations and geographies.

Through providing direction to CMR’s manufacturing teams, you’ll be able to make a real impact on the output quality and efficiency of production.

Why join us?

CMR is one of the UK’s most exciting companies to be joining right now. The scale of our ambition to build a world-class medical devices company in Cambridge is matched only by the breath-taking innovation that underpins our next generation of surgical robot. We’re an award-winning company that plans to significantly disrupt the way surgery is performed for the benefit of millions of patients all around the world.

Our values are ambitious, humble, people focused and fair and responsible. If you share these values, our passion for improving lives, and have the skills to make a real difference to the way minimal access surgery is developed and delivered, then it’s a great time to join us.


You’d be an integral part of the management team providing direction to the company’s manufacturing engineering and manufacturing operations functions and coordination with the supply chain, quality, R&D and service functions.

You will be delivering against high priority business objectives and operational goals and you’d partner with the senior leadership team to understand strategic and annual business objectives and translate them into pragmatic operational programs with defined measures of success.

To that end, some of your primary responsibilities would include:

  • Developing and holding your team accountable to executing the annual supply plan, providing monthly and quarterly updates to proactively manage opportunities and risks;
  • Establishing regular and efficient management reporting against project plan and budget for the engineering activities within manufacturing;
  • Establishing regular and efficient visualisation, management reporting and KPI dashboards for production output and processes to track progress on delivery, manufacturing efficiency and product quality;
  • Working with Commercial team to plan for forecast demand to ensure customer satisfaction and company sales goals are achieved or exceeded;
  • Providing direction, motivation and resources to the manufacturing teams and liaising with supply chain teams to assist their development of highly effective systems and tools;
  • Optimising efficiency by championing leading edge manufacturing techniques and LEAN principles and driving down paper bureaucracy;
  • Managing the execution of multiple manufacturing engineering work-streams to ensure on-time delivery of production improvement and quality goals;
  • Managing all aspects of the NPI process from change planning, through process automation and introduction to the line;
  • Supporting recruitment, training and motivating employees to set highest possible standards for quality, efficiency, technical capability, and GMP compliance
  • Leading the manufacturing teams through effective planning and communication of company vision and team objectives.

About you

Naturally you’ll be a forward thinker with strong industry knowledge and an ability to identify, synthesize, and act upon strategic information and changes within the environment.

You will likely have had significant experience of assembly processes for high value, low volume production.

You will have experience of operating at an upper senior management level in a highly regulated manufacturing environment of complex electromechanical devices, preferably in the medical devices sector with experience of ISO 13485 certification and FDA GMP.

We would also anticipate that you have:

  • Excellent communication skills, and demonstrated application of teamwork principles (including good judgment, maturity and strong analytical skills)
  • Significant track-record for on-time and on-budget delivery of production and manufacturing engineering projects covering many of:
    • Supply plan management
    • Test planning
    • NPI activities
    • Process development
    • ERP improvements
    • Scale-up and automation
  • A proven ability in leading and developing teams, having successfully managed manufacturing production and engineering staff in support of the production of complex, regulated, electromechanical technologies (ideally medical device related)
  • A flexible and responsive approach with the ability to differentiate and prioritise between multiple conflicting priorities without losing sight of long-term strategic objectives
  • A customer focused mentality.
  • A good honours degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience combined with a successful track record of manufacturing in a high-tech, high quality environment.

If you don’t have direct experience of a medical device manufacturing environment, you may have worked in an equivalent highly regulated industry such as automotive or aerospace.

The package

We offer a competitive salary and a great benefits package (including cycle-to-work scheme, life assurance, and childcare vouchers, and our now legendary monthly company BBQs). On top of that, you’ll be joining a company with a fabulous culture of ambition, creativity and teamwork, and where fun is just as valued as our commitment to make surgery better for millions of people.

Interested? We’d love to hear from you!