Senior Manufacturing Engineer Paint

  • Job Reference: 3938
  • Date Posted: 27 March 2024
  • Employer: LotusCars
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  • Location: Hethel (NR14 8EZ), United Kingdom
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Manufacturing Operations
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Duration: Permanent

Job Description

Senior Manufacturing Engineer - Paint



On- site




About the Role:



The role involves supporting the cars side of the business, within the technical management and maintenance of existing production lines and development. The ideal candidate will be expected to introduce new processes and tooling, to support new products to those lines and will be working within an office, paint shop and production line environment.


The role provides the opportunity to undertake a wide range of tasks and enables the successful candidate to work with many different areas of the business. There will be opportunities to make benefits to the cars business in its day to day activities and influence the way it could operate in the future.


The ideal candidate will also be required to investigate opportunities to embrace new technologies and innovations into the Lotus manufacturing environment, to improve both efficiencies and the overall product quality.


Domestic & international travel may be required, by agreement.




Key Responsibilities Include:


  • Promote and maintain a healthy, safe, and clean working environment.
  • Production & project support.
  • Support investigations of concern/problem resolution.
  • Identify build issues / concerns and make relevant the parties aware.
  • Follow all actions for resolution on the Continuous Improvement tracking system.
  • Creation of production manufacturing-assignments, aligned to the manufacturing build requirements (as defined via the Sales & Operations business plan).
  • Study the operations sequence, material flow, fixturing / tooling, process documents / statements, with the aim of improving the line balancing, throughput, and efficient working procedures.
  • Draft and design layout of equipment, materials, and workspace, to illustrate maximum efficiency.
  • Creation / development and maintenance of process sheets, from engineering released data (PCO).
  • Publish clear and concise information, including all aspects of Manufacturing / Method / Machine (tooling) / Material to manufacturing.
  • Identify and evaluate individual training needs for primary operators and provide training plans, to ensure that standardised processes are followed, and that safety and quality documented care-points are adhered to.
  • Co-ordinate "On the Job" training for new processes with manufacturing staff.
  • Perform time studies for all Product / Process / Component changes, to ensure manufacturing's ability to achieve the required Quality / Cost / Deliver elements.
  • Perform periodic process audits, to ensure products are being built to be released.
  • Support the implementation, control, and closure of Deviations from standard production processes.
  • Support new tooling / fixtures design & development, specification, procurement, installation & commissioning, for the introduction into the manufacturing environment.
  • May require the formulation of business case / budgets, as part of improvements to processes or tooling etc.
  • Prove out new tooling and fixtures and provide constructive feedback.
  • Timescales to introduce or make changes, resolve issues.






Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required:





  • BTEC/ NVQ in Engineering.
  • Previous manufacturing, production engineering knowledge.
  • MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint & Project experience.
  • Use of process & MES systems.
  • Logical thinker for problem solving and process planning.
  • Used to working in a production environment.
  • Out-going, pro-active team player.
  • Self -motivated & driven to succeed.
  • Positive can do' attitude, eye for detail, flexibility, methodical and measured approach.






  • HNC/ HND/ Degree in Mechanical or Automotive Engineering.
  • Lean thinking or six sigma trained.
  • MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project & Access.
  • Team Centre, Lotus PPDM, PSS & DRF systems AutoCAD / Catia or another cad package.
  • Very good working knowledge of niche vehicle & OEM automotive industries.
  • Knowledge of robotic paint application.




About Lotus:


Lotus Cars is based in Hethel, Norfolk, UK, and is the global headquarter for sports car and hypercar manufacturing operations, the Lotus Advanced Performance Centre and the iconic 2.2-mile test track.


Lotus builds world-class high-performance cars, born out of legendary success on the racetrack including 13 FIA Formula 1 world titles and many other championship honours. In July 2021 Lotus unveiled the all-new Lotus Emira, its last petrol-powered sports car and best-of-breed, and in July 2019 it launched the Evija, the world's first all-electric British hypercar.


The latest new model from Lotus is the Eletre. Unveiled in March 2022, it has the soul of a sports car and the usability of an SUV. It is pure electric and represents a clear vision of the future ambition of the company.


The ongoing transformation of Lotus, from a UK sports car company to a global performance car business and brand, is laid out in the company's Vision80 strategy. It states what Lotus will be in 2028 when we celebrate our 80th anniversary. We welcome talented, creative, and motivated people to join us on our journey.


We offer you all the advantages of working for a prestigious high-tech automotive company. You will find a purpose-built facility; with all the tools and equipment you need to do an outstanding job. You will benefit from our fast-paced learning environment and our track record in designing and manufacturing thoroughbred sports cars over the last seven decades.





What We Offer You:


In addition to a competitive salary, you will have access to the following benefits:


  • 25 days' holiday plus bank holidays
  • 6% pension contribution
  • Discretionary annual bonus scheme, based on your contribution and the performance of the company
  • Private Healthcare
  • Group income protection based on length of service
  • Paid time off for medical appointments
  • Family Friendly policies
  • Exclusive Employee discount, wellbeing, and recognition platform #ForUSLOT 




We reserve the right to close this role early if a high volume of applicants is received.