Technical Manager – Power Electronics
About the role
You will manage a team of engineers to deliver power system projects to our development teams, ensuring team philosophies and working practices are applied to a project.
You will work with different sub-teams within Technical Research, as well as New Product Innovation, other research groups and development teams to gain an in depth product understanding, whilst using your expert knowledge of the latest technologies to create innovative systems and solutions and solve complex system level problems.
Demonstrate designs are robust and viable for use in product through laboratory testing and driving the team to develop simulations to optimise designs.
Ensure electronic requirements and architecture details are documented by the team.
Managing technical risks in a project through FMEAs.
Produce and present review packs which typically include concept specifications, requirements and specification documentation, risk registers, FMEAs and design guides when needed.
Researching into new and emerging technologies through visiting conferences, trade shows, meeting suppliers, reading papers and patents.
Identify emerging IP and ensure inventions are submitted to the IP team.
Ensuring the team generates suitable test specifications to ensure product reliability, safety and robustness. This includes the development of test environments including simulation, emulation and hardware/test equipment interactions
Skills & Experiences:
Experience in motor inverter design and motor control, particularly brushless DC motors, servo or stepper motors – as well as experience of power converter design.
General knowledge of power electronic devices and modules, including silicon based IGBTs, MOSFETs and wide bandgap technologies.
Understanding of device characteristics and issues with switching behaviour in real circuits, as well as power switch driver design.
Thermal management approaches for surface mount and through hole devices.
PCB layout – size/cost minimisation while achieving layouts for inherently good EMC compliance and thermal design.
Device selection – Interpretation of datasheets and knowledge of design methods to confidently select the optimum device based on design criteria.
It is desirable for a candidate to have prior experience of heater control (e.g. triac drivers and triac control).
Control Circuit design:
Excellent understanding of techniques for accurately monitoring small signals in high power, electrically noisy environments. Knowledge of analogue to digital converters, op-amps, comparators, voltage references etc.
Schematic capture using Altium Designer, Mentor Graphics VX or other mainstream tools. Use of SPICE based simulation tools such as Simetrix. Use of Matlab or Python.
Circuit simulation and design tolerance analysis. Good quality engineering process understanding and appreciation. Robust design including FMEA techniques. Familiar with creating requirement documents. Ability to evaluate complete systems and drive optimization.
Experience of working in a laboratory environment. Use of laboratory equipment to set up experiments and to take precise measurements. Experience of writing risk assessments for lab-based testing. Ability to build, test and modify prototypes.
Previous people management experience. Proven ability to build and manage supplier relationships. Ability to manage several projects running concurrently. Budget setting and management.
Education and experience:
BEng/MEng degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (or equivalent), or other relevant discipline and a demonstrable level of industrial experience in a relevant industry.
You should be able to demonstrate an ability to research, innovate, as well as being a key contributor to strengthening the culture of innovation within the team and wider department.
As well as specialising in power electronics for this role and have a broad knowledge of electronics you ideally will have experience of people management.
Performance related bonus. Company paid Life Insurance.
Discounts on our machines.
On-site gym and sport centre.
Competitive pension scheme.
Flexible benefits program with a growing range of voluntary benefits, including the option to purchase additional holidays.
27 days holiday plus statutory public holidays.
Free on-site parking.
Subsidized café providing endless free coffee and tea and a free lunch.
Private Medical insurance for all employees.
Employee Assistance Program for employees and dependents.
Digital GP and prescription service.
If you are interested in this role or looking for something similar, please contact our Managing Consultant Nick Willis-Stovold directly at email@example.com or call them for a confidential discussion on 01275 371981.
Hunter Selection is a nationwide provider of recruitment services in ENGINEERING, MANUFACTURING, SERVICE & TECHNOLOGY. Find out more about us and search all our current vacancies at hunterselection.co.uk
To apply please email your CV / resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Job Reference: NWS382_1656946003
Job Start Date: Asap