Defence Manufacturing Sector




Circa £50,000 plus benefits


Relocation Assistance May Be Available


The Company


Our client, is an accredited ISO 9001/ ISO 14001 business, which forms part of a well-respected, profitable and dynamic group. Recognised as a leading niche supplier of specialised munitions and related equipment, they boast a diverse international customer base and have an enviable reputation for their performance, agility, product quality and innovative designs.


The Role


Working as a key member of the technical team, this is a newly created opportunity which reports directly to the Technical Director. The main purpose of the role is focused towards designing, developing and qualifying existing/new products in-line with the commercial expectations of the business. This will involve ownership of projects from concept to in-service operation, including supporting products throughout the life cycle and providing cross functional technical expertise.


Providing support across all key areas of the business from Production to the Sales, you will be expected to develop technical expertise and “know-how” within each of the selected product categories and will take the lead in ensuring projects and procedures comply with our clients’ stringent approach to design manual/process and ISO 9001 standards.


Duties & Responsibilities


  • Support the Technical Director with existing and new projects, including work on design, problem solving, process improvement and project management.
  • Design and test pyrotechnic chemical compositions, which provide the desired affects and are safe for manufacture and use within the end the product, ensuring designs and processes comply with safety regulations ER2014.
  • Ensure all projects comply with the current design manual/process; recommend/implement “best practice” project management methodology.
  • Provide support to the engineering and R&D function to help ensure commitments and deadlines are achieved.
  • Undertake problem solving (cross functional) using statistical analysis, graphs and problem solving tools (DFMEA/PFMEA).
  • Support process improvements and provide troubleshooting support (risk reduction, process time assessments and process improvements).
  • Implement and control project planning schedules as required.
  • Design/develop product and the in-line category with project requirements. Work with the technicians to ensure agreed process changes are incorporated into design schedules.
  • Design and test pyrotechnic chemical compositions, which provide the desired affects and are safe for manufacture and use within the end product.
  • Design and test projectiles, which provide ballistic affects in line with customer requirements.
  • Ensure the methods of building new products are well documented; amend work order working instructions & drawings.
  • Assist in the development of tooling/equipment for new and existing products.
  • Aid the construction of technical literature for the relevant product categories.
  • Control and build small batch quantities and/or prototypes for customer/end user trials.
  • Make recommendations for improvements to capabilities through investment opportunities.
  • Write procedures and undertake testing to qualify product for storage life, compound analysis and transportation requirements.
  • Ensure design intent does not infringe existing patents; compile evidence and literature for patent application/search.
  • Support supplier assessments as required, ensure all duties are compliant with relevant HSWA legislation, (ER2014 & 18001) and environmental procedures (ISO 14001).


The Candidate


  • Minimum HNC, preferably degree level in Engineering (Chemistry/Energetics/material science), alternatively Materials/Science discipline with at least 5 years industry exposure.
  • Experience within an explosive handling, pyrotechnics, ballistics or hazardous materials/chemical composition environment.
  • General and specific knowledge of a technical environment and aligned product category.
  • Experience of an explosives/small munitions environment: - general knowledge of ammunition or pyrotechnics and the methods of creation and potential results.
  • Able to work as a team member or as an individual with a true understanding of the concepts of “design for manufacture” and the “hands on” experience of taking manufacturing based projects from design concept into production.
  • An excellent grasp of engineering principles, including strong knowledge of design, product development, project creation, troubleshooting and project management.
  • Ability to understand manufacturing processes, methods and manufacturing techniques within a highly responsive SME environment.
  • Confident in front of customers, have a real desire to understand the commercial activities surrounding the customer requirements, understand the products you are working on and show an appreciation of business demands.
  • Strong troubleshooting skills with the ability to assimilate information and adopt a “common sense” approach to problem solving.
  • Adhere to timescales & product requirements; manage, prioritise and plan projects.
  • Key personal skills include: - initiative, flexibility, confident, good communication skills, attention to detail, keep and product records, problem solving, time management, ability to work under pressure and multi task.
  • Highly IT literate with computer applications/design software for engineering drawings and principles, in particular use of MS Excel and Solidworks is desirable.
  • Strong design skills, including experience of prototyping, build qualification and tool design.
  • Experience of process improvement, quality systems/ standards, health & safety standards, machines and tools, engineering /technology principles and practices.
  • Able to perform in an environment which encourages team work and creativity


Please send your detailed CV quoting reference 16/1908 to our retained consultant David Smalley at Daniels Smalley Partnership, Pencoed Technology Centre, Pencoed CF35 5HZ.


Tel: 01656 856200 or email

Contact us

Daniels Smalley Partnership Ltd
Pencoed Technology Park,


CF35 5HZ


Tel: 01656 856200


or email us at:-


or use our contact form.


Print Print | Sitemap
Daniels Smalley Partnership Ltd - Executive Search & Selection Copyright © 2016 Executive Search | Executive Recruitment | Advertised Selection| Cardiff | Newport | Swansea | Bristol | Cheltenham | Exeter | Gloucester | Hereford | Bath | Plymouth | Portsmouth | Reading | Salisbury | Southampton | Basingstoke | Swindon | Taunton | Trowbridge |Worcester| Yeovil