Packaging and Prototype Development Lead - Mechanical Engineering

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  • Back Ln, Melbourn, Royston SG8, UK
  • Full-time

Company Description

We’re an innovation and transformation consultancy that believes in the power of ingenuity to build a positive-human future in a technology-driven world. Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking with breakthrough-technologies to progress further, faster.

Job Description

Dry Moulded Fibre & Mechanical Engineering at PA

Our Mechanical Engineering experts create lasting change by providing a one-stop product development service that takes products to market, from advising on business cases and creating initial concepts through to design and development; from manufacture and supply chain set-up to ongoing support for lasting success.

Our key focus is finding immediate solutions to the issues of single use plastics and sustainability. We have a patented manufacturing technology in the Dry Moulded Fibre (DMF) space, aimed at helping solve this issue for the circular economy. Working with leading consumer goods companies, we are developing new products and processes to help meet their sustainability agenda and bring this impact to the world.

The Role

As Packaging & Prototype Development Lead, you would be joining our expanding Dry Moulded Fibre development lab. This is a fast-paced technology development team where we design and produce mould tooling to be used with pressure forming equipment, to manufacture sample components for testing, and evaluation purposes.  Parts and processes are refined prior to scale-up, for mass manufacture.

As a part of your role you will:

· Work in the DMF Development Lab reporting to the Lab head.

·Liaise regularly with design and tooling teams to understand the client requirements and share feedback from manufacturing point of view

·Contribute to producing a range of prototype and test samples using one of the 4 presses in our development lab

·Use your experience and analytical skills to generate, evaluate and implement innovative ideas to solve manufacturing challenges in forming 3D parts using DMF technology

About You

To rise to the challenge that this Packaging and Prototype Development Lead role brings you will have strong Research & Development experience from industry of the consulting space. No prior experience of specific machinery is required, however a good grasp of common manufacturing techniques, processes and technologies would be beneficial.

Essential experience includes:

· Hands on experience using production equipment to develop products

· A recognised qualfiication in Mechanical Engineering

· Thorough understanding of Mechanical Engineering fundamentals

· Tooling design and development, sample / model making, and machining

· Strong analytical and problem-solving capability

Experience in at least one of the following:

· Injection moulding

· Blow moulding

· Vacuum forming

· Cellulose moulding / packaging would be a bonus

Skills/Personal Qualities:

·Ability to innovate, communicate and think freely outside the box

·Positive and pragmatic attitude towards problem solving using both logic and creative/innovative thinking

·Ability to plan and prioritise, working to deadlines and managing workload is critical

·Attention to detail is a must

·Analytical and considered approach to planning and delivering tasks.

·Energy and enthusiasm to take on a range of new challenges

·Ability to work both collaboratively within a team and individually

The Offer

We offer the opportunity to work on purposeful projects with incredible people, competitive salary, pension and bonus scheme, clear pathways to progression, and a thriving learning culture. Benefits include:

·Consistent training, development and career progression

·Flexible healthcare plans for you and your family

·Competitive leave allowances

·Access to a range of networks, centring LGBTQ+ people, women, people from minority ethnic backgrounds, and more

·A range of culturally-led clubs to join, from music to film, yoga to podcasts

It’s an environment that is energetic and fast-paced, that values collaboration, curiosity and treating people fairly. If that sounds like somewhere you want to work, get in touch!


A recognised qualification in Mechanical Engineering is essential, so too is direct or transferable experience.

Additional Information

About us:

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.


We believe that diversity makes us a stronger firm and look to employ people with different ideas, styles and skillsets. This diversity stimulates a rich, creative environment – one in which our people develop, and our clients enjoy enduring results. We’re committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely based on their ability to contribute to PA’s goals, without regard to their sex, race, disability, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.

Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us on [email protected]

Job information

Firm: PA Consulting

Location: Melbourn


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