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Project Manager - Industrial Design



Our vision is simple - TopHat was founded to deliver beautiful homes, sustainably. We use advanced manufacturing and the latest technology to delivery ultra-low carbon homes, whilst keeping costs as low as possible. We manufacture homes in a controlled environment, removing uncertainties, improving quality and reducing costs. We have extensive experience of delivering projects in different ways to ensure that our customers get the solutions they need.

We've built over 200 homes with a pipeline far in excess of this. We are also a manufacturer; operating in a 125,000 sq ft factory in Derbyshire and have well advanced plans to build another one 5 times bigger. 

We are currently recruiting for a Project Manager, Manufacturing to initially work out of our Manufacturing Facility in Foston, Derby and then move to our new Manufacturing Facility based in Northamptonshire (F2). 

We are looking for an individual to lead our Industrial Design Workstream. We are recruiting this role with a view to the successful candidate transitioning to one of the operational leadership roles within the future factory once it goes live. As the leader of the industrial design workstream the candidate will design and implement the overall Factory 2 operating model, including but not limited to:

• HS&E Policy, Procedures, & Risk Assessment

• Manufacturing process – materials & people distribution, task definition etc.

• Operating principles – e.g. KPIs, Team meetings, break times, shifts

• Ancillary equipment & consumables provision, re-stocking, distribution

What you will be doing

  • Ensure the factory layout and design utilises HS&E best practise. Include this within the HS&E Policy, Procedures, & Risk Assessments.
  • 2. Define in detail the overall manufacturing process down to individual station materials requirements and task definition.
  • 3. Design & implement the key operating principles – e.g. KPIs (SQCDP), Team meetings, break times, shift overlaps etc.
  • 4. Ensure ancillary equipment & consumables requirements are understood, design a process for the provision, re-stocking, and distribution of those items.
  • 5. Support the development of a training plan in advance of the facility go live.
  • 6. Plan in detail the ramp up phase for the facility including people and materials requirements. 7. Collaborate and work alongside the existing project team

Experience and qualifications we are looking for

  • You will have extensive operational experience preferably with experience of major capital programmes.
  • You will have demonstrable experience in designing/implementing/running the operating model in an industrial environment.
  • Your experience will include applications of lean manufacturing.
  • You will be tenacious in your constant quest for areas of competitive advantage/ cost reduction.
  • You will show how you have been able to manage multiple complex projects/operations with changing priorities
  • Above all that - you will be a team player, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills with a good attention to detail and have the ability to communicate effectively within a team and engage with stakeholders at all levels of the business


What we can offer you

  • Salary up to £70,000 per annum depending upon experience

  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays

  • Vitality Health Insurance

  • Group Life Assurance

  • Income Protection

  • Subsidised Canteen (Derby site only)

  • Group Pension Scheme

  • Flexible Working (role dependant)

  • Enhanced Paternity and Maternity Pay

At TopHat we welcome applications from all backgrounds and are committed to creating a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture where everyone can succeed and be themselves. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it makes our business what it is today. We value diversity and we particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, women and anyone with disabilities as we are underrepresented in these areas.

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