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Project Manager - Manufacturing



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).  As Project Manager, you will be responsible for leading the Technical & Equipment workstream, working alongside our expert advisor and automation teams to develop and deliver the method of manufacture for our new facility in Northamptonshire, on budget and on time.

What you will be doing

  • Identify, and procure all ancillary manufacturing equipment within the T&E budget.
  • Collaborate with the Industrial Design & Supply Chain workstream to create an overall layout that supports the manufacturing process, good people practices and material flow.
  • Balance our ‘F2’ automation and people requirements ensuring we remain within both our CAPEX and OPEX budgets.
  • Supervision of the design and build processes with line builders and support the line builder down selection process with an order placed by the end of January 2022 within the overall T&E budget.
  • Working with our in house advisors, act as principal conduit to our automation advisers (Wiksfors) and to the line builders and other T&E suppliers we select.
  • Ensure the delivery of all equipment is in line with the property availability and first modules are produced in 2023.
  • Develop a ramp up and commissioning plan for the equipment including any first articles needed to provide process confidence ahead of launching at rate.
  • Lead interactions with the existing product design and R&D teams if desirable design changes are identified
  • Support to the IT and Design teams around the data integration between our design software and the selected machinery



Experience and qualifications we are looking for

  • You will be degree educated (or industry experience equivalent) with an engineering background and project management experience.
  • You will have demonstrable experience in developing and/or project managing new methods of manufacture on large capital programmes.
  • 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 with changing priorities
  • You will have extensive experience in a manufacturing environment
  • 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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