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R&D Engineer



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. 

TopHat is investing in a second factory (“F2”) capable of producing 7,800 modules per year. This equates to an average daily output of 31 modules. The estimated internal footprint of this facility is 650,000 sq. ft with an operational footprint of 630,000 sq. ft. This factory will go live in 2023 and employ in excess of 800 people.


In this factory we are going to revolutionise the way volumetric homes are manufactured in the UK, pushing the boundaries of automation. This will enable us to deliver more modules per sq. ft of factory space than anyone else in the world.


Description of role:

This role is not an operational role, but a development role sitting within the factory development team.


The primary responsibility is from a product perspective to support the development of new TopHat factories.

The successful candidate will take on, and lead, the detail development needed to facilitate new manufacturing methods.


As part of this role the successful candidate will:

  • Build on, and further develop, TopHat's existing tradition for design automation, creating standardised repeatable product and manufacturing details in a complex mix of house and apartment types.
  • Develop methods to stabilise production throughput, minimising bottlenecks, and idle time throughout the factory.
  • Take on a leading role in product development, getting TopHat's product offering ready for production in a highly automated manufacturing environment.
  • Develop, and oversee the production, testing, and validation of prototype test articles.
  • Support the development of designs for simulation purposes and for testing and integrating new manufacturing machinery.

Do you fit the bill?

  • You have experience with product standardisation, and with delivering to a manufacturing environment.
  • You have good IT skills and like to put them to use.
  • You enjoy developing simple solutions to difficult challenges.
  • You will be tenacious in your constant quest for competitive advantage / cost reduction.
  • 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

  • Upto £50,000 per annum depending on 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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