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285 people in the UK already work for Emtelle in our sites in Jedburgh and Hawick. Why not consider a job with Emtelle? All of our staff enjoy excellent working conditions, competitive salaries, extensive training opportunities and the use of state of the art equipment.

Our aim is to promote good employment practice. This will be achieved by encouraging staff to maximise their potential and to deliver quality services in the most efficient manner, through investment in training and development and the provision of employee benefits.

If you are interested in a position at Emtelle, please contact our HR Manager, Phil Groom at or telephone +44(0)7912327870 Emtelle Application Form. You can either email the completed form to Phil Groom, or post it to:

Phil Groom
Emtelle UK Limited
Hawick TD9 8LF

Job Title: Process and Materials Development Engineer 

Department: Hawick Management- Hawick 

Salary:  £38-42K (DOE) 

Vacancy Code: BM15

Reporting to Factory Manager – Hawick, The Process and Materials Development Engineer is tasked with assisting and leading R&D/Manufacturing projects for new product development, product enhancements, and cost reductions. They will also work closely with Solutions and Manufacturing Teams, as well as other key stakeholders to support, grow and improve the Emtelle Product ranges and their processing providing support in reducing lead-times and defect rates and other tasking associated with the meeting of our production requirements as directed.

A dynamic and proactive Process and Materials Development Engineer will plan and perform project management and the design for manufacture process. Working with the Solutions Team, Technical and Manufacturing they will project manage customer requirements through technical development phase ( including design for manufacturability ) into stable manufacturable and defect free product.

Through the above they will endeavour to make our processes more stable, more productive and help us deliver new and improved solutions to our customers.

We focus on a safe working environment, so the Process and Materials Development Engineer is expected to both comply with all Safety, Health and Quality Policies but act as a role model and leader to others in doing so.

Role and Responsibilities  

  • Adhere to the company health safety environmental and quality policies and industry standards
  • Responsible for successfully defining, scoping, and delivering on improving efficiency and utilization of products Independently determines project scope, develops a preliminary plan of investigation, and determines project specifications such as cost, time, and sample requirements by analysing customer input.
  • Work with the technical team to ensure specification compliance in the areas of, design, design for manufacture, performance, and delivery criteria.
  • Ability to coordinate product and tool manufacturing, design, and qualification.
  • Participate in design reviews internally and with external suppliers and customers.
  • Communicates project status and results to internal teams and /or customers through frequent contact and communication efforts.
  • Sustaining engineering activities as required.
  • Troubleshooting and root cause investigations.
  • Experience with creating and executing qualification protocols such as design verification tests, installation.
  • Conducts analysis of production specifications and uses the latest analysis/diagramming tools to represent business/technical processes
  • Develop & implement new or enhanced formulations for extruded products across all ranges manufactured by Emtelle(including performing Manufactured Product Costings) in the polyethylene and fibre optic product groups to make our processes more stable, productive and allow us to deliver new and improved solutions to our customers.
  • Create detailed test plans, control, manage and complete the required tests and give detailed reports on outcomes and recommendations, as well as manage the initial approvals process for said tests.
  • Design and develop new equipment or processes to improve our products, stability, quality and outputs and monitor said improvements to ensure they deliver what was expected.
  • Assist in the design of new tooling, coatings, and ancillary equipment with a view to improve quality and outputs, this would require close co-operation with manufacturing teams.
  • Create comprehensive documentation to support the effective transition from design to manufacturing that allows clear understanding of the new or improved equipment or processes.
  • Manage and control the tool and equipment spend on all development and assist in the preparation of any Capex requirements for said developments.
  • Performs required experiments or tests from the approved program or development programs, ensure validity and operation on the manufacturing equipment and processes, log, record and report on said experiments.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate on a sustained basis in their employment the following:

  • A high standard of proficiency in handling production equipment.
  • Track record of experience in an equivalent role in a similar production environment.
  • Extensive knowledge of tooling, torque tools and hand tools, measures, and gauges
  • Solid understanding of mechanics, extruders, electrics, and the ability to read and understand schematics including fault finding and diagnosis.
  • Highly self-motivated, disciplined and organised.
  • A creative problem-solver by nature who continuously seeks challenges where to deploy experience and develop new skills
  • Proven ability to successfully manage multiple tasks at the same time
  • Strong drive and commitment to finish projects to a high standard
  • Effective communication skills in a range of formats to all stakeholders
  • Strong relationship building capability and an ability to maintain a professional network


  • Strong academic background and ideally a graduate in a relevant engineering discipline bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or Polymer Processing or equivalent experience in a related technical field. Polymer and telecommunications related subjects being also of relevance
  • 10+ years extrusion experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Working knowledge of polyolefin processing competencies (i.e. film extrusion, profile extrusion, moulding etc.)


  • Must have familiarity and expertise with duct and sub duct, optical cable, air blown fibre and other extruded polymer products: Desirable
  • Prior experience in Microduct, cable or fibre optic products manufacture: Desirable
  • Computer literacy in MS Office Products and MRP ( MS Dynamics AX preferred) systems: Desirable Experience in CAD and with MiniTab analytical tools:Essential
  • Experience in automating processes: Essential


  • Ability to work as part of a team: Essential
  • Strong analytical, data and decision-making skills: Essential
  • Extremely organized and excellent attention to detail: Essential
  • Proven Leadership skills and experience. Essential
  • Ability to move easily between R&D and production lines in any of the core disciplines or plants.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with Emtelle colleagues and exhibit excellent inter departmental collaborative behaviours: Essential

See the PDF version of the Process and Materials Development Engineer job description here. 

Gender Pay Reporting

In accordance with our obligations we report the following statistics in relation to Gender Pay based on our snapshot date of  05/04/2018

  1. Mean Gender Pay Gap in Hourly Pay
    1. Mean Female Hourly Pay is £0.47 less than Mean Male Hourly Pay, therefore a Mean Gender Pay Gap for Females of 3%
  2. Median Gender Pay Gap in Hourly Pay
    1. There is 0% difference in Median Hourly Pay for Female versus Male Employees
  3. Mean Bonus Gender Pay Gap
    1. Female Employees Mean Bonus Pay is 27.6% less than Male Employees Mean Bonus Pay
  4. Median Bonus Gender Pay Gap
    1. Female Employees Median Bonus Pay is 12.1% less than Male Employees Median Bonus Pay
  5. Proportion of Males and Females receiving a bonus payment
    1. 93% of Females received a Bonus versus 95% of Males
  6. Proportion of Males and Females in each pay quartile
    1. Upper Quartile = 89% Male and 11% Female
    2. Upper Middle Quartile = 82% Male and 18% Female
    3. Lower Middle Quartile = 96% Male and 4% Female
    4. Lower Quartile = 88% Male and 12% Female



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