Graduate Bespoke Design Engineer

37 ½ hours per week (full time, permanent) c.£24,000 full time

Shipton-under-Wychwood / Bourton-on-the-Water / Home

Calling all graduates with a product designer or design engineering degree.
Are you right for us – are we right for you?
An exciting opportunity with a values-led, forward-thinking company.

Founded 25 years ago, the Rooflight Company is a successful, employee-owned West Oxfordshire business with 65 employees, designing and manufacturing rooflights and roof windows for the UK architect, building and homeowner markets.

The Rooflight Company is not a typical organisation. We are open and communicate clearly and regularly with each other. We recognise and value the strengths each person brings to the team. We continuously challenge the norm to make improvements. We implement change focused on improving the experience for our customers. This has been endorsed by our recent WOBA award as 2020 Employer of the Year.

Our mission, in line with our guiding principles, is to position the customer experience at the heart of everything we do, know what the customer wants, where we add value and profitably deliver on this.

We are looking for a Graduate Product Design Engineer to join our in-house design team who can handle the challenges of delivering rooflight and roof window designs to our architect’s and contractor’s specifications. 

It is a highly technical role which requires a practical and motivated individual with excellent organisation and interpersonal skills, attention to detail and the ability to work at a fast pace.

Initially, you will work with the Product Innovation team on a six-month secondment where you will need to apply design for manufacture and assembly skills to integrate new products within the core business.

In addition, and just as importantly, candidates must be able to demonstrate that they are aligned with our company values in their dealings with our employees, customers and suppliers.

This is an excellent opportunity for a Graduate Design Engineer to join this successful, growing, values-led, customer-focused organisation and become an employee-owner.

The right candidate will be able to:

  • Design, develop and detail feasible rooflight and roof window solutions, and their associated products, for manufacture and assembly to customer specification.
  • Produce fully detailed 3D models, in SolidWorks, for manufacturing purposes and any required documentation for production, to include 2D drawings, production manuals and bill of materials.
  • Undertake all necessary simulations, thermal calculations and prototyping to ensure products are fit for purpose.
  • Liaise with other team members to ensure design intent is accurately transferred from 3D model to 2D drawings.
  • Support and assist our internal teams and suppliers to ensure successful delivery of the project to agreed quality standards.
  • Successfully identify and understand the customer's needs and provide a high level of technical advice or project support to internal and external customers where required.
  • Manage their own workload to meet agreed deadlines.
  • Communicate well at all levels.
  • Degree qualified in Product Design or Industrial Design, or similar discipline.
  • Experience using 3D CAD software (Solidworks or similar).
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Flexible, energetic, with a sense of urgency and a result-driven approach to working.
  • An organised individual with excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • An interest in architecture or construction.

We see ourselves as a company where each co-owner cares passionately about the products and services we provide and whose collective mission is in line with our guiding principles,

‘To position the customer experience at the heart of everything we do, know what the customer wants, where we add value and profitably deliver on this.’

You’ll find a strong sense of community here, a community that is experienced by our valued customers stretches out to our global supply partners, unites our trusted advisors and touches other values-led businesses.

Everything we do is underpinned by our values and the 12 values statements, which you will begin to learn, experience and use regularly not only in your role but maybe in everyday life.

To truly position the customer experience at the heart of everything we do, we need capable and empowered people, operating within high performing teams. That’s where you come in!

Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they are aligned with our company vision and values and adopt the following behaviours in their dealings with our employees, customers and suppliers:

Integrity

  • We give and receive honest and constructive feedback.
  • We hold ourselves and each other accountable for our words and actions.
  • We don’t blame, we learn and grow.

Care

  • We work to the best of our ability and take pride in our work.
  • We continuously work in the best interests of our community and our environment.
  • We show active interest in others’ wellbeing and treat them with respect and compassion.

Empowered

  • We trust each other to make well-informed, responsible decisions.
  • We let people know we believe in them and encourage them to grow in knowledge and skills.
  • We continuously challenge the norm to make improvements and implement change.

Unity

  • We support each other to achieve our shared goals and celebrate our successes.
  • We recognise and value the strengths each person brings to the team.
  • We are open and communicate clearly and regularly with everyone.
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