Engineering Manager

This is a varied, hands-on, management role, with the ability to run a diverse team of varying experience with approx. 25% time for engineering work. Work with the software engineers and in-house microbiologists team.

Engineering Manager

Are you an engineering ninja? Able to fault diagnose from a thousand yards? Do you have the steely-eyed stare of a time-served engineer??? We’re looking for a sensei-level engineer who has a passion for robotics and can manage a team of varied hardware engineers. You’ll get to work from concept design through to scientifically validated robots managing your team and planning directly with the product, TPM, software, and scientific teams.

The Role

Singer Instruments is looking for an Engineering Manager with an interest in Robotics to join our agile Research and Development team. We’re looking for an experienced hand with cross-functional knowledge of electronic and mechanical engineering to run our hardware team who are responsible for the design, prototyping, iteration, and test of Singer’s future product portfolio.

The role will see you lead, orchestrate and generally guide the multi-skilled team from product requirements through to NPI. You’ll be joining at the beginning of an exciting new program of product development where customer value comes first and foremost, Agile PM style. That means you’ll be testing prototypes with scientists, getting fast feedback and iterating quickly.

We don’t expect you to know everything and we fully believe in the Research bit of R&D!! We have in-house scientists who can help with the jargon so don’t let that put you off. This is a varied, hands-on, management role, with the ability to run a diverse team of varying experience with approx. 25% time for engineering work. You’ll have the ability to help mould the team’s processes, disseminate hard-earned good practices, lead both defined and lightly defined projects and work in collaboration with the software engineers and in-house microbiologists team.

Projects include robotics, automation, motion control, interface design with prototypes created in-house on our 3D printers, CNC machines and laser cutters. There will be a small amount of travel involved to collaboration partners around the UK and possibly abroad.

The Reward

The work you do will help scientists in laboratories in over 50 countries accelerate their research efforts on global challenges such as cures for cancer and solutions for renewable energies.

Key Requirements

  • 10+ years of commercial experience as an Engineer in either Mechanical, Electronic, or robotic fields
  • 3+ years of management or leadership experience in engineering industry, preferably robotics
  • A minimum 2:1 degree in mechanical or electronic engineering discipline
  • Experience in NPD or NPI with a hands-on mentality
  • Excellent RCA and problem-solving skills with the ability to coach others
  • Formal or experience-based management and leadership skills including light HR
  • A good level of engineering maths and first principles thinking skills
  • Strong people, project management and report writing skills
  • Good understanding of design for manufacture and production methodologies
  • Strong interest in technology, innovation, and robotics
  • Strong problem-solving skills and willingness to roll up your sleeves to get the job done
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Willing to undertake training to advance skillset

Bonus Requirements

  • Robotics or mechatronics background or experience
  • Manufacturing knowledge – CNC [Lathe, Mills, 5-Axis], Laser Cutting, 3D Printing
  • Embedded programming / Firmware writing
  • Engineering software understanding Octave/Matlab
  • Good understanding of electronics and understanding of PCB’s Experience with fast-cycle product development feedback loops
  • High level of understanding of ergonomics and product usability
  • Experience in working in an Agile project management environment
  • Experience using Google and Atlassian productivity suites is an advantage
  • A passion for disruptive technologies


Singer Instruments is a small but rapidly growing UK-based company that develops and provides hardware and software solutions for laboratory automation. We supply public and private research institutions worldwide, in multiple facets of biological sciences including Synthetic Biology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Systems Biology, Cancer Research, Biofuel Engineering, and microbiology. With offices in California, Singapore, and Germany, and our headquarters in the beautiful Exmoor National Park in the South West of England, we’re close to all the outdoor activities that you could imagine!

Starting Salary

£35,000 – £50,000 p.a.



37.5 per week



Profit Share for Nerds
Equity for Nerds
Healthcare scheme



30 days holiday including Bank Holidays
Holiday bonus on length of service



Singer HQ, Roadwater near Minehead, Somerset



Full-time (preferred) / Contract / Consultant

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