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Chief Design Officer

North East England

  • Reference: 384178
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: £Excellent + Bonus + Benefits

  • Location: Birtley

Our Client

Walker Filtration designs, develops, and manufactures a comprehensive range of high-quality Compressed Air Filtration, Vacuum Air/Oil Separation, and Drying solutions for a wide range of industrial and medical applications to support a global customer base. Our mission is to remain at the forefront of the filtration industry – continuously developing new technologies, processes, and solutions.  Our in-house manufacturing capabilities and technical expertise enables us to develop non-standard solutions for specific applications and OEM requirements.

We are a company founded on sound engineering, product excellence, innovation in technology and talented people.  We believe that our people are central to our commitment to deliver exceptional customer satisfaction and to providing the most technically appropriate solution.  Our customers demand optimised design, innovation, and assured performance and we are passionate about delivering for them.   

The Opportunity

As a result of a recent internal promotion, we are looking to appoint a progressive, innovative and results driven Chief Design Officer.  This rolewill o play a crucial role in our Senior Leadership Team as we strive to achieve our ambitious 5 year strategic growth plan. 

Possessing intellect and tenacity, you will take ownership for the delivery of an effective and innovative product and technology road map to underpin our growth strategy. This role will drive all engineering initiatives, new product development and research and development and is responsible for overseeing all engineering aspects of Walker Filtration’s products and services.  Leading the continued modernisation of our product offering you will also apply fresh thinking to our existing project offerings to ensure we continue to provide value for our customers and deliver excellence.   

As a leader, you will develop, motivate and lead a large engineering team to enable them to reach their full potential.  As a pro-active and collaborative part of the Senior Leadership Team you will have the vision, ambition, and energy to enable Walker Filtration to both shape and achieve its strategic ambitions. 

About you

As a technically strong degree qualified Engineer (preferably chartered), you will have extensive engineering management experience in a product development or engineering design business with proven experience in working with a regulated design code.  Commercially minded, you will have previous experience in providing effective business leadership and direction to your team to deliver maximum value to the business. With well developed communication skills, you will be able to give confidence to our complex and varied global customers, collaborate and challenge as part of the Senior Leadership Team whilst inspiring and developing your team.  A proven track record in the design and launch of innovative new products and the energy, motivation and passion for product excellence will enable you to operate in this fast paced, dynamic and customer focused business. 

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join a growing business after a period of significant investment and play a key role in shaping new products & technologies for our global customers.    

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