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Actuation Lab is defining a new global standard for mechanical design to increase the efficiency, reliability, and sustainability of every mechanised industry.

We are a group of modern-day inventors using origami-inspired mechanisms, the latest materials, and rapid manufacturing tools to rethink the world’s mechanical systems.
We aim to become the UK’s foremost innovator of industrial hardware, building a company that attracts and nurtures world-class talent.
We are proudly based in the tech hub of Bristol, in the southwest of the UK.

Some of our core values are thinking big, thinking differently, failing fast, supporting people’s growth and putting wellbeing (both mental and physical) first.

The company will double in size this year, and we are looking for passionate individuals who are prepared to grow with the company to join our team.
If you think you want to work with us but are unsure if you meet all the required criteria of a specific job, we are still happy to hear from you, as new roles are being created all the time.

As detailed at the end of each job description below, we require all applicants to submit a cover letter and CV to to apply.

Engineering Manager – E007

Engineering Manager – E007

Full-time position (40h/week)

Job Overview

A role for an individual who is prepared to stretch themselves and adapt quickly through an exciting stage of early company growth.

We are looking for a full-time Engineering Manager to take an important leadership role in commercialising Actuation Lab’s products, building a team to support range expansions, certification/qualification, production approval, trial deployment and the development of quality systems.

Actuation Lab embraces flexible working practices, while also believing in fostering a strong company culture through team interaction and group events. A successful applicant will be expected to spend most of their time working on site with the team in Bristol. Actuation Lab currently operates out of the Bristol and Bath Science Park in Emersons Green, but will relocate within Bristol in Q3/Q4 2023. In addition, the role will require occasional travel, both national and international.

Principal Responsibilities and Duties

You will be responsible for transitioning Actuation Lab’s products from R&D to production (taking outputs from the research team at TRL 4 and developing them to TRL 7 and into trials). Duties will include:

  • Owning engineering product requirements to develop and test towards
  • Chairing design reviews (DFMEA, DFM, etc.) with a particular emphasis on ensuring products are optimised for production, and that products are designed and tested to required standards
  • Working with the Operations Manager to develop and maintain an ISO 9001 quality system
  • Hiring staff to develop engineering activities
  • Line managing members of the development engineering team, including conducting monthly one-to-ones with all team members
  • Managing subcontractors and partners, as well as negotiating contracts and agreements

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience in the design of industrial/mechanical hardware to stringent standards for the energy or aerospace sectors
  • Experience line managing an engineering team
  • Experience chairing design reviews
  • Experience working to an ISO 9001 accredited quality system before
  • Involvement in qualification or certification test programs

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) and ATEX desirable
  • Valve engineering experience, with familiarity of ASME B16.34, API 6D and the ASME BPVC
  • Chartered status, with the ability to mentor and endorse young engineers through getting chartered themselves

Minimum Qualifications

Degree in Engineering or Science

Starting salary

£50,000 – £60,000 depending on experience, reviewed annually based on performance.

Other perks

Cycle to work scheme, we pay your professional membership (e.g. IMechE), £500 yearly training budget, Employee Assistance Programme (Health Assured), EMI share options scheme coming soon, regular team-building events, generous refreshment budget.


To apply, please email CV and cover letter to quoting reference [REF E007.1] in the subject.

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.