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Apprentice - Assembly Technician

To be a part of our highly successful manufacturing team taking accountability and responsibility for fabricating, assembling and testing a multitude of mechanical products produced here at Oxford Cryosystems Manufacturing Division. These activities should support the achievement of sales and profit targets with the provision of superior service in a high-quality, timely, cost-effective and resource-efficient way.

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Vacancy location Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire, OX29 8LH
Training location Oxfordshire Advanced Skills, OX14 3DB
Wage £14,000 per annum (starting salary), with annual salary increases
Expected duration 48 months

Main Objectives and Tasks
1. To contribute to the delivery of Operations, specifically Manufacturing activities/projects through undertaking the following:
a. Assembly of complex multi-part mechanical assemblies from start to finish, including bending, welding and brazing.
b. Conventional and CNC Milling, Turning of components to drawn specifications.
c. Handling of and occasional modifications/additions, in line with Engineering Change Control Procedures and R&D Requirements.
d. Running pressure tests, vacuum tests and leak checks through various means, understanding and correcting any problems.
e. Reading, understanding and utilising engineering drawings, build procedures and standard operating procedures to ensure builds are completed to the CE and UKCA regulatory requirements.
f. Maintain a clean organised personal work area and wider shop floor, using 5S principles.
g. Agreeing relevant individual/personal objectives, targets and success criteria for assigned activities and own area of work that contribute to the success of the wider business.
h. Agreeing on job requirements and competencies, participating in relevant training and development and asking for support as required.
i. Monitoring and sharing own progress and addressing any changes, taking corrective action as required.
j. Communicating regularly with other members of the team, department and business to ensure a rapid two-way flow of information and contribution to effective team working.

2. To have an interest and basic understanding of the latest developments within the scientific instrumentation field, particularly that of cryogenics and its uses within wider markets by:
a. Developing knowledge and understanding of cryogenic products mainly around specific methods of manufacture.
b. Developing an understanding of the company's products and services.
c. Sharing information and ideas to enable colleagues and peers to build their own understanding of cryogenic systems, components and the department's objectives.

3. To contribute to the overall Operations department objectives by:
a. Identifying and utilising opportunities and suggestions for improvements and growth that exist within the team and department.
b. Partake in continuous improvement activities in order to support continued progress within the department on processes and procedures.
c. Proactively support your colleagues to ensure knowledge transfer and best practices are utilised at all times.

4. To ensure the efficient and effective utilisation of financial and physical resources by:
a. Maximising the use of resources and identifying and eliminating waste.
b. Contributing to the setting of systems, policies, procedures and work standards ensuring that they fit and/or enhance with others used in the business.

5. Applicable to all Jobs
a. To carry out other tasks that may be reasonably requested from time to time.
b. To complete all tasks and objectives in accordance with customers' technical, quality and delivery requirements, standard company procedures and policies, Health and Safety requirements and industry Codes of Practice.

Desirable Qualifications and Specialist Training but NOT mandatory
■ GCSE in Maths and English.
■ Apprenticeships, STEC 1/11, HNC or HND.
■ No formal qualifications will be considered if demonstrable work experience, relevant to the role, can be proven.
■ A background in low-volume manufacture of hand-built scientific instrumentation would be highly desirable, ideally within the cryogenics industry.

Desirable Skills
■ Conversant in Microsoft Office products; Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.
■ Knowledge and use of SAGE or similar integrated MRP systems.
■ Dynamic, ambitious individual with keen problem-solving abilities, "think on your feet" and a desire to always do better.
■ Extremely practical, able to turn their hand to anything.
■ Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
■ Able to provide and take part in 360° Feedback.
■ Excellent time management skills when dealing with multiple projects and tasks on a daily basis.
■ High attention to detail and a "right-first-time" attitude.
■ Happy to support R&D during the development and initial build phase of new product development.

Additional Information:
Candidates MUST be eligible to work and live in the UK. Sponsorship will not be available. Copies of Visa and Passport will be requested.