Quality Control Lead

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Automata is building a world-class company and disrupting the automation industry with Eva, the first low-cost high functioning Industrial Automation Robot. 

We’re changing perceptions that robotic technology is expensive and complex and redefining what it is to ‘work’ by empowering people to automate physical tasks.

Innovation is essential to improve each generation of our products, but most importantly we must be sure that every product is built at the standard we expect when shipping them out to our customers. 

We want you to be part of the journey that takes us from an ambitious startup to a truly world-class manufacturer of high-quality electromechanical products.

Why is this role important for Automata?

We work with subcontract manufacturers around the world to build automation products, the Quality Control Lead is essential to our success. You will ensure that every robot we manufacture is exactly what we intended it to be. 

In this role, you will be:

  • Owning the strategic development of our quality systems and quality team
  • People management and development of a junior quality engineer 
  • Maintaining and developing IQC and production quality monitoring systems and utilising subcontractors where necessary 
  • Building out and developing our waste/cost reduction initiatives
  • Configuring control in our production
  • Leading the development of iso 9001 style systems within manufacturing linked activities
  • Communicating goals and targets
  • Reporting to Head of Manufacturing, and work closely with a Product Manager

What it takes:

  • Stellar QC Career 5+ years
  • Technology product experience 
  • Experience of working with Mechanical, Electronic and Software teams
  • Background in Production, including NPI
  • Process knowledge essential to quality  [TPS/Lean, 6S, reducing waste and optimising production, root cause analysis, 8D, 5S, 5Why, 3G-”genchi genbutsu", Ishikawa’s, etc.]
  • Demonstrated ability to start simple, solve real problems quickly & simply, then iterate
  • Experience working with offshore vendors of differing sizes and maturity making machined parts, injection and die-cast components, and assembly processes
  • Fantastic record of developing suppliers and conducting supplier audits
  • Experience working with Agile Project management methodologies

The other stuff that will make you stand out

  • You are able to prioritise and put the customer first
  • You understand simplicity and believe ”functional and appropriate” is better than “complex and expansive”
  • You don’t have a big business mentality but can see a big business future - You are flexible and can build a high performing team within a smaller business by tailoring your approach to its limitations and requirements 
  • You are lead by values and principles, not tools and methods
  • Able to develop strategy and communicate progress for QC
  • Clear, concise communicator and motivational speaker
  • You have experience of working with smaller businesses or start-ups and you’re unphased when somethings are not there, you organise to put something in place

What gets us excited?  

We’re passionate about the future of Technology and Robotics and our growing success is built upon like-minded individuals who share our passion. We are excited about doing automation in a different way so that more people and industries can benefit from it. 

If this sounds like a good fit and you have experience with developing quality in an ambitious startup we would love to hear from you.

Unfortunately we are not able to offer sponsorship for candidates outside the EU for this role.

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N1 London Directions +44 (0)20 3603 4590 View page

Work on your terms

  • Learning & Development 🎓

    £1000 per year

  • Holiday 🏖️

    33 days PLUS we close the office between Christmas and New Year

  • Flexible working 🤹

    Blended approach to office and WFH

  • Employee referrals 💰

    £1000 per referral hired from your network

  • Share Options Scheme 📈

    Every team member gets a pot of stock option after probation

  • Keeping you fed 🥙

    Our kitchen is always stocked and we order lunch in on Fridays

  • Dog friendly offices 🐶

    Lola, Evie and Alfie are the current resident pooches

Our values

From the beginning of the company, Automata's founders upheld a few key principles:

  • Think from first principles
  • We solve large scale problems
  • We push the belief envelope
  • We love a good intellectual challenge

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