Manufacturing Engineer


A fantastic opportunity has now arisen as we are actively seeking to recruit a Manufacturing Engineer to join our team at our facility based primarily in Andover. In this role you will design and implement production methodologies to deliver a quality product to customer requirements. To manage all stages and aspects of manufacture of new product, from initial enquiry to final delivery

We are looking for a technical, innovative leader who will drive continual process improvement activities with 5S and lean practices and who will most importantly match the values we aspire to achieve at R E Thompson. 


Founded in 1948, R E Thompson has specialised for 75 years in manufacturing high precision parts and providing a complete manufacturing engineering solution to our customers.

Our company has built its reputation through working in true partnership with its clients, collaborating at the early stages of design and right through the manufacturing process. We value and reward the forward-thinking, creative people in our teams, and we know that our extraordinary staff are our greatest asset.

Today, we are on a mission to be the leading precision manufacturer, producing more effectively and efficiently than ever before. Our vision is to innovate, transform and autonomise manufacturing, optimising it to its full potential.

We continue to invest in cutting edge technology and we are extremely proud of our significant growth trajectory. We have ambitious plans for the future, which makes it the ideal time to join our fast-growing, innovative company.

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  • Perform a full life-cycle product development: design, develop, oversee manufacture and review processes to ensure quality is built into the methodology.
  • Ensure activities are maintained within the budget and scope of project.
  • Create methodologies and design fixtures for manufacture of new product including measurement, assembly and packaging.
  • Set, prove on machine and evaluate programme, tooling and fixturing/methodologies.
  • Identify, formulate and produce effective solutions to emerging problems.
  • Evaluate final product’s conformity against customer specifications.
  • Inspection of manufactured product to meet Customers specification and ensuring trouble free, consistent quality.
  • Prepare FAIR reports and documentation.
  • Ensuring on-time delivery.
  • Evaluate feedback and observations from operator, implementing when appropriate.
  • Engage in lifelong learning and develop new theories or methods.
  • ​​Investigate cost effective and / or alternative solutions.
  • Preparing accurate quotations and estimates .



  • HNC in manufacturing engineering or relevant manufacturing experience would be advantageous.
  • Proven working experience in manufacturing engineering environment.
  • Working to deadline to ensure consistent customer delivery fulfilment.
  • Hands-on experience with computer-aided engineering (CAE) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM).
  • Proven computer skills in MS Office - Familiarity with 2D and 3D design and manufacturing software.
  • Understanding of manufacturing processes.
  • Understanding of geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing.
  • Inspection of manufactured product.
  • To take ownership of all stages and aspects of manufacture of new product, from initial enquiry to being Production ready to final delivery.


  • Experience ideally gained in an aerospace/motorsport manufacturing environment working with components/assemblies to critical/micron tolerances.
  • Lean manufacturing experience.
  • Familiarity with hyperMILL, QUINDOS, Pro-Engineer/Creo, Vericut, tebis.
  • Mitutoyo Geopak/Cat1000.
  • Fanuc G code and Siemens.
  • 5 axis milling.
  • Mill/Turn.
  • Tooling techniques/selection.


  • Excellent leadership & people management skills and collaborates well in a small team.
  • Strong attention to detail to ensure high levels of quality.
  • Innovative with the ability to show problem analysis skills and creativity when devising solutions.
  • Organised, methodical and able to prioritise multiple projects and deadlines in a calm and consistent manner to ensure consistent customer delivery fulfilment.
  • Excellent Computer Literacy & proficiency in MS Office Suite.
  • Communicates technical knowledge in a clear and understandable manner.
  • Understands tooling sheets/techniques/selection & able to do visual checks.


  • Up to £112k per annum depending on experience
  • hyperMILL, hyperCAD-S and CMM training provided
  • 25 days holiday (increasing on length of service) + public holidays
  • Company Social Events
  • Bike 2 Work
  • Pension + Life Assurance
  • Company laptop and mobile phone provided
  • On-site parking
  • Facilities ideally located, within easy walking distance of Whitchurch/ Andover Station

If you are interested, please click on “Apply Now” below complete the application.  

Please note that candidates must be eligible to work in the UK to be considered. We will therefore not be sponsoring visas for this role.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

Recruitment Team

R E Thompson

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