Optical Design Engineer | Manpower Engineering

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Job Description: 

Provide design support for ITAR projects and provide technical support for US sales team

Prototype projects and transfer to production:
• Analysis of customer requirements and generation of product specifications.
• Design and test of optical components and systems, optical system modelling.
• Optimization of design for performance and manufacturability.
• Development of software tools for product design and test analysis.
• Transfer of new products into production.
• Subsequent support to production and customer.
• Support troubleshooting of product performance.

Key point of contact for Sales Team
Support to opportunity qualification from the technical feasibility review:
• Provide a technical interface to customers, pre-sale and post-sale customer support.
• Provide a technical interface to key partners in collaborative projects
• Coordination and generation of technical proposals to support bid process
• Propose technical solution (optical design, costings).
• Assess feasibility and risks.
• Estimate cost and timeline.

Team support:
• Provide technical support and coaching for new team members.
• Maintaining strong link with  home office in the UK

Project Management Support
Provide support in:
• Ensuring on-time and on-budget delivery.
• Ensuring projects follow the current guideline on planning, delivery, and reporting.
• Flagging any obstacles in delivery against internal and external commitments.
• Communicating ideas and requirements for improvement in development process to Head of Solutions.
• Reporting progress and outcome of development activity to Head of Solutions.

Essential requirements
Qualifications and/or work experience
• A strong Master or PhD degree in Physics, Engineering or Optics/Lasers or a related field.
• 3+ years’ work experience in new product development and optical design.

Technical expertise - New Product Development:
• Understanding of capabilities of the relevant manufacturing processes.
• Design and modelling of optical elements.
• Understanding of laser beam characteristics.
• Paraxial design, Gaussian beam propagation, diffraction analysis.
• Understanding of optical test methods.
• Design and modelling in ZEMAX.
• Numerical analysis of data for performance modelling and optimisation using Matlab.
• Development of automated data processing tools.

Soft Skills
• Ability to present information clearly and succinctly to customers
• Good interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)

Desirable skills:
Familiarity with opto-mechanical assembly design and testing.

OUR Client  is at a key stage of its development and has a clearly defined set of values. The company is therefore looking for candidates who can demonstrate the following:

• Ability to lead others towards a share vision in how technological capabilities are captured and improved.
• Ability to work effectively as part of a multifunctional team.
• Creativity – generating innovative solutions.
• Flexibility - developing products addressing a range of different markets.
• Customer focus – understanding and addressing (internal and external) customer requirements across different applications.
• Operating in a deadline driven environment to meet customer’s schedule and internal commitments.
• Ability to work under own initiative and drive progress.

Job career progression:
• Providing appropriate training and opportunities to take up new responsibilities within the company.
• Gaining more opportunities for external collaboration with customers and partners.
• Gaining more experience in technical leadership and coaching.

Occasional travel may be required in order to cover attendance at training courses, industrial events and customer visits.


Bruce Fogel
Senior Talent Manager – SW
Manpower Engineering