Project Engineer | UK

The Company

Oxford Lasers Ltd is a high technology company headquartered in Didcot, Oxfordshire. The company designs and manufactures complete laser-based systems, supplies subcontract laser manufacturing services and carries out after sales services.

The laser systems come in two groups; micromachining and imaging. Micro-machining systems use a laser beam to make microscopic holes or cuts in a wide range of difficult materials. Imaging systems use a laser to produce very short, intense pulses of light to image and analyse very small, fast-moving particles.

The company was founded in 1977 as a spin-out from Oxford University and still retains its unique skills in laser technology and applications.

The company was the subject of a Management Buyout in October 2006 and is 100% owned by the management. Since the buyout the company has grown organically and established an extremely strong financial and technological base. It has built a strong R&D department, based on externally funded projects, which provides a stream of new technology and leading-edge know-how to the rest of the company.  From this foundation it wants to exploit the expanding market for advanced laser products and to enter a new phase of strong organic growth.

The Position

Reporting to the Engineering Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for the delivery of internal and external development projects across the Micro Machining and High Speed Imaging technology groups.

In this role you will schedule, plan, forecast, resource and manage all the technical activities aiming at assuring project accuracy and quality from conception to completion.


Primarily, but not limited to

  • Prepare, schedule, coordinate and monitor the assigned engineering projects
  • Monitor compliance to applicable codes, practices, QA/QC policies, performance standards and specifications
  • Interact daily with the internal and external customers to interpret their needs and requirements and represent them in the development process
  • Perform overall quality control of the work (budget, schedule, plans, performance, specification) and report regularly on project status
  • Assign responsibilities and lead project team
  • Cooperate and communicate effectively with project sponsor and other project participants including Engineering, Software, R&D and Manufacturing to provide assistance and technical support
  • Review engineering deliverables and initiate appropriate corrective actions
  • Effectively manage change throughout the project lifecycle

The Person

  • Proven working experience as a Project Engineer
  • Familiarity with rules, regulations, best practices and performance standards
  • Ability to work with multiple discipline projects
  • Project management and supervision skills
  • Decision making ability and leadership skills
  • Time management and organization skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and to manage own workload to meet each individual task in good time
  • Should fit comfortably in a very technical environment with a highly qualified and experienced staff
  • Should enjoy working in a small organisation where he/she has a considerable level of responsibility, but also needs to perform basic tasks on occasion. Willingness to support other aspects of the business or deliver other tasks as the company may require.
  • Ability to innovate and work with minimum supervision
  • A “can do” attitude. Willing to be hands on to ensure the successful delivery of the project by taking on work packages within the project scope (i.e. BoM’s, documentation, problem solving)
  • Proactive problem-solving capability - able to take problem ownership and drive solutions forward, working to tight deadlines in a customer focused manner
  • Team player; demonstrated ability to work closely with other team members

Education, Experience & Skills


  • Strong working knowledge of company business systems and Office tools
  • Experience of managing cross-functional teams to deliver in scope, to schedule and budget requirements
  • Be prepared to be hands-on to ensure project success factors are met
  • Bachelors degree in Engineering or relevant experience
  • Candidates must have legal right to work in the UK and be commutable to our site in Didcot


  • Working knowledge of formal project management processes and best practice
  • A proven ability to support change within an organisation

We offer

  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Up to 30 days holiday
  • Group Personal Pension with equivalent company contribution of 6%
  • Private Medical Scheme
  • Permanent health insurance (income replacement)
  • Death in service benefit
  • A friendly and supportive working environment working on world-leading technology
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