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About The Role

Engineering Technician | Circa £35,000 negotiable + excellent benefits Permanent | On-site

Would you like to work for a company that makes a real difference in the automotive industry? If you have a passion for the automotive industry and are excited by the prospect of working with cutting edge, new vehicle technology then this could be the role for you! Working within the Passive Safety team you’ll contribute to the delivery of new vehicle safety testing, resulting in the reduction of personal injury and vehicle damage claims across Europe.

As industry leaders in the field of automotive research and testing, our Passive Safety team play a high profile and crucial role in driving safety improvements across the global automotive industry. They deliver high quality crash testing for vehicle manufactures and the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), helping to improve vehicle safety and reduce accidents.

Your mission

  • Support the execution of both Commercial and Research testing activities, and assist with the maintenance of the Crash Laboratory infrastructure
  • Fabricate and construct seat mountings, crash barriers and other test equipment required for the day to day running of the crash facility
  • Provide automotive and fabrication technician support to other areas of the business and across Engineering Operations as required, to ensure delivery of projects in peak periods

Skills & experience that will set you up for success in this role:

  • At least 3 years’ experience working in the Automotive industry, underpinned by a relevant qualification such as City & Guilds, Apprenticeship or NVQ
  • Good knowledge of Automotive Engineering with practical with desired experience and knowledge of welding, milling, turning, cutting and drilling
  • Some knowledge of automotive MET processes would be an advantage, including High Voltage, ADAS, Air-Conditioning, Four-Wheel Alignment and Vehicle Diagnostics – not essential as training and development will be given.
  • Ability to use initiative and prioritise tasks to achieve team’s goals.
  • General knowledge of relevant Health & Safety workshop practices & Microsoft office software.

Did you know...

Research tells us that men are more likely to apply to jobs if they meet only 60% of the criteria, whereas women often hesitate or don't apply unless they meet all of the criteria. This difference in application behaviour can contribute to the gender gap in career advancement and opportunities.

We know the perfect candidate doesn't exist! If you think you have what it takes but don't tick every box, we'd still encourage you to apply - it could be a perfect fit!

About you

As a proactive and supportive team player, you enjoy working collaboratively to achieve objectives but are equally successful working independently. Your helpful and positive attitude exhibit a trusted, professional image for the business, and you enjoy building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.

Your ability to think clearly in pressured environments allows you to consistently deliver work to a high standard, without compromising on attention to detail. Your inquisitive mindset and excellent problem-solving ability enable you to make informed engineering decisions.

Perks & Benefits

Salary - Circa £35,000 negotiable, dependent on skills & experience.

  • 10% non-contributory pension
  • 29 days holiday (inclusive of Christmas shutdown) + public holidays
  • Group Life Assurance (equal to 3 x basic salary)
  • Group Income Protection (after 2 years’ service)
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes (cycle to work & tech scheme)
  • Money Health Financial Wellbeing Platform
  • Health Cash Plan (cash back on eligible medical treatments)
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Sports & Social club
  • Payroll charitable giving

When we work

Our standard working hours are 8:30 - 16:30 Monday - Thursday, 8:30 - 15:45 Fridays.

How we work

This role is based on-site in Thatcham, working in the Crash Laboratory and Repair Technology Centre.

What we do

At the cutting edge of automotive research in the UK, Thatcham Research has a unique role in shaping the design of new vehicles and influencing ever higher standards of safety, security and repair.

With an on-site Crash Laboratory, Repair Technology Centre, Training Academy and Crime Lab, our research expertise is driving some of the very latest automotive developments in technology, materials and standards in this fast moving and highly technical industry. Our active safety track site is one of the leading accredited Euro NCAP testing facilities, trialling and assessing the very latest developments in vehicle safety and assistance technologies. 

Our Values

As an organisation that believes a strong set of Values are key to our organisational success and a sense of belonging for all colleagues, we ask that you understand, represent and apply our Values of Fearless, Inquisitive, Resourceful, Supportive and Trusted and demonstrate these Values throughout the recruitment process.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

We are dedicated to fostering an inclusive workplace which values diversity and embraces each individual's authentic self. We are proud to champion a culture where colleagues freely share their diverse perspectives, recognising that these contribute to our innovative spirit. Our journey of growth and understanding is continuous as we actively invest in diversity training, workshops, and partnerships to ensure positive change.

Beyond our silver membership in the Automotive 30% Club, we collaborate with various organisations to advance equity not only in gender but also across ethnicity, age, disability, social mobility, LGBTQ+ identities, experiences, and thinking. Our aspiration is to create an environment where everyone thrives, achieves, and experiences a genuine sense of belonging.

Recruitment process

We’re proud to manage our recruitment in-house and believe this direct approach enables us to give you the best possible Employee Experience we can – which starts right here, your application! We’re continuously striving to improve the candidate journey, and transparency (or communication) is a key area of focus – yes, even with salary & benefits.

What can you expect from our recruitment process?

  • Regular updates on the progress / outcome of your application
  • An initial telephone screening call with our Recruitment Business Partner
  • First interview with the hiring manager, usually via Teams
  • Second/Final interview, in-person at our office (we may give you a role specific task to present on!)
  • Personalised feedback following your interview – because everyone deserves that!
  • An opportunity to give us your honest feedback in a short survey on all of the above

We’re committed to removing invisible barriers. If there are any adjustments we can make to better support you, please let us know when you apply.

All applicants must have Right to Work in the UK.

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