Senior R&D Materials Engineer

Location: Xtrac UKClosing Date: 19 December 2021

About The Role

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to work within a world leading organisation? We’re looking for a Senior R&D Materials Engineer to join us as we continue to grow and deliver high profile projects to both our motorsport and high-performance automotive customers.

Reporting to the Chief Metallurgist and working closely with the Heat Treatment manager you will assist in the day to day running of a highly specialised department. You will provide manufacturing quality assurance of internal and external heat treatment processes whilst also conducting research into materials and heat treatment methods and processes, helping to develop the use of new materials and bring future success to both Xtrac and our customers.

The ideal candidate will be a dedicated and self-motivated team player with strong interpersonal and organisational skills, who can prioritise effectively in a fast-moving environment. You will be a confident communicator with the ability to build strong and positive relationships within Xtrac and with suppliers whilst ensuring that internal and external customers are satisfied on time in full.

Your main responsibilities will also include:

  • Work closely with the Heat Treatment Manager to ensure metallurgical and heat treatment processes and procedures are understood and if necessary, create new or edit existing work instructions or standards and associated training materials.
  • Provide research and development engineering support to the Design Office and Advanced Engineering Group.
  • Assume responsibility for low pressure carburising development, sub-contract heat treatment approval and material approval processes.
  • Conduct process and metallurgical training, supervise engineers and technicians working in the department and manage department inductions for new starters and students.

This is a fast pace, busy role and offers high job satisfaction so if you’re looking for a hands-on role, with integration between our internal departments and you have a passion for R&D, then this could be the opportunity for you.

About You

To be successful in this role, we’re looking for the following skills/experience:

  • Have experience within a machining, heat treatment or manufacture environment.
  • Be educated to degree level or equivalent, ideally in a material, metallurgical or engineering discipline or be qualified by experience in a similar role.
  • Have a foundation in ferrous metallurgy including structure, performance and behaviour.
  • Have experience in implementing, running and reporting on material test programmes.
  • Have experience of adhering to and maintaining safe working practices.
  • Have practical hands on experience with metallurgical sample preparation and failure investigations.
  • Be able to communicate effectively, cross departmentally and with external customers.
  • Have excellent attention to detail and work to a structured approach to problem solving.
  • Be able to work under tight timescales and juggle multiple priorities.

No day is ever the same and sometimes things change at a rapid pace, so you’ll have a flexible and willing attitude to ensure the role is fulfilled at all times and potentially at short notice.

About Xtrac

Here at Xtrac, we are the world’s leading manufacturer of Motorsport and High Performance Automotive Transmission Solutions. Our products are used internationally across the worlds most prestigious motorsport events so naturally, we have a passion for winning and continuously improving, whether that be our products, our people, or our business. Our short and long term vision is to transform into a world class high performance automotive supplier whilst retaining our position as a world leader in motorsport, so now is the time join our journey, make an impact and contribute to the success of our future.


What makes us who we are is our people, we share behaviours and values to ensure Xtrac remain world class. Our culture that delivers…

Accountability – own it and learn from it

Responsibility – we do what we say we will

Respectful – to everyone

Listen – to really hear someone and appreciate other views

Feedback – to give constructive feedback but to ask for it as well

Company benefits include

Competitive Salary
Pension Contribution
Life Assurance
Private Health Care
Eye Care Assistance
Cycle to Work Scheme
Company Events
On-site Parking

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