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Technical Manager - Games and Gifts

Our Client, a highly successful designer and manufacturer of Games and Toys has a vacancy for a Technical Manager.
This is an excellent opportunity to join a friendly team and fun working environment. 
The Technical department is a small team of of 4 so management experience is not absolutely essential but candidates must be confident decision makers with the ability to liaise at all levels. 

Responsibilities include

Minimising Risk/Product compliance:

  • Working with product development to assess design concepts/new products to reduce risk of both safety and quality issues.
  • Risk assessment of components and their suppliers, follow up on required actions.
  • Advising on relevant testing to ensure compliance for the products end destination
  • Completing product safety assessments where required.
  • Ensuring all products meet the technical requirements for both the Client and the Customers.
  • Advising on warnings required for each product and its destination, - Signing off on final artworks
  • Supporting product development team on technical and production matters.

Legislation

  • Understanding the legal standards/requirements for each country. Working with labs and third parties to keep up to date with relevant standards changes and updating the business accordingly.

Factory compliance 

  • Ensuring all factories comply with the Clients and Customers requirements including: 
  • Ethical audits/assessments and follow up on corrective action plans.
  • Technical audits and follow up on corrective action plans.
  • Risk assessment of new proposed factories and follow up on required actions.
  • Reviewing factory processes ongoing to strengthen technical capabilities.
  • Frequent visits to our factories and new sources to ensure ongoing compliance and improvements

Sustainability

  • Working with factories on wood/paper sources to ensure compliance with EU timber regulations and working towards FSC accreditation.

Management

  • Managing both the technical team in the UK and China.
  • To ensure all relevant legal paperwork is compiled and submitted on time.
  • Ensuring various technical trackers are maintained and kept up to date.
  • Ensuring inspections and testing are planned and carried out where required.
  • Working closely with China labs and factories on testing to ensure results are received on time and testing is as cost effective as possible.
  • Creating and maintenance of new systems and databases to ensure clear visibility across the department

Requirements

  • A degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline.
  • Candidates must have previous experience working in a Technical capacity with Gifts & Games and excellent knowledge of prevailing legislation for these products. 
  • A sound understanding of international requirements including UK, Europe and USA
  • Previous experience visiting and working with FE factories. 
  • A good knowledge of retail standards and procedures, although candidates from a Retail, manufacturing or supplier background will be considered. 
  • Management skills preferred although candidates without will be considered.

Negotiable depending on experience

Technical Manager - Games and Gifts

Twickenham, UK
Permanent
Manager

Published on 3 May 2019