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  • Sector: Engineering
  • Location: Down
  • Salary: £30k - £40k
  • Contract Length: 18 Months
  • Closing Date and Time: 22/07/2024, 09:00
  • Fixed-Term Contract, 18 Months

Job Summary

Ecoplastic is a dynamic manufacturing company, designing and manufacturing outdoor products from recycled plastic for more than 20 years. We are a part of the answer to the global problem of plastic pollution as our team combines industrial manufacturing with furniture making skills to design and make products that last generations in the public sphere.

Our current manufacturing focus currently is on picnic tables, benches, planters, and bins. We are modernising our production processes to capitalise on the expected growth in the market for recycled plastic products, which will include non-furniture products.

Job Description

This is a new and key role within the company to project manage and drive the delivery of significantly improved manufacturing processes and factory layout changes. The role will be critical in setting the framework for increased production in the future and the effective integration of the production function with the business.

Key duties will include:

  • Engaging with operational staff to benchmark current processes, identifying areas for improvement.
  • Develop and lead implementation of improvements in factory layout, workstation configuration, batch to flow manufacture, and product design optimisation.
  • Develop and implement processes that will enable future digitalisation.
  • Develop and implement strategies to reduce waste, improve processes, and enhance efficiency.
  • Work cross-functionally to develop new training content for staff.
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of these initiatives.

The successful graduate will lead this project, in a supportive partnership with Atlantic Technological University (ATU), Sligo and will also have the opportunity to avail of a Post Graduate Diploma with Queen’s University Belfast as part of the employment offering. While this project is for 18 months, it is envisioned that the work will lead to permanent job opportunities in similar areas


  • Company pension.
  • Paid annual leave.
  • Parking.
  • Fully funded Post-Graduate Diploma awarded by Queen’s University Belfast

Essential Criteria

  • Honours degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or other relevant discipline [Minimum 2.2].
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Project management experience.
  • Ability to travel to place of work without public transport.
  • If necessary, you must have a valid work permit/visa in place allowing you to work legally in Northern Ireland.

Desirable Criteria

  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Formal project management training.
  • Experience in implementing production process improvements as lead or part of team.
  • Knowledge of operations management, including Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma methodologies.