Product Development Engineer
Optical design, design for manufacture and product optimization for best performance in customer application

The Role

Optical design, design for manufacture and product optimization for best performance in customer application, involved in all stages of the product development process from identifying customer and market requirements through to introduction into production and subsequent support.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Key areas of responsibility comprise:

  • New product development and product support:
  • Analysis of customer requirements and generation of product specification.
  • Design and test of optical components and systems, optical system modelling.
  • Optimisation of design for performance and manufacturability.
  • Development of software tools for product design and test analysis.
  • Support transfer of new products into production and subsequent support to production and customer.
  • Providing a technical interface to key customers and partners in collaborative projects.
  • Providing technical support and coaching for new team members.
  • Advice on process capability requirements to support high product performance and yield.

Acting as a project manager for individual product development projects you will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring on-time and on-budget delivery.
  • Ensuring projects follow the current guideline on planning, delivery and reporting.
  • Product quality, compliance to agreed target specification at point of shipment.
  • IP generation: patent applications, internal and external publications related to new product solutions.

The above list covers the core aspects of the role but is not intended to be exhaustive.

Required qualifications and experience

Essential requirements:

Qualifications and/or work experience

  • A strong degree in Physics, Engineering or Optics/Lasers or a related field.
  • Experience and/or qualifications in optical design.

Technical expertise:

  • Design and modelling of optical elements.
  • Understanding of laser beam characteristics.
  • Paraxial design, Gaussian beam propagation, diffraction analysis.
  • Design and modelling in ZEMAX or similar.

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience and/or qualifications in product development.
  • Experience of working in a manufacturing environment.
  • Understanding of optical test methods.
  • Numerical analysis of data for performance modelling and optimisation using Matlab or similar.

Preferred skills

PowerPhotonic’s core values of Innovation, Collaboration, Transparency and Excellence are the foundation for the company’s growth and success.  The company is looking for candidates who share these values and can demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multifunctional team.
  • Creativity – generating innovative solutions.
  • Flexibility – developing products addressing a range of different markets.
  • Customer focus – understanding and addressing (internal and external) customer requirements across different applications.
  • Operating in a deadline driven environment to meet customer’s schedule and internal commitments.
  • Ability to work under own initiative and drive progress.

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

Office and manufacturing environment. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Progression Opportunities

PowerPhotonic is committed to the career and personal development of its employees. While no specific guarantees can be given as to future career development, which will depend on business requirements and any vacancies which may arise, the company looks to employ individuals who have the interest, skills and potential to progress within the company, possibly in different departments. Potential routes for future career development from this role could include:

  • Opportunity to move into a more customer focused role at some point in the future’.
  • Opportunity to move to other areas in the business to gain expertise in other areas of technology.

This is a full-time position.

All applicants must already hold the legal right to work in the UK.

Occasional travel may be required in order to attend training courses, customer visits and industrial events.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to

28. 2. 2022
Jessica van Heck