NPI Engineer

Owlstone Medical has developed a breathalyzer for the early detection of cancer, inflammatory and infectious disease. Our mission is to save 100,000 lives and $1.5B in healthcare costs. We need to add to our team an outstanding New Product Introduction (NPI) Engineer to help us achieve it.Summary Owlstone is looking ...


Owlstone Medical has developed a breathalyzer for the early detection of cancer, inflammatory and infectious disease. Our mission is to save 100,000 lives and $1.5B in healthcare costs. We need to add to our team an outstanding New Product Introduction (NPI) Engineer to help us achieve it.


Owlstone is looking for a New Product Introduction (NPI) Engineer, focusing on our medical projects, to join its NPI team based in Cambridge, UK.

As NPI Engineer you will be an integral part of the NPI/Manufacturing Team ensuring products are developed and manufactured to the appropriate standards.  You will have cross-functional skills allowing you to define and implement continuous improvement in all areas of new product introduction and low-volume manufacturing processes. You will ensure that the highest level of quality and process effectiveness is built into product delivery.  The role will interface with the R&D and Production groups to ensure successful development and introduction of new products.

Key Tasks & Accountabilities

Reporting to the NPI Team Leader, the NPI Engineer will be part of the team responsible for manufacturing engineering aspects of the Owlstone product range., including: late stage R&D product development, technology transfer from R&D to Operational teams, continuous improvement of products and processes, customer support and product returns. The NPI team is dedicated to developing and sustaining processes to maintain OML ISO:9001 accreditation.

Continuous Improvement

  • Identify areas for improvement within current processes and procedures
  • Implement design improvements
  • Evolvement of testing protocols for Owlstone product range
  • Work with the supply chain team to improve quality and advance assembly methods
  • Track system status and improve traceability, repeatability and quality

Production Support and Customer Support

  • Provide support to Manufacturing team to meet customer orders & project deliverables
  • Provide technical support for Customer queries and remote troubleshooting
  • Responsible for introduction of changes within the Owlstone products
  • Design and support of tooling requirements for products

New Product Introduction

  • Responsible for the transfer of new products and processes from R&D to manufacturing
  • Provide manufacturing experience and knowledge in early design stages
  • Identify and resolve issues related to small scale manufacturing
  • Develop manufacturing assembly and test processes

Manufacturing Documentation


  • Provide Engineering reports on technical projects
  • Write relevant documentation in line with Owlstone Quality Systems (work instructions, test and manufacturing process)
  • Identify modifications and improvements to current manufacturing documentation
  • Provide correct level of training and documentation for Manufacturing Technicians


Competencies & Requirements of the role

The individual should be able to demonstrate a structured approach to problem solving and keen attention to detail. The successful candidate will have/be:


  • Preferably degree qualified in Electrical, Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering
  • Previous experience in a development/small scale manufacturing environment, ideally with medical devices
  • Hands-on, flexible, capable of solving a range of technical problems (electronic, mechanical, pneumatic)
  • Experience in Design of Experiment and report writing
  • Experience in procedure writing
  • Ability to communicate complex processes or issues to a wide range of stakeholders
  • Able to complete tasks on time using appropriate planning tools and with a minimum of supervision
  • Experience in using an ERP system and managing BOM structures


About Owlstone Medical

Owlstone Medical is on a mission to save 100,000 lives and $1.5 billion in healthcare costs through the development and application of Breath Biopsy®. This involves collecting volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and respiratory droplets from breath, which can provide information about metabolic activity and markers related to health and disease.

Breath sampling has substantial advantages for the early detection of disease and to enable precision medicine approaches to patient care. To realize these advantages, Owlstone Medical offers Research Products and Services for biomarker discovery and is developing tests in applications including cancer, liver disease, asthma, and environmental exposure. Our work includes partnerships with major organizations including AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, the Cleveland Clinic, and the NHS and our platform is in use at well over 100 clinical and academic sites worldwide.

Our leadership in breath is underpinned by our world-class and varied team, including systems engineers, clinical scientists, analytical chemists, artificial intelligence specialists and clinical trials coordinators.

The Owlstone group also commercializes a range of highly innovative products based on its proprietary FAIMS chemical sensing technology in other markets including Scientific, Industrial Process Control, Military and Homeland Defense.

We offer a relaxed, friendly, flexible and international working environment with a strong and vibrant team-spirit. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary package that includes an Employee share options scheme and private medical insurance and your work will have a clear impact on people’s lives. If you want to experience the buzz of a thriving start-up company set to succeed on a global scale, Owlstone Medical could be the place for you.

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Owlstone is an equal opportunity employer, and we will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on any characteristic protected by law including but not exhaustive to; grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status.

Due to the nature of our business, all employment is subject to satisfactory references being obtained and the attainment of a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) check. Access to selected project information requires prior additional security authorization. Access to US technical data by employees requires prior Export Control function approval. Full clearance must be satisfactorily attained against all applicable project security and US export control authorisations. Failure to meet any reference, BPSS, project-security or export-control authorisations may have an impact on successfully completing your probationary period.

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