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Senior Technician - Product Validation

Level: IC3

Reporting To: Team Lead - Product Validation

Department: R&D

Location: Huntingdon

Purpose of Role:

The purpose of the Senior Technician – Product Validation role is to plan, setup and execute various tests on Xaar’s products, including printheads, ink supply systems and datapath components, for internal projects and/or or customer support, for the purposes of product validation.


Tests must be carried out diligently, in accordance with best practice and SOP, to produce quality data on a tight timeline.  All tests should be documented and reported back to the test requestor. 


The successful applicant will be trained to become a specialist in the use of Xaar’s products so that they can support the generation of test data for our New Product Development (NPD) activities.


Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to: Team Lead – Product Validation.
  • Line management responsibility: none.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Working with the test requestor and Team Lead, create plans for product validation activities.
  • Follow test plans on product validation activities and present findings to the test requestor.
  • Develop and implement new test equipment and processes.
  • Contribute to development of documentation for department e.g. SOP’s.
  • Training of new and current staff, where appropriate.
  • Provide customer support when required.
  • Process improvement and adherence to H&S standards and operating procedures.

Key challenges:

  • Developing a core understanding of the fundamental operating principals of inkjet printheads, drive electronics, ink systems and printing practices.
  • Managing time and balancing priorities, sometimes conflicting.
  • Being able to deal with problems rationally and methodically.
  • Generating high quality output, including documentation, in a tight timescale.
  • Setting up work with the most appropriate hardware for the application.


Key Internal Relationships:

  • Product Validation team.
  • Project Leads.
  • Team Leads (Actuator & Mechanical, Electronics & Software, Inks & Materials, Print Performance, Product Validation).


Person Specification:

  • Methodical approach, demonstrating attention to detail.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Effective team worker.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Ability to present data in different formats.
  • Ability to follow defined processes.
  • Report writing.


Experience of:

  • At least three years’ experience as a technician in a similar industry.
  • A good grounding in Maths and Physics – ideally to A-Level standard or equivalent.
  • A good command of English.
  • Experience of following instructions and guidance.
  • Computer literate. Microsoft Office/Excel.
  • Experience of product verification and validation (ideal but not essential).

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