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Innovation Operations Engineer

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DS Smith
Nationwide, United Kingdom
28 days ago


About the role

The Group Innovation team at DS Smith was established in 2019, with the mandate to initiate, develop and support the deployment of breakthrough innovations that can deliver significant value to our customers and the company. The team is located across the UK and Belgium, so we are open on where our Innovation Operations Engineer is based, but we have our central Innovation Hub in Redditch, UK. The team specialises in radical innovation and is tasked with developing and delivering the next generation of DS Smith products for customers.

In our Innovation Operations Engineer, we are looking for a high calibre individual who can interpret product concepts and through process mapping, solution architecture, IT appreciation and engineering principles find solutions to deliver them. You will support the Operations and Technology function of our Group Innovation team, working across Operations, Ideation, Finance and Design. You will develop Innovation projects, working with internal departments and external partners and vendors, to deliver machine systems and processes that help realise the objectives of the team. With an eye on next-gen techniques and technology, Machine Learning, AI, Augmented Reality and IOT will need to be considered, and relevant technologies included in machine systems and processes.

Within the role, you will be expected to get involved in current state and future state process mapping (with gap analysis), value stream mapping and solutions architecture (using lean six sigma principles). You will need to keep abreast of new developments in Manufacturing Techniques, Technology Readiness Levels, IoT, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality etc.

We want you to suggest solutions to the delivery of cost-effective manufacture of a low value, high volume commodity. You will project manage installations and workstreams, prepare presentations and reports.

About you  

Minimum requirements: 

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant field (e.g. Manufacturing Systems, Engineering or IT)
  • Able to help solve complex problems and demonstrate creative thinking
  • Able to support and drive research led projects
  • Able to project manage workstreams
  • Well organised, self-sufficient, proactive, a multi-tasker, collaborative, communicative
  • Comfortable with a fast-paced environment, with high tolerance to change and able to adapt


  • 25 days’ holiday plus bank holidays
  • Discretionary bonus
  • Pension and share scheme
  • Life assurance and income protection
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Cycle to work scheme and shopping discounts

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58305165
  • Location:
    Nationwide, United Kingdom
  • Position Title: Innovation Operations Engineer
  • Company Name: DS Smith
  • Industry: Manufacturing
  • Job Function: Engineering
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Flexible Working Available: Available
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Degree
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: 35,000.00 - 50,000.00 Pounds Sterling (Yearly Salary)

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