Head of Technical Development and Engineering

The Rider Firm

Partridge Green, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom

Full time


May 26

Head of Technical Development and Engineering

Full Time Position (38.75 hours per week / 8:30-5pm Mon-Fri)

Location: Partridge Green & Steyning, West Sussex. This role will include at least 3-4 days working in the office, hands on with product and developing the careers and responsibilities of the key engineering and technical team members across the business. A suitable candidate will be offered a relocation package.

Salary: Generous depending on experience + significant bonus, which was 20% of salary in 2021.

Team: Engineering & Technical Team Development with company-wide brief and influence.

Reports to: Management Board

Role & Responsibilities 

This role provides an incredible opportunity to develop great careers for your engineering team and develop your career lead engineering innovation across the company. You’ll be empowered to develop your own technical excellence plan for the whole business including for several exciting industry leading cycling brands including Hunt Bike Wheels, Privateer MTBs and e-MTBs, and Cairn adventure and transport bikes. You will have a close working relationship with the founders and the management board, including executive co-founder Peter Marchment who has up until now lead the technical functions here at TheRiderFirm.

The role entails:

  • This leadership role will be focused on understanding the technical engineering needs of our riders, now and in the future. Working with the board and senior leaders you will build a long term plan to ensure The Rider Firm continues to serve riders’ needs with the best available cycling products
  • Developing the whole Rider Firm engineering team – creating a nurturing environment in which to build a world class engineering career, building technical and wider professional skills including supporting engineers on the path to chartership.
  • You will work closely with Luisa Grappone Hunt Product Engineering Manager and Patrick Brown (MEng) as well as the bikes team engineer Daniel Hicks (MEng) and serve them by helping them grow and develop their teams.
  • Business process management and ownership for the processes that underpin the technology delivery and supports functions
  • Understand the wider business and communicate the engineering team’s vision, challenges and achievements across the wider business, while ensuring the team is continually focused on what matters most to our riders.
  • The role will also include responsibility for leading staff in decision making around warranty and product safety. As a direct-to-market business after sales and customer care are key principles in The Rider Firm. Experience in an environment with a strong focus on retail customers or experience of a client/customer facing role will be highly beneficial.
  • Leading development of analysis and decision-making capability and processes within the warranty, technical and engineering teams. Supporting the teams to make the best decisions for riders and create insights to further improve our products.
  • Overall responsibility for engineering and technical product safety and quality across all brands. Reviewing and developing processes and capability within the business to ensure we continue to meet riders needs now and are prepared to support future growth and development.
  • Develop the team to complete critical commercial analysis of projects, investments and product development decisions to ensure we spend rider’s money respectfully
  • You will be leading teams carrying out or initiating engineering projects guiding them on product design and testing using technologies such as CFD & wind tunnel testing, stress analysis (FEA), computer aided design (CAD) and carbon fibre layup technology to develop products with excellent mechanical performance and where relevant; aerodynamic properties.

Person Specification

  • The minimum qualification for the role would be a 2:1 degree in a mainstream engineering discipline. Candidates should have a minimum of several years of post-qualification experience. The experience would ideally include having responsibility for multiple parallel projects and include engineering-based consumer product or other customer-focused companies.
  • Candidates will require an understanding of materials technology in the fields of light metals, composites and polymers. Experience of a manufacturing environment would be advantageous. This experience need not necessarily have been gained in the cycle industry, and cycling industry experience is not a requirement for the job.
  • You should have experience of developing teams and careers of professional engineers in the areas of product development, design and/or manufacturing.
  • The successful candidate will have been able to evidence a track record of delivering product development or engineering projects to completion within budget and timescale constraints.
  • The Rider Firm is a fast growing, entrepreneurial and highly innovative group of businesses, commercial decision making will be an essential part of this role so exhibiting that in the application and selection process will be important.
  • Candidates should be able to show an understanding of how engineering can be at the centre of strategic decisions.
  • The right candidate should have excellent people development skills and demonstrable leadership abilities.
  • You should be able to show experience communicating strategic and technical priorities across a wider business team.

Principal Working Relations:

External:Larger customers such as bike brands, media and journalists, external engineering consultants, race teams, suppliers (mostly in the Far East and several in Europe).

Internal: The board of directors, Engineering leaders and teams, product managers, technical and warranty, marketing, and sales.

Travel Commitments:There will be the opportunity to work with many members of TheRiderFirm team in different locations, attending cycling events and visiting suppliers in many locations around the world. We would envisage the role would include at least two 1 week international trips per year and some domestic travel for a few days approx. 3-4 times per year.

Please email your CV to careers@theriderfirm.cc

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The Rider Firm exists to create and distribute cutting-edge performance bike products for devoted riders.