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CAD Design Engineer - Derby

To be displayed in Sign Update Magazine

November 2015 issue
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CAD Design Engineer


NCS Trade Signs is a high growth company serving the fast paced sign industry with top quality signage and graphics. We seek to employ a highly motivated CAD Design Engineer, possessing excellent organisation skills and profound technical ability for the use of AutoCAD as well as having strong values aligned with the company’s own values, which are; Teamwork, Accountability, Integrity, Clarity, Passion and Excellence.

As we push forwards to become an industry leader in trade manufacture, it is imperative that we appoint an ambitious individual who aspires to make a difference. The company is involved in a number of high profile roll-out programmes across the UK for high street brands and large corporate identities. The last 18 months has seen us explore and succeed with a number of global opportunities, on which we continue to build. As the company grows, a number of progression opportunities will become available for the right candidate.

In order to apply for the position, please email a copy of your most up to date CV, which should clearly demonstrate a strong interest in engineering. You should also provide a cover letter, detailing the reason you are interested in the position, your understanding of a CAD Design Engineer and how you have/will demonstrate excellent organisational qualities.

Roles and Responsibilities

CAD Design Engineer

Reports to: Technical Design Manager

Job Purpose: To form part of the busy CAD design team of a leading trade sign manufacturing business. Possessing strong analytical and problem solving attributes you will ensure that the attention is in the detail whilst upholding our company values, and accurately interpreting order information, which in turn will ensure we meet and exceed client expectations. You will liaise regularly with the Projects and Sales teams as well as the Production Manager to ensure that deadlines are met. You will be responsible for ensuring that all Policies and Procedures along with Health and Safety are adhered to, reporting non-conformance and quality defects to the Technical Design Manager.

Critical Attributes:

  • Self-driven, results oriented with a positive outlook with a strong desire to learn new skills.
  • A flexible approach is essential as some additional hours may be required to fulfil the requirements to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A natural forward planner who critically assesses own performance.
  • Reliable, tolerant and determined.
  • Keen desire to grow and take accountability for own self development.
  • Experience with the use of AutoCAD or similar software.
  • Maths GCSE grade B or higher.
  • Must possess an excellent eye for detail and analytical skills.
  • A proven ability to work under pressure, multi-task and prioritise workload.
  • A motivational team player, having the ability to work without management direction, use initiative and possess a positive attitude.
  • Keen for new experience, responsibility and accountability.

Desirable Attributes:

  • Qualification or module in Technical Drawing – ideally AutoCAD
  • Experience with Solid Edge Software
  • A level Maths
  • Knowledge or experience within the sign industry
  • Experience of working in 5S and/or Lean Manufacturing Environment

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • To receive job packs – contract review with sales and produce manufacturing and general arrangement drawings using AutoCAD software to company standards.
  • To liaise with Technical Design and Project Manager to establish timescales and drawing requirements + ensure issue to productions to meet delivery deadlines.
  • To produce cutting lists for materials and parts list to procure specialist items.
  • To produce router cutting and laser cutting files.
  • To generate material parts lists for stock and bought materials.
  • Liaise with clients to determine requirements, clarify or chase details.
  • Purchase materials and obtain the most competitive prices.
  • Follow company policy and procedures within your department, reporting any non-conformance to management.
  • Maintain a high level of quality.
  • Notify management of any discrepancies or quality concerns.
  • Adhere to all health and safety rules and regulations.
  • Attend training and develop relevant knowledge and skills.

Minimum Hours of Work: 8.30 – 17.00 Monday – Thursday / 8.30 – 16.00 Friday


As an NCS Employee you will be offered an attractive starting salary between £22 - £32k per annum depending upon experience, along with a Group Personal Pension and a minimum of 20 days of annual leave. We are currently developing a bonus scheme where employees have the opportunity to increase their annual bonus portion, based upon T&A and performance.

Please email your CV to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NCS Fabrications Ltd is a Safety, Quality, Environmentally and Human Rights conscious Company and as a result it is the responsibility of every employee to fully understand and adhere to all of the Company’s Policies and Procedures.
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