Job Title:Quality Engineer
Employment Status:Permanent
Line Manager:Head of Quality
Standard Working Hours:37.5 hours, Monday – Friday
Holiday:20 days per annum, rising to 25 days after 2 years’ service
Salary and Benefits:Competitive Salary, dependent upon experience – company pension scheme, health scheme (BUPA), life cover



We are looking for a well-rounded Quality Engineer with a broad range of experience in all areas of quality assurance and continual improvement, who is able to demonstrate a good working knowledge of automotive quality standards and working practices.

The role will be interesting and challenging due to its varied nature. Reporting directly to Cox Powertrain’s Head of Quality, the successful candidate will provide support primarily to the Manufacturing Quality Team, but also to the Quality Systems and Supplier Quality Teams (including Inspection), as dictated by the changing needs of the business.

The Manufacturing Quality Team is responsible for ensuring that outgoing product is fully inspected against relevant product specifications, and that defects and nonconformances are escalated and dealt with appropriately.

The Supplier Quality Team is responsible for assuring the quality of components and sub-assemblies delivered to Cox Powertrain from its global supply chain, as well as working with the suppliers and Cox Powertrain Buyers to improve component quality and delivery.

The Quality Systems Team is responsible for ensuring fitness-for-purpose of Cox Powertrain’s Business Management System, as well as the implementation of the internal audit programme.

Daily duties of the successful candidate will include:

    • Supporting Production and the Manufacturing Quality Team (primary role):
        • Leading, coordinating and reporting on in-plant containment activities.
        • Participating in investigations into in-plant issues.
        • Collaborating on action plans to reduce causes of defects.
        • Leading and/or participating in Ishikawa and 5-Why workshops.
        • Conducting layered process audits in the manufacturing areas.
    • Supporting the BMS and the Quality Systems Lead (as requested):
          • Auditing and reporting out on Cox Business Management System processes.
          • Follow up on root cause analysis / corrective actions with the Process Owners.
    • Supporting the supply chain and the Supplier Quality Team (as requested):
      • Conducting vendor assessment and supplier surveillance audits.
      • Supporting suppliers’ PPAP activities.
      • Creating / updating component inspection plans.
      • Raising reject notes and requesting CAR / 8D responses from the supplier.
      • Supporting problem solving activities within the supply chain.
      • Supporting supplier development activities.
      • Reporting internally on supplier quality performance.
    • Providing sickness and holiday cover to the Goods Inwards Inspector (as necessary):
      • Inspecting incoming parts, materials and plating using specifications.
      • Conducting visual inspection and measurement where required.
      • Documenting inspection results by completing reports.



    • A highly organised, self-starter and logical thinker.
    • Clear positive work ethic with a desire to get the job done.
    • Excellent communication skills: ability to deal effectively and considerately with a wide variety of individuals.
    • An enthusiastic, positive, calm and accommodating approach to work and changing priorities in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.
    • A high level of attention to detail, with an aspiration to deliver technical excellence.
    • Commitment to achieving the company’s long-term business objectives and succeeding as a team.
    • Willingness to travel in UK and internationally.




    • ISO 9001:2015 internal auditor qualification.
    • Previous SQA/SQD experience within the automotive sector.
    • In-depth working knowledge of APQP and PPAP.
    • Well versed in quality tools and methods, including but not limited to:
    • 8D, Ishikawa, 5-Why, SPC, Pareto, etc.
    • Metrology, inspection methods and equipment.
    • Understanding and interpretation of engineering drawings.
    • Understanding manufacturing processes.
    • Planning and prioritising activities and an ability to operate with a level of autonomy.
    • Ability to present data accurately and effectively.
    • Degree in an engineering discipline or equivalent and/or recognised Quality Management qualification.
    • Full clean driving licence.



    • IATF 16949:2016 qualification.
    • VDA 6.3 process auditing experience / qualification.
    • NPI project experience.
    • Knowledge of OHSAS18001 / ISO45001.
    • Knowledge of ISO14001.
    • Lean / Six Sigma Green Belt.
    • Lead assessor qualification.
    • CMM experience (Zeiss preferred).
    • FARO Arm experience.



Cox Powertrain is a privately owned engineering company based in Shoreham by Sea. Cox have spent the past decade developing a ground-breaking new engine, supported by £90m of private investment, for marine industry which is disrupting the global marine market. Cox Powertrain have over 120 permanent employees, with strong connections with the automotive industry.

The core engine module is a V8, 8 piston, 4-stroke turbo charged diesel with a capacity of 4.4ltr litres that delivers up to 300 hp (261 kW) per module.  Principal benefits are increased responsiveness combined with reduced size, mass and parts count when compared with conventional diesels of similar power output and improved fuel efficiency and storage safety compared to gasoline engines of similar power output.