Prototype Build Planner

Mechanical Engineering · Oxford, Oxfordshire
Department Mechanical Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation up to £48,000 p.a.

You will be responsible for planning all prototype production activities at our new development site in Oxford. Working with the Prototype Production, Project Management Office, Engineering, Finance and Supply Chain & Procurement teams, you will be central to us maturing our products through increasingly rigorous prototype build phases. 



  • Maximise delivery performance 
  • Take Ownership of and plan all prototype parts through Manufacturing (in-house or sub-contracted). 
  • Track and report on available capacity vs. forecasted load in production, build, quality and test. 
  • Produce weekly / monthly reports as required. 
  • Lead our inventory management, ensuring that every component / system is assigned, stored and tracked through its cycle from goods-in to finished product 
  • Support Build and Technical leadership team as necessary to ensure the prototype production team meets key goals. 
  • Support departmental performance metrics KPI’s and provides regular progress reports to Chief Engineer and Head of Engineering 
  • Ensure that all processes and procedures are adhered to. 
  • Drive Continuous improvement. 
  • Cross-functional communication and co-ordination to minimise delays. 

You will also: 

  • Deliver respectful opinions and perspectives to help shape the future of the product. 
  • Proactively work with others both within and outside of your immediate team and be able to bring people together to ensure completion of tasks. 
  • Role model positive behaviours and support the development of other engineers. 
  • Communicate with the wider company, for example, in Company meetings. 

We think you'll need these skills and experience: 

  • Strong proficiency with MRP/ERP systems 
  • Demonstrable capability in a low volume build / production environment 
  • Project, planning and resource management skills 
  • Ability to communicate clearly at all levels of the organization 
  • Strong problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information 
  • Effective in making decisions under pressure 
  • Focused on results with the ability to work to deadlines 
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal communication and listening skills. 
  • Ability to adjust to multiple demands, shifting work priorities, ambiguity, adversity, and change. 
  • Good analytical and business judgment including demonstrated problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills. 
  • Ability to interpret technical drawings, specifications, and knowledge of change control methods and processes 
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional, fast-paced team environment. 

Bonus points for:

    • Working in a low-volume, prototype build environment in automotive, aerospace or motorsport. 
    • Experience of CAD for assemblies 
    • Configuration of MRP systems to suit specific company requirements.


    • Competitive salary, up to £48.000 p.a dependent on experience  
    • EMI share options scheme 
    • Flexible working 
    • 25 days annual leave, bank holidays, plus 3 days additional leave for Christmas closure 
    • Pension scheme 
    • New Career Development Framework to support your professional development 


    This role is advertised as full-time but we want to hire the best person and would therefore consider part-time options. 

    About Animal Dynamics

    At Animal Dynamics we make vehicles that combine high efficiency with full autonomy and are able to do more with less impact on nature than other vehicles that perform the same tasks. Taking our inspiration from animals and the natural world, we can achieve significant improvements in the performance and efficiency of vehicles in water, air, and ground travel.

    What motivates us is our desire to create original and worthwhile solutions to real problems. We are motivated to realise designs that will positively disrupt industries and technical approaches that have long been taken for granted.

    Our current focus is on Stork, a family of vehicles which have been designed as highly energy and cost-efficient aerial systems for carrying loads. These vehicles are full-stack autonomous vehicles, with complex mechanical, electronic and software features.

    Based in Cowley, near Oxford, we are a friendly Company, and we recruit talented, committed people who want to work in a stimulating and supportive environment.

    Note to all applicants  

    Due to the security classification on the work we do, we will undertake a routine Baseline Personnel Security Standard check on the successful applicant. This is a standard process which includes references and career history checks. 


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    • Location
      Oxford, Oxfordshire
    • Department
      Mechanical Engineering
    • Employment Type
    • Minimum Experience
    • Compensation
      up to £48,000 p.a.