Design Engineering Production Manager


Chunc Limited is a family run business and forms part of the HR Smith Group. We design, develop and manufacture a range of manual attendant controlled wheelchairs in our factory based in Hereford. We offer indoor and outdoor mobility solutions for children and young adults with moderate to profound disabilities. Our highly adaptable chair designs are able to accommodate complex postural needs.

As a business, we strongly believe in investing in product design and supporting the British manufacturing industry. Being part of the HR Smith Group, Chunc is able to work alongside our aerospace manufacturing teams, drawing on their extensive engineering experience and machine and mould shop facilities. We pride ourselves on producing user friendly, stylish and highly adaptable seating solutions.

Currently we are looking for a Mechanical Design Engineer that can also oversee the production department at Chunc Wheelchairs, you will be responsible for creating new designs and updating existing product range.


Key Responsibilities

  • To Plan Chunc production activity and ensure plans are met.
  • To run the production MRP and set min max quantities of new and existing piece parts required for production.
  • To liaise with the mould shop and machine shop managers and establish route cards and maintain sensible amounts of stock.
  • To liaise with TD Buyer to obtain bought in components.
  • To manage resources for the design and manufacturing department.
  • To oversee training of staff and update training records in line with company procedures.
  • To have an understanding of factory master.
  • To write, modify and adhere to company workshop practices.
  • To liaise with the stores person to maintain sensible amounts of stock for production needs.
  • To conduct staff appraisals.
  • Producing design briefs for new products.
  • Checking design and concept meets required British Standard.
  • To produce design concepts, 3D models and prototypes for all new products.
  • Updating and improving existing product range.
  • To produce and oversee the design, development and manufacture of all jigs and fixtures.
  • To manage the production handover phase of new and improved products and accessories.
  • To originate Change Notes, Modification Notices and all other project management paperwork.
  • To conduct Design Review Meetings as required.
  • To compile the update of all technical manuals.
  • Provide test/verification plans.
  • To assist the Quality Department with design issues.
  • Produce cost analysis for all new products and costings.
  • To assist the quality department in the continued compliance to ISO 13485.


Essential Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Experience in similar role with knowledge of design concept through to producing production drawings and documentation.
  • Proven working experience in mechanical engineering/design role.
  • Understanding of ISO 13485 is an advantage.
  • Understanding of materials and manufacturing techniques.
  • Competent with 3D Solidworks CAD Software.
  • Qualification in an engineering related field E.G Apprenticeship, HNC, HND or degree.



  • Good communication skills, written and oral.
  • Focus on delivering quality output to time and budget.
  • Act with integrity and instils this in others.
  • Appreciation of wider technical issues beyond own discipline.
  • Ability to work with a good degree of independence, using their own initiative and self-motivation



  • Free onsite parking.
  • Free refreshments (tea and coffee).
  • Casual dress.
  • Company social events.
  • Opportunity for company bonuses.
  • Cost of living reviews carried out annually by the Directors.
  • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays and your birthday off (to be taken any time in the year).
  • Long service holiday accrual scheme where you gain 1 extra holiday day per year from 5-10 years’ service up to a maximum of 26 days.
  • Life Insurance Scheme – 3x annual salary.



We have a positive, professional and welcoming environment; you will have the opportunity to work within a fully integrated multidisciplinary business. We offer good job security and stability with career development opportunities for the right candidate.  

  • Full time position.         
  • Hours are based on a 40-hour week, Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.30pm with half an hour each day for lunch. No weekend, evening or bank holiday working.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Free internal training provided as required.
  • Opportunities to progress, promote internally and up skill.
  • Due to the nature of the business being a manufacturing environment, working from home arrangements are not available.


If you want to find out more about one of Herefordshire’s largest hi-tech companies then please visit our website;

If you are interested in this role, please email your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The HR Department,
H R Smith Group of Companies,
Unit 416,
Tarsmill Court,
Rotherwas Industrial Estate,
HR2 6JZ.

Ben Reynolds, 20


An engineering apprenticeship was the obvious choice for me, after studying engineering for two years at college I felt an apprenticeship would offer me the best opportunity to make a career. As apprenticeships are so widely accepted and appreciated in industry I decided that university would not have been so beneficial long-term, as the opportunity to gain real experience is limited as well as the opportunity to earn whilst building large debts. HR Smith offer a great apprenticeship programme through HGTA and encourage you to build your own future. At HR Smith there is always something different everyday and you gain a full understanding of the processes involved in the company product design and manufacturing. You get satisfaction in understanding what the final outcome your job is for, I know I made the right choice.

Scott Bradley, 22

Electronic Test Development Engineer

I finished my electronic apprenticeship at HR Smith two years ago and now work in Research and Design. Part of my job also involves helping to look after apprentices when they are in my department.

I was fortunate enough to do my work experience at HR Smith during high school. This definitely made the idea of an apprenticeship more appealing to me, especially after finding an apprenticeship with HR Smith was an option through HWGTA.I did my apprenticeship straight from school, and I can remember how unsure I was about whether college or an apprenticeship was the right decision. Now both options are valid but I would recommend an apprenticeship, the practical experience alongside learning is a fantastic way to move from education into the working world, plus an important factor for me was avoiding the huge cost of higher education.And for anyone thinking that an apprenticeship won’t allow you to study at higher education, I am currently studying part time to obtain my HND, whilst other colleagues and ex-apprentices have completed Bachelors and Master Degrees through the company. So the higher education qualifications are still obtainable through an apprenticeship scheme, provided that you prove you’re worth it.

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