R&D Director – Human Machine Interface Solutions

Reporting Line
Global Product Director - Densitron
Crawley, UK or Ljubljana, Slovenia, with regular travel to Balsham, UK and occasional International Travel
Employment Status
Full Time

Role Description

The R&D Director – HMI Solutions is a Global Leadership senior management team member responsible for the imagination and proof of concept creation for our future pipeline of HMI technologies. The role is highly technical but requires a commercial mindset as well as the ability to engage widely with customers, partners, and colleagues, in order to gather and evaluate ideas successfully.

You will work to lead a team of R&D engineers, in the domains of display components, computing hardware, firmware and software, located in our two locations in the UK, in Slovenia, and in Taiwan. The role sets out the R&D roadmap and then oversees the proving of concepts, which when tested, are handed over to the product engineering teams to bring to mass market.

Key Responsibilities

Developing and Owning our R&D Roadmap – With your imagination, access to our global network of customers and colleagues and wide array of technology partnership you will be responsible for developing and securing support for the projects that comprise the R&D roadmap. The R&D roadmap is a set of technologies that we want to develop as part of our portfolio of Intellectual Property within Densitron. These technologies are developed rapidly through our R&D engineering team to proof-of-concept stage to allow us to test the commercial proposition before taking the decision to move to mass market.

Leading the in-house R&D Engineering Team – Delivering the roadmap through a team of diverse engineers from an array of disciplines, bringing this team together around a clear mission and set of common goals while developing each engineer’s skill and capability.

Developing and managing technology partnerships and 3rd party engineers – Choosing ‘make vs. buy vs. partner’ to deliver on our roadmap engineering workstreams, developing and managing the relationships which bring this to life.

Supporting the transition to mass market – Developing the application to support the business case for mass market production, then once agreed working to transition R&D projects over to the relevant Production Engineering teams.

Project and cost management – Overall responsibility for the project management of the R&D projects and associated budgets.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Proven history of R&D engineering.
  • Proven track record of engineering team leadership.
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering commercial value from new technology.
  • Engineering or science related degree.
  • Proven ability to manage cross-functional teams without direct reporting relationships.


Knowledge and Experience

  • Development of low-level software for Linux and Windows platforms.
  • Embedded electronics development.
  • Creation of firmware solutions for real-time processing and interconnectivity.
  • Touch display and I/O device knowledge.
  • Broadcast, Scientific and Clinical sector knowledge a plus.
  • Exceptional written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Experience with MS Project, Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and project management tools.


About Densitron

Who we are and what we do:

Densitron, as part of Quixant PLC, are experts in design and manufacture of Display Solutions and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI). We have presence in key global markets – Americas, Europe and Japan, with manufacturing facilities in Taiwan and China. This footprint gives us the unique ability to give a high level of service to our customers locally – on their timezone, in their language, in their offices – while also offering solutions which represent great value; in performance and quality.

Our Products

Our Display Components business creates bespoke displays to solve specific or complex customer requirements – for example ultra-high-performance, medical and highly precise test and measurement requirements.

Our Control Surface (HMI Hardware) business combines our expertise in displays with tactile sensing, embedded electronics, mechanical design, and processing to create technically unique products to improve the way in which users can interact with devices. Examples of this include our 1U and 2U display rackmount solutions used in the Broadcast market, amongst others.

Our Control System (HMI Software) also known as Densitron IDS adds control software and beautiful UI to our impressive range of control surfaces to allow our products to control a wide range of systems, simplifying workflows and displaying information in perfect time in any location. We have had great.

success with our control systems in the Broadcast space, being used in studios such as the BBC and CNN all over the world, but we also see applications beyond broadcast for this software.

Our culture:

We are collaborative and hands-on – both within Densitron and with the wider Quixant Group. Our business is small enough to move fast, yet large enough to be able to invest and take on big challenges.

We are smart, fun and reliable, as a result, we are very proud that many of our customers have been working with us for over a decade – we believe this is because our customers enjoy working with us, we invent great solutions for them, and we look after them long after the sale has been completed. We are diverse and culturally connected – we talk to customers in their language, in their time zone and in person, via our global team.

With around 200 staff and offices throughout Asia, Europe and North America and experienced application engineers based worldwide, our global approach to innovation is always underpinned by a thorough local knowledge and understanding of cultural requirements.

Quixant PLC and all its divisions are an equal opportunities employer, we are committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

About Quixant PLC – Densitron’s Parent Group

The Group is headquartered in Cambridge and is listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM market (AIM:QXT).

Quixant Group designs and manufactures complete advanced hardware, software, and display solutions for a variety of industrial markets.

We strive to offer a dynamic, friendly, merit driven company culture and prides itself in providing exceptionally high-quality products, a strong heritage in customer service and support and offering employees a friendly, exciting environment to work in.

The Densitron Division sells to all markets outside of Gaming.

The Gaming Division (which sells under the Quixant brand) is a business highly focused on designing and manufacturing computer gaming platforms and monitors for the pay-to-play gaming and slot machine industry. Quixant’s solutions are supplied to manufacturers of gaming and slot machines and provide the platform upon which their games operate.

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