Chief Engineering Operations Officer

Milkalyser is an innovative technology-led company focused on developing new in-line milk analysis to revolutionise dairy cow fertility management and to improve cow welfare. Our team has developed and now manufactures wireless telemetry systems and is now developing a unique IP protected system to be retrofitted in milking parlours. The system is a self contained IoT device and needs simple installation and requires wifi interfacing to third party systems of cow Identification and other data sources. The product will sell into the global market for fertility management in dairying which exceeds $4bn annually. The founder of the company Professor Toby Mottram FREng seeks to employ a person capable of building a major agri-technology company product in this growing sector. We are seeking ambitious engineers and designers capable of building both the product and taking a leading role in the company.

We currently seek an Engineering Operations Officer to implement a test and development plan for Milkalyser. We are building prototypes that need testing on farms and the concepts implemented into design briefs for engineering designers to build pre-production prototypes. The engineering team is based at our office in Exeter and this post is suitable for someone with experience of test and development to product launch with a commercial network in the international dairy industry. Our current team is heavily software focused and we now need a generalist practical engineer or product designer capable of working with hardware and software designers to build and test prototypes in the UK and Italy. Initially hands on it is expected that the right person for this role will take a leadership role as the company grows.

Extensive UK and some international travel is an essential part of this role. Technical and commercial alliances need to be built linking farm management software, artificial intelligence, data analysis with sensor and milking machine providers. In a small expanding company this is an opportunity to become the Managing Director within the near future by demonstrating an ability to drive a radical project to completion.


  • Taking existing designs and testing them in the field (UK and overseas)
  • Liaising closely with the software team building the data architecture
  • Working with the design engineers to validate and test the prototypes
  • Working with sensor manufacturers and veterinarians to optimise data outputs
  • Reporting to the board at regular intervals


Role Requirements:


        • experience in engineering development to launch of new technology product
        • Practical ability to fit and run newly designed equipment
        • Ability to identify faults in prototype equipment and find solutions
        • Communicate through dialogue and documentation of faults and fixes
        • Software implementation ability
        • Independent minded and willing to travel away from base
        • A valid driving license and passport


  • software development experience (java, php and html5)
  • experience in engineering documentation
  • project management and reporting


Location: Exeter, Devon, UK

Hours of work: Normal hours of work (to be discussed at interview stage) 37 hours per week (9-5 with flexi-time). There is a possibility of part-time job option during a transition period.

Salary: Competitive salary with share options in a growing company. A permanent contract is subject to successful completion of a 4 month probationary period.

Job Type: Full-time