Equipment Build Manager
Tony works in our Equipment Build Department as the Equipment Build Manager. After completing his A Levels at college, Tony joined Dynex as an Apprentice in September 1990.
I started working at Dynex in September 1990 as an Apprentice and was given the opportunity to work in various departments throughout the business. This was really beneficial to see how different sectors of the business work. I was initially attracted to working at Dynex as it was a well-known, local business with a good reputation. After completing 6 months within Equipment Engineering, I decided this was my preferred area of work. As an Apprentice, I completed my ONC and HNC in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. I am so grateful that Dynex gave me the platform I needed to start my career within Engineering.
In 1994 after completing my Apprenticeship, I was offered the position of Associate Engineer. Gradually over the years I have progressed through the different levels of Engineering and in September 2013 became the Group Leader of Test Engineering Support. I also received a Leadership Award at the Annual Recognitions Awards in 2015. It is very encouraging that Dynex celebrate the good works of it’s employees.
My main role as Equipment Build Manager is to support and direct my staff in the completion of projects tasked to us in order to drive the business forward. I also deal with customer support issues and complete technical proposals for potential orders/customers. I have worked on some major projects for Dynex, including works for KEMA and Tokamak, which has involved travelling to various locations around the world. I regularly travel to the Netherlands and China to assist and support the customer with our products. I am currently involved with Tokamak’s nuclear fusion power supply.
I enjoy working at Dynex as I get to work with a wide variety of departments within the business. I hope to assist Dynex in their business objectives and hopefully progress to a higher Management level in the future.
Customer Services Manager
Rebecca works for Dynex as the Customer Services Manager. Prior to this, Rebecca worked as a Custome Service Representative for 5 years and a Manufacturing Operator within our clean room production areas. She has been with the business since March 2007.
I am the main point of contact for all our customers, responsible for dealing with requests for quotations for our products and then dealing with all subsequent orders. I am also responsible for returns and complaints and basically take care of the needs of our customers. I applied for a job within Dynex as I decided not to attend university; I wanted to obtain some work experience and planned to return into further education at a later stage. The reason I chose Dynex was I had family connections here my mother has worked for the company for over 25 years and also my grandmother before her. I started off in the company as a Manufacturing Operator within the wafer fab area and progressed through the department to become a principal operator within a few years. I then was able to apply for a new position within the business but a totally different role within a new department, this is the job I have now and to have a new challenge has been brilliant.
The main highlight of my employment was in 2011 when I was nominated to be Employee of the year due to my work within the wafer fab area. In January 2012 I went to China to visit our parent company CSR Times Electric; I was presented with an award during a ceremony. This was a fantastic life changing experience; I was taken to see the Great Wall of China and got to experience the wonderful rich culture that China has to offer. I was surprised to see the diverse mix of people who work at Dynex. Lots of different age groups and backgrounds and also there are many members of staff who have worked here for decades. I found this encouraging as it shows me Dynex must be a good company to work for. I would encourage anyone wanting to apply to research the company’s history and also to understand what we do as business, some background about the products we make and the industry as a whole is beneficial regardless of the position you are applying for.
Supply Chain Manager
Neil is our Supply Chain Manager, reporting directly into our Chief Operations Officer Keith Maris. Neil’s role within the Company involves being responsible for all business expenditure, including materials for Production & Research and Development, Consumables, Equipment, Spares and Services. Neil started with the Company in June 2014.
I head up the Supply Chain Team which is responsible for all expenditure and planning within in the business. It includes materials for Production, Research and Development, Consumables, Equipment, Spares and Services. I was attracted to Dynex as it was a step up in my career and a return to the electronics industry where I first started out. I have been given the opportunity to develop my own team and as a member of the implementation team for the new ERP system have been able to shape some of the new Procurement processes. The management style here is very different from what I have been used to previously. I’ve been given the freedom to get on with the job whilst at the same time I have found the Senior Management Team to be very approachable, helpful and supportive. Having not previously worked for a small to medium size company that is very different to what I have been used to. It’s too early for me to say what my highlight has been here so far; but being given the freedom to get on with the job has been a real positive. I also like the way that the company holds regular communications meetings for everybody to keep them updated on what is happening within the business.
There have been no real surprises while I have been here; during the recruitment process Dynex were very open and honest in terms of what the role was and so far none of the issues that I have come across have been unexpected or unique to Dynex. I’ve had a warm welcome into the business and generally people are very helpful. A lot of people have worked here for many years and the knowledge they have and have shared with me has been invaluable. I would encourage people to apply for roles at Dynex. The company is going in the right direction with a lot of emphasis on Research & Development which can only be good for the company’s long term future.
IGBT A&T Production Manager
Mark joined Dynex in 2007 and is a Senior Development Engineer in the Research and Development Team. Recently he has a new title which is IGBT A&T Production Manager and this entails running the IGBT Production area; managing a team of operators; liaising with Planning and Sales/Marketing to discuss the delivery plan; ensuring On Time Delivery is a major focus for the department; and working with Process Engineering to resolve any issues as quickly as possible. He also project managed the end to end production of an important component in Motorsport, and he has a very close working relationship with a particular customer whose cars rely on this component.
On a daily basis I project manage the production of the modules, an end to end process which takes about two weeks. My role is to work closely with the customer and provide regular progress updates, and to oversee the IGBT Production Team, ensuring that all necessary resources are available as required, and that production is running on schedule. We supply significant quantities of these components each year, all of which have to be built and tested to very exacting standards and precise specification. I was attracted to Dynex by its excellent reputation for being a good place to work – it is clearly a company who cares about its people, and provides excellent career and development opportunities. This has proved to be true for me personally as whilst I have been at Dynex I have been able to achieve my HNC in Electrical Engineering at Lincoln College. This has brought me added responsibility and recognition, and my longer term career goals are to progress to a more senior level, and achieve formal Project Management Qualifications. The highlights of my career with Dynex so far have been achieving my HNC qualification – thanks to the company’s full backing and support – and my award of Employee of The Year in 2011. The fabulous trip to China I received for winning the award was an unforgettable and wonderful experience. The things that have surprised me most about Dynex are its friendly atmosphere – you are greeted by friendly smiling faces every day – and the experience, knowledge and longevity of its workforce. My advice to anyone thinking of joining Dynex would be to work hard, always be on the lookout for learning and development opportunities, and above all maintain a positive, can-do attitude.
Senior Product Engineer
Ephrem works in our Bipolar Assembly and Test Engineering Department as a Senior Product Engineer. He secured permanent employment with Dynex in December 2015. He had previously worked for other semi-conductor businesses in France and Manchester.
I started at Dynex in December 2015 as a Bipolar Test Engineer. I was attracted to working at Dynex as it is a leading company in power electronics and allows me to put into practice my technical and scientific knowledge on challenging high value projects. I am very passionate about technology and have a Master’s Degree in Materials Science from Polytech Paris Sud (2008) and a Masters Degree in Micro-Nano technologies from the University of Paris-Sud (2009). I also went on to complete by PhD in Materials Science from the University of Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon in 2016.
My main responsibility is to support the Testing Team with the Bipolar Products, assist with achieving specific customer specifications relating to Power Assemblies products and offer technical support not only to the Sales Team, but also our customers. Additionally, I am working closely with our Research and Development Team on some of our new products. In October 2017 I was successful in my application to be accepted on to the Talent Development Programme. I was thrilled to be selected as one of the potential, future leaders of Dynex. From this, I have meetings with a Growth Coach and I am currently attending the Developing Managerial Mindset course at Lincoln University. I appreciate that Dynex have invested in me, to help with my progression within the business and learn the necessary skills to become a future leader! I also collaborate with Branston College in the 2017/2018 Engineering Education Scheme (EES). I am supporting 16 – 17 year old students from the college to provide them with a real world engineering project based on the reliability of high power electronic devices
The reason I enjoy working at Dynex is because I can get involved with interesting and challenging projects. At Dynex, I have the opportunity to work with motivated, creative, multi-disciplined teams of individuals. I am dedicated to supporting the customer focus strategy of the business. Within the next few years I would like to progress to Management level.
Matthew joined Dynex in 2012 as a Stores Operative; he now works as an Electrical Apprentice in our Facilities department which he has been in since 2015.
I started working at Dynex in 2012, after several in-between jobs as a Stores Operator. During this time I was responsible for forklift driving, dispatch, chemical rounds and goods in. I was first attracted to Dynex because it was a local well-established manufacturing business with a very positive reputation. After a few years in Stores I decided that I wanted a new challenge and I had always had an interest in Facilities so I started doing overtime on weekends to gain experience within the Facilities department. I was so grateful to Dynex that they allowed me the opportunity to try my hand in different departments. Dynex then advertised for an Electrical Apprentice within the Facilities department and so I applied. I had to undergo a few written assessments, which I was nervous about but I had a lot of support from my peers and the HR department, and an interview. I was then successful in gaining an Apprenticeship with Dynex.
I am so thankful to Dynex for giving me this opportunity as a mature Apprentice and allowing me to gain a professional career to be able to provide for and support my family. I will always be grateful to Dynex for this. I am currently 2½ years through my 4 year apprenticeship completing an NVQ Level 3 in Electro-technical Installation and Maintenance. Upon completion of my apprenticeship I hope to become a fully qualified electrician and eventually move into a hands on Group Leader role where I can mentor other members of the team the way that I have been mentored. The people who currently work at Dynex are phenomenal and I have built ever lasting relationships. I am treated as an equal, no one ever looks down on me as an Apprentice. I am given the same opportunities as fully qualified electricians. I have even been on customer visits to Manchester and Oxford with the Equipment Build team to aid with installation of our products. All in all I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time at Dynex and look forward to what the future holds for the Company.
Design and Development Engineer
Arthur works in our R&D Centre: Semiconductors as a Design and Development Engineer. He secured permanent employment with Dynex in August 2017. Arthur relocated from Taiwan to commence employment with Dynex.
I started at Dynex in August 2017 when I was successful following a Skype interview. I was very happy to gain employment at Dynex but was also somewhat apprehensive as I had never lived or worked in the UK before. However I knew Dynex put a lot of emphasis and time into Research and Development so this was an opportunity that I could not let pass by. During my first few months I was involved in working on the 4.5kv Press Pack. My involvement was working on failure analysis for IGBT and Diode and trying to find the most efficient method of solving issues so as to not delay the project timeline. I was given the freedom to manage my own work load and time which was a huge positive for me. I have also been responsible for the design and development of the device structure for IGBT’s. In the role communication with other departments is key to ensure that we are all on the same track to ensure that projects are completed on time. Dynex are always looking to improve on their products and process so my role is to also gain feedback from customers to generate better design solutions.
Dynex has provided me with a lot of responsibility from day one which is great for building upon my existing knowledge and experience. I have had to learn a lot within a short period of time as the projects I work on are very unique but this has allowed for a challenging and interesting few months. Within the next few years I want to contribute more of my knowledge to help the production line and help Dynex to progress to the next stage. I would also like to aim to pass my experience and knowledge to more junior colleagues to help them grow and make Dynex a success.
Junior IT Systems Engineer
Rachel works within the IT department as a Junior IT Systems Engineer and has been with the Company since 2010. Prior to working in IT, Rachel worked in our IGBT Wafer Fabrication as a Manufacturing Operator for 6 years.
I had been working in a public sector organisation for some time however I was not enjoying my role and was looking for a new challenge. I was first attracted to Dynex as the Company has been present in Lincoln for over 50 years and has great reputation in the local as being a great place to work. I decided to apply for a role as a Manufacturing Operator; I had worked in manufacturing previously and wanted to return to the industry. I worked within IGBT Wafer Fabrication in the diffusion area; my key responsibility was working as part of a team to produce wafers for our high powered IGBT Modules. I worked within our state of the art cleanroom environment which was a new experience for me especially wearing the protective clothing however I soon got used to this. I really enjoyed learning new skills and being part of a close knit team. Dynex is committed to the career development of its employees and over the coming years I progressed from a Manufacturing Operator to a Principal Operator and Stand-in Supervisor.
After 6 years working within production I was ready for a new challenge and to progress my career further. I had always had a passion for IT and technology so when a vacancy came up for an IT Helpdesk Administrator I applied and was thrilled when I found out I had been successful. My key responsibilities are providing 1st line support for all IT issues that come through the helpdesk along with dealing with the day to day technical enquiries. In order to support me in this role Dynex gave me the opportunity to gain further qualifications and I am currently studying towards CompTIA. My line manager is invested in my career development and has given me exposure to more complex IT related issues and projects to enhance my skills and experience. I have recently been promoted to Junior IT Systems Engineer and have taken on more responsibility in my day to day activities, including working on a project to implement a new helpdesk system.
Dynex is great Company to work for and has supported me throughout my career development. The Company is like a family and everyone goes out of their way to help each other. Ultimately, everyone wants to do their best for the Company.
Power Assemblies Planner
Tina joined Dynex in 1977 and has worked as a Planner for over 20 years, most recently responsible for the planning of jobs in our Power Assemblies Business Unit. Tina has worked in a number of different roles at Dynex including a Stores Operator and a Manufacturing Operator. She is Chairperson of the Social Committee and one of the longest serving employees at Dynex.
I started working at Dynex, which was then AEI Semiconductor, in May 1977 after leaving school at sixteen. I was attracted to Dynex as my mother had worked here for some time so it felt natural to follow in her footsteps. At this time Dynex was rapidly expanding and it was exciting to work for a growing Company. My first role with Dynex was a Manufacturing Operator where I worked within the Thyristor department at the old Carholme Road site.
After three years working within production, I wanted to experience a new department and expand my experience and knowledge. I was given the opportunity to work within the Commercial Stores function as a Clerk and was responsible for assisting in the day to day running of the department. It was here I met my husband, Shaun, who also still works for Dynex.
In 1994, I was promoted to Production Controller and moved across to the Planning department where I have now been for 20 years. Following Dynex Power Inc’s acquisition of Mitel Semiconductor, my role changed and I became a Planner for our Power Assemblies function. My main responsibility is to ensure Power Assemblies have the tools and materials they need to make our products to the customer’s specification. I also work on key projects with colleagues from all over the business; it makes me proud to work as a team to achieve key business aims.
Dynex has given me the opportunity not only to progress within the Company but also given me the opportunity to undertake further education including a ONC in Business and Finance and a HNC in Business Studies, I am very grateful for this opportunity as it allowed me to be successful in my career development. Dynex is a lovely place to work and has a large diverse workforce. One of my favourite parts of working at Dynex is being the Chairperson for the social committee and organising events including shopping trips, seaside visits and the Christmas Party. Arranging social events allows me to get to know my colleagues better and gives me the opportunity to form close working relationships with key stakeholders.
I have seen a lot of changes over the last 40 years within Dynex however I believe there are exciting times ahead especially with the recent changes in the Senior Management Team.
IS Support Technician
Nathan works in our IS Department as IS Support Technician. He secured permanent employment with Dynex in March 2014 following the completion of a 4 ½ year apprenticeship with the Company.
I started at Dynex in October 2009 when I was successful in being accepted on to an Electrical & Electronic Apprenticeship with Lincoln College. I was very happy to gain employment at Dynex as prior to this I was working in a contact centre which didn’t satisfy my career aims. When I saw the job I applied straight away – Dynex has a good reputation for their apprenticeship schemes and I have always had an interest in engineering. The apprenticeship included a day release at college, with 4 days per week in the workplace. I was seconded to various areas of the business in order to maximise my learning. Whilst working towards my HNC, I was also able to do extra evening courses funded by the Company. One particular course I enjoyed was on PLCs (Programmable Logic Controller). One of the secondments I undertook was in the IS Department, which I enjoyed and requested to stay in.
This is the department that offered me a permanent job. I am responsible on a daily basis for dealing with IS Helpdesk queries (standard IS issues raised by employees) and supporting all business units with IS requirements. I have also been able to support a number of high profile projects including the development of the Company intranet and also implementing a project tracking system. I have recently become a core member of the team involved in a multi-function project to develop and implement an Enterprise Resource Planning system, which the whole business will use. My longer term career plans are to boost my overall knowledge of IS and gain the Comp Tia A+ qualification. The training that I have received so far at Dynex will help me to achieve this.