About Ossila

Founded by academics from the University of Sheffield, Ossila is a multiple award-winning SME in the materials science sector. We serve the international scientific community by providing a range of affordable, high-quality products that enable faster, smarter research. Our mission is to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery by providing standardised materials and equipment with improved performance, lowered costs, and excellent customer support.

Approximately 75% of our sales are exported to over 1000 institutions in nearly 90 countries, and we have many of the world’s leading research institutions as customers. We recently won an Institute of Physics Award for innovation, and a Queens Award for international trade. Our student employees have also won Regional and National-level Student Employee of the Year Awards.


Product Assembly Associate

Location:  Windsor St, S4, Sheffield
Salary:  £18,000 - £20,000, dependant on experience
Type:  Full time (flexible on total hours), Permanent
Deadline:  Cohort 1: Friday 9th August 2019, applications submitted after this date will be put into another cohort
Start Date:  As Soon as Possible

Job Details

Ossila is a multiple award-winning materials science small business. We serve the international scientific community by providing a range of affordable, high-quality products that enable faster, smarter research. Ossila ships to over 1000 institutions in nearly 90 countries and uses global specialist suppliers to manufacture parts for our unique ranges of Lab Equipment and Test & Measurement Equipment. All product assembly and order management are done from our offices in Sheffield. We have openings for a varied and flexible electronic and mechanical assembly job in our small, fast growing company with plenty of growth opportunities. We are looking for people enthusiastic about quality and productivity to join our Manufacturing department at our Attercliffe based site.

The primary duty of this job will be to assemble equipment and conduct quality assurance checks. Over your time at Ossila you will be trained how to build our full range of Laboratory Equipment, which will involve the assembly of Electronics (through-hole and SMD), cables and wiring harnesses, electronic enclosures, and linear motion systems. Other duties will include order preparation and packaging, and doing stock management activities. Full training will be provided, but experience with electronics or mechanical tool usage is desirable.

The department is run with lean management techniques in mind and we sell our specialist equipment directly to our customers. This minimises the requirement to work on the same process for long periods of time as we work on varied mix of products in any one week, as determined by the “pull” from our customers. The ability to prioritise and be flexible is valued highly. As is the ability to work independently, but candidates must be diligent and alert in spotting and highlighting quality concerns.

Progression in this job will come from taking on responsibilities in areas such as training, stock management and quality control, or from working with the product managers on longer terms improvement projects.

The job is advertised as full time, as it is a permanent job. We will however be accepting candidates who would like to work fewer than 35 hours a week for the needs of study, childcare or similar commitments.

Essential Requirements

  • Good manual dexterity
  • Methodical and diligent work ethic
  • Good organisational & communication skills
  • Health and safety awareness
  • Attention to detail
  • Willing to learn new skills

Desirable traits

Experience of and/or training in any of the following:

  • Soldering
  • CAD programs
  • Quality Management practices
  • Microsoft Access and databases

Company Benefits

Ossila is a small and friendly company with around 30 staff based in Sheffield. We provide the following benefits:

  • Flexible working around core hours (10am-4pm)
  • Enrolment with private health insurance (Westfield)
  • Company pension
  • Shared parental leave

As a small but growing business we believe that the single biggest benefit we offer is the ability to gain responsibility, learn, and grow as a professional.

How to Apply

To apply, send a CV and cover letter to

We are unfortunately unable to sponsor UK work visas. Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK at the time of application (either an EU/EEA national or valid UK visa holder).

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