Frank Tully, Director of Mechanical Engineering

Frank is an experienced automation engineer and project manager both in industry and consultancy. At The Automation Partnership (now TAP Biosystems) he led large robotics developments, including all automation for the UK Biobank’s POLAR automated sample store which contains 10M blood samples – for which he came runner up in the MacRobert Engineering Award. More recently he led the Systems Development Group at 42 Technology, developing innovative automated processes for several clients. He has a M.Eng. degree from Cambridge University, and recently completed his MBA.

Dr Chris Padbury, Director of Electronics Engineering

During his time at Oxford University Chris juggled his doctorate in condensed matter Physics, first boat rowing and co-founding a successful University spin-out company. After finishing a Technology Enterprise Fellowship (Oxon), Chris worked for four years in technology consulting (TTP) heading up many complex electronics projects including industrial automation, medical implantable and ASIC developments. He then joined Philips leading technology development projects for innovative medical devices. During his time at Alere, Chris specialised in embedded system architecture and optical system design as well as coordinating key technology identification processes. Chris joins Dogtooth on the back of a couple of years working on wireless IOT devices and is now focused on all things electronic.

Chloe Dumbreck

Straight after getting her Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Bath, Chloe went to work for one of the leading strawberry farms in the UK, performing horticultural tasks ranging from supervising strawberry picking teams to overseeing irrigation and spray technology methods to driving tractors. Chloe brings her experience in the horticultural sector to Dogtooth’s operations team. ​In her spare time Chloe plays rugby for Harlequins Women’s Rugby team.

Adrian Dunlop, Commissioning Engineer

Having graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Warwick University, Adrian began his career at The Automation Partnership, learning all of the practical skills to complement his degree theory. He spent the following 15 years in the Biotech sector in both large and small scale lab equipment R&D, production, maintenance and management. Adrian has now followed his dream to return to robotics engineering with his position at Dogtooth. Outside of work Adrian loves to spend time road cycling and drumming in various jazz and function bands.

The Journey Begins

Thanks to enormous progress in the field of intelligent automation, a lot of people are talking about the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Governments are investing billions in new technologies. Journalists are making dire predictions along the lines that machine will take away most of our jobs within the next few years. Such predictions help to make headlines, but I don’t share this rather pessimistic view.

So much innovation over the last 20 years has been focussed on the internet, and its ability to make information more readily available to users everywhere. Dogtooth was born out of a desire to exploit the incredible capabilities of machine learning in more tangible ways, in order to do more than just derive insight from data or deliver

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Ideas for future blogs:

  • “Rise of the machines” Why self-driving cars won’t materialize any time soon. And Why robot picking machines will.
  • Why the Fourth Industrial Revolution won’t happen overnight
  • Why we aren’t just replacing jobs.

Manufacturing Engineer

We are looking for a talented manufacturing engineer to lead our efforts to scale our manufacturing operations. The successful candidate will work with our Director of Mechanical Engineering to design our supply chain and production systems from the ground up to manufacture of robots at scale.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Developing the value chain for the product to meet volume and quality requirements as the business scales
  • Designing, developing and implementing manufacturing processes and the associated infrastructure
  • Researching and selecting suppliers and build partners
  • Working with internal and external production teams to implement and control build processes to meet quality requirements

Desirable Characteristics

  • The ability to understand process flows and design and implement infrastructure to support them
  • Experience of setting up supply chains
  • A commitment to quality, and the ability to identify appropriate testing along the value chain to build in quality
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Skill in the use of KPIs to monitor and improve the value chain
  • Great teamwork skills, and the ability to adapt to changing requirements within a fast moving, diverse team
  • A high quality degree and several years of experience