Head of Product Engineering

  1. Marketing & Innovation
  2. Full-time


Waterlooville, England, United Kingdom

Job Purpose:

  • To own the electrical, electronic and regulatory scope for all hardware projects.
  • To support the RI portfolio of products in- field and products under development as part of the NPD team. 
  • To work with suppliers to ensure that electrical, electronic and regulatory aspects of projects are executed correctly, providing a solid foundation for on-going product production.
  • To lead the Product Validation team to ensure capabilities and resources exist to support the business.
  • To lead the Regulatory team to ensure expertise and support are available to provide confidence that RI Products are safe and legally compliant.
  • To lead the In Life Product Engineering Solutions team to ensure support, expert knowledge and resources exist to enable products to be supported throughout their life span from cradle to grave.
  • Responsible for managing product development projects to completion, through close collaboration with multiple functions across the global Hygiene & Pest Control businesses.
  • Manage Team of 17 technical and managerial colleagues.


  • Expertise in electronics manufacturing and product design
  • Previous relevant experience within a mechanical/electrical/electronics and/or regulatory environment
  • A minimum of a good honours degree in an electrical or electronic engineering or similar discipline 
  • Experience in bringing electronic products to production with high quality expectations.
  • Knowledge of RF devices and protocols.
  • Knowledge of regulatory affairs at a regional or international level
  • Knowledge of Household Equipment regulatory approval requirements for Global Markets essential.  
  • Knowledge of CB/CE/cULus, FCC, RCM, UKAS, KCC, NOM, INMetro, BSMI, HACCP.
  • Experience of working with or within a Validation and Test environment and able to apply and recommend test strategies to ensure an understanding of a products expected lifetime within the field is understood prior to product release.
  • Previous experience supporting launched products and managing product improvements, cost down initiatives and product maintenance.
  • Strong leadership skills. Able to lead a technical project team. 
  • Able to manage and deliver a complex project portfolio whilst also identifying opportunities for further simplification, standardisation and cost optimization.
  • Good analytical problem solving skills with ability to generate and interpret technical data, provide conclusions and recommendations for follow up action accordingly.
  • Working knowledge of Schematic capture, layout and gerber editing software an advantage.


  • Competitive salary and bonus scheme
  • Hybrid working
  • Rentokil Initial Reward Scheme
  • 23 days holiday, plus 8 bank holidays
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Death in service benefit
  • Healthcare
  • Free parking

At Rentokil Initial, our customers and colleagues represent diverse backgrounds and experiences. We take pride in being an equal opportunity employer, actively encouraging applications from individuals from all walks of life. Our belief is that everyone irrespective of age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabilities, religion, or beliefs, has the potential to thrive and contribute.


We embrace the differences that make each of our colleagues unique, fostering an inclusive environment where everyone can be their authentic selves and feel a sense of belonging. To ensure that your journey with us is accessible if you have any individual requirements we invite you to communicate any specific needs or preferences you may have during any stage of the recruitment process. Our team is available to support you; feel free to reach out to (joanna.sharpe@rentokil-initial.com) if you need anything

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