Martin Indge, test solutions and development manager at Axiom Manufacturing Service, has been named as The Manufacturer’s Employee of the Month June 2016.
What is your role and what are your main responsibilities?
I’m tasked with driving the development of new innovative test solutions for our clients, utilising high levels of automation, data collection and analysis. As a specialist contract electronics manufacturer, we are constantly working with our customers to develop an in-depth understanding of their requirements; my role is to ensure this understanding underpins the work of our test development, test support, debug and repair teams.
What are the key technical skills you use?
More than 25 years of working in the high-technology electronics industry, primarily for the telecoms sector, have let me build a strong radio frequency and wireless technology skillset. When you’re helping customers to develop new products, problem solving and analytical skills are essential. The ability to influence and negotiate is also important.
What personal characteristics help you in your role?
I couldn’t do my job without a strong attention to detail. With clients in the medical, defence and aerospace industries in particular, you can’t afford to miss details. Working with an array of differing clients while managing several team’s demands flexibility and the ability to adapt to changes in priorities and circumstances.
What do you consider to be your biggest personal success at the company so far?
I joined the company in 2015, and taking over an ambitious and already successful team like Axiom’s can sometimes be a challenge. But looking back on my time here so far I’m pleased to say that I’ve been able to use my own experiences to add a new dimension to the team.
What are the most rewarding parts of your job?
It’s rewarding to see how your input can re-energise a strong team and help encourage them to question the norm, to explore new and creative approaches to test solutions. Ultimately, as an engineer, nothing is more rewarding than seeing the difference you’ve made reflected in yields and increased efficiencies.
Do you have a career ambition?
I want to continue maximising test coverage and to work more closely with clients early in the development cycle. In this line of work, it’s also vital to constantly improve how you use and understand data – both in terms of its collection and analysis.