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9 months ago
Location: Derby
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Software Engineering
Category: Management Jobs
Position Title: Design Manager

Status: Permanent

Department: Ricardo Rail UK

Location: Derby

Reporting to: Business Manager

Ricardo is a global strategic, technical and environmental consultancy and specialist niche manufacturer of high performance products. We also provide independent assurance services in the rail sector. With a century of delivering excellence and innovation, Ricardo employs over 2,700 professional engineers, consultants and scientists world-wide.

Our activities cover a range of market sectors including passenger car, commercial vehicle, rail, defence, motorsport, motorcycle, off-highway, marine, clean energy and power generation.

Our client list includes the world’s railway operators and infrastructure owners, original equipment manufacturers, supply chain organisations, energy companies, financial institutions and government agencies.

Guided by our corporate values of respect, integrity, innovation and passion, we enable our customers to achieve sustainable growth and commercial success.

Ricardo Rail is Ricardo’s rail division. It is a 600-person multi-disciplinary railway consultancy providing expert advisory and independent assurance services across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

The UK Rail business employees c120 consultants in offices in London, Preston, York, Bristol and Derby.

Job Summary:

Due to expansion, Ricardo Rail UK is recruiting for a Design Manager based in Derby to manage our design processes, quality and verification. Responsible for all output from the Design function.

As an industry leading rail consultancy, we are looking to attract experienced design professionals with Rail industry experience, who can demonstrate past achievements in managing a design engineering function.

Ricardo Rail is looking for an individual with a high level of commercial awareness and strong design engineering capabilities to drive the processes and requirements with a back ground in Solidworks 3D CAD Software or similar CAD software.

Experience in managing a team of designers is desired however all highly motivated Design Managers and Senior Product Designers with SolidWorks knowledge will be considered for this position.

Ricardo Rail UK is embarking into an exciting evolution stage, continuing to offer our established professional services, but also to drive new and innovative areas of service to our current, and potential new clients. If you join us, you will become part of a market leading, fast-paced and dedicated team that works together to provide our clients with the highest possible level of service and advice.

Qualifications / Experience:

* A strong track-record in design delivery within the rail sector

* A degree qualification is desirable however all experienced Design Managers or Lead Design Engineers with other qualifications will be considered

* Having a high level of skills in SolidWorks Part and Assembly modelling is essential, as well as ideally having knowledge of PDM systems (e.g. Windchill) in managing design data.

* Considerable demonstrable experience in CAD design software and Design Engineering Processes.

* Substantial experience of working in a professional services environment

* A strong passion for the rail industry

* Versatile, adaptable and able to operate under pressure

* Effective communication skills, written and verbal

* Flexibility to travel in the UK and short durations overseas if required

We would like to discuss this role with experienced Design Engineers or Design Managers who are seeking new challenges within the Derby area.

We are seeking an individual who has previously managed a range of design projects from conceptual phase through to detail design and who is a high achiever and now seeking the opportunity to develop their career further by taking on and leading overall design management. As such, the ideal candidate would be one that has the ability to lead others, while remaining involved in the detail design of a wide range of design projects.

This is not just a technical role as the Design Manager will also be working alongside the Business Managers & Business Directors to win new business, and support clients in defining a project brief. Therefore, having good commercial skills is also an important requirement.

For further information or to make an application please contact Donna.Baker@ricardo.com.

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