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about 1 year ago
Location: UK
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Manufacturing
Category: Design / Development Jobs

Responsible for the design of a wide range of complex mechanical components from various sectors (Engines, Vehicles, Transmissions & Hybrids) for example light duty gasoline engines to off highway transmissions.

The Senior Design Engineer will work closely with the Chief Designer or Lead Designer to take ownership of a particular mechanical design system as identified by the Chief Designer or Engineering Manager. Additionally, will assist the Engineering Manager in coaching other Design Engineers to develop design skills and work to the department processes.

Duties and Responsibilities

The mechanical design of components through concept, definitive and detail design phases

To work on a variety of market sectors from passenger cars to industrial and defense markets

Carries out detailed mechanical design work including 3D modelling, basic stress calculations, FMEA’s, 2D layouts, 2D detailing, Tolerance stacks as required. Agreeing the design approach with the project Chief or Lead Designer

Responsible for the following engineering activities:

System and component specifications and that your design meets the requirements

Creation of 2D drawings to allow manufacture or purchase

Creation of assembly drawings and bill of materials

Carry out design change requests as per process and in a timely manner

Fit and function of their responsible parts or system and their interaction with other systems

Layout drawings and standard part libraries are up to date

Checking and validating design engineer’s designs and drawings as required

Guideline ownership if nominated by engineering manager

CAD champion role if nominated by engineering manager

Creation of component or system design plans

Meeting design timing plans on assigned tasks

Work closely with manufacturing and process engineers to ensure products are designed for manufacture & assembly

Responsible for reporting progress of all assigned tasks to the project management teams, chief designer or engineering manager

Creation of technical reports and documentation as required for engineering projects

Highlights all mechanical technical risks to the chief designer or engineering manager

Responsible for preparing and presenting mechanical designs at design reviews

If required, generates minutes from design reviews

Keeps up to date with and dissemination of:

latest manufacturing techniques and drawing standards

latest technology trends

latest developments in design tools

Liaise with suppliers and other Ricardo departments to ensure the required information is available when needed and customer requests are dealt with in a timely manner

Liaise directly with the customer as required

Follows departmental processes relating to management of designs (MDP)

Ensures design files and documentation are kept up to date, and stored in accordance with department procedures

Take responsibility for coaching and mentoring design engineer’s in design techniques and departmental processes

Identify any personal or mechanical design training needs to the engineering manager and help locate suitable courses

Regularly review departmental design processes and identify any updates required

Responsible for at least 2 sub-ordinates, guide their career path and carry out PDR’s if required by the engineering manager

Identify opportunities to innovate and suggest R&D topics for further study

Promote best practice use of Windchill and contribute to its development


Degree (Bachelor or Masters) in mechanical engineering or similar field or with equivalent experience


4 years minimum, typically 5+ years of experience as a Design Engineer

Broad range of mechanical design knowledge preferably with experience in one of the following areas: Engines, Transmission, Vehicle, Hybrids

3D CAD skills with two or more major CAD systems (e,g CREO, CATIA, NX)

Competent user of Windchill PLM System

Familiarity of technical specifications

Leadership of small design teams (2 min)

Ability to understand and produce technical drawings to high standard with GD&T competency

Able to produce designs to specified deadlines and achieves required timescales

Sets an example to other design engineers in the team on best practice performance

Confident proactive character, ability to take the lead in challenging situations

Good communication skills, dealing with other employees, external clients & suppliers

Additional Requirements

Able to communicate effectively in English at all levels


Team player

Effective problem solving capabilities

Committed to undertaking professional development

Ability to work to tight deadlines

Ability to work with minimum supervision

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