Principal Mechanical Engineer

45000.00 - 55000.00 GBP Annual + GBP45000 - GBP55000/annum
09 Aug 2017
06 Sep 2017
Job Type
Contract Type

To provide engineering discipline expertise across the product streams, in order to ensure successful delivery of robust, innovative products which meet our quality standards. Also to provide a disciplined consultancy and guidance to Engineering Managers and engineers across the product streams


*Drive best practice within the discipline and share across the company.
*Determine and take ownership of the mechanical strategy and best practices for the discipline to provide a world class development environment and approach.
*Champion innovation and facilitate the uptake of efficiency enablers as appropriate.
*Coach and mentor others within the discipline
oTools, techniques, standards, compliance, training, manufacturing techniques.
*Maintain and disseminate, as appropriate, knowledge of up-to-date discipline technology, development methodologies and regulatory requirements and their potential application to products and processes.
*Explore and champion ways of shortening development timescales, Lean Development and DfSS methodologies within an agile development environment.
*Collaborate closely with, and provide discipline guidance to, the Engineering Managers and Project managers to ensure design direction and quality is maintained with special reference to reliability, maintainability, safety standards.
*Champion and take ownership of rapid prototyping initiatives Identify and promote manufacturing technologies that deliver benefits to time to market, ease of build, cost and quality.
*Act as technical authority for the discipline.
*Provide individual contribution to projects based on expertise and specialism.
*Ensure development within the discipline complies with necessary regulatory standards, and develop world class process for the discipline.
*Participate in relevant Design Reviews across the product streams to monitor design quality and to have approval power for critical milestones.
*Collaborate with other Principal Engineers to provide a coherent overall product design strategy.
*Investigate, recommend and procure optimum tools and techniques needed to support the discipline.
*Co-ordinate with external suppliers to support the discipline. Liaise with suppliers in specifying special components as appropriate. Liaise with manufacturing, test and service groups to ensure that best practices are identified and observed.
*Assist in the recruitment process where appropriate, including selection and interviewing of new engineers.
*Assist with trouble shooting as required across the products streams, liaising with Engineering Managers, Principal Engineer, engineers and members of the Operations and Product Marketing teams.
*Ensure consistent principles, tools and practices are applied, where possible, across all the product streams.


*Reliable product design meeting regulatory guidelines.
*Innovative design solutions.
*Customer satisfaction.
*Ensure engineers within the discipline are working to common standards
*Promote Lean R&D.
*Shortened development life-cycles


*Conformance to process, standards, codes of practice for the discipline
*Approval of design reviews.
*Completion of own project activities.
*Good technical relationship with key suppliers.
*Writing accurate technical reports to communicate and maintain discipline knowledge.


Customer and Supplier Communication
*Contact with customers, subsidiaries and distributors will be necessary and encouraged from time to time.
*Establishing good relationships with suppliers in conjunction with our own purchasing group will be important, specifically on key components which determine the performance of our instruments.

Internal Communication
*Collaborate closely with and advise Engineering Managers and Project managers.
*Communicate regularly with Chief Engineers, Principal Engineers, Service, Scientists, Applications Specialists, Customers, Supply Chain and other members of the Operations and Product Marketing teams.


Office and NPI development Laboratory. Hazardous samples can be received so some basic chemical knowledge will be very useful, although full training and safety equipment including laboratory coats and other appropriate protection provided. Access to high performance electronic CAD systems, PCs, relevant software tools and good experimental facilities.


Entry Qualifications
*Degree level or equivalent experience in engineering based subject - ideally in the subject of the discipline
*Preferably with membership of appropriate professional institute (for example IMechE, IET etc.).
*Able to travel occasionally and work with teams across the globe.

Skills & Experience
*A high level of technical competency with at least 5 years' experience working at a senior level.
*Experience in incremental product development.
*Practitioner of Lean R&D processes and tools such as DfSS and Scrum
*Good influencing skills with highly adaptable leadership skills.
*Significant experience gained in an instrument development environment or similar industry.
*CAE experience.
*Able to make sound judgement on the appropriate balance between time, cost and quality.
*Able to present complex arguments in both written and oral form.
*Innovative; able to create and develop new ideas.
*Strong communication skills.
*Working within ISO9001 process.

*Knowledge of techniques of Design for Manufacture and concurrent engineering.
*High-technology/engineering background
*Knowledge and experience in the use of additive manufacturing for development and manufacture.
*Knowledge of CFD, FEA, 3D and 2D CAD.
*Clear knowledge and experience of the mechanical design process.
*Knowledge of global standards and materials specification for product design and manufacture.

*Post-graduate qualification.
*CAD-CAM experience.
*Hands-on manufacturing experience

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