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Senior Design Engineer

We are looking to recruit an experienced Senior Design Engineer to complement our established Design and Manufacturing facility.  Reporting to the Design Team Leader, the successful candidate must have knowledge of modern manufacturing techniques, be used to working under pressure and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

The Role, Duties and Responsibilities:

  • As Senior Design Engineer you will be a technical authority and mentor
  • Produce 3D and 2D CAD of parts and assemblies using Catia V5
  • Reporting using FEA, FMEA, design calculations and part certification
  • Support manufacture of wind tunnel test subject components, sub-assemblies and associated rigs
  • Complete load and stress calculations leading to taking responsibility for part and material spec
  • Design for manufacture (inc. 5-axis machining, instrumentation and sensor requirements)
  • Contribute to and on occasion lead project launch, design review and project wash-up meetings
  • Identify and implement continuous improvement initiatives
  • Observe ARA Quality Standards and Health and Safety procedures
  • Regular communication with team members, suppliers, customers and other internal departments
  • Opportunity for career development


  • The individual must be highly technical
  • Demonstrable knowledge of GD&T, FEA, DFMEA and stress calculation
  • Able to work individually and as part of a team keeping projects within budget and to project schedule
  • Qualification in related Mechanical Engineering or technical discipline. Degree preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience
  • Highly CAD proficient
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, capable of supporting and developing less experienced engineers as well as supporting supervisors and line management
  • Ability to prioritise and work under pressure
  • Flexible to a changing work load
  • Problem solver able to develop and implement workaround solutions
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office software
  • Organised, self-starting and innovative in seeking improvement in both product and process
  • Committed to self-improvement and receptive to new ideas and ways of working


  • Aerospace or aerodynamic application experience
  • A R&D/testing background
  • Experience of project management tools and methodologies
  • Familiarity of 6 Sigma specifically experience of 5S and LEAN manufacturing principals
  • Knowledge of MRP systems
  • Knowledge of high speed aerodynamic testing
  • Catia V5


The successful candidate must satisfy security clearance requirements,
including the last 5 years continuous UK residency.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to be part of a successful
and professional team operating in a world-class facility.

To apply please send your CV with a covering letter giving your current salary/requirements and outlining your suitability for this role to:

001 recruitment email

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