Key responsibilities :
Take ownership, as a professional engineer, for the development of new and existing products to improve their performance, operating efficiency, ease of manufacture, total cost of ownership, new needs in the market, maintainability, reliability, control, packaging or environmental qualities, or to extend the product range.
Agree general approach, priorities and milestones with Product Manager. Plan and drive each task / project to complete to specification and on time.
Report to Head of Engineering regularly on progress for Design Review Meetings.
Design new products and product modifications using established engineering solutions and a knowledge of fundamental engineering principles.
Work with key suppliers to ensure that the best use is made of available technologies / components. Select components, taking into account their technical specification and the cost of ownership over the full product lifecycle.
Provide technical support for manufacturing, test and the operating companies. Establish a reputation for sound technical advice with the operating companies by working with them, from time to time, on their sites worldwide.
Work with specialist engineers who may be brought in to advise the Technical Team.
Ensure that product development and design work, including the selection / specification of components, meets Company engineering standards and good engineering practice.
Arrange for Manufacturing to carry out the product modification and monitor progress to meet deadline.
Design a test procedure, in conjunction with the Development Test Coordinator, to cover the full range of operating conditions, analyse results and carry out any further modifications required.
As a member of the team, contribute to the future development plans and strategy for existing products and potential new product ranges.
Prepare full records and documentation of product modifications and ensure that any work delegated elsewhere has been fully documented
Indicative performance measures :
Deliver projects to specification, on time and to budget
Deliver significant product improvements in line with business objectives
Rapid professional development to progress within the organisation
Positive impact on the drive and performance of the wider design team
Person Specification :
Education / Qualifications
A degree in Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent).
Professional skills / experience
Experience in a design / development role.
Understanding of Engineering processes and appreciation of the commercial constraints.
Systems thinker who can envisage how a particular modification will have knock-on effects throughout the product.
Ability to work effectively under pressure. Driven for results and sufficiently organised to be involved in a number of projects producing good quality work on time and within cost budget.
Breadth of vision to balance the needs of reliability, maintainability and efficient performance within the commercial and packaging constraints.
Ability to understand the needs of the end user.
Thorough attention to detail and high technical integrity.
Ability to quickly identify critical issues in a project. Ability to think ahead and to act on opportunities or problems.
Good diagnostic skills and problem solving abilities.
Personal skills / experience
Flexibility to deal with fluctuating workload and a wide variety of problems from several sources. Capable of multi tasking effectively.
Positive and enthusiastic attitude to engineering challenges, and flexibility to cope effectively with changes to specifications or priorities.
Willing to take ownership of work delegated to others while allowing them sufficient freedom of action to make a full contribution.
Team player who makes best use of the contributions that can be made by others, and has the ability to work constructively with others.
Initiative to add value to projects assigned and good communication skills.
Welcomes the opportunity to travel internationally to broaden experience and understanding.