Mechanical Design Engineer

Location: Woking, GB

Job Title:                            Mechanical Design Engineer

Department:                      High Performance Components

Reporting to:                     Engineering Manager - HPC                              

Date of preparation:          28 June 2021     



Working within a multidisciplinary team as a mechanical engineer, you will be responsible for the mechanical design of a range of high-performance components. This will include products such as sensors, alternators and electronics enclosures, designed primarily for the motorsport market.

By applying our expertise, we deliver real benefits and pioneer a better future.

Purpose of the Role

Deliver innovative breakthroughs in performance through the application of advanced technology, design and data-led mechanical engineering.

Principle Accountabilities

  • Design and engineer high-performance products and components using a data-led approach.
  • Provide technical design input across a portfolio of projects assigned to the role.
  • Confidently analyse and overcome mechanical engineering design problems with feasible and innovative solutions.
  • Operate within a multi-disciplinary team, in a range of industries outside of familiar areas of expertise.
  • Support project planning, budget estimates and pre-sales bid activities, taking an active role in customer technical discussions.
  • Plan, manage and account for your time. Anticipate any issues which might affect delivery progress and proactively address these, escalating for support if required.
  • Communicate with clarity with key stakeholders at all levels of our business, customer organisations and supply partners.
    • Share and articulate complex mechanical designs and concepts with peers and non-engineering colleagues, such that others can easily understand, build and evolve your ideas collaboratively.
    • Write project proposals, technical requirements and specifications, and other documentation to a high standard.
    • Produce and confidently deliver impactful engineering presentations to internal and external audiences.
  • Drive your career development proactively as part of a structured appraisal and feedback process. Identify and undertake learning and development opportunities and actively manage a continuous professional development plan.
  • Provide input into team strategy discussions, taking a shared responsibility for the team’s growth, capability development, and external image. Help to continually improve our team’s processes and enhancements to our toolsets.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • BEng or MEng Mechanical Engineering degree, equivalent technical degree.
  • Engineering understanding of all stages of a product’s design lifecycle, from initial project scoping with external customers through to prototyping designs ready for manufacture.
  • Excellent mechanical engineering foundation, with the ability to solve problems from first principles and hand calculations.
  • An understanding of electronics principles and components is desirable, including any motorsport domain knowledge to help develop technologies for engine and chassis applications.
  • Understanding of FEA and CFD theory for mechanical design, ideally using analysis tools to solve engineering problems.
  • Proficient with parametric 3D CAD modelling tools for both solid and surface modelling.
  • Familiar with applying drawing standards to create detailed part and assembly 2D drawings.
  • Competent at collecting and interpreting complex physical test data to quickly inform engineering decisions and design directions.
  • Knowledge of commonly used metallic, plastic and composite engineering materials. Experience of making material selections balancing competing factors such as cost, manufacturing constraints, design intent and aesthetics.
  • Experience of applying Design for Manufacture principles.
  • Appreciation of company brand value and consistently working to high design standards.

Values and Behaviours

  • Ownership and responsibility for delivery. Self-starter, accustomed to working independently with minimal guidance.
  • Openness of communication, sharing issues and concerns and unafraid to propose novel solutions.
  • Bravery in the development of new ideas, leading the way for others to follow. Comfortable with multi-tasking and adapting to changing project requirements.
  • Ingenuity to solve difficult engineering problems, valuing attention to detail and balancing viability, desirability, and feasibility.
  • Humility when achieving great delivery outcomes, acting as a mentor and role model for colleagues within the business and wider group.



All employees must ensure compliance with the Company Health and Safety Policy, and all relevant other statutory Health and Safety legislation.

This job description may not detail some less major duties allocated to the post holder, nor cover duties of a similar nature, commensurate with the role, which may from time to time be reasonably required by the relevant manager.

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