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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer role

Job title: Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Team: Engineering & Technical Team

Reports to: Engineering Manager

Line manages: No line management responsibility

Location: Bristol & Bath Science Park

Salary: Up to £52,000 depending on experience

Full time

What’s involved?

The IAAPS facility is an 11,000 sqm world-class, purpose-built facility, encompassing state of the art research cells, collaboration space and offices. The exceptional quality of the work we do at IAAPS, and the service we provide to all our stakeholders, is part of who we are; there’s no room for ‘good enough’. This is a unique opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues across teams to ensure we can provide the most reliable testing environments to deliver on our customer needs. This role will be responsible for all aspects of mechanical design covering test piece installations and unique test rig design. This will draw on candidates own experience and capabilities as well as overseeing / supporting other Engineers also engaged in design activities.

The role will involve:

  • Building effective cross functional relationships to achieve a high-performance team environment.

  • Working closely with project partners and both internal and external collaborators to understand and document their requirements.

  • Ownership of test rigs, UUT installations and fixture design for new and existing facilities. Carrying out appropriate calculations to ensure robustness of design.

  • CAD design of rig fixtures and components, producing drawings for either internal or external manufacture.

  • Specifying or sourcing rigs, parts and fixtures, and carrying out appropriate analysis. Liaising with equipment suppliers and producing budgetary cost estimates to support project

  • Ownership of the design process, from diagnosis of need to sign off and any subsequent modification or upgrade. Responsible for approval of all drawings produced by the Engineering team ensuring best practice is applied across the group.

  • Ensure a consistent standard across all IAAPS design activities

  • Recommend and implement a design structure to deliver long term flexibility and ensure data quality. Working with our Engineers and Customers you must ensure that the IAAPS rig
    hardware is able to provide the most flexible and wide-reaching testing environments to deliver on our stakeholder needs.

  • Set up and maintain a comprehensive management structure, ensuring all systems are fully documented and traceable, this will include release control and all necessary requirements
    such as configuration “meta data”, specifications, calculations etc.

  • Working with the Q, H&S Manager to ensuring rigs and fixtures are safe to operate and comply with appropriate legislative requirements (e.g. Machine Directive, LOLER, PSSR & appropriate ISO standard), carrying out preliminary risk assessments and producing recommendations.

  • Working with the IAAPS team, and within existing processes, to source suppliers and manage procurement activities within specified budgets.

  • Collaborating with colleagues to identify project research objectives, and the skills and tools required to meet those objectives.

  • Playing a key role in leading technical discussions and decisions on projects.

What do I need?

  • Engineering degree in a relevant subject, typically Mechanical/Electrical/Automotive/Design/Manufacturing.

  • Significant technical experience within a mechanical design role in a research and development environment, ideally powertrain or rotating machinery.

  • Experience and knowledge of finite element analysis or experience in manual stress analysis.

  • Understanding and knowledge of industry best practice within design and testing; able to demonstrate a pragmatic approach to applying these principles within a start-up environment.

  • CAD skills; able to produce complex mechanical component and assembly drawings.

  • Previous experience of leading the resolution of business, technical and process issues within a project team environment would be desirable.

  • Strong communication and relationship-building skills; ability to adapt personal style to different audiences, influence and challenge effectively.

  • Proactive problem-solver; ability to analyse and assess information and situations, and present creative solutions to challenges.

  • Ability to proactively manage competing demands and deadlines; able to role model and support others to adapt to change.

Our values

We recognise that in order to bring together the best people to deliver IAAPS, building a culture that reflects our values is key. As a small collaborative team, everyone has a key role to play, and it is important to us that you are able to achieve your full potential when you join us.

Our ethos is collaborative and cross-disciplinary, creating an environment where creativity, curiosity and excellence can thrive and are recognised and rewarded. Our values define what’s important to us and how we work; they underpin how we attract and select people to join the IAAPS team and drive our investment in the experience we create for our employees – they define what it is like to work at IAAPS.

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