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Senior Design Engineer - Powertrain

Job reference:
Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex
£35000.00 - £45000.00 per annum
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Role type:
Location: Shoreham-by-Sea
Salary Range: £33,000 - £45,000

As a Senior Design Engineer, you will be responsible for the design of a wide range of complex engine components from various sectors for example light duty gasoline to large gas engines.

The Senior Design Engineer will work closely with the Chief Designer or Lead Designer to take ownership of a particular engine system as identified by the Chief Designer or Engineering Manager.

Additionally, will assist the Engineering Manager in coaching other Design Engineers to develop design skills and work to the department processes.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The mechanical design of engine components through concept, definitive and detail design phases
  • To work on a variety of market sectors from automotive light duty engines to industrial large multi fuel engines
  • Carries out detailed mechanical design work including 3D modelling, basic stress calculations, FMEA's, 2D layouts, 2D detailing, Tolerance stacks as required. Agreeing the design approach with the project Chief or Lead Designer
  • Responsible for the system and component specifications and that your design meets the requirements
  • Responsible for preparing and presenting mechanical designs at design reviews
  • Ensures design files and documentation are kept up to date, and stored in accordance with department procedures
  • Highlights all mechanical technical risks to the chief designer or engineering manager
  • Liaise with suppliers and other Ricardo departments to ensure the required information is available when needed and customer requests are dealt with in a timely manner
  • Follows departmental processes relating to management of designs (MDP)
  • Responsible for the creation of 2D drawings to allow manufacture or purchase
  • Responsible for creation of assembly drawings and bill of materials
  • Responsible for the creation of component or system design plans
  • Responsible for carrying out design change requests as per process and in a timely manner
  • Ensures the fit and function of their responsible parts or system and their interaction with other systems
  • Work closely with manufacturing and process engineers to ensure products are designed for manufacture & assembly
  • Responsible for reporting progress of all assigned tasks to the project management teams, chief designer or engineering manager
  • Creation of technical reports and documentation as required for base engine engineering projects
  • Responsible for checking drawings and standard part libraries are up to date
  • Responsible for checking and validating design engineer's designs and drawings as required
  • Take responsibility for coaching and mentoring design engineer's in design techniques and departmental processes
  • Identify any personal or mechanical design training needs to the engineering manager and help locate suitable courses
  • Regularly review departmental design processes and identify any updates required
  • Responsible for CAD champion role if nominated by engineering manager
  • Responsible for at least 2 sub-ordinates, guide their career path and carry out PDR's if required by the engineering manager
  • Identify opportunities to innovate and suggest R&D topics for further study
  • Promote best practice use of Windchill and contribute to its development


  • Degree (Bachelor or Masters) in Mechanical Engineering or similar field or with equivalent experience


  • Proven Expertise as a Design Engineer
  • Broad range of engine design knowledge
  • 3D CAD skills with two or more major CAD systems (e,g CREO, CATIA, NX)
  • Competent user of Winchill PLM System
  • Familiarity of technical specifications
  • Leadership of small design teams
  • Ability to understand and produce technical drawings to high standard with GD&T competency
  • Able to produce designs to specified deadlines and achieves required timescales
  • Sets an example to other design engineers in the team on best practice performance
  • Confident proactive character, ability to take the lead in challenging situations
  • Good communication skills, dealing with other employees, external clients & suppliers
  • dditional Requirements
  • Effective problem solving capabilities
  • Committed to undertaking professional development
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision

If you are interested in this position, please apply now with an up to date CV. For more information, contact Lois Weston on 01384446119.