Paul specialises in sourcing product development professionals within all areas of the transportation and scientific sectors and excels at identifying high-value candidates at all stages of their careers.
He has a PhD in Electric Drives for Aerospace Applications, 11 years’ experience working on high profile automotive and motorsport projects, with a notable specialism in high performance electric machines.
Paul is also a former organising committee member of the UK Magnetics Society. Paul utilises his wealth of industry experience to source hard-to-find individuals who possess the technical skills, experience and personal attributes required for specialist product development roles.
Having worked himself in fast-moving product development environments; Paul appreciates the challenges involved in sourcing the best talent and the importance of skills, experience and personality in finding the best fit for a team.
Paul’s informed and approachable style allows him to develop long-term relationships and truly understand and deliver to his client needs.
Electrified and Conventional Drivetrains
Power Electronics, Electric Machines and Drives
Transmission systems and controls engineering.
Advanced materials and manufacturing techniques.
Academic based science and engineering research institutions.
Senior Research Scientist – Fluid Treatment – Wiltshire - £ Highly Competitive DOE Our client is a high-profile technology and product leader and is now seeking a Senior Research Scientist to enable the delivery of novel fluid treatment technologies from concept to integrated solutions. Working within a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers, you will apply your broad expertise to deliver research that impacts and creates new life-enhancing products. As Senior Research Scientist – Fluid Treatment – You will be required to Research and develop new technology solutions to drive new products in gas and water treatment. Lead collaborative project teams with peers across technology departments to deliver research projects that align with the product development strategy Propose, research and develop new technology solutions in gas and water purification to drive new products Deliver specialist knowledge to the senior management team in research and project reviews Problem solving at technology and product levels through rigorous scientific work Optimize fluid treatment technology to deliver improved performance at lower cost in products Develop test and analysis capability to the highest standard to enhance the ability to evaluate gas and water treatment technologies Present results to peers and senior colleagues to inform the technology development direction. Collaborate with peers across departments to ensure that research aligns with product development strategy As Senior Research Scientist – Fluid Treatment – You will be Qualified in Chemistry or Physical Science to at least degree level Have prior experience of cross-discipline research projects involving multiple collaborators, desirably in the chemical or related industry Have significant experience in catalysis, filtration or purification technology. Be able to demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate complex ideas and concepts Suitably qualified and experienced candidates should apply today by contacting Paul Robson at Jonathan Lee Recruitment +44(0)1384 446146 or by emailing their CV and covering letter to email@example.com. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.Permanent / Swindon
Test Technician – Advanced Engineering - Milton Keynes - £ Competitive DOE Our client is a highly regarded engineering consultancy, that has pioneered the application of high performance electric drives across a range of high technology sectors, notably in the automotive and motorsport arena. They are now expanding their Test teams and require a Test Technician to support class-leading development work. This role would particularly suit someone early in their engineering career, who would have an excellent opportunity to grow and progress through the company. As Test Technician – You will be required to Carry out component testing duties using a variety of test equipment, including dynamometers Installation and removal of unit under test components. Liaise with members of in-house and customer staff in a professional manner. Prepare test reports for in-house Engineering and/or Customer staff. Present test data to in-house and/or Customer staff. Carry out maintenance duties as required on test equipment Assist with equipment calibration as and when required. Performs any other tasks that are reasonably assigned to you by your line manager, including development activities, which are within your capability and grade As Test Technician – You will have The ability to deliver high quality work with minimum supervision. Clear communication skills. Good punctuality and time management skills. Exhibit good planning and organisational skills. The ability to operate in a team environment and maintain a professional relationship with work colleagues and customers at all times. Suitably qualified candidates should apply today by contacting Paul Robson at Jonathan Lee Recruitment +44(0)1384 446146 or by emailing their CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.Permanent / Milton Keynes
Business Development Manager - Innovation Technology - Coventry - £ Competitive DOE This is an exceptional opportunity to support a global centre of engineering innovation. As Business Development Manager you will work within a technical / R&D capacity, to identify and secure business opportunities for a multi-million pound research centre of excellence. You will also contribute to a major national initiative supporting the evolution towards a greener economy. This is a technical business development position, and you will need to understand and communicate potential business / research proposals across a wide range of technical specialities and areas. You will have a high proficiency in engineering and be educated in an relevant technical discipline. You will be a confident and enthusiastic individual with a demonstrable track record of successful experience of commercial management and, achievement of challenging revenue targets. You will be able to demonstrate success in the securing of significant new business, together with the ability to establish personal credibility with a broad range of management and technical practitioners. As Business Development Manager- Innovation Technology – you will be required to Develop new partner relationships from first contact, contacting senior managers as potential partners; create new business opportunities and identify potential new growth areas, as well as augmenting existing relationships, in order to deliver commercial income targets. Identify and develop new relationships and information sources from a wide network in order to maintain awareness of industry, market developments and stimulate growth. Follow up leads and build solid relationships with senior colleagues to assess the strategic value of leads, creating suitable proposals and value proposition for potential partners. Understand the funding landscape in order to help generate potential R&D proposals and partners within the research areas of key partners, disseminating funding information internally and externally where appropriate. Manage key relationships and communications, including proposal writing, with current and potential clients, and to project manage opportunities to achieve their timely and successful completion as proposals. Oversee selected strategic projects through launch until a project manager is assigned, including chairing of initial project meetings, maintaining a good working relationship with external partners and ensuring that project activities get off to a good start with respect to time, cost and quality objectives. To identify and support marketing and promotional activities, aimed at increasing greater interaction between academic research leads and industry. You will assist with and attend & help set up external events such as conferences / networking events / workshops to generate new leads and add commercial value. As Business Development Manager – Innovation Technology – you will Be educated to Degree level 2.1 or equivalent in an engineering discipline Have a demonstrable track record of successful experience of commercial management and achievement of challenging revenue targets. Have demonstrable success in the securing of significant new business Be able to establish personal credibility with a broad range of management practitioners, including directors, budget holders and programme participants with major corporate organisations. Proven skills in negotiation and influencing, including the ability to direct resources appropriately to pursue new bids or opportunities. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to respond effectively to work pressure, tight deadlines, and the ability to adapt to change. Suitably qualified and experienced candidates should apply today by contacting Paul Robson at Jonathan Lee Recruitment +44(0)1384 446146 or by emailing their CV and covering letter to email@example.com. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.Permanent / Coventry
Lead Control Electronics Design Engineer – Nuneaton - £ Highly Competitive DOE A Lead Control Electronics Design Engineer is required for a high-technology consultancy. Based in an innovative, supportive and quality driven environment, you will work with prestige and high-profile clients on cutting-edge automotive and off-highway products. You will be involved in all stages of the life cycle of inverters for electrified drivetrains, from the architecture to the production, through the design and the validation. You will be at the forefront to support the various production lines, around the globe. You will be part of a team involving experts from all fields, and will need to be imaginative and creative in order to ensure the efficiency and the quality of a diverse range of electrification projects. As Lead Control Electronics Design Engineer – you will be required to Lead the definition and development of digital and analogue electronic circuits with microcontrollers in accordance with the principles of functional safety according to ISO26262; Produce and review failure and fit calculation (FMEDA) Lead functional safety design reviews and produce safety related documentation; Planning and monitoring of design activities for a given product, from architecture to production; Develop and design electronic circuits that comply with electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) standards; Support the development of analogue and digital printed circuits considering thermal constraints and signal integrity; Supervise the work of technicians and assemblers when required; Lead design reviews of printed circuits and complete products; Responsible for the design activities and deliverables for a given electronic product, from architecture to production; Represent the company as a technical expert when meeting with customers ; Propose, improve and maintain the processes of design, documentation and release of PCBs; Lead the development of technical reports; Leading the problem solving exercises of quality concerns; Contribute to the research and development of new technologies for electronic products. Manage and liaise with external service providers and other electrification tech centres As Lead Control Electronics Design Engineer – you will have Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or other equivalent field, master of science preferred ; Extensive experience in electronic design (digital and analogue, DSP) Experience in the automotive industry, an asset; Experience in team and personnel management, an asset; Knowledge of Altium Designer , an asset; Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams and in complex, matrix-structured organizations; Be innovative with a positive, can-do mindset and attitude; Confident communicator who can build rapport quickly and influence at all levels; Sound analytical and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize effectively; What you will get: A competitive salary and benefits package, whilst working on exciting and dynamic projects. The opportunity to influence some of the most ground-breaking vehicles in the automotive arena today. Suitably qualified and experienced Control Electronics Engineers should apply today by contacting Paul Robson at Jonathan Lee Recruitment +44(0)1384 446146 or by emailing their CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.Permanent / Lindley
Electrical HV Systems Engineer– Automotive – Midlands - £ Competitive + Excellent benefits Our client is an engineering company that specialises in electric and hybrid vehicle systems and integration. They provide engineering services and parts to support both prototype and production vehicle programmes at all stages of development including feasibility studies, design, integration and testing. We are seeking an HV systems engineer with a passion for EV and hybrid technologies. You will provide rapid solutions for prototyping electrical systems for new future vehicle concepts, demonstrators, show vehicles and road vehicles. As Electrical HV Systems Engineer – Automotive you will Work directly with our customers and suppliers to develop High Voltage (HV) systems in a range of different applications. The role will encompass system specification, detailed design, integration and validation testing for a range of customers in different industries and of different sizes. Manage requirements and decompose from vehicle to system to component level. Guide simulation team on analyses required and evaluate simulation outputs. Manage technical projects, including supplier & customer communication and electrical safety, Component and system level testing – Producing test rigs, performing tests and analyzing test results. As Electrical HV Systems Engineer – Automotive you will have A Degree and minimum 3 years of experience in Automotive Powertrain / High Voltage system engineering. Sound engineering understanding and capability to apply basic scientific principles to real-world applications. Solid understanding of mechanical, electrical, thermal engineering. Familiarity with automotive industry processes, methods and standards. Familiarity with regulations and safety protocols pertaining to High Voltage systems. Familiarity with Electric Vehicle thermal management concepts. Working knowledge of Lithium-Ion batteries and their implications on system operation.. Familiarity with network protocols for automotive applications – CAN, LIN, FlexRay. Effective root cause analysis and ensure permanent corrective actions are implemented for quality issues. Suitably qualified and experienced Electrical Systems Engineers should apply today by contacting Paul Robson at Jonathan Lee Recruitment +44(0)1384 446146 or by emailing their CV and covering letter to email@example.com. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.Permanent / Warwickshire
Principal Engineer – Development and Test – Warwick - £ Exceptional DOE A Principal Engineer – Development and Test is required for a highly respected and innovative engineering consultancy. Operating in a variety of sectors including automotive, off-highway, aerospace and marine. Our client uses expert knowledge to provide a full product engineering and development service. You will act as the technical leader of major mechanical and cross functional powertrain projects. Achieving this through accurate resource planning, risk management and combining the expert knowledge from within the development & test function and other areas of the company. As Principal Engineer – Development and Test - you will be required to Actively manage the test and development engineering team, ensuring efficient use of manpower and facilities. Generate and approve test schedules and DVP for customer and internal projects. Be accountable for mechanical test and development activity on component, subsystem and system test rigs and vehicles Contribute to the development of necessary tools and quality processes to support a growing business. Support, coach and mentor engineers working on interesting and challenging projects for a wide variety of customers. Work with customers to understand market needs and develop technical relationships. Manage and oversee project reports for financial, timing and resources while reporting to senior management. Planning and requesting resources required to deliver projects under your responsibility. Ensure test techniques and instrumentation employed are appropriate and efficient to the task at hand. Contribute to the technical strategy of the company by identifying key research and development projects Develop business proposals and deliver technical papers, white papers and press releases regarding the company’s progress in your field As Principal Engineer – Development and Test you will have Extensive experience of managing engineering teams. Extensive experience of automotive powertrain development including both rig & vehicle-based test programmes as well as specification and use of instrumentation & PC based data acquisition systems. Excellent understanding of automotive transmission test techniques, instrumentation and automotive electronics Programming knowledge – Simulink, Visual Basic, Labview Comprehensive understanding of instrumentation and automotive electronics Experience with engineering tools such as Matlab, Labview, DIAdem CAN bus knowledge and related software (Vector CANape, ETAS INCA) Experience testing transmissions and drivelines – component, subsystem and assembly What you will get: An exceptional salary and benefits package, whilst working on exciting and dynamic projects in a fantastic facility. Suitably qualified and experienced Development and Test Engineer should apply today by contacting Paul Robson at Jonathan Lee Recruitment +44(0)1384 446146 or by emailing their CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.Permanent / Leamington Spa
Chief Engineer – Electrical and Electronics – Warwick - £ Highly Competitive DOE A Chief Engineer – Electrical and Electronics is required for a global engineering company developing new electric vehicles. From concept to series-development, the successful candidate will be accountable for technical excellence and delivery for Electrical & Electronic Domains across the BEV vehicle programs. As Chief Engineer – Electrical and Electronics – you will be required to Technically own Electrical Systems and development areas (Vehicle Electronics, Body Electronics, chassis electronics, EDS CAD design, system integration and Test and Validation). Hold responsibility for all technical aspects on the project and ensure the team delivers robust fault free designs. You will provide leadership and coordination within the Electrical Systems engineering field, and managing direct reports, planning projects and reporting on progress. Ensure on time delivery and working to the highest standards possible. This will involve working across technical specialisms, adopting new processes and acting as the main point of contact for your specialist area. Be accountable for Technical Specification, FMEA, DVP, Vehicle / System level test specs Accountable for delivery of products to meet Budgets & Expenditure, Timing & Gateway Delivery. Manage Vehicle build & development support. Govern Supplier liaison & management. Approve BOM definition, tracking and management to include leading cost & weight reduction initiatives to deliver targets. Accountable for planning, monitoring and execution of project activities to ensure project delivery in gateway deliverables. Liaise daily with the Electrical Systems Managers and project chief engineers, support the design and development of the Systems to ensure optimised vehicle performance contributing to the delivery of key vehicle attributes. Manage supply chain activities in association with function group buyers, SQA and logistics to ensure supplier nomination and delivery of components and systems on schedule for all phases of prototype, pilot, pre-production and production build. Ensure manufacturability and compliance with quality standards of all components and systems within the defined BOM. Set targets and deliver objectives to grow & achieve recognised technical excellence in your domain. As Chief Engineer – Electrical and Electronics – you will have Expert Engineering knowledge of different vehicle subsystems such as Chassis, Body, Security, Infotainment, Diagnostics, Electrical systems ECUs(s), On Vehicle EE systems (Infotainment, Driver Assist, etc.) design, performance, production & manufacturing requirements. Proven technical project management & leadership capability demonstrated by recent delivery on time & budget. Experienced in Automotive development processes and demonstrable experience of system release responsibility from concept to manufacture. Knowledge of complex Bills of Materials (BoM). Excellent communications and organisational skills, with a demonstrated ability to communicate at all levels cross culturally. Proven track record of component & system engineering (experience with the detailed systems above preferred). Excellent technical knowledge & experience of Electrical component & system specification, design, test & production. Experienced in OEM or tier one component delivery. Demonstrate experience of component & system design within an APQP or similar framework including robust engineering, FMEA, component planning and PPAP. Experience of prototype vehicle build up and managing issue resolution. Significant experience in use of engineering tools FMEA, DFM, DFA, Six Sigma, problem resolution etc. Degree in Electrical Engineering discipline or equivalent experience. What you will get: A competitive salary and benefits package, whilst working on exciting and dynamic projects. The opportunity to lead a fantastic team, delivering high-profile BEVs from concept to series-development. Suitably qualified and experienced Electrical and Electronics Engineers should apply today by contacting Paul Robson at Jonathan Lee Recruitment +44(0)1384 446146 or by emailing their CV and covering letter to email@example.com. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.Permanent / Warwick
Software Engineer – Automotive Systems – Lichfield - £ Competitive + Excellent benefits A Software Developer is required for a flourishing department at the forefront of automotive design and development. The successful candidate will contribute to the engineering of high performance embedded systems for innovative applications including sports cars and special-purpose vehicles. As Software Engineer – Automotive Systems you will Produce embedded software for 8-, 16- and 32-bit microcontrollers using established company design practices and software life-cycles in line with the ISO2001:2008 quality system and high integrity design standards. Interpret system requirements, in collaboration with systems and hardware engineers, to generate software requirements. Implement code using C/C++ programming languages, assembly language and automatic code generation from modelled environments. Generation and execution of test plans and reports at all levels of the “V” life cycle, including unit/structural tests, integration tests and verification/validation tests. Generation and formal review of technical documentation and artefacts from the design process. As Software Engineer – Automotive Systems you will have A Degree in an appropriate science or engineering discipline. Proven experience in a similar role within an embedded system product development environment. Experience of programming using C, C++, C# and assembly languages. Experience using configuration management tools e.g. MKS; Experience with software analysis methodologies and tools e.g. UML, Rhapsody; Experience of current ADAS applications and ADAS sensor technology is highly desirable. Good test and analysis skills and a high level of proficiency at written and verbal communication. A team player with the ability to work unsupervised and capable of contributing to multiple activities simultaneously. Suitably qualified and experienced Software Engineers should apply today by contacting Paul Robson at Jonathan Lee Recruitment +44(0)1384 446146 or by emailing their CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.Permanent / Lichfield
Senior Applications Engineer – Power Electronic Devices - Cambridge - £ Exceptional DOE A Senior Applications Engineer is required for a highly respected technology start-up. Your focus will be to introduce game-changing GaN technology into a range of products. You will help drive the technology into various sectors, maximising the performance advantages and identifying opportunities. Your activities will have a particular focus on making the world a greener and more energy-efficient place. You will report directly to the Director of Applications Engineering, and work in close collaboration with sales, business development, marketing, system engineering and product development as well as with our regional teams. As Senior Applications Engineer – Power Electronic Devices you will be required to: Lead the development of high performance and/or high-density power converter demonstrators and reference boards with HV and LV GaN products for consumer, industrial and automotive applications Understand customers´ platforms, their trends and how our GaN devices will help them achieve their system goals Provide outstanding technical application support to our customers, offering a real hands-on approach to the development of bespoke hardware, reference design development and novel feature validation Perform benchmarking & competitor analysis, working closely with world-class device designers to ensure the company maintains competitive advantage. Provide technical application training to internal teams, external partners and customers Spread the word by creating high quality application notes, white papers, design guides and other technical documents Provide a significant contribution to the product roadmap development and how to support this from an Application Engineering perspective. As Senior Applications Engineer – Power Electronic Devices, you will have Significant experience in the field of systems engineering, field application engineering, applications engineering, or technical marketing A degree in Electrical Engineering or in a similar technical subject Experience in power electronics, switch mode power supplies, PCB layout, PCB prototyping, control techniques and EMI management Experience with Electronics circuit simulation software Basic knowledge of wide bandgap semiconductors. Experience on GaN-based applications is desirable. Experience in measuring/characterising devices and AC/DC or DC/DC converters Hands-on ‘in-lab’ measurement experience Experience working with customers directly, willing to travel and be on-site if needed A high level of self-motivation with a result-oriented approach Excellent communication skills and motivation to collaborate with multiple stakeholders Good understanding of how to prioritise, work to challenging timescales and deliver on time. Suitably qualified and experienced Power Electronic Engineers should apply today by contacting Paul Robson at Jonathan Lee Recruitment +44(0)1384 446146 or by emailing their CV and covering letter to email@example.com. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.Permanent / Cambridge
Picture the scene... On 23 June 1919, a committee of influential women sensed a new dawn. The First World War had ended, and significant steps had been taken towards women’s suffrage. The group, ranging from designers and munitions factory managers to wives of eminent engineers, rallied to found the Women’s Engineering Society (WES). One hundred years later the engineering industry is more diverse than ever before, but there is still much to be done to boost female uptake into industry. As we celebrate the centenary of the Women’s Engineering Society and International Women in Engineering Day on June 23, the fact that only 11% of the UK’s engineers are female, the lowest percentage of female engineering professional in Europe, is an unsettling statistic. This year’s theme #TransformTheFuture celebrates achievements of women in engineering and encourages young female talent to explore the exciting career opportunities available. From debates and competitions to networking breakfasts and open days, events are held across the UK all this week. Why are There so Few Female Engineers? During the 11 years’ I spent developing high performance systems within the automotive and motorsport industry, many of the superb engineers I had the pleasure to work alongside were female. They were rightfully recognised and many held high-flying roles. From the positive experiences I have had, it amazes me that as a nation we are still bottom of the league when it comes to inspiring the next generation of women to become engineers. It made me wonder, of the excellent female engineers I have worked with (or that I am now placing into engineering roles), what is it that inspired and encouraged them into their careers? And what might they think about women in engineering? Over the past few months I have been catching up with my network to see what they think, and it seems there are five common themes: 1. Be Inspired Having a close family member or friend that is in the engineering profession seems to have a lasting effect. As one of my contacts comments: “I decided to study engineering because my father is an engineer and I was very curious about his job and what he did. I didn't take inspiration from a female engineer, but I took it from my father.” 2. Challenge Yourself INDUSTRY 4.0 - WHERE DO I START? Becoming an engineer can be a long and challenging process, with continued personal development essential to keep abreast of the latest technological advancements. I have found that my contacts are always well-driven and passionate about engineering and it continues to challenge them – this trait is evident from the very start: “I saw engineering as a challenge, because the engineering university in the region where I was born, is one of the most difficult to enter. This was for me a challenge in itself!” 3. Love for Solving a Problem Following from the previous point, as well as being highly motivated, the intrinsic challenge and reward from being able to solve a problem is another re-occurring theme, as one of my network explains: “I love engineering: the opportunity to reason and find the best solution… is not a thing that all the university courses or careers teach us.” 4. Changing Perceptions It seems that the stereotype of engineering being dirty and manual is still prevalent, and this can be an off-putting factor for both genders. What is interesting is that there is much evidence that Gen Y desire to have digital/technical (23%) and IT/computing (22%) jobs, yet just 6% of young people are even considering a career in manufacturing according to the 2018 Barclays report; 'A New Image for Manufacturing'. As one female engineer describes: “I think that even today there are some barriers between the women and engineering, maybe because the people think that the engineering is ‘a job for men.’” 5. Creativity and Self-Belief While the image of engineering may need addressing, perhaps young women are not told how traits such as creativity, teamwork and communication are just as critical: “Sometimes it is easier to find men with a passion for engineering, but this doesn't mean that we (women) are not as good as them, so I would like to say to the other engineer women: Don't be scared and believe in yourselves, because sometimes the engineering needs a woman’s insight and creativity!" For more information about National Women in Engineering Day 2018 visit inwed.org.uk. Thanks to the ladies who contributed to this blog post.Paul Robson
I am always eager to learn about the latest innovations in the powertrain industry and last week I was delighted to attend the Future Powertrain Conference (#FPC2019). The Future Powertrain Conference (FPC2019), an annual two-day UK event, brings together industry and academic experts within the powertrain research and development fields. During the event attendees are encouraged to debate the challenges faced by the engineering industry in the UK and internationally over the next ten years. With multiple pressures to meet ever tighter global emission regulations, the need to develop and implement new technology is increasing. To help strengthen the UK’s engineering community and to meet this challenge, FPC2019 helps bridge the gap between scientists and engineers from the UK’s leading academic institutions and industry. The conference was well-attended and well-organised, with presentations, seminars and discussions being led by a number of key industry figures including: exhibitor highlights Continental Engineering Services, CES, (Zytek) It was great to catch up with CES and hear about their electrification products, which are becoming smaller, higher-performing and more integrated. The Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS), Bath University The university’s IAAPS will open in 2020. The industry focused R&I hub will support and accelerate the development of future generations of ultra-low and zero emission vehicles, through state-of-the-art test and research facilities. seminar HIGHLIGHTS Power Electronics & Electrical Machines Dr. Malte Jaensch, Head of Electric Drivetrain at Porsche Engineering Seminar: “Cooling Concepts of High-Power Electric Machines” Andy Birnie Systems & Applications Manager, Automotive Microcontrollers at NXP Seminar: “Electrification Drives New Demand in Microcontrollers” From attending these seminars, it is clear that in all areas electric powertrain technology is being scaled up for higher volume production. In addition, increased performance is being achieved in higher power density packages with many novel system architectures being on show. Throughout the day I was able to catch up with key clients and it was really promising to hear about all their ambitious growth plans for the next 18 months. There are certainly some exciting and significant new collaborations within the industry. The powertrain industry is a fast-moving technology sector with electrification continuing to be at the top of the agenda. In addition, the topic of connected and autonomous vehicles has the potential to revolutionise the entire automotive industry, which will obviously affect the drive cycles of powertrains. The skills shortage remains a significant challenge to growth for many of the attendees’ and it is critical that employers consider how to maximise employee skills and potential. electrified powertrain engineering experts Jonathan Lee Recruitment specialises in supplying the increasing range of skills required to deliver the future of electrification. Including Embedded Software, Functional Safety, Specialist Transmission Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Engineers. get in touch If you would like to discuss how I can put you in touch with some highly skilled and sought-after Powertrain Engineers call me on 01384 446146 or email me. looking for your next challenge? We have specialist powertrain engineering vacancies for highly-skilled, versatile and enthusiastic individuals. Browse the latest jobs here.Paul Robson