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Materials Design and Test Principal Engineer - (00410)

  • Location: Cranfield
  • Salary: £28.05 - 28.05 per hour per hour
  • Job Type:Contract

Posted 25 days ago

  • Sector: Automotive
  • Function: Product design and development
  • Contact: Rachel Meacham
  • Contact Email:
  • Contact Phone: 01384 446112
  • Expiry Date: 22 October 2021
  • Job Ref: 59083

Materials Design and Test Principal Engineer (410)


PAYE £28.05 per hour (Inside IR35)

12 months assignment

Deliverables / KPIs / SLAs

  • Judge material performance against specification requirements and prepare approval report in the 'Development Report' system.
  • Conduct root cause analysis, coordinate testing and generate report for material / component concern investigations in the 'Materials Analysis Request' system.
  • Report progress and delivery of cost reduction ideas in the 'Cost Data Warehouse' system. Register new ideas for evaluation in the 'Innovation Bank' system.
  • Generate summary reports for NTC Japan R&T Job Request in the 'Development Report' system.
  • Prepare Technical Files to support supplier RFQ and sourcing activities.


  • Technical subject matter expert for adhesives, sealants and adhesive tapes.
  • Manage development of materials with global suppliers to satisfy company standards, manufacturing plant process requirements and project Quality, Cost and Delivery objectives.
  • Lead design reviews to identify potential risks of introducing material changes and develop validation test plans.
  • Project manage material testing, plant trials and overall approval activity with global suppliers and Nissan manufacturing plants (UK, Russia, South Africa) for new vehicle programmes.
  • Support validation of supplier Process & Facility Change Request (PFCR). Undertake audits of production process and quality assurance procedures with on-site checks at supplier manufacturing facilities.
  • Prepare RFQ Technical Files and coordinate testing and Nissan manufacturing plant validation trials for supplier / product changes proposed by the Purchasing department.
  • Undertake and coordinate material and component investigation for concerns experienced during development, manufacturing, assembly or in the market.
  • Support component design engineers with material selection and assist in defining required performance validation test programme.
  • Deliver cost reduction by identifying and promoting the use of alternative materials or production processes for in-house manufacturing plants and bought out component parts.
  • Undertake competitor benchmarking and material trend analysis.
  • Prepare CAPEX business plan justification and specification tender requirements for the purchase of laboratory test equipment.

Qualifications, Skills and Training Requirements

  • University-level degree (or equivalent) qualification in materials or engineering discipline, or relevant industry experience.
  • Ideally have experience working for an OEM or supplier in a design & development or manufacturing engineering role.
  • Knowledge on selecting and validating performance of adhesives, sealants, adhesive tapes and material joining methods in general.
  • Prior experience conducting and coordinating material laboratory tests according to company internal procedures or international standards, showing an effectiveness with data capture and reporting.
  • Methodical approach to technical problem solving and root cause investigation, with ability to proactively propose countermeasure solutions.
  • Able to work under pressure with minimal supervision and prioritise needs on multiple projects, while maintaining timely completion of defined tasks to deadlines.
  • Strong communication / presentation skills and effective interpersonal skills (collaborative, team player).
  • Able to work independently while being an integral part of a product development team.

There is an assumption that the candidate will have the following:

  • Communication language - English (Fluent)
  • Working knowledge and competent in using Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Valid UK / EU driving license
  • Able to travel on business trips outside UK for a period of several days.

To apply for this role please send your CV to

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 Contracts are those of an Employment Business.