Lead Mechanical Engineer

dSb Recruitment Consultancy Ltd
13 Feb 2018
21 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Lead Mechanical (Design) Engineer

It’s more than a job. It’s an opportunity to develop talents and skills; to think laterally and challenge the status quo. The people who work here don’t just create products – they all contribute ideas and energy that inspire us to build better passenger experiences.

We have an entrepreneurial spirit which drives us to pursue our vision, supported by a dedicated team who share our belief - from designers and engineers, through to production, sales and support. Being courageous, helpful and ambitious enables us to take on challenges that other manufacturers simply won’t entertain and it’s those qualities we value and nurture in the people we work with

Purpose of the Lead Mechanical Design Engineer role

To lead a team of mechanical engineers and to be technically responsible for the products that you and your team are engineering
To coordinate and ensure that engineering tasks and projects adhere to programme timings and to the right quality
Provide technical guidance and co-ordination to the design team and to have technical sign off of engineering changes and design releases generated within your team
To utilise, maintain and to support the use and development of a PDM system to aid the control, release and output of engineering data
Support the Engineering Manager in the day to day running of your design engineering team
Carry out aircraft seating design, investigation and concept engineering work utilising Catia V5
Ensure that designs are carried out in accordance with the relevant EASA, FAA and Airframe Specifications
Ensure the design meets the aesthetic and technical ambitions of the customer
Be an effective communicator to ensure departmental requirements are met
To liaise direct with customers, OEM’s, Aircraft Manufacturers and Key suppliers.
Ensure Cost, weight and quality targets are monitored and achieved.
Coordinate and participate in prototype builds.
Manage DVP (design verification plan) to ensure all performance criteria are met to reduce warranty exposure.


Accountable for the safe and reliable design of an aircraft seat across multiple programmes, On Time In Full and Right First Time. Working with Engineering and Certification, ensure regulatory guidelines and requirements are met

Measurement Indicators

Meeting the customer brief in accordance with the programme delivery, weight, budget and available resource

Job responsibilities

Defining, driving, planning, monitoring and controlling the design engineering team output to ensure achievement of the defined schedule and specification
Lead and support direct reports with the design and development of the aircraft seat, including the checking of designs (including clash detection) and drawings (including tolerance stack assessment), raising and managing ECR’s, drawing sign off, ensuring accurate BOM output and authorising concessions.
Excellent communication, planning and organisation skills are a requirement.
Preparing for, managing and presenting internal and external engineering reviews on behalf of their team.
Leading problem solving activities.
To support the Engineering Manager in continuous improvement & best practice activities, including setting up systems, processes, tools to maximise the efficiency, quality of output and agility of the engineering team.
Perform design activities of structural components, including metal, plastics and composite using Catia V5. Will undertake design studies and progress their own work through to production. To perform fundamental engineering hand calculations (including stress and stiffness) to substantiate the design of the product.
Liaise with the Stress team to analyse and resolve structural performance concerns
Drive forward the development and certification of all seating products. Including formulating DVP’s in collaboration with the Project Engineering function.
Supporting the day to day supervision of direct reports. This to include: Supporting regular 1-2-1 meetings, team meetings, timesheet authorisation, holiday approval, sickness/absence meetings, goal and objective setting, personal development plans & appraisal reviews.
To also support the Engineering Manager with recruitment activities and IT requirements co-ordination activities for their direct reports.
To liaise with the customer and airframe manufacturer to ensure all design requirements are understood and agreed.
To ensure an agreed technical direction can be manufactured.
To liaise and develop relationships with key suppliers to successfully deliver technical solutions that adhere to our requirements, ensuring effective Design For Manufacture.
Will be appraised of the latest technology and manufacturing processes.
To liaise with all relevant Project Engineering and Certification teams to ensure all aspects of checking and approvals are met.
Managing multiple projects in parallel to support the business needs.

Experience required of the Lead Mechanical Design Engineer

Strong Mechanical or related Engineering degree
Experience of leading/managing/supervising a team of engineers and demonstrable experience of technical product ownership
Have extensive experience from an aviation, automotive or other fast paced engineering sector
Extensive experience of a mechanical engineering related field utilising CAD for product definition.
Must be capable of undertaking fundamental engineering hand calculations for example, stress analysis and reaction calculations
The ability to analyse problems and recommend a course of action
Sufficient exposure to the latest manufacturing techniques
Extensive 3D CAD capability and experience, preferably using Catia V5
Must be an excellent communicator both verbally and written
Must be capable of adapting to a fast and pressured environment
PC literate


SmarTeam or other PDM experience
Finite Element Analysis experience
Experience in working within an Aviation/Automotive seating sector
MS Project experience and capability
Experience of developing and implementing best practice methodologies

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