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Lead Mechanical Specialist

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Ref no. BHN557016
Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Start date ASAP
Job type Permanent
Job status Closed

Job summary

Begin your career with Leonardo, working on the most exciting projects within Defence!

Key skills required for this role

Defence, Mechanical Engineering, Stress Engineering, Materials Science, FEM, DAOS, Systems, Electronics


Position subject to security clearance and proof of 5-year UK residency.

Job description

This role presents the opportunity for a suitably skilled individual to assist as a deputy to the Radar and Advanced Targeting authority, whilst acquiring the knowledge and experience to progress and become an approved signatory for structural integrity and a named individual on the UK Military Aviation Authority (MAA) Design Approved Organisation Scheme (DAOS).

Your role as a Lead Mechanical Specialist will be to support our design, develop and testing of our world leading radar and electro-optic products in attaining associated structural certification. You will be utilising state-of-the-art methods, technology and tools to explore all aspects of the development lifecycle, including stress and thermal analysis, requirements analysis, design, implementation, test, build and product support.

What you'll do as a Lead Mechanical Specialist:

  • Provide guidance and recommendations on the environmental requirements and testing to meet product Airworthiness/Structural Integrity release for a given application: experimental, development, series production etc.
  • Undertake independent reviews and guidance of evidence artefacts which support Airworthiness / Structural clearance approval including: Product Specifications, Mechanical Analysis Reports (Stress & Thermal), Qualification Test Procedures and Test Reports, Design Standards including Stress Critical Parts, ICDS, AEII, Operating & Maintenance Manuals, Compliance/Verification Matrix, Supplier Supporting Evidence and other artefacts.
  • Liaise with Mechanical Engineers and Stress Engineers in development of appropriate models and reports to the required standards for the application of use.
  • Adhere to standards for mechanical engineering best practice.
  • Support the mechanical management team in process and departmental improvement and development activities.

What we need from you:

  • You will hold a degree in a relevant discipline (for example Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science or Aeronautical Engineering) or demonstrate equivalent job related experience.
  • You will be a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Full Member of a recognised Engineering Institution (e.g. IMechE) or have the necessary competencies to obtain Chartered status with the IMechE.
  • Working knowledge on the application of Finite Element Modelling (FEM) and techniques. Working knowledge on the application of a wide range of classical hand calculation techniques for static and dynamic loading conditions, fatigue and fracture assessment (of land based and airborne equipment).
  • It would be desirable for you to have knowledge and experience in support of becoming a named individual on the UK Military Aviation Authority (MAA) Design Approved Organisation Scheme (DAOS).
  • Working knowledge on the use of a wide range of materials used for airborne structural applications.
  • An understanding of specifying loading environments (based on recognised military/civil standards) applicable to airborne equipment is required.
  • Experience and understanding of qualification testing of equipment in support of Airworthiness/Structural clearance approval (as part of Product Certification) is important.
  • Working knowledge of the Classification & Grading of Stress Critical/Aircraft Standard Parts to recognised military/civil standards is required.
  • Experience of undertaking independent reviews of Company Products.
  • You must be eligible for full security clearance.

Life at Leonardo

With a company funded benefits package, a commitment to learning and development, and a flexible
approach to working hours focused on the needs of both our employees and customers, a career with
Leonardo has never offered as many opportunities or been more accessible to as many people.

  • Flexible Working: Flexible hours with hybrid working options. For part time opportunities, please talk to us
  • Company funded flexible benefits: Access to private healthcare, dental schemes, Workplace ISA, Go Green Car Scheme, technology and lifestyle options (£500 annual allowance)
  • Holidays: 25 days plus bank holidays, option to buy/sell leave and to accrue up to 12 additional flexi leave days per year
  • Pension: Award winning pension scheme (up to 10% employer contribution)
  • Lifestyle: Discounted Gym membership, Cycle to work scheme
  • Referral Incentive: You can earn a reward for successfully referring a friend or family member
  • Bonus: Scheme in place for all employees at management level and below

For a full list of our Company benefits please visit our website.

Leonardo is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in Aerospace, Defence and Security. Headquartered in Italy, Leonardo has over 45,000 employees, of which 8,000 are based at 8 sites throughout the UK.

At Leonardo UK, we believe that a diverse and inclusive work environment unlocks our people's full potential and drives innovation and creativity. We work hard to offer a welcoming, accessible and inclusive place to work for all of our people, creating a culture where everyone can thrive, feel safe and have a sense of belonging and connection.

This is a great opportunity to bring your talents and form an integral part of Leonardo's future. We can help you develop your skills and offer great opportunities to develop and grow, so why not join us.

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