Principal Mechanical Engineer

Ref No. EMP460091
Salary £44,000 - £55,000/annum
Location Luton, England
Job type Permanent
Job Status Now Interviewing


Our leading air-defence customer in Bedfordshire have an opportunity for a Principal Mechanical Engineer with a mechanical design background to join their business.


Background in mechanical design within a highly regulated industry with experience leading teams and managing work packages

The Job

The successful candidate must be able to:

  • Perform mechanical design and development using 3D CAD software with a "Hands on" approach.
  • Provide team Leadership with effective communication.
  • Manage and Deliver innovative, optimised engineering solutions.
  • Manage own elements of the engineering work package.
  • Deliver design solutions against requirements, within budget and timescales.
  • Support visits and meetings at UK sites and suppliers when required.

Key Responsibility Areas:

  • Provide leadership and technical direction on critical business programmes to ensure delivery of mechanical engineering excellence.
  • Mechanical design and development using 3D CAD tools.
  • Work within the integrated project team providing accurate mechanical engineering output and providing technical information to ensure informed decision making.
  • Work in accordance with the mechanical design lifecycle.
  • Have experience and understanding of material selection both metallic and composite
  • Have experience and understanding of machining and manufacturing techniques and employment of them to achieve optimal DFx approaches.
  • Formulate prototype designs and produce physical representations.
  • Provide key support to critical technical problem investigations and deliver effective solutions.
  • Chair, support and facilitate reviews and sign off release of mechanical designs in accordance with business and industry standards.
  • Contribute towards continual improvement in product manufacturability through effective relationship building and design guidance / liaison with other engineering functions (systems, electrical, quality) and production to ensure product & customer requirements are fully satisfied.

Personal Attributes:

  • Confident in their subject and decisive in providing ideas and recommendations.
  • Supportive mentor - provide technical guidance/recommendations to problems/ projects and individuals.
  • Team working approach with a high degree of personal integrity.
  • Effective listener - understand others points of view.
  • Challenge ideas, proposed solutions and people in a constructive, positive manner.
  • Keen to mentor and develop others.
  • Business focused - "best" technical solution not always most appropriate for business.
  • Effective decision maker who can demonstrate empowerment and delegation.
  • Cost and schedule adherence.
  • Acts in the greater good of the business and others.
  • Ability to make effective trade-offs - cost, quality and schedule.


  • Engineering design and development - process of delivering products and associated key milestones.
  • Problem solving and simultaneous engineering - structured, logical approach to investigate issues and solve problems in an effective cross-function.


  • Mechanical Engineering industry trends - knowledge of new and advancing tools, techniques and technologies.
  • Experience with thermal management would be beneficial.
  • Knowledge and understanding of various additive manufacturing technologies.
  • Chartered Engineer registration with a recognised organisation IMechE / RAeS / IED / IET.

Required Knowledge:

  • Mechanical Engineering design and development - process of delivering products and associated key milestones.
  • Appreciation of Systems Engineering approach
  • Appreciation of Project Management Fundamentals.
  • Understanding of ERP, PLM and PDM systems (Teamcenter, Windchill and SAP experience would be beneficial).
  • Business awareness - understanding of fundamental business principles, drivers and key customers.
  • Preliminary (Sizing) Structural analyses, including modal (Hand calculations and FEA)

Additional Information:

  • The role may require some travel e.g. to visit suppliers or test facilities, this is unlikely to be a regular occurrence however may be necessary as and when business needs dictate.

Matchtech acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and employment business for the supply of temporary workers and is part of Gattaca Plc.

Gattaca Plc provides support services to Matchtech and may assist with processing your application.

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