• 13/1/22
  • Ref: J141292

Lead Design and Development Engineer

Aerospace & Defence

  • Location Icon England, Norwich
  • Salary Icon £55000 - £65000 per annum
  • Work Type Icon Permanent

Job Description

KDC are now recruiting for one of our busiest clients! Are you seeking new opportunities? Looking for a step up or a new challenge? Both a background and interest in Aircraft Seating? This could be the role you’ve been waiting for.
As our Lead D&D Engineer, you will be expected to lead a team of engineers, providing technical supervision, guidance, and coordination to efficiently deliver multiple engineering tasks, products, and projects, ensuring they adhere to required programme timings, specification, budget, product cost, weight, and quality.
Main Duties:
  • 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.
  • Preparing for, managing and presenting internal and external engineering reviews on behalf of their team. 
  • To support the Engineering management 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 Solidworks. 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.
  • To work with the Stress team to analyse and resolve structural performance concerns in order to achieve weight and durability targets.
  • Drive forward the development and certification of all seating products.  Including formulating DVP’s in collaboration with the Test and Certification function.
  • Deliver 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, performance discussions. 
Qualifications & Experience
  • Strong Mechanical or related Engineering degree
  • Experience in leading/managing/supervising a team of engineers and demonstrable experience of technical product ownership
Skills and attributes
  • Extensive experience from an aviation, automotive or other relevant sectors
  • Extensive experience in 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
  • Extensive 3D CAD capability and experience, preferably Solidworks.


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