• 17/6/24
  • Ref: 750025

Mechanical Analysis Team Lead


  • Location Icon England, Oxfordshire
  • Salary Icon £70000 - £75000 PerAnnum
  • Work Type Icon Permanent / Full Time

Job Description

Mechanical Analysis Team lead 

At KDC we are looking for an experienced and motivated Engineer to join one of our clients here in the UK.

  • Ensure structural requirements are identified & generated (at spacecraft, subsystem, and unit levels). They will ensure that these are up-to-date and maintained appropriately.
  • Oversee the analysis of hardware including spacecraft structure, mechanisms, unit modules, and ground support equipment to meet mission requirements.
  • Work closely with the Design Team Lead and the Mechanical Design Engineers on the structural analysis of flight and mission support hardware.
  • Coordinate with other teams to identify analysis needs.
  • Technical supervision and monitoring of suppliers.
  • Oversee work with AIV team to ensure that mechanical design considers ease of manufacture, assembly, integration and test.
  • Oversee and assist with Defining and performing hardware related activities throughout spacecraft design and development, AIV phases, and Launch campaigns.
  • Oversee structural testing of flight, qualification, and engineering related hardware.
  • Lead structural aspects of milestone reviews and ensure delivery of structural evidence to support them.
  • Provide oversight, evidence, and technical authority to Design Release Reviews.
  • Investigate structural non-conformances and provide conclusions, lessons learned, and mitigation strategies to support flight clearance activities.
  • Provide expert advice and estimates on analysis-related issues in a timely fashion.
  • Maintain excellent, continuous, communication and feedback with stakeholders.
  • Assist company-wide projects and activities as a member of the team.
  • Work closely with Project Managers to develop plan and develop schedules for the project.
  • Track progress of tasks and set priorities for team members.
  • Liaise with Procurement team in communications with suppliers and be the focal point for any technical exchange.
  • Mentor and support team members to improve their knowledge and skills.
  • Assist the Mechanical Group Manager in resource planning and recruitments.
  • Develop and maintain good team spirit within the team, and the Mechanical Group.
Leadership and Management Responsibilities:
  • Technical Leadership of the Analysis Team.
  • Resource and scheduling of the Analysis Team, assigning team members to project work.
  • Reviewing work of team members, as and when appropriate.
  • Mentoring and coaching Analysis Team members.
  • Line management of team members.
  • Reviewing CVs and interviewing for team roles.
  • Supporting bids, by providing inputs to their group leader on schedules and costings.
  • Motivating and leading others – Leading the team, regular one to ones, team meetings.
  • Developing others - Actively seeks performance Improvement, coaching, giving feedback, and annual performance appraisals.
Essential Skills
  • Diploma; bachelor or master’s degree in mechanical engineering or relevant engineering / science discipline.
  • 5+ years of experience as mechanical analysis engineer, with experience in the space industry (other hi-tech industries such as aircraft, motorsport etc. will also be considered).
  • Highly proficient in Finite Element Analysis with significant experience in NASTRAN and the Hyperworks software suite (other FEA packages will be considered).
  • Experience with Engineering Change Processes and using a PDM/PLM system.
  • Good manufacturing drawing knowledge, including GD&T, to appropriate standards.
  • Demonstrable ability to prepare mechanical aspects of a plan against project needs and deliver against this.
  • Demonstrable ability to manage stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • The ability to provide estimates and opinion based on experience.
  • Demonstrable experience of technical leadership over the full lifecycle of a spacecraft, from design to launch.
  • Experience of engineering verification and validation processes.
  • Demonstrable experience in designing and running a spacecraft structural qualification testing campaign.
  • Experienced in leadership and management of a team of engineers.

Desirable skills
  • Experience working in a start-up environment or SME.
  • Experience designing innovative spacecraft related hardware and / or efficient mechanical solutions.
  • Experience using SolidWorks and PDM, (other CAD software packages such as CATIA, NX, CREO etc. will also be considered).
  • SC/DV clearance.


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