• 20/6/24
  • Ref: 751669

Principal Mechanical Engineer

Aerospace & Defence

  • Location Icon England, New Malden
  • Work Type Icon Permanent / Full Time

Job Description

KDC require a Principal Mechanical Engineer to work direct with the customer based in New Malden, Surrey.

To support all Mechanical designs and conduct Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Thermal Analysis (CFD). This role also provides our customers with a direct point of contact whilst liaising with manufacturers and test houses.
To sign off all mechanical designs, ensure the mechanical team are conforming to applicable processes during and design, development and build, and ensure compliance to all applicable requirements.
To produce, review and approve technical documentation to support on-time programme delivery whilst organising all Computer Aided Design (CAD) aspects to perform efficiently and effectively using a variety of CAD applications.
Key Responsibilities
  • Mechanical design engineering Subject Matter Expert (SME) across the business.
  • To analyse and justify mechanical based designs and component selection
  • To resolve mechanical issues during hardware design, development, manufacture, integration and qualification.
  • To support testing and qualification of hardware, where required.
  • To ensure baseline and change control activities are carried out within the mechanical team, adhering to Configuration Management (CM) processes.
  • To assist in raising any Technical Queries (TQ) for ratification and managing mechanical design risks.
  • To provide mechanical/electro-mechanical design support on a single or multiple programmes.
  • To provide leadership to the mechanical team to ensure process and requirements are conformed to.
  • To produce, review and approve mechanical technical documentation (drawings, documents and Bill of Materials (BOM).
  • To ensure applicable mechanical standards are complied with across the business.
  • To report progress on allocated work to Project/Programme Managers and the Hardware Manager.
  • To assist the Hardware Manager in the development of robust processes and procedures.
  • To assist providing detailed estimates to Project/Programme Managers.
  • To mentor and help develop the mechanical team, where possible.
  • To act as delegated mechanical Design Authority (DA), when required.
  • To act as customer, supplier and manufacturer mechanical technical point of contact.
  • To define and develop mechanical engineering requirements.
  • To lead the mechanical team in driving efficient working strategies throughout the full lifecycle of a project or programme.
  • To work independently, with occasional guidance, applying expertise in professional or technical areas to achieve results.
  • To supervise or project lead other engineers within projects or programmes.
  • To proactively addresses shortfalls in process and drives improvements at a functional level.
  • To take an active interest in the identification and management of risks and opportunities.
  • To verify and validate mechanical requirements through the production and modification of technical documents, where applicable.
  • To be aware of, and comply with, company standards of conduct and all relevant statutory requirements.
  • To support Hardware Manager on requested reasonable tasks.
Essential Skills
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Organised, adept to workload management and prioritising appropriately to meet deadlines.
  • Flexible and responsive to changing priorities.
  • Proactive team worker, equally self-motivated and able to work autonomously.
  • Good interpersonal skills, able to engage effectively with all audiences and stakeholders.
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office.
  • Proficient user of Creo or similar.
  • Competent in delivering presentations.
  • Strong customer focus.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Engaging ‘can do’ attitude.
Advantageous Skills
  • Experience of working within a team developing Naval Platform Management Systems (PMS) for surface and sub-surface programmes.
  • Understanding and working knowledge of Defence programmes.
  • Experience or understanding of shock, vibration, EMC and climatic testing.


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