Principal Engineer

05 May 2017
02 Jun 2017
Natalie Clarke
Contract Type
Full Time
You’ll be the primary point of contact on technical issues for customers and all relevant departments within the company, ultimately ensuring that our product design reflects the volume and pricing strategy of the proposed product / service.

The Principal Engineer will also support the Business Development team in new business acquisition through the creation of technical data to support the bid process and proposal writing, and attending meetings with potential customers where required to win new business.

Role Responsibilities

* Consider technical and commercial aspects for new programmes and projects
* Act as point of contact for any technical or programme issues that arise, liaising with the relevant support department to find solutions
* Liaise with suppliers to ensure their adherence to and compliance with company quality standards
* Ensure that the Bill of Materials (BoM) are kept up-to-date and that any discrepancies and modifications are fed back via the Engineering Change Meeting
* Ensure that the decisions agreed in the Engineering Change Meeting are realised
* Ensure that all production and aftersales documentation required is developed and maintained in accordance with the programmes
* Mentor, manage and develop you team, identifying training needs and skills requirements
* Ensure compliance of the team with relation to systems and procedures
* Support and develop the attitude of Continuous Improvement across the function
* Chair technical review meetings with customers
* Ensure that requirements for Safety Cases are understood and compliant to the requirements of the customer


* Educated to degree-level or equivalent in Mechanical or Electrical / Electronic Engineering


* Managing a team of Engineers to deliver automotive conversion programmes
* Customer and user engagement
* Delivering against customer-specified requirements
* Building and maintaining customer relationships


* Detailed knowledge of vehicle systems, legislative requirements and equipment supplier capabilities
* PC skills including, but not limited to, CAD, Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint
* Excellent time management and organisational skills
* Ability to prioritise workload and work under pressure to tight deadlines without supervision
* Excellent communication skills, with the ability to persuade and influence at all levels
* Problem solving
* Proven people management skills

Personal Behaviours

* Results-orientated
* Flexible approach to working hours
* Strong team player
* Resourceful and self-sufficient
* Be an agent for change, establishing, driving and embracing industry best practice


* Full UK driving licence
* SC clearance or ability to achieve this
* Willing to undergo a Basic Disclosure (DBS) check
* Travel as required within the UK and overseas

Other information

Working Environment: Office/Workshop

Travel Required: Travel as required within the UK and mainland Europe

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