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Job Location

Derby, UK

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Salary / Rate


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Principal Systems Engineer - Engine Management

Our client based in Derby is looking to recruit a Principal Systems Engineer who has Engine management experience. The role will suit an individual looking for an opportunity to develop their career within a fast paced organisation at the cutting edge of off highway vehicle design and development.

Job Description

You will be responsible for, Selecting suitable powertrain components to develop a propulsion system to meet the machine & territory requirements using

  • Diesel, Electric, Hydrogen or Hybrid Systems

  • CVT, Hydrostatic, Electric or Power shift Transmissions & Axles

  • The design, specification, validation & delivery of the following systems & sub components;

  • Under bonnet thermal management systems (Cooling pack including fan drive system)

  • Induction / filtration systems

  • Fuel System

  • Exhaust / After treatment System

  • Associated Mounting / interfacing systems

  • Braking Systems

As a principal systems engineer you will be responsible for all stages of development from concept to flawless launch, meeting all regulatory, quality, cost and timing requirements.

You’ll lead a team of engineers, ensuring they deliver the work programme from specification through analysis, testing and development, to your final sign-off, as well as supporting in-house quality and manufacturing service teams to resolve complex technical issues.

The applicant should ideally have an extensive working knowledge of powertrain systems in either on or off highway vehicles / machinery as well as a good base engineering experience in fabrications, mouldings etc.

Your Responsibilities as a Principal engineer:

Lead a team of engineers (UK based + India design team) throughout the product development cycle

  • Simultaneously championing multiple projects and ensuring they meet project deliverables

  • Coordination with other functional areas, such as programme teams, purchasing, quality, other development teams including reporting to senior management / directors

  • Develop design briefs / design concepts - solutions / validations plans & delivery plans

  • Generate project timing plans, technical requirements, budgets etc.

Support engineering sign-off requirements / fit for purpose sign off for all propulsion systems and components with the use of DFMEA’s, DVP’s etc.

  • Support reviews & generate documentation to prove the machine meets the latest legislation requirements.

  • Support the creation of system and component specifications and design (cascaded from programme targets) – using/commissioning the relevant analysis tools to support data driven      design decisions

  • Resolve engineering issues using recognised methodologies.

  • Reviewing CAE results & calculations to simulate machine performance / life prior to validation testing phase.

  • Develop design standards & test procedures, rig operation, test equipment etc.

  • Supporting continuous improvement initiatives including cost reduction and quality improvements

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a positive can do attitude and ability to drive projects forward – a sense of urgency

  • Have an excellent understanding of powertrain system / architecture.

  • Have a degree in an associated mechanical engineering discipline, with a sound understanding of Mechanical Engineering principles (showing an attention to detail, and being data driven).

  • Demonstrates and have whole machine / system knowledge. Has ability (not just technical) to advise and influence other engineers though knowledge and expertise.

  • Be able to work to deadlines and deliver on time

  • Capable of presenting to in a confident effective manner

  • Have a desire to invent the future and lead rather than follow.

  • Technical coaching and mentoring for junior team members to aid their technical development and future growth

  • Ability to problem solve and analyse failures

Interested in this job? Call us on: 0118 981 1110