Job Description

Product Development Engineer

The Role

As a Product Development Engineer, you will have responsibility for the coordination of activities undertaken by specialist engineers as well as carrying out the project-specific activities defined by project plans/ tasks to develop defence products.

This role will provide you with the unique opportunity to work with the design of defence products, as well as the chance to witness the product trials. You will have a broad scope of work with good variation of day-to-day activities and involvement across the whole product lifecycle. There are a number of different routes available for future career progression, with the provision of training tailored towards your individual aspirations.

Your main responsibilities as a Product Development Engineer will involve:

Assisting product design and system engineering activities for new and legacy products.

The configuration and maintenance of engineering Bills of Materials (BOM) for products.

Facilitating product design and evaluation/ down selection e.g. Pugh Matrices, Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Design Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (DFMEA).

Process design, definition and critical evaluation e.g. Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (PFMEA), Process Control Plans (PCP).

Coordination of theoretical simulations e.g. (thermal, structural, fluids and aerodynamics).

The management of suppliers, both internal and external, to ensure that development activities are completed to time and schedule.

Lifecycle management (contributing towards design reviews) from concept to disposal.

Contribution to the Risk Management process.

Working as part of an integrated project team, including regular engagement with project management, procurement (supply chain) and operations.

What we're looking for in you:

You will possess excellent communication skills to enable you to successfully coordinate with and build effective relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. You will be a good team-player, with the ability to work independently when required.

Your skills and qualifications as a Mechanical Engineer:

Essential -

Degree/HND/HNC or equivalent qualification or experience within mechanical engineering.

Demonstrable mechanical engineering experience.

Ability to read and understand engineering drawings and models.

Capability/ experience of producing high-quality technical reports.


A working knowledge of systems engineering and engineering design.

Working knowledge of risk management.

Knowledge of design and manufacture of defence products.

Familiarity with the Life Cycle Management (LCM) process.

Security Requirements: SC

This role will require the person to hold full Security Clearance (SC) prior to working onsite. You will need to obtain a BPSS check as part of this process. You must currently hold or be eligible and willing to obtain SC and you must be eligible to work in the UK without sponsorship and have lived and worked in the UK for a minimum 5 year period. If you are unsure as to whether you are eligible, please contact me to discuss.

The Umbrella rate quoted above is the Gross Umbrella rate (i.e. the rate we pay to the Umbrella Company inclusive of ALL employment costs). Please note, the rate paid by the Umbrella will be less, as will a Limited Deemed rate or Agency PAYE rate. Please get in touch to discuss the rates via these different payment vehicles