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Lead Mechanical Engineer

Posted 287 days ago Apply by 01 March 2019

Job Description

Team/Department: Mechanical Engineering Team
Business Unit: Airport Projects
Location: Leicester
Hours of Work: 37 per week

Main Purpose of Role

Lead Mechanical Engineers will manage a team of Mechanical Engineers and designers to deliver project(s) to requisite quality standards within time and budget. They will take full responsibility for the delivery of the technical scope of the project throughout the complete project lifecycle from initial concept design through to handover and completion.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • To ensure your own safety and the safety of others at all times.
  • To Proactively report unsafe conditions, unsafe acts and near misses and to become part of the extra ordinary safety culture and help promote the “Home Safe Everyday” campaign.
  • To present and behave in a professional manner at all times.
  • To be supportive and respectful to others at all times.
  • To contribute to a continuous improvement culture.
  • To carry out Continual Professional Development (CPD) as necessary to maintain and enhance your competence.
  • To Establish and maintain good communications (written and oral) with others at all times.
  • Supporting the preparation and presentation of proposals and tenders, ensuring that sufficient engineering and design work is carried out to enable problem areas to be identified, technical risks minimised/identified and accurate cost estimates prepared.
  • Reviewing client tender documents and/or contract documents and preparing a design brief, including any additional specifications necessary to ensure that the functional, technical, statutory, health, safety and environmental requirements, and the scope of work to be undertaken, are adequately defined by an engineering work breakdown structure for the project.
  • Determining the requirements for Design Quality planning.
  • Originating concepts and co-ordinating the direction of other staff in the preparation and evaluation of conceptual designs and proposals that will meet requirements and cost budgets.
  • Reviewing the content of work to be undertaken in the project award stage, assessing engineering and design resource requirements and cost estimates.
  • Examining the scope of required engineering and design work, identifying discrete work packages, generating task schedules, preparing detailed design plans and ensuring these align with overall programme requirements and identifying and agreeing resource and interface requirements and arrangements.
  • Expanding the work breakdown structure and project programme where this will allow more accurate monitoring of spend and progress.
  • Agreeing the man-hour budget and timescales for all engineering and design tasks identified on the work breakdown structure with the Project Manager.
  • Specifying, allocating or arranging the allocation of required engineering and design work.
  • Co-ordinating, supervising and, where required, undertaking the required engineering work.
  • Providing the day to day supervision and management of engineering and design staff assigned to the project team, ensuring the activities are completed on time within budget, and at the required levels of quality.
  • Regularly monitoring and accurately reporting the progress of all assigned engineering and design work, including the provision of accurate “Estimates to Complete”.
  • Regularly taking part in project review meetings with the Project Manager and with the Engineering management team.
  • Liaise with the client and suppliers, as agreed with the Project Manager.
  • Liaise with the installation and commissioning teams.
  • Assisting the Team Leader with the development of staff, including SQEP reviews, performance feedback and contributing to PDPs.
  • Participating in audits when required and ensuring any resulting corrective actions are implemented.
  • Leading the team in a manner that promotes collaborative working, contributions from all members and positive team spirit.
  • Identifying change to the Project Manager and agreeing an appropriate way forward with the Project Manager to manage such change.
  • Ensuring that risk assessments are carried out in accordance with operational procedures and statutory requirements.
  • Ensuring that design record files for the project are properly initiated, maintained and completed in accordance with operational procedures and statutory health and safety requirements.
  • Oversee the generation of complex conveyor layouts (showing basic level of detail) at feasibility/concept design stage.
  • Oversee the generation of manufacturing and installation drawings as followed:
    • Conveyor line arrangement drawings and parts list.
    • Maintenance platforming, crossovers, lifting beams.
  • “Machine” level details and sub-assemblies in support of our ongoing development of standard baggage system products.
  • Oversee the preparation of phasing drawings indicating the sequence of installation.
  • Generation of technical specifications, reports and calculations.
  • Justification of key engineering decisions such as conveyor route option analysis and equipment selection analysis.
  • Oversee the creation of O&M manuals, Health and Safety files necessary for final handover.



  • Ability to plan and organise multiple workload requirements
  • Ability to work to and manage defined deadlines within programme and budget
  • Ability to lead a team of skilled engineers, providing technical guidance, project support, reporting, personal guidance and support.
  • Be capable of demonstrating a structured approach to justifying key engineering decisions.

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of working with Project teams and an understanding of the project management process
  • Have a thorough working knowledge of AutoCAD 2D
  • Experience in leading teams of mechanical engineers.
  • Experience of generating requirements from clients brief and decomposing into functional designs
  • At least 3 years’ experience in a mechanical engineering design office
  • Have the ability to produce high quality accurate engineering drawings, including:
    • System Layouts
    • Design Schemes
  • Experience of conveyor systems in manufacturing, process or mechanical handling environments.
  • Ability to perform accurate site surveys
  • Be capable of designing bespoke equipment to resolve specific handling requirements (Special purpose machine design)
  • Have the ability to perform basic stress and drive power calculations.
  • Capable of working to challenging programme and budgetary constraints.


  • Knowledge of Airline/Handler baggage operational processes
  • Have working knowledge of Autodesk 3D Inventor
  • Good background in structural design
  • Experience of working in an ISO9001 environment.



  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Recognised Mechanical Engineer Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 3) or BTEC National CERT Equivalent (ONC in Mechanical Engineering)

Other Requirements and Skills


  • Full airside pass or the ability to obtain one
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Sector Aerospace & Avionics
Location East Midlands
Hours Full time
Contract Type Permanent
Minimum Degree Grade Required 3rd
Applicant needs to be eligible to work in the UKYes

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