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Principal Performance Development Engineer

  • Role Type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Shoreham-by-Sea

  • Closing Date
  • 31/01/2022

Job Description

An opportunity exists for a Principal Engineer in our Performance Development team to deliver systems and attribute evaluation and development activities working on a large variety of on-going client projects in the automotive, rail, marine and aerospace sector, ranging from;

Thermal and electric powerpack system generation, evaluation and development
Application engineering, development testing and liaison with our simulation team
Through to complete production powerpack design and integration programmes

Key Responsibilities

To deliver performance systems activities:

  • Capture functional and performance requirements, validating requirements using literature research, market surveys and benchmarking
  • Develop system & component specifications
  • Develop system architectures
  • Support project design team in providing guidance for integration, component details, supplier evaluation and liaison etc.
  • Develop and execute system performance validation simulation and test plans
  • Steer and guide simulation execution
  • Lead customer interaction on all performance systems related activities

Required Qualifications and Experience

The successful applicant will have a sound Engineering background with experience of successfully delivering Systems Integration projects.


  • Degree in an Engineering or relevant Science-based discipline with technical background in powerpack systems design and development experience in either
    • Thermal and electrical powerpack systems performance, emissions and fuel/energy consumption
    • A system engineering role
    • An attribute engineering role
  • Knowledge of requirements management, targets definition and specifications
  • Knowledge of thermodynamics, energy flows and efficiency chains
  • Knowledge of emissions and mitigation measuresExperienced in developing test plans and test execution & data analysis for both vehicle and engine/powerpack
  • Methodical approach to issue investigation and resolution
  • Knowledge of powerpack calibration tools and software
  • Literate in IT systems (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)


  • Knowledge of thermal energy transformation systems and their alternatives
  • Good knowledge of automotive legislation requirements
  • Experience in managing project budgets, resource and delivery
  • Understanding of commercial business factors

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to lead a multi-disciplined team
  • Robust character with strong self-drive and motivation
  • Organised and rigorous with personal target of high quality delivery
  • Ability to work autonomously under pressure and manage own workload to ensure program milestones are met on-time
  • Proven ability for supervision of less experienced engineers
  • Proficient in English (written and spoken) for project and technical communication