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Projects Engineer

  • Role Type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Shoreham-by-Sea

  • Closing Date
  • 31/07/2022

Job Description

The Role

An opportunity exists within the Development group of Ricardo Automotive & Industrial for a Systems Engineer to work on a diverse range of mechanical engineering projects, encompassing IC engines, Electric vehicles, Hydrogen Fuel Cells and other technologies at the forefront of Ricardo’s vision “to create a safe and sustainable world”.

Job Duties:

To deliver systems from concept to production as follows:

Prepare Engineering Specifications to define requirements in terms of performance, durability, cost, weight, etc

Working with the wider engineering team, take responsibility for coordinating the design, analysis and development activities for a given system or systems
Manage the system DFMEA and DVP to ensure the system is robust
Progress the design through the project gateways to ensure that parts are released to support DVP activities and meet production timing
Manage suppliers of components for prototypes, development and production, including hosting meetings and issuing meeting minutes
Problem solving and issue resolution to maintain the project timing
Work to agreed quality procedures and validation processes
Presenting clear and reasoned status reports to internal and external customers
Occasional support to sales teams in the development of market opportunities through client interaction and proposal support

Required Qualifications and Experience:

BEng degree at 2:1 grade or higher is preferred although other qualifications will be considered.

The successful applicant will have experience in most of the following:

Previous system or component ownership responsibility
Experience in a similar role (i.e. PMST, CPMT, Module Leader, Component Engineer, Application Engineer, etc)
Design and release of components and systems through to production
Preparing Design FMEAs
Testing and development of prototype systems through to production
Supplier management and customer interaction
Experience of working on mechanical engineering technologies, that may include: IC Engine systems (Base engine, air handling, fuel injection, pumps, etc), Electric Drive Units, Hydrogen Fuel Cells
An awareness of, or direct experience in the following:
Supplier Quality Assurance activities, including APQP, PPAP, PFMEA, etc.
Manufacturing and production engineering



Experience in some or all of the following: Component releasing, reading and using engineering drawings, FMEA, DVP, Design & Development, SQA, APQP & PPAP, 8D type problem solving, CAD visualisation tools, BOM or ETRS, supplier management.

Excellent PC skills required.

Good report writing and presentation skills are essential.


Personal Attributes

You will be comfortable in meeting environments, and be able to deliver clear status updates, based upon robust planning and technical understanding. You will be able to coordinate and understand information from multiple engineering functions.

You will be a motivated self-starter who manages their time and takes pride in engineering good solutions to complex problems. In this customer facing position, a professional outlook, good communication ability, the ability to meet commitments and drive to ‘go the extra mile’ when needed, will lead to a rewarding career at Ricardo. Additional attributes include:

Collaborative team player
Professional appearance and behaviours
Good written and oral communication ability
Good attention to detail
Reliable - able to meet deadlines and commitments
Able to work under pressure, managing large amounts of information

You should have a full driving license and when required, be prepared to travel in the UK and abroad (whilst respecting any COVID restrictions or guidance).


Knowledge of one or more mechanical systems, having previously managed components from concept to production.

With a solid technical background in Mechanical Engineering, flexibility in applying engineering knowledge would be a key advantage – thus being capable to work on the diverse range of exciting projects that exist in Ricardo, spanning Hybrids and electrified vehicles through to complex supercar transmissions and clean-sheet vehicle programmes.

Ricardo offers competitive salary and benefits packages, along with excellent training, development and promotional opportunities for the right person.

Ricardo is an equal opportunities employer.