Senior Hydraulics Engineer

  • Role Type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Leamington Spa

  • Closing Date
  • 29/02/2024

Job Description

Role: Sr. Hydraulics Engineer

Location: Leamington Spa, UK


Automotive and Industrial is one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units and is a trusted global engineering services partner for clean and efficient integrated propulsion and energy systems. Our experience and history over more than 100 years at the forefront of mobility innovation enables us to deliver solutions to the most complex challenges, allowing our customers across all global transport sectors to achieve a sustainable zero-carbon future.



As Ricardo strategically expands its breadth of application engineering across new market sectors and territories, customer projects incorporating complex hydraulic systems are becoming an everyday part of our project portfolio.This role is targeted at taking a strong but somewhat dispersed team of engineers with hydraulic engineering skills, together with some additional recruits, to build and lead a centre of competency for Ricardo.


Typical project applications range from dual clutch or automatic transmission control systems to large complex off highway power hydraulic systems.  Typical recent/current example projects with complex hydraulic system requirements include:


Multi speed EDU hydraulic systems
Multi speed Commercial vehicle transmission
Hydraulics system for Dedicated Hybrid Transmissions
Planetary Automatic Transmission for Heavy Duty applications


The responsibilities of the hydraulic role include carrying out the following tasks relating to hydraulic system engineering, according to a managed product development process and including engineering approval:


Key activities

Concept to Detail design of hydraulic systems and components
Defining and supporting testing of hydraulic components and sub-assemblies
Simulation & detailed analysis of hydraulics systems and component design features
Development and validation of hydraulics systems and components
Problem investigation and resolution
Interaction with external customers, suppliers
Collaboration and providing technical guidance to design teams to integrate and implement hydraulics systems and components into transmission designs 
Develop internal guidelines and practices related to hydraulics technical domain
From a very significant breadth and depth of knowledge of hydraulic systems engineering, the successful candidate will need to exude confidence and enthusiasm in this field; whilst also being able to apply a systems engineering approach, maintain structured issue resolution practices such as 8D, including dealing with the interfaces to the product mechanical and electronic control systems.
Some overseas / UK travel is necessary.

QHSE responsibility for those with a team will include risk profiling, procedures, and provision of training.


Key accountabilities:


Highly capable of understanding, specifying, designing complex hydraulic systems from a basis of first principle knowledge/competency
Deep knowledge/contact with the supply base for automotive, mobile and industrial hydraulic components would be beneficial
Understanding of the operating system and control/power hydraulic system requirements for both on and off highway vehicles (minimum specialism in one and confidence with the other)
Ability to manage the development and validation of hydraulic components in both the field and laboratory
Able to lead/manage delivery of the hydraulic system element of projects through their lifecycle, including issue identification and resolution according to a structured process
Understanding of the principles of electronic control systems which interface with the hydraulic systems and willingness to cross the boundaries to resolve issues
Understanding and experience of systems engineering processes would be an advantage
Strong communication and team leadership skills together with a leadership style that attracts and retains engineering talent.
Experience of hydraulic system 1D simulation packages such as amesim would be an advantage



Working here

Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalized approach to your learning and development. We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.


Wellbeing and work life balance

Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential. Our People are important to us, and we take pride in our wellbeing programs and policies that support individuals including flexible working, careers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance program.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.



Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


Once you have submitted your application, if qualified, a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.