Performance Development Engineer

  • Role Type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Shoreham-by-Sea

  • Closing Date
  • 31/10/2023

Job Description

Role: Performance Development Engineer

Location: Shoreham by Sea


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.



An opportunity exists for a Development/ Project/ Senior Project Engineer (depending on experience) in our Performance Development team. PD engineers make systems selection decisions based on attribute evaluation via simulation, test and development. Wherever a significant energy transformation is required to meet transportation or power supply needs, our Performance Development team are instrumental in selecting the best technology considering sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental impacts.


Project portfolio is diverse and varied, working on a large variety of projects in the automotive, rail, marine, power generation and aerospace/defence sector, ranging from;

·       Combustion engine and electric powerpack concept, evaluation and development

·       Application engineering, development testing and liaison with our simulation team

·       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

·         Support customer interaction on all performance systems related activities

·         Depending on the project(s) worked on, the role will involve some travel.

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


Key accountabilities:


·         Engineering background with minimum 1 year (Development Engineer) or 2-4 years (Project/Senior Project Engineer) experience in an Engineering Energy Management environment.

Degree in an Engineering or Science-based discipline with technical background in energy management, thermodynamics, simulation and/or development
Experience in any of:

Thermal/electrical powerpack systems performance, emissions and fuel/energy consumption, or
Fuel cell development and integration, or
A system engineering role, or
An attribute engineering role

Knowledge of thermodynamics, energy flows and efficiency chains

·         Experienced in developing test plans, test execution & data analysis

Methodical approach to issue investigation/resolution; curiosity and determination
Literate in IT systems (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)


·         Knowledge of requirements management, targets definition and specifications

·         Knowledge of emissions and mitigation measures

Knowledge of thermal energy transformation systems and their alternatives
Knowledge of powerpack calibration tools and software
Good knowledge of automotive legislation requirements
Engineering toolsets such as 8D, Six Sigma etc.
Coding in Python or equivalent
Experience in managing project budgets, resource and delivery
Understanding of commercial business factors


Personal Attributes:

Ability to work in a multi-disciplined team outside the immediate department
Equally able to work solo (with support from peers) where the size of the project dictates,
Robust character with strong self-drive and motivation
Organised and rigorous with personal target of high-quality delivery

·         Ability to work under pressure and manage own workload to ensure programme milestones are met on-time

Proficient in English (written and spoken) for project and technical communication

·         Ability to handle and maintain confidential information

·         Ability to work well with people, in a team environment, and to communicate effectively both written & oral

·         Ability to excel in a fast-paced, matrix organization

·         Roles at Ricardo, Inc. are individually tied to Quality, Health and Safety policies and procedures. Further trainings and information will be reviewed upon start.



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 personalised 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

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that's working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. 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 programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.


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.