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Job Ref:  204429749
Employer:  cv-library.co.uk
Industry:  Civil and Structural
Job Type:  Permanent
Country:  United Kingdom
County/State:  Lancashire
City:  Lancashire
Post Code:  BB5
Salary:  £50000 - £55000/annum
10/10/2016 16:33
Principal Development Engineer sought for a Leading Automotive Technology Company working on projects that develop more efficient vehicles and a range of core products that optimise engine performance and save energy. Their current focus is on a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS), a variable supercharger (V-Charge) and infinitely variable main drive transmissions. They work closely with a range of partners and licensees, including some of the biggest names in the industry, to bring these class-leading products to market.

What they offer:

A wide variety of projects to work on, ensuring you get fresh challenges and continued opportunities to learn. Work within a friendly, supportive team in an environment which encourages the contribution of new ideas. The chance to play a central part in developing cutting-edge technology which solves real-world problems, right from the start of your time with them.

The people they look for:

They look for the same fundamental things in all their people: you'll have an enquiring and creative mind, determination, and a passion for clean technology and the automotive industry. If you enjoy a challenge, we have no doubt that you'll find it exhilarating and highly rewarding too.

Flexible and challenging, you'll be making a real difference right from the start, as a part of a highly experienced team working on some of our most difficult and important projects.


The primary focus of the successful candidate will be on the development of our KERS technology. You will be the technical lead for the development and testing of KERS hardware, in order to deliver specific customer KERS programmes intended for production. The remit is broad ranging and includes:

Defining the test program

Building and testing of sub-systems and systems,

Detailed analysis of test data

Delivery of working hardware that fulfils customer requirements in-line with the customer programme schedules.

The work is likely to encompass many aspects of the engineering process as described by the 'systems engineering' approach.


Understanding of the development of engines, gearboxes, clutches, hydraulics, or KERS systems.
Running system tests e.g. set-up engine and electric motor driven dynamometer based rigs for system testing

Running subsystem tests e.g. setup of a transmission control block on a hydraulic rig to perform functional and performance tests

Strong and structured analytically capabilities: Test data analysis, review of failed parts and root cause analysis.

Knowledge of materials, properties, testing and failure modes

Knowledge of Matlab or equivalent analysis tools / environment

Fully competent with MS Office applications, in particular Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook

And what would be even better:

Knowledge of ECUs and CAN communication systems

Understand of software control code ('C' code and Matlab/Simulink model based coding)

Reasons to join them:

Competitive salary and superb benefits including;

A company pension plan, with generous employer contributions.

A discretionary share incentive scheme.

25 days holiday.

Death in Service Benefit.

Employee Assistance Programme via Health Assured.

Relocation assistance offered.

Importantly they also want to see you thrive and develop in your role so they will ensure you receive:

Support for achieving Chartered Status with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

On-the-job training, with real responsibility from day one.

Opportunities to develop beyond your current role, for example through participation in commercial projects.

Applications are welcomed from Candidates who possess the relevant skills and experience as detailed in the job description.

Recent Graduates who do not have the required level of skills and experience need not apply.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK before making an application and it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide evidence of such eligibility
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