Design Engineering Manager

Posted By: Greg Phipps
Salary: Up to £65,000
Location: Washington
Job Type: Permanent
Category: Engineering

Central Employment are delighted to be working with a global Manufacturing & Engineering organisation based in Tyne & Wear, as they look to appoint an experienced Design Engineering Manager. 

Overview of the Design Engineering Manager: 

The purpose of this role is to provide engineering leadership and direction to the design engineering team, developing and safeguarding our leading position.  Connecting with R&D, from concept development to product development, maintain an ambitious and innovative product portfolio, targeting sustainable profitable growth.

Responsibilities of the Design Engineering Manager: 

  • Lead and develop the design team to ensure they are fully motivated to achieve their full potential.
  • Effective daily management of the design team to ensure that agreed service levels are maintained in a pro-active and professional manner.
  • Engage, train, mentor and develop staff with particular emphasis on the training and development of engineers within the department.
  • Perform active concept development that bridges basic development (R&D) and product development, to develop/validate innovative concepts and close competence/knowledge gaps.
  • Continually improve current product range encompassing technical performance, value, quality and reliability
  • Define and realise the product development roadmap
  • Take a key role in new product project teams and provide evaluation of engineering design and provide specialist technical input and support into new product and component development.
  • Insist on quality through development, best practises and a product testing mentality
  • Ensure product care (maintenance and support) is of the highest standard
  • Stimulate and support synergies with the entire engineering organisation which include the use of resources in GECIA
  • Continuously improve the product development processes, reaching shorter development cycles, using NPV as the important KPI
  • Maintain high quality standards of engineering process according to QA standards and the CtP (Concept to Product) 2.0 business process.

Experienced required:

  • Degree educated, Mechanical Engineering discipline or equivalent. Post graduate qualifications at masters or doctoral level preferred.
  • Proven experience in mechanical design or related engineering leadership.
  • Evidence of team leadership / team development.
  • Commercially orientated with a proven track record in completing projects on time and to budget.
  • Ability to compose accurate technical and business documentation to a consistently high level.
  • Ability to comfortably and effectively communicate at a high technical level, but also be capable of detailing and explaining complex information in non-technical terms to a wider audience.
  • Highly analytical with the ability to use both theoretical and empirical data to problem solve and model engineering systems.


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