Principal Design Engineer

Location: Oxfordshire, England Salary: £50000 - £75000 per annum +
Sector: Engineering Type: Permanent

We have a unique opportunity for a Senior Design Engineer to be part of a tight-knit, dynamic and innovative start-up that leverages innovative designs to produce products which have numerous global applications. They take pride in shaping new technology with potential in improving healthcare outcomes and scientific capability.

They are a rapidly-growing company based in Oxford designing cutting-edge instrumentation. They have an international customer base and orders to deliver world-class products with laboratory precision, sensitivity and selectivity.

The successful candidate will be an innovation and positive worker who will be a crucial part of the product development team to produce a new range of advanced sensing solutions. You must have drive, be a versatile technical problem solver with the capability to take on project management responsibilities within a team orientated framework.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Product / Component Concept and Design

  • Concept and detailed implementation of inventive design solutions
  • Detail design with integration of the appropriate manufacturing processes
  • High standard of engineering work, design control, robust design, tolerance stack analysis, design for manufacture, input into DFMEA's (design failure mode and effect analysis)
  • Follow CAD best practices

Realising design in Solidworks CAD system

  • Use of skeleton model for common reference geometry
  • Understanding of complex CAD model set-ups
  • Appreciation of minute factors & general 'sound' modelling principles
  • Ability to work methodically, consistently & transparently (esp. within CAD)

Prototype production and testing

  • Work with production team to use existing or set up relationships with material, sub-component, and tooling suppliers
  • Physical prototype production and testing
  • Contribute to design and fabrication of production fixtures that ensure production tolerances can be achieved
  • Work with suppliers to ensure delivery of quality, cost-effective components and tooling.
  • Test method development and product testing to design specification


  • Must be an experienced designer / engineer, possessing excellent written and oral communication skills (5+ years)
  • Working in a high-tech multidisciplinary environments; experience of customer-facing engineering consultancy an advantage
  • Managing suppliers
  • Working in accordance to ISO 13485, MDD and FDA 21 CFR regulations preferred but not essential.



  • Bachelors / Masters Degree in a Mechanical Engineering, Product Design or a related subject

This position would provide a salary of up to £75,000 depending on length and relevance of experience.

If you would be interested in this role then please apply or call Dean on 0117 9388 088

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