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Job title: Mechanical Design Engineer - Special Projects
Department: Design and Development - Special Projects
Responsible to: Special Projects Lead Engineer
Hours: 40 hours per week
About the Company
Our mission is to transform the way people live in cities. With over 16 million possible combinations of gears, colours, handlebars and accessories, we make more than just a bicycle, and we are more than just a bicycle company.
We continue to make the Brompton in West London, where we started in 1975, but our product has travelled far - we now export 80% of our bicycles to 44 countries. In the past 36 months we have invested in a new purpose-built production facility, transformed our digital architecture, opened new flagship stores and had our biggest product launch in company history and we're not stopping there…
To change urban living, we need passionate, innovative and talented people that want to challenge the status quo and make an impact.
The Brompton is the iconic product of its type, a unique bike used and loved in over forty countries around the world. Sales have grown rapidly over the last ten years, making us the largest bicycle manufacturer in the UK, with our products still designed and made by hand right here in London. Despite this we feel like we're just getting started and there is huge potential to make the bike lighter, more capable and more fun to use.
As a design team we are passionate about making the best bike we can and approach this in an unusual way; we design all our own components, so they are exactly what we want and need them to be. Brakes, gears, tyres, luggage, frame parts and almost everything else. Brompton is created by us from nose-to-tail. Each project is therefore different; in some you'll be designing a part for minimum weight and high stiffness, other projects will emphasise ergonomics, or making Brompton intuitive to use.
We are seeking a passionate and imaginative designer with industry experience in product development and manufacture to join our team to create and manage new products. You will work within the team on all stages of design from research and conception through to manufacture here in London.
The ideal candidate will help to drive Brompton's ambition to innovate sustainable transport solutions through ingenious product design. Ensuring their engineering experience and knowledge helps to make advances in our product ranges that are of real value to our customers.
o Support the generation of new concepts from project briefs.
o Create and manage project specifications, working with the broader Brompton team to ensure that these are robust, ambitious and deliverable.
o Liaising with key Brompton teams outside of design and engineering. Therefore, ensuring effective and efficient cross team decisions with:
o Design management with third party suppliers. Ensuring Brompton values are delivered, communicated and design intentions are realised and manufacturable.
o Present and evolve new ideas through sketches, hand-made prototypes and CAD visualisation for review and selection by the senior management team.
o Define and manage project deliverables to deadlines.
o Carry out detailed mechanical design including.
3D CAD modelling using Solidworks.
2D critical dimension drawings.
Simulation (Finite element Analysis) where appropriate for validation.
3D prototyping (using internal and external resources).
o Follow design verification plans to physically validate concepts and designs in line with internal test procedures and industry standard requirements.
o Agree the mechanical, aesthetic and ergonomic approach with the design lead and senior designers within the team.
o Creation and management of bills of materials to document proposed product changes.
Skills and Requirements
o Experience of project ownership from concept through to mass production and beyond.
o You will be able to demonstrate experience of designing and evolving concepts to manufacturable levels.
o Portfolio demonstrating experience in product and mechanism design.
o Experience in a similar role ideally within automotive, aerospace or consumer product development.
o Experienced in FMEA process, contributing and facilitating.
o Experienced with 3D CAD software (preferably SolidWorks) and will be able to demonstrate modelling, assembly and engineering drawing to a high standard.
o Tolerance stacking experience of detailed assemblies and part designs.
o Experience of FEA is an advantage.
o Understanding of designing for electrical component integration desirable.
o Proven ability to produce and manage designs to specified lead times and costs.
o You will be able to work independently, directing your own research and learning when needed but you will be supported and inspired by others, so a social friendly outlook is required.
o We desire someone who is genuinely passionate about mechanical design and the cycling industry and able to take satisfaction from seeing your efforts make a visible contribution to the ongoing success of Brompton Bicycle Ltd.
o Exposure to and experience of relevant manufacturing techniques is an advantage:
Master's or Bachelor's degree in mechanical or mechanically biased product engineering.
A minimum of 3 years of relevant industry experience.
A keen interest in cycling is highly desirable for this role.
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