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Senior Mechanical Engineer - Southern

Research & Development
Ref: 217 Date Posted: Thursday 14 Feb 2019
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Senior Mechanical Engineer

Welwyn Garden City

Salary: £40,000 - £50,000



Our client is a life sciences company delivering human-focused research and discovery enabled by a unique and proven Organ-on-a-Chip platform. They are at the forefront of the rapidly growing field of human Organs-on-Chips thanks in part to being a successful co-recipient with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012 of a $26M US Federal contract to develop the “Human Body-on-a-Chip”: a tablet sized device incorporating ten miniature interacting human organs.

The company is accelerating its development of new Organs-on-Chips instruments and consumables for the life sciences and laboratory instrumentation markets. To achieve this, the company is strengthening its new in-house product development team, which will be supported by external development and manufacturing partners.



The company’s new products are expected to comprise a combination of laboratory instruments, consumables and accessories. Reporting to, and supported by the Director of Product Development, the Senior Mechanical Engineer will be responsible for their development and transfer to manufacturing.



Product – End-to-end development of mechanical components and sub-assemblies, delivering solutions suitable for volume manufacture. Support system integration in particular integration of electronic assemblies and interconnects. Testing to show compliance with requirements and achievement of required reliability. Development of manufacturing solutions with manufacturing partners, providing appropriate support through transition into manufacturing and in full production.


Processes – Definition and implementation of design and development processes, sufficient to ensure the required safety, quality and regulatory compliance in all markets served.


Infrastructure – Selection and configuration of an appropriate collection of tools to support the full design and development lifecycle.


People – Establish and maintain effective relationships in the following key areas:

  • Peer engineers, scientists and technicians in other disciplines.
  • Key members of teams working for external development partners.
  • Other engineers who may be recruited to the in-house team over time, supporting that recruitment and on-boarding process.


Project Management – Support the company’s Program Management activities in areas relating to hardware development in the following ways:

  • Planning – Provide plans covering tasks, dependencies, effort, cost and resource allocation. Support review and integration into overall Program structures.
  • Risk Management – Support risk identification, risk evaluation and choice of appropriate risk response strategies.
  • Execution – Ensure day-to-day running in accordance with approved Program priorities and plans.  Devise appropriate responses to problems and issues.
  • Monitoring & Reporting – Periodically track and report progress by various means.


Quality Management – Ensure designs are developed in a defined manner to necessary quality level:

  • Quality Management System – Ensure all development is compliant with the company’s Quality Management System. As required, define and implement new or revised Standard Operating Procedures and Work Instructions.
  • Documentation – Ensure all development is documented to necessary standards. Provide material as required to support regulatory submissions (e.g. CE Marking Folder). Support review of other relevant documentation provided by others.
  • Regulations & Standards – Ensure that all development complies with requirements of external regulations and standards.
  • Design Assurance – Use of appropriate means to ensure that designs comply with requirements and satisfies necessary standards.
  • Issue Management – Provide an effective means by which issues occurring in development will be recorded and appropriately managed.
  • Change & Configuration Control – Ensure effective means are provided to manage change and ensure that all product configurations are properly managed through their development and use in the field.
  • Auditing – Act as company’s representative for mechanical engineering in quality audits (internal and third-party).


Selection Criteria

Qualifications - Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science or other closely related technical discipline.

Experience – Able to demonstrate track record of providing sustained senior level technical leadership for development of complex electromechanical systems, satisfying demanding performance requirements and complying with standards controlling development process and documentation.  Experience of working with development partners will be an advantage.

Industries – Medical devices, diagnostics, laboratory instruments preferred. Will consider candidates from other industries required to provide similar rigour for development and volume manufacture of precision equipment of other kinds.


Technical Skills

  • Industrial design / ergonomics (collaborative work with appropriate consultants).
  • 3D modelling using common CAD systems (e.g. Soldworks, ProEngineer).
  • Material selection (including consideration of biocompatibility)
  • Mechanical Prototyping using variety of techniques.
  • Simulation & Modelling (including Stress Analysis, Mould Flow Analysis)
  • Tolerance Analysis
  • FMEA (Design and Production)
  • Tooling design for injection moulding
  • Manufacturing Process Design and Deployment
  • Maintenance of Bills Of Material (including volume costings)
  • Consumables sterilization processes
  • Technical / Design Review
  • Reliability testing
  • Value Engineering
  • Design For Excellence


Capabilities & Behaviours

  • Presentation / Documentation Skills – Able to engage individuals and small groups using verbal, written and audio-visual material.
  • Organization – Able to organize own work and shared working environment.
  • Collaboration – Good interpersonal skills engaging with engineering, design, manufacturing, quality, bioengineering and biological teams.
  • Problem Solving – Use logical and creative approaches to solve complex problems, demonstrating “can-do” attitude.
  • Computing – Computer competency, including use of in-house software.
  • Driving – Current UK driving license.
  • Travel - Willing and able to occasionally travel on business as required.


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