Job Title: Research & Development Design Engineer

Department: Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering

Location: Coventry

Division: Unipart Manufacturing

Responsible To: Applications Engineer

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Job Description

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) is collaboration between Coventry University and Unipart Manufacturing Group (UMG). Part-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), it brings together the best in academia, industry and R&D in a ‘live’ manufacturing environment.The group conducts research and development of innovative technology for automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, power generation and rail sectors. The AME aims to contribute to Unipart’s growth and sustainability and to wider economic growth by making the UK globally competitive.

Job Specification:

  • Grade: U92
  • Hours: 36hrs per week
  • Department: Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Location: Coventry
  • Division: Unipart Manufacturing

Job Description


The success of the AME collaboration is dependent on a strong core team of engineers to deliver research and development projects. The project portfolio is growing and AME requires more enthusiastic engineers with suitable experience to deliver them. The roles offer a unique opportunity to exploit your innovative potential without some of the constraints which are necessary for engineers working within a product delivery ‘lifecycle’ environment.

A broad engineering ability and interest will be advantageous as the portfolio of projects can be diverse. Proficiency in areas such as CAE simulation and mathematical modelling, design, design for manufacture, manufacturing, materials, mechanical testing and product development would benefit the team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Deliver development projects supporting next generation product and process technology, aligned with company business plans and roadmaps
  • Work closely with CU/AME analysis and simulation teams providing parametric CAD models which can be used for automated optimisation
  • Build relationships with relevant UMG suppliers, customers and other consortium partners, as and where necessary
  • Manage all phases of design in technical projects; oversee a product's conception, design, development, and change management.
  • To manage all supporting functions for project delivery, these may be UMG, CU, or AME teams.
  • Grow the Institute’s strength with anchor technologies, identifying and developing skills, processes and equipment
  • To support the learning and research activities taking place in the institute
  • To contribute to proposal development for future projects

Key characteristics of the role

  • Identify innovative solutions for future product and process challenges
  • Interpret customer design specification and requirements and participate in innovative systems design
  • Provision of engineering CAD design and CAE analysis support for AME projects
  • Specification and interpretation of simulation outputs using state of the art modelling techniques
  • Manage design process using industry tools like DFMEA, and DOE to measure success/correlate CAE
  • Manage time and delivery of work within agreed project time plans, exceeding customer expectations 

Limits of Authority

  • Reporting to: Applications Engineer
  • Direct Reports: Non
  • Relationships: Establish good working relationships and partnerships with: Immediate Team, Management Team, Coventry University Team, Customers, suppliers and consortium partners

Person Specification


  • Experience of the design & development of a mechanical system either automotive or in a sector with transferable skills
  • Use of a systems design approach to achieve function and durability with optimal mass
  • Manufacturing experience and applied design for manufacture would be advantageous
  • Use of CAE tools such as FEA, CFD, and CAD
  • Project management including planning with measurable targets, identification of key enablers and use of gateways for deliverables.
  • Knowledge of industry standard tools such as FMEA, APQP, DoE, GDT

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Educated to Degree or HND level or equivalent
  • Can apply CAE tools to simulate manufacture and use, to predict product behaviour.
  • Proficient in CAD preferably with experience in parametric design
  • Materials technology for high strength, light weight, low emissions
  • Experience in design of automotive powertrains and electrification would be an advantage
  • Good general grasp of manufacturing methods, DFM, Lean, Agile…
  • Principles of design of experiments, developing robust test regimes and accurately reporting findings
  • Proven creative problem solving skills
  • Computer literate and familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and MS Project

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Confident enthusiastic and keen to demonstrate engineering capability
  • Driven to achieve results for the engineering team and the institute
  • Excellent communication skills written and verbal
  • Self-motivated with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Effective networking and development of working alliances

Specific Job Skills:

Experience of the following:

  • Systems design and CAD capability
  • Use of CAE for product durability and manufacturing simulations
  • Willing to train and push boundaries of CAD and CAE capability to achieve optimal designs
  • Work with applications engineers to develop verify and correlate designs, using prototypes and demonstrators
  • Lead innovative design work packages to successful completion