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Engineer - Actuator & Mechanical

Level: IC3

Reporting To: Team Lead - Actuator & Mechanical

Department: R&D

Location: Cambridge (Waterbeach)

Purpose of Role: 

The Mechanical Engineer will be talented and enthusiastic, have a hands-on, rigorous approach, and be able to apply their mechanical design and development expertise to provide innovative solutions to the complex engineering problems that we face every day. 

Working in a fast-paced and highly collaborative, cross-functional team environment, the Mechanical Engineer will help deliver robust products that satisfy the needs of our customers.


Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to: Team Lead – Actuator & Mechanical
  • Direct reports: none

Key Accountabilities:

  • Contribution of mechanical design expertise and innovation for the new product development (NPD) activities from architecture and concept definition through to detailed modelling, design, test and product qualification, along with manufacturing development and support.
  • Generation of detailed specifications for the design of sub-systems and components.
  • Optimisation of design solutions and trade-offs for owned part and system areas.
  • Hands-on involvement with product design, design verification, testing and characterisation.
  • Development of associated test equipment and tooling.
  • Meeting of challenging project deadlines while assuring high quality solutions.
  • Helping to build core knowledge, best practices and design standards for the team, department and company.

Key Competencies:

  • Fundamentals of mechanical engineering including CAD, mathematics and statistics, tolerance analysis, stress/strain, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.
  • Design and tooling of mechanical components for manufacture using techniques including plastic injection moulding, die casting, extrusion, machining, extrusion etc.
  • Mechanical modelling, optimisation and design tools (CAE).
  • Design and process FMEA.

Key Challenges:

  • Understanding the complex design requirements and operating environment of the products and their applications.
  • Developing innovative and effective solutions for often conflicting requirements.
  • Meeting tight project and development deadlines without compromising design quality.

Key Relationships:

  • Project Leads (Technical) & Team Leads (Resources).
  • Principal Mechanical Engineer.
  • NPI Team (Manufacturing).
  • Chief Architect (Printhead Development).
  • Head of Printhead Development.

Person Specification:

  • Intelligent, personable, with a positive attitude.
  • Not afraid of speaking their mind, taking risks and challenging decisions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Dynamic and able to react to changing situations.
  • Resilient and able to manage conflicting needs and challenging problems.
  • Able to contribute and thrive in an exciting, dynamic, and fast-moving environment.
  • A team player with excellent interpersonal and cross-functional working skills.
  • Innovative, and have a methodical and systematic approach to work.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Demonstrable experience in a mechanical engineering (or equivalent) industry.
  • Design and development of complex products and systems involving precision custom mechanical components, electronics and/or fluidics.
  • Completion of at least one complete product development cycle, from concept through full design, development and industrialisation to successful market introduction.
  • Manufacturing methods for both rapid prototyping and mass production.
  • Design for Manufacture & Assembly.
  • 3D CAD, preferably SolidWorks.
  • A competent and productive user of MS Office applications.
  • Fluidic system design, manufacture and test (ideal, but not essential).
  • FEA/stress/thermal/fluidic modelling (ideal, but not essential).
  • Digital printing (ideal, but not essential).

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