Senior Mechanical Engineer

Senior Mechanical Engineer

About the role

Kinneir Dufort (KD) is a user centred innovation, design and product development consultancy, combining creative, technical and user experience skills to deliver products and services for medical, consumer and industrial clients.

We are looking for a Senior Mechanical Engineer  to join our experienced team.

Engineering is a vital component of KD’s Medical offer.  Our work is typically very diverse; and this role will be focussed on multidisciplinary product development, working on everything from concept generation and engineering analysis through to detailed design and formal verification

About you

As a Senior Engineer, you will take a lead role in project delivery within the engineering team including project planning, delivery and reporting of engineering activities as well as working with team members from our design, electronics, software and human factors teams. You will also contribute to developing business through support to sales meetings and proposal preparation.

You may be working in industry, a consultancy or a start-up and you will have a passion for understanding how products work, what are the key drivers in a design and how to refine them to meet the needs of the user.

You will bring your own particular skill to add depth to our team’s engineering and product development offering, however, At KD, collaboration is vital to how we work and you will need to be a team-player and enjoy a customer facing role, working with our clients to help them meet their goals.

Your skills and experience

Please ensure you meet the majority before making an application.

  • 1st or Upper 2nd, Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • 8+ years’ hands-on engineering experience in product development
  • Design from concept through to manufacture of mechanical systems and products
  • A keen focus on the use of engineering principles and analysis techniques
  • Project management including mentoring and directing other team members
  • Strong commercial understanding from a company and client perspective
  • Client relationship management and development; ideally consultancy experience
  • Understanding and working within multi-disciplinary teams (i.e. alongside industrial design, electronics and software, prototyping etc)
  • Presentation skills including written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work within design control under quality management systems
  • Bright, organised, personable, enthusiastic, pragmatic, team player

Other relevant engineering skills

The successful candidate will also have experience in a wide range of engineering processes including:

  • Mechanism design
  • Analysis of static, dynamic, fluid or thermodynamic systems
  • Design for manufacture including materials selection using manufacturing processes such as injection moulding, machining, sheet metal, forming
  • Tolerance analysis, design specification & 2D drawings.
  • Experience using SolidWorks and other CAD packages
  • Experience in risk management process to ISO14971 and use of FMEA and Fault Tree

This is a full-time role based in our beautiful Bristol City Centre HQ, however a proportion of the work can be conducted while working from home.  The role will also involve some travel to client sites for sales and project activity – mainly in other UK locations and the US.

About us

At Kinneir Dufort (KD) we combine creative, technical and user experience expertise with agility.  This enables our collaborative teams to rapidly define, create, develop and deliver world-changing products and experiences.

We think KD is a special company to work for. Our team are intelligent, hard-working, fun, non-egocentric, and collaborate brilliantly together to produce creative solutions.  We work with some of the biggest, best and most interesting international clients that you’ll find anywhere. We’re a multi-disciplinary team, with experts in research, innovation, human factors, digital UX, 2D and 3D product & packaging design, engineering, prototyping, and electronics & software, all uniquely integrated within one great company.

Our team are collectively driven to “design a better world” by creating impactful change and positive outcomes for our clients and the people we are designing for. Designing a better world is something we strive for, both in the work we do, and the way we work. We believe strongly in equality and fairness and try hard to do the right thing; we speak up for and support groups who are working to make a difference. Our official KD partners are the RSA, Frank Water, Kerning The Gap, TeenTech, Babbasa and The Big Bang. Many of our team are also involved in, or run, events in their local communities, making a difference to those around them.

Founded in 1977 by Ross Kinneir and Francis Dufort, the KD team are based in an iconic building in the vibrant city of Bristol. The characterful Grade 2 listed stone building was originally built as a sugar refinery around 1850 and was later used to store theatre costumes. It’s now completely refitted, and houses all of our staff plus our workshops, labs, the design studio, an HF usability suite, and client meeting spaces. The local area, “Christmas Steps Arts Quarter”, is full of independent shops and makers. It’s a short walk up to Park Street, or over to the Harbourside and St Nick’s Markets, both of which have regular street food markets.

We offer flexible working policies in terms of both location and working hours.  During normal circumstances, staff are typically expected to work a proportion of their week in the office and can work flexibly around specific ‘available hours’ in the working day.  Please contact us if you are thinking of applying and would like more information about how our flexible working policy might work for you in this role.

Why work with us?

At KD we have strong values which underpin everything we do.  As a business and as individuals we are Curious, Open, Adaptable, Expert, Human & Inclusive. 

We expect a lot of our team, but in return we think we offer a lot too.  We understand that we are only as good as our people, and we know how important it is to support our team.

We offer our staff:

  • 25 days holiday a year (with extra days for long service).
  • A matched contributory pension scheme.
  • Company-wide bonus
  • Private health care for you and your family; free employee eye tests, plus an employee assistance scheme.
  • Training and development opportunities, and regular lunch and learn sessions.
  • Flexible working approaches.
  • Regular opportunities to have your say, tell us what you think and influence how we develop as a team and as a business.
  • Secure in-building bike storage and shower, discounted First Bus monthly and annual passes. (Bristol has a good Park & Ride bus network.)
  • The opportunity to become involved in our work with the RSA, Frank Water, Kerning The Gap, TeenTech, Babbasa, The Big Bang.
  • A cafe that acts as the focal point for the whole team to get together for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. There is always daily fresh fruit and usually cake! There are plenty of opportunities to socialise outside of the office too, including activities like staff-organised runs, cycles, cinema trips, yoga sessions, and regular team socials.

If you like the sound of us and you meet the above criteria, then we’d love to hear from you.  Send your CV, along with a covering letter/email, to [email protected], including reference to  KDMDE-Jul2021  in the subject line.

If you think you might be the right person for us but want an informal chat first, then get in touch.

KD consciously embrace diversity and proactively encourage this with their recruitment process. They welcome applications to this position from anyone meeting the skills criteria, from any background.