Mechanical Design Manager

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We are looking for a Mechanical Design Manager to work on a permanent basis in North Yorkshire.

Salary is c£45,000 – 55,000 per annum


The Mechanical Design Manager has similar responsibilities to a Senior Design Engineer, but with additional responsibilities focused on line management of a team of engineers.

The Mechanical Design Manager reports to and works closely with the Engineering Manager to maximise productivity and quality, develop staff and improve processes.

It should be noted that the employee development and line management aspects of the Mechanical Design Manager role should occupy up to 20% of the engineer’s working week and hence available working hours for client project work will be reduced accordingly in all resource planning activities.

The Mechanical Design Manager’s management activities span the following key areas:

  • Engineering Productivity & Quality
  • Employee Development
  • Continual Improvement
  • Line Management
  • The Design Manager is also responsible for undertaking the following design related activities:
  • Technically Responsible Person Role
  • Design Tasks
  • Tendering Tasks

Key Duties and Responsibilities
Engineering Productivity & Quality

  • Supervision of engineers and their workload within the allocated group. Note that the Design Manager is not responsible for allocating work load, rather reporting on suitability and availability of those within the allocated team for future tasks
  • Attend resource planning meetings to assist the Engineering Manager and Project Management team
  • Promoting adherence to the client Engineering processes and procedures to support consistency and quality of engineering work
  • Promote compliance with both client and statutory requirements
  • Promoting a close working relationship with other departments, especially Planning and Manufacturing to ensure Engineering activities work smoothly in the delivery of projects

Employee Development

  • Conducting performance appraisals for individuals within the allocated group
  • Frequent (minimum monthly) contact with staff to ensure their professional and personal development is on track
  • Developing a supportive, encouraging and learning environment
  • Identifying training needs, developing, communicating and supporting training programmes and initiatives
  • Working with the Engineering Manager and other internal stakeholders to recruit new employees (e.g. reviewing CVs and conducting telephone / face-to-face interviews.)

Continual Improvement

  • Ongoing assessment of engineering processes and procedures to identify and implement improvements
  • Implementation of continual improvement initiatives such as visual management tools and ‘toolbox’ talks

Line Management

  • Dealing with daily staff matters within allocated group including attendance, leave, sickness
  • Assisting the Engineering Manager where required in pay reviews and grievances
  • Promote adherence to the client’s H&S Policy, for example:
    • Reporting near misses and accidents
    • Risk assessments for non-routine activities

Technically Responsible Person Role
For a specific project or projects:

  • Be accountable for the technical management and delivery within time, cost and quality
  • Maintain technical compliance with the contract and resolve technical conflicts where possible
  • Ensure cross-discipline integration
  • Assist the project management staff in:
    • Understanding the technical delivery such that they may manage budget / expenditure information and work durations
    • Reviewing progress and the critical path
    • Identify and minimise the client exposure to risk
    • Identify and report change
    • Promote cohesion across the project team

Design Tasks
Carrying out design tasks to meet the time, cost and quality requirements of projects such as:

  • Scheme design deliverables
  • Detail design deliverables
  • Production of manufacturing documentation
  • Take part in client meetings, testing / commissioning activities and post project review meetings
  • Maintaining the project’s working folder
  • Checking and approving of deliverables produced by other team members

Tendering Tasks
This may include but not be limited to:

  • Production of concept designs
  • Estimating durations for design of tender items
  • Composing technical responses to quotation requests

Key Skills and Competencies

  • Has been responsible for a variety of diverse projects or activities ranging in both size and complexity.
  • An ability and desire to support, motivate and develop others
  • Sufficient knowledge, interpersonal skills and communication skills to attract respect and exert influence within his or her assigned group of staff
  • Proven organisational, administrative, and planning abilities
  • Commercially and delivery-focused
  • Experience or familiarity with continual improvement methodologies


  • Degree / HND / Higher Apprenticeship in a related discipline
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)

If the Mechanical Design Manager role could be of interest to you, please call Rebecca at GPW Recruitment or press APPLY NOW!

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