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Principal Design Engineer

Renishaw is seeking a Principal Design Engineer to join the Spectroscopy Products Division (SPD) to guide the Divisions mechanical Engineering team. The successful candidate will have a demonstrable record of developing successful, innovative products whist delivering them to market and meeting customer, regulatory and budgetary requirements. They will be contributing to all aspects of the product development cycle.

Team management and customer interaction skills will be required, as well as the willingness to mentor and grow the team.


  • Strong leadership qualities to guide the SPD mechanical team

  • Managing, planning, and driving product realisation activities, from concept feasibility through to product launch

  • Design of system components including precision opto-mechanical assemblies and mechanisms

  • The ability to compile design specifications and test plans for the product designs

  • Data analysis to support the design following prototype build and test

  • To select appropriate materials and manufacturing routes

  • Mechanical engineering support for our current range of Raman spectrometers and accessories

  • You will work closely with Production Engineering to enable transfer of new designs into Production and ongoing support of current products

Key requirements

  • Educated to at least degree level in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline

  • Able to demonstrate a previous significant role in product development

  • An attention to detail in all areas

  • Prior working expertise in a supervisory role

  • Able to demonstrate an extensive knowledge and substantial expertise in the design and development of mechanical devices and systems

  • Proven CAD expertise

  • Proven practical skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to multi-task and offer immediate support should issues arise within the engineering and Production teams

Desirable requirements

  • Proven Siemens NX expertise

  • Familiarity with the use of FE Analysis

  • An aptitude and enthusiasm for problem solving

  • Knowledge and practical expertise in rapid prototyping technologies and processes

  • Proven track record of product testing and data analysis

  • Vacuum technology understanding

Person specification

The successful applicant for this role will need to demonstrate that they can successfully stimulate and drive innovation in product design and development, have good problem-solving skills and attention to detail, ultimately delivering successful products to market.

The applicant must also possess strong interpersonal and organisation skills and be able to demonstrate design excellence, their practical skills and considering the views of the team and other functions.


When you join Renishaw, we're committing to your future career. That's because we believe in developing our people's skills and promoting them internally. We also offer a benefits package that's highly desirable; including a 9% non-contributory pension, discretionary annual bonus, *subsidised onsite restaurants and *coffee shops, free parking, *car sharing scheme and *24 hour fitness centres. (*not available at our Castle Donington, Exeter, York & Edinburgh sites)

We also want to promote a healthy work-life balance as much as possible, so we have introduced a Homeworking policy which allows for a combination of home and office based working depending on the nature of your role. We also offer a variable working programme, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, Life Assurance Policy of 4 times annual salary, Cycle to Work scheme, enhanced maternity pay subject to qualifying criteria, the option to join BUPA Renishaw health trust and an Employee Assistance Programme for employees and family.

Wotton-Under-Edge, England, UK