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Senior Mechanical Engineer - Battery

Senior Mechanical Engineer - Battery

Job Title: Senior Mechanical Engineer - Battery
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Wiltshire
Salary: competitive plus bonus
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: GF5672
Contact Name: Gemma Feist
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 17, 2021 13:34

Job Description

Senior Mechanical Engineer - Battery
£competitive plus bonus

Our client offers a unique opportunity for a motivated and dynamic technician in the Energy Storage team within their Research, Design and Development (RDD) department; based in Wiltshire, U.K. 

In the company we are encouraged to think differently, challenge convention and be unafraid to make mistakes. We’re creative, collaborative, practical and enthusiastic, but most of all we’re hugely passionate about what we do.  We are looking for individuals who wish to invent, design and develop leading products for the global market. By working in our world class Research Design and Development department, these individuals have the opportunity to work alongside other leading technical specialists and highly motivated creative people, to create products which fulfil our ambition of being truly different and better than our competitors.

The company has invested in a R&D laboratory to support the development and testing of novel battery designs. The battery facility is completed and is now scaling up activities.  This growth has created an exciting opportunity within the team for an individual who is keen to get hands on with the development of the next generation of batteries.

The company requires a skilled and highly motivated Mechanical Engineer to help it achieve its battery ambitions and support its RDD characterisation activities. While the heart of the battery is electrochemical, the structure surrounding it is critical, managing parasitic mass in battery cells is a significant challenge, requiring deep understanding and elegant solutions, to optimise and improve battery cell mass.

Key responsibilities:
Develop and verify design of cell mechanical sub-components 
Investigate mechanical load path interactions within the cell, characterise and analyse mechanical interactions and failure modes within the battery cell. Optimise materials and mechanical design for performance, safety and lifetime of the cell.
Generate, develop and implement novel ideas for battery component design
Develop and manage a set of mechanical design rules and load cases for battery cells, to quickly enable development and testing of new ideas
Develop requirements for functionality, durability and robustness of non-chemical components of a battery cell
Set up and run testing to support any performance, lifetime, safety and mechanical characterisation required of the battery cell or sub-components to develop design requirements.  
Support with the development of test methodology, including the design and optimisation of Jigs and equipment where necessary.
Collate data and generate summary test reports
Ensure all the relevant documents; process, COSHH, methodology and data records are updated as required.

Qualifications, skills and behaviours:
Education and experience:
Degree in Engineering or physical science discipline (e.g. Physics; Mechanical Engineering) 
Electro/mechanical component characterisation and analysis 
Component design and verification/validation testing

Desirable experience:
Mechanical design of components in electrochemical environments
Familiarity with Siemens NX or other professional CAD software environments
Experience in FEA analysis of composite systems using packages such as ANSYS would be advantageous
Experience working in industrial research environment
Ideally experience working in battery cell design and sub components

Essential behavioural skills:
Excellent analytical ability and attention to detail
Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information in written and verbal format
To be able to multi-task and plan effectively when working with a variety of project teams in an often high-pressure, competitive environment in an organised manner
Ability to identify and solve problems independently
Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise tasks
Excellent team working skills.

Benefits Overview
27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays 
Pension scheme 
Performance related bonus 
Life assurance 
Lift share scheme 
Discount on company products

To apply please forward an MS Word formatted version of your CV for our review and consideration.