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Acro – Design and development engineer

Crawley, UK

Salary: Competitive

Acro has an excellent opportunity for an experienced Design and Development Engineer to join our fast-growing business.

Working within the New Product Development (NPD) team, this is a fantastic opportunity to develop and deliver state-of-the-art aircraft seating products and technologies. Acro delivers robust engineering solutions that are delivered right first time, on time and to budget. Working closely with the NPD team and wider business this position is accountable for the safe and reliable design of multiple aircraft seating programs and ensuring regulatory guidelines are met and weight and cost are always considered in the design process.

Key responsibilities:

• Take technical ownership for the assigned seating modules and scope out requirements and targets for the project
• Develop composite products from concept through to certification and production readiness
• Create new ideas and investigate alternative materials and manufacturing processes that will always consider weight, cost, robustness and the assembly process
• Verify designs through calculations and key analysis to validate the product effectively
• Determine and manage priorities, timescales and deadlines and suggest solutions when at risk of deviating from original plans
• Manage and delegate tasks to junior engineering team members

To be successful in this position you will have:

• A Mechanical Engineering degree and significant post-graduate experience
• Previous experience of working within an aerospace or automotive environment desirable
• Strong experience in the use of CAD for product design engineering – Catia V5 preferred but not essential
• The ability to undertake fundamental engineering hand calculations including stress analysis
• Experience of product evaluation and structural testing to validate the product against the targets set
• Experience in design and development of composite structures
• Sufficient exposure to the latest manufacturing techniques such as composites, injection moldings, vacuum forming, castings, forgings, extrusions and machined from solid
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills with the ability to build relationships cross functionally within the business and when mentoring other team members
• The ability to adapt within a fast and pressured and deadline driven environment

This is a fantastic opportunity to join our innovative and award-winning high-growth business and add significant value to the engineering division and contribute to the leading-edge next generation of aircraft seating design.

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