Job Description

Design Engineer – Automation / Manufacturing Machinery  

A multi-site production organisation is currently seeking an internal bespoke machinery Design Engineer to design modules for their own manufacturing equipment. The position will have responsibility to designing bespoke machinery and robotic cells for a wide range of products.

As an organisation they are continually seeking to expand their capabilities and methods to manufacture as efficiently as possible, and this position will be key to achieve these aims. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Designing modules for manufacturing equipment.
  • Commissioning and project managing the installation of machinery. 
  • Independently designing bespoke machinery and or robotic cells for manufacturing a wide range of products.
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues at other company sites to design automated machinery specific to the manufacturing capabilities required at each site. 
  • The role will be proactive and innovative in-regards to offering more efficient factory processes.
  • Depending on experience the individual will have to follow projects from conception to commissioning.
  • Flexibility to travel to other local sites will be required. 

The right Design Engineer for this role will have the following attributes:

  • Be fully conversant with 3D CAD with proven experience of designing automated production machinery, incorporating pneumatics, servos and hydraulics.
  • Degree or similar qualified in Mechanical Engineering
  • Will be experienced in the application of robotics.
  • Must be capable of working independently when required but also within a team developing innovative automated machinery and processes and seeing these projects through from concepts to fully functioning production equipment.
  • Must be willing to get involved with the factory floor to work with teams to overcome issues and problems. (This role will not be entirely be desk based to understand the manufacturing challenges and to enable the implementation of the finished equipment.)
  • As well as design the individual will have to project manage entire projects.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and IT literate.
  • Ability to work under pressure, with excellent organisational skills.
  • Experience of designing, building and commissioning bespoke automated machinery.
  • The ideal candidate will have experience within packaging, food, or manufacturing industries. 

This is a great opportunity for a hands-on Designer with a Machinery background, who understands the needs and issues of fast manufacturing processes. 


  • Attractive Salary 
  • Pension 
  • 25 Days Holidays + Bank Holidays

Commutable from – Manchester, Wigan, Bolton, Rochdale, Oldham, 

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We are currently looking for a Mechanical Design Engineer to work for a fast growing organisation who specialise in the design and development of electromechanical devices. 
The company have seen fantastic growth of not only its own staff and revenue, but also its product range in the last few years and currently boasts a strong team of Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Engineers within its R&D team. 

The position will be daily involved in the mechanical design of devices and components that will house Smart Technology, Electronic and Electrical applications. The role will involve using 3D CAD SolidWorks to achieve the mechanical aspects of the projects - machine parts, fabrications, enclosures and moving parts. 

The right candidate for the Design Engineer position will have a strong background in 3D CAD design and development of electromechanical or mechatronic devices or similar.

  • Be formally qualified in either Mechanical or Design Engineering in (HND/Degree). 
  • Be fully conversant with a modern 3D CAD package (SolidWorks, Creo or similar) 
  • Have 1st principle mechanical engineering knowledge.
  • Have an appreciation of electrical and electronic applications.
  • A knowledge of software and embedded software applications would be advantageous. 
  • Good project engineering and the ability to create supporting documentation and presentations in relation to project management duties. 
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • The ability to work well within a team and understand and learn new technology and procedures. 
  • A strong work ethic. 
  • This role for a Design Engineer would be a great opportunity for either a mid-level or experienced Designer, who is looking for a new challenge to work full product life cycle and see projects through to completion and final delivery to an end customer. 
  • The company will offer a suitable applicant, good opportunities to progress their career and develop new skills. 


  • c£40,000
  • 25 days holiday plus bank Holidays
  • A good pension scheme
  • Healthcare scheme
  • Career development. 

If you believe you are a Design Engineer who could be suited to this position, with 3 years plus experience. Please forward your latest CV with a brief cover letter.

This position is commutable from Manchester, Preston, Blackpool, Rochdale, Oldham and Bolton.

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This is a fantastic opportunity to join a world-leading international organisation. Established over 30 years ago, they have a proven background in manufacturing, developing and designing innovative, sustainable construction solutions.
These high-performance solutions have been used in thousands of civil engineering projects across the globe, covering many different applications and market sectors.

In addition to being a great place to work, they will offer a relocation package for the right candidate.

Key Responsibilities

  • Co-ordinate the design aspects in the preparation of quotations and successful projects for the Company's Design and Supply Work. 
  • To provide cost effective, but safe, design and drawings for Design and Supply projects under our professional indemnity insurance cover.
  • Prepare innovative and cost-effective application suggestions in the promotion of the Company's products and expertise in support of civil engineering sales worldwide.
  • Contribute to the development of design methods for new applications and new products which are vital to the continuing success of the Company.
  • Advise clients in the design methods and applications of the Company's products, by telephone, correspondence and visits, thus promoting the practical and technical expertise of the company.
  • To provide technical instruction and demonstrations of the Company's design software to visiting clients and distributors, and to contribute to the development and efficient use of that software in the department.
  • Responsible for the planning and timeliness of the preparation of the quotations for Design and Supply projects. Assisting in the development of construction techniques that optimise the safe use of the Company's products.
  • Co-ordinate the department's design responsibilities in accordance with the Construction, Design and Management (COM) regulations by providing a unified approach to hazard identification and risk evaluation at design stage

Person Specification

  • A knowledge of civil engineering in general and soil mechanics in particular, to honours degree standard is essential plus 5- 6 years practical experience; this needs to be enhanced by maintaining and awareness of current developments in areas relevant to the Company's civil engineering activities. The jobholder needs to have particular skills amongst which are the following:
  • The level of proficiency required by this job is commensurate with Chartered Engineer status and therefore requires a few years civil engineering experience post-graduation and at least 4 years experience in the geotechnical industry.  Knowledge of contract procedures and planning is also necessary for this job.
  • Good communication abilities are needed as a large amount of discussion with clients, distributors, etc.  takes place both over the telephone and in writing.   Presentation of the Company's design methods at Design Workshops is also an important part of the job. Confidence in the jobholder's, and the Company's, technical expertise needs to be developed quickly.
  • Good project management skills are required to ensure that the design work is efficiently programmed and monitored and a knowledge of Contract Law and the limitations of the Company's professional indemnity insurance are essential.
  • Needs to be able to produce accurate designs and drawings under the constant pressure of a heavy workload. A knowledge of the department's computer software and hardware is essential to provide the necessary technical support.

Package and Benefits

  • Salary £45,000 – negotiable DOE
  • 37 hours per week
  • 33 days holiday
  • Free on-site parking
  • International Company
  • Market Leaders
  • Opportunity to progress within role and Company
  • Christmas Shut down
  • Pension matched up to 6%
  • Death in Service 3 times salary

Commutable From: Preston, Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Bury, Rochdale, Wigan


This is a fantastic opportunity to join a world-leading international organisation. Established over 30 years ago, they have a proven background in manufacturing, developing and designing innovative, sustainable construction solutions.
These high-performance solutions have been used in thousands of civil engineering projects across the globe, covering many different applications and market sectors.

In addition to being a great place to work, they will offer a relocation package for the right candidate.

Role Function

Produce Application Suggestions, Tender Submissions and Design Submissions for reinforced soil, walls, slopes and stabilisation projects, providing clients with quotations and advice on product and technical specifications.

Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare accurate and timely Application Suggestions (AS) using company proprietary and CAD software, liaising and advising clients as necessary in order to secure specification in tender documents.
  • Prepare and provide clients with cost effective Tender Submissions (TS) calculating unit rates and costings of construction using company products in order to secure sales. 
  • Produce fully indemnified Design Submissions (DS) as part of the legally binding contract documentation.
  • Identify, analyse and design out potential risks within projects at the AS,TS an DS stages liaising with the Design Manager and Senior Design Engineer(s) as necessary in order to comply with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Construction Design Manufacture (CDM) regulations and minimize exposure to potential claims. 
  • Assist Area Civil Engineers, as required, at technical seminars/presentations in order to promote company products and solutions and improve Sales.
  • Maintain continuous personal development (CPD) in order to keep upto date with company products/policies and technology development.

Person Specification

  • B. Eng. Degree with geotechnical modules – (preferred) or HND with 3+ years’ experience of highways/infrastructure projects
  • A solid working knowledge of AutoCAD
  • An understanding of Civil Engineering and soil mechanics
  • Previous experience in designing with geosynthetics would be an advantage.
  • Current Driving Licence would be an advantage

Package and Benefits

  • Salary £33,000
  • 37 hours per week
  • 33 days holiday
  • Free on-site parking
  • International Company
  • Market Leaders
  • Opportunity to progress within role and Company
  • Christmas Shut down
  • Pension matched up to 6%
  • Death in Service 3 times salary

Commutable From: Preston, Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Bury, Rochdale, Wigan


This is a well-established multi-disciplinary business, with a diverse project workload. They offer a varied and interesting workload, in this client facing role, so, a candidate with excellent communication skills is required. 

You will have around 5 years’ experience in Infrastructure Engineering / Civil Engineering, with a range of exposure across drainage and highways. Alternatively, deeper knowledge in one of these areas and a willingness to develop the other will be considered.

Infrastructure Engineer Candidate Essentials

  • Drainage (MicroDrainage), Section agreements and / or highways experience is essential
  • Educated to a minimum standard of degree Infrastructure Engineering or similar
  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience
  • Proficient in the use of AutoCAD and in modelling software such as Micro Drainage, PDS or Civil 3D
  • Working knowledge of drainage design standards and good practice, including Sewers for Adoption, Wallingford Procedure, FEH, NHBC Standards, CIRIA 753 (SUDS Manual), NPPF, etc
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, able to present information in detail to Directors, senior management team and staff
  • Hold full clean driving licence and have own private car with insurance for business use

Key Responsibilities

  • The Infrastructure Engineer will be managing and undertaking numerous residential, commercial and public sector related clients and projects. Liaison and co-operative working with team members, senior staff and colleagues in other disciplines
  • Writing of Flood Risk Assessment reports, Transport Assessments and other technical reports for strategic development schemes
  • Development of surface water drainage strategy designs, Road design, S38, S104, S106 and S278 documentation
  • Prepare design models, drawings, calculations, technical documents, reports and correspondence
  • Assist Director with operation of the Civil team to meet the productivity and growth aspirations of the company
  • Submissions of designs for third party approvals which require pro-active communication with clients, authorities and other agencies to ensure projects are completed to deadlines and budgets
  • Working within all offices as and when required, working additional hours if necessary, to deliver all responsibilities and to attend meetings/events

Company Benefits

  • Salary £35,000 - £42,000, dependant on experience
  • Payment of Professional Subscriptions
  • 30 days holiday
  • Christmas shutdown

Commutable From: Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Tamworth, Burton Upon Trent, Mansfield

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Due to an internal move, this world-leading business is looking to employ a Lead Electrical Design Engineer to join their Controls department in their new, state of the art offices.

Working on power generation control system projects you will provide the line management and allocation of company Drawing Office resource facilities. You will also provide CAD design services for the preparation of detailed designs in collaboration with appropriate design engineers and ensuring compliance with design standards.

Key Responsibilities

  • Produce CAD drawings for Controls systems i.e. L&N cubicles, Panels, AVRs etc and drive drawing office process standardization to ensure early adoption, streamlining of processes and identification of gaps
  • Look for opportunities to reduce process lead time and create spare capacity to process new projects, monitor, control, and develop engineering release systems into Manufacturing, Purchasing, and Services
  • Manage the workload of the team, develop the drawing office standards, ensuring high quality output across the team
  • Ensure regulatory and statutory compliance on product design, relevant technical, safety and environmental standards, codes of practice etc
  • Planning, prioritisation, and resultant resource allocation to meet and exceed customer expectations and management & resolution of all NCR’s within 24 hrs
  • Able to communicate technical information easily, to internal contacts and external customers
  • Working to set targets, both in terms of efficiency and output and presenting this at the monthly management meetings, team and individual management of staff in accordance with policy and procedures
  • Person Specification
  • AutoCAD Electrical experience is essential (Inventor experience, coupled with electrical skills may suffice)
  • 5 – 10 years of proven experience
  • Minimum HND/HNC in relevant engineering discipline
  • Technical self-sufficiency, with an understanding of other disciplines, and depth and range of management experience of projects and studies.
  • Ability to demonstrate man-management
  • Knowledge in the design, project engineering and consultancy in oil and gas pipelines / power generation and associated facilities
  • Experience in production of engineering CAD designs

Salary, Hours and Benefits

  • £40,000 - £44,000
  • 37 hours per week, early finish Friday’s
  • 7% company pension
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Christmas shutdown
  • Great development opportunities

Commutable From: Leicester, Derby, Nottingham, Tamworth, Burton Upon Trent, Birmingham, Coventry


A fantastic opportunity has arisen within a organisation who has been established for over 50 years, They are a leading organisation based within the North West. They are currently looking for a Maintenance electrician who holds previous experience within a Blow moulding / Plastics Environment.  

The right Maintenance Electrician will hold: 

  • Ideally the individual will hold relevant experience within a Plastics / Blow moulding environment 
  • Previous experience within a Maintenance Electrician role 
  • To hold abilities with Siemens and Mitsubishi PLC’s  - Fault finding abilities 
  • To have worked with both Hydraulics & Pneumatics
  • AC / DC Motors / Drives experience 
  • The individual has to be flexible as there is a call out every other weekend 
  • Looking for a highly motivated, Driven individual 

Qualifications Required:

  • 17th / 18th Edition 
  • HNC Qualified – Electrical Engineering 
  • Previous Experience within Blow moulding / Plastics is Essential to this role. 
  • Apprentice trained


  • c£35,000
  • Days, Monday to Fridays
  • Overtime
  • BUPA
  • Pension
  • 34 Days Holidays
  • Christmas Shutdown

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We are currently recruiting for a leading Specialist organisation based in the North West who are now looking to strengthen their already established maintenance team by recruiting for a Lead Maintenance Engineer who is mechanically biased with a basic electrical ability.

The right Lead maintenance engineer will be responsible for: 

  • You will be required to assist with both Mechanical and electrical repairs of machinery across the plant. 
  • PPM Checks and maintenance work where required 
  • Filling out relevant paperwork I.E. PPM Sheets 

The ideal Lead maintenance engineer will have the following: 

  • Mechanical and Electrical abilities, ideally, we are looking for a 70/30 split 
  • Previous experience within a Lead / Team-leader position 
  • Holding fault finding abilities with PLC controls i.e. Siemens & Allen Bradley 
  • Experience with CNC Machinery is key to this role. 
  • Experience in working in a fast-paced manufacturing background 
  • Continuous improvement and lead manufacturing Skills and experience
  • Previous experience within a Lead maintenance engineer role. 
  • Apprentice trained holding a City & Guilds / NVQ in mechanical Engineering. 


  • £35, 000 - £40,000
  • Pension
  • 33 Days Holidays
  • On-Site Parking
  • Days Only - Monday to Friday

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A position has become available for an Maintenance Engineer – Mechanically Biased   


  • £27,000 – 28,000
  • Overtime
  • Days Shift Only
  • Pension
  • 30 days holiday
  • Parking
  • Canteen

Experience with the following Equipment: 

  • Previous experience within a mechanical biased maintenance engineer role 
  • Previous experience within a Manufacturing / FMCG Environment 
  • Proven mechanical abilities 
  • Apprentice trained holding a formal qualification in mechanical engineering. 
  • The job holder should be able to work on any piece of equipment within the production department in which he is based to undertake a variety of planned preventative maintenance tasks on all machines.
  • To resolve mechanical breakdowns on all equipment within the production departments quickly and efficiently.
  • To 'fine-tune' equipment after a changeover to maximise performance efficiencies.
  • To be able to programme and understand all the functions of microprocessor-controlled equipment.
  • Carry out Preventative Maintenance activities as appropriate.

Experience with: 

  • Hydraulics & Pneumatics 
  • Motors and Drives
  • Conveyor systems 
  • Packaging / Automated machinery. 
  • Cutting Equipment
  • Experience within a Textiles environment would be at an advantage 


  • Apprentice trained 
  • Formal qualification in mechanical engineering  i.e. NVQ Level 3 Mechanical engineering 
  • Previous experience within a Maintenance Engineers role

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