Peter is a conscientious and methodical Senior Consultant, with over 18 years’ experience in specialist engineering recruitment.  Over the years he has created a strong portfolio of clients and candidates who are very happy to keep coming back to repeatedly use his expert services, due to his professional, focused and friendly approach. He is a specialist in Design, R&D and Project Recruitment and has a strong track record of finding engineers where there are skills shortages.  Having originally spent 11 years in Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, has given Peter a strong interest and passion in engineering and how products are made and developed.

Peter Hampshire

Senior Consultant


Peter is a conscientious and methodical Senior Consultant, with over 18 years’ experience in specialist engineering recruitment.  Over the years he has created a strong portfolio of clients and candidates who are very happy to keep coming back to repeatedly use his expert services, due to his professional, focused and friendly approach. He is a specialist in Design, R&D and Project Recruitment and has a strong track record of finding engineers where there are skills shortages.  Having originally spent 11 years in Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, has given Peter a strong interest and passion in engineering and how products are made and developed.

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Engine Build Technician - Prototype / Development

We are working with a specialist low volume Engine / Powertrain developer who are involved in a range of prototype and product testing projects. The organisation has a strong history of providing tailored solutions for their customers with short lead times.

To support the development and prototype department a technician is required to assist in the first build, test and assembly of components and parts that form high performance engines. The role will also be involved in testing and ensuring that data and results meet the required standards and compliance needed to achieve a successful sign-off.

As a company they boast a strong team of engineers, production specialists and trades people and a strong reputation for providing best in class products.


  • Reporting to the Section Leader / Manager the position will assist building and testing various parts and components and also the complete engine build.
  • Working in a small team environment and ensuring procedures and methods are followed.
  • Assemble and put together complex components in a way that meets mechanical engineering standards.
  • Use various associated tools and equipment to fit, check and test the whole product or components.
  • Run and maintain test cycles to ensure builds are correct and fit for purpose.
  • Advise and report issues and assist in the development of concessions and design changes via testing.
  • The role will be a day’s shift routine with a 12-noon finish on a Friday

Skills & Experience:

  • We are seeking someone with a formal apprenticeship and training within a mechanical engineering / assembly environment (Ideally Engines / Powertrain Applications)
  • At least a few years relevant industry experience of being an Engine Build Technician or similar.
  • Knowledge of working with test rigs and collating data very desirable.
  • Good communication skills


The role will be working in a very positive and friendly environment with a variety of projects and work.

The role comes with a good pension, healthcare and 33 Days Holidays

12 noon finishes on Friday’s

Be part of team environment with liaison with other departments.

For more information please send your CV ASAP.



Product Engineer (Product Design, Engineering and Development).

Responsible for the Product Definition, Validation and Execution.


An Automotive supplier of a range of plastic biased trim products, are seeking a Product Engineer to support programmes in the areas of Product Engineering.

The role will require a CAD biased background in experience of getting concepts and prototypes through life cycles and approval stages, typical to Automotive Tier 1 stages.


Daily activities will include:

  • Work with build coordination and technology group (process) engineer to direct design verification build and prototype build and record all design problems.
  • Assign all design problems to proper engineering discipline for countermeasure.
  • Responsible for Design Verification and Product Validation of the project, through liaison with the test lab and quality departments.
  • Interfaces with the customer to ensure all engineering needs and requirements are being met.
  • Coordinate engineering changes through the customers and internal systems during the Development Phase.
  • Evaluate and approve design changes, specifications and drawing releases.
  • Work with the Project Manager and other engineers to establish priorities and assign tasks to complete the project according to the defined schedule.
  • Support launch at the customer assembly plants.

Primary duties will include:

Coordinate and follow product engineering responsibilities from design concept, through Prototype build, pilot, production, and life of the program.

Provide feasibility input to support Studio Design & Package Requirements and Champion, support and participate in Design and Engineering Reviews.

Create and maintain a Master Section Package for the Commodity.

Work with advance engineering, styling and the company’s technical centre on development of the Concept and feasibility of components and vehicle level integration.

Work with and direct the CAD team to ensure all engineering parameters and customer requirements are being fulfilled on a timely basis.

Update Product Definition whenever project definition changes.

Develop the DFMEA, DFM and other engineering disciplines if specified by the customer.

Organise and develop Design concepts, product architecture and set internal Engineering specifications.

Directs, coordinates, assigns tasks, and works with customer engineers to bring all Engineering disciplines together on the project.

Prepare preliminary detail drawings, with assistance of CAD design group

Prepare layouts/detail drawings for review and release, with assistance of CAD design group

Utilize and apply GD&T.

Develop DVP&R, obtaining customer approval, and initiating all laboratory and virtual tests.

Ensure that the product design complies with all product requirements and any international Legal standards when applicable.

Ensure that the product meets all engineering objectives and targets for weight, acoustics, water sealing, cost, service etc.

Skills and Requirements:

The right candidate will be:

  • Degree Qualified in and Engineering, Product or Industrial Design field.
  • Good exposure to engineering applications with at least 3 - 5 years in Automotive Engineering preferred
  • At least 3 years of Automotive Interior Engineering / Plastics experience.
  • Knowledge of Plastic injection moulding, post processes and assembly of complex components.
  • Experience working with UK OEM’s as a Tier 1 supplier in an engineering function.
  • Ability to effectively conduct group presentations,
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills.
  • Proficient in 3D CAD standard software with the ability to create, interrogate and communicate geometry requirements.
  • Capable of using pictographic tools (Sketching, Diagrams, presentations) to clearly communicate issues and requirements.


Salary - £50,00+





A fast-growing engineering organisation that provides a range of software solutions across Europe is seeking a new Internal Sales Person due to growth and to support their growing customer base. Based in their Midlands office the role will be working within a team of Sales and Engineering staff dealing with customers orders, requirements and needs, making sure bespoke applications can be correctly created and delivered.


The company has seen fantastic growth from a £5 million turnover to over £25 million in recent years and new business opportunities are coming in weekly. As an organisation they have a proud history of developing staff into more senior roles within a short period of time and also into new areas of the business.

Skills and Requirements:

Language skills are essential for this role due the geographical locations of customers, so suitable applicants will be fluent in at least one European Language, ideally (German, Italian, Spanish, French or Polish).

The company will provide product training and support from day one and also the prospect of developing a career path into either senior sales, marketing, or project management.

The right applicant for Internal Sales role will have the following:

  • A formal qualification – Degree or equivalent in either a Business or Engineering subject.
  • At least 6 months experience of working in an office environment, ideally Sales / Engineering
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Fluent in another European Language apart from English, written and verbal.
  • Have a strong team ethic to work.
  • Willingness to travel to international locations.
  • Ability to understand technical applications.


Salary - £24,000


25 Days Holiday


This role will require applicants to already be eligible to live and work in the UK without the need for additional visa’s or sponsorship.



A specialist company that provide body solutions to a range of vehicles are seeking a new leader to manage their 6-man design team. The company currently work with customers across the globe and offer tailored and bespoke solutions for their needs.

As a company they boast at 70 strong engineering team that is spread over 3 sites and portfolio of work that is already going well into 2019- 2020.


The role requires an existing Design Manager or someone who has recently held a level of responsibility with a design environment, who can lead and organise team members work loads, so that product delivery to manufacturing can be achieved easily.

 The position will also require direct impute into the design and creative aspects of customers orders and meet the challenges of providing a functional and usable product with an element of styling and aesthetics.

The design process involves creating designs that can be transferred to programming / manufacturing processes, with consideration of making the production process as simple and cost effective as possible.

Whilst managing projects and team members the Design Managers role will also involve making sure designs meet current rules and transport regulations, safety and compliance remits and a level of quality that guarantees a products life span.

Skills & Experience:

  • This position requires a formal qualification in Design Engineering with several years’ experience in a design for manufacture environment.
  • A good ability to use 3D CAD and a strong understanding in a materials and manufacturing processes is essential.
  • Team leadership skills and the ability to motivate people in a very positive and inclusive manner is a must.
  • Candidates with a Vehicle, Aerospace, Military, Marine or similar transportation product development background will have a distinct advantage for this role, but candidates with a background in designing Shelters, Structurers and other fabricated type products will also be considered.

This is a great role that will see projects turn around very quickly and will give a senior designer or design manager the satisfaction of managing a team where there is often a myriad of projects live at any one time.

For more information please forward your latest CV ASAP.



AutoCAD Technician

A busy North Midlands company who supply the retail, leisure and commercial sectors with ventilation and HVAC applications is seeking a AutoCAD Technician to produce detailed drawings and layouts for mechanical works.


The AutoCAD Technician will be responsible for:

  • Production of detailed drawings for air conditioning, ventilation and mechanical works. Possibly to assist with site surveys and heat load calculations for retail, leisure and commercial projects, value £3K-£500K throughout the UK.
  • Must be computer literate, self-motivated, personable, able to work independently and as part of a team and liaise effectively at all levels.
  • Prepared to react quickly and effectively in various situations.
  • Work as a key member of the Design team, taking a proactive roll

Skills & Experience of an AutoCAD Technician:

  • Previous experience within the air conditioning or construction industry would be a major advantage.
  • The successful individual should have excellent written and verbal skills, be fully IT conversant and hold qualifications for AutoCAD.
  • 2 years minimum experience preferred.
  • Candidates should be self-motivated, personable, confident and possess excellent customer focus.
  • Will be a team player and be prepared to occasionally contract projects if required during busy periods.


  • The company do offer employees support and training and avenues for progression.
  • You will part of a team environment
  • Working hours 9 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday with 1 hour for lunch


Group Sales Director Required.

A very fast-growing organisation whose products are focused towards the international manufacturing sectors, are seeking a new Group Sales Director due to restructuring and continued business growth. The Group already has a strong and growing market sector in Europe, USA and Asia and is also developing new emerging markets. Due to the need to maintain a strong presence in Europe where a large share of existing and growing business is based, a decision has been made to base a Group Head in the UK Office.

The Group Sales Director will be responsible for leading strategies, growth plans and customer development / relationships via Regional Sales Managers and Technical Support staff, with a strong emphasis on new product innovation and tailored bespoke products, so in-turn turnover growth can be achieved.


Group Sales Director Duties will include:

  • Assist in the delivery of the organisation groups expansion and new product delivery plans.
  • Build and maintain strong links of communications with Customers, Suppliers, Partners and Sister Companies.
  • Organise, mentor, support, recruit and manage a European sales team
  • Keep up to date with new technology and product development
  • Be a key part of the groups Senior Board of Managers and Directors in decision making and creating action plans.
  • Visit and build relationships with new and existing customers (Mainly Europe)
  • Offer strong leadership and motivation to keep all teams and individuals in line with the current fast paced market environment.
  • Collate reports on market trends and where predicted new emerging markets and business opportunities will come from in the future.

Skills & Experience:

To be a successful candidate as the Group Sales Director, the following skills and experience are desired.

  • Be an existing or recently employed Senior Sales Manager / Director within a technical industry sector.
  • Hold a formal qualification in engineering
  • Have strong industry experience within the Manufacturing sectors.
  • Have a strong understanding of New Product Development, Manufacturing Methods, Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Have a good appreciation of modern technology
  • Good exposure of managing teams especially in other countries.
  • Be able to speak more than one language (Very Desirable)
  • Have a proven success record for delivering, hitting and exceeding targets
  • Be willing to travel, often to European locations and sometimes further.
  • Have the right professional attitude to be a Director of a well organised and growing organisation
  • Be very much a team and company player.


The Company and Group have a strong history of developing people from within and offering progression opportunities with the global group of organisations.

This position will be part of a large group of professional and focused people who are all looking at growing their organisation with innovation and customer satisfaction.

The company will offer a successful candidate career developing training and support to allow continued progression to Group Level Senior Management.

The position comes with a very attractive annual bonus, plus shares options, a company car or allowance, a great pension package and flexible working arrangements within reason.

This is a very good opportunity for a result driven individual who is generally interested in technology and the modern way the manufacturing sectors are going to achieve their aims.


Structural Engineering Consultant

We are working with a structural engineering Consultancy, who advise and support the Civil and Architectural industry sectors with the latest technology and materials used in producing high performance steel.

Project design, feasibility and calculation advice of the capabilities’ and benefits of newly developed materials is becoming a major part of companies group sales growth plan across Europe and the need for additional

Consultants to join the team has become paramount to maintain this growth.

The position will be based within a research and academic environment and will either support customers projects on or off-site at key phases, but most of the average working week will be based in Coventry.

The projects will vary in technical demands, costs and size, so each week will offer different challenges and requirements.

Based within a small team the role will often operate as a sole support or part of a small team and decisions and project management will often be down to the individual to decide on.

Requirements of a Structural Engineering Consultant:

  • A suitable candidate will be an experienced Civil Engineer with 8 – 10 years in Structural Engineering, who is ideally Chartered or about to become Chartered. A strong background in design and stress calculation from software or hand calcs should also be very evident in an applicants recent career history.
  • A very strong understanding of Construction and Architectural Design is essential, along with the experience to understand the gateways within a design project.

The position will require some international travel to mainly Europe and the ability to communicate and present with different levels of management, engineers, and procurement and sales / marketing departments in different countries.

The primary purpose of the role is to offer direct technical support and advice that will lead to higher sales orders and better satisfied customers, so a perfect fit for this role would be an engineer with a commercial awareness, but this is not a Sales position.

Qualifications of a Structural Engineering Consultant:

  • A formal qualification in Civil / Structural Engineer - Degree / HND
  • CEng Status 12 months+
  • A good understanding of Structural Design Methods and Software
  • A good understanding of FEA, both Software and Hand Cals
  • Good Project Management skills
  • Experience of the Construction and Architectural Industry sectors
  • Excellent presentation skills

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Mid-level Engineer who is looking to get a step up into Consultancy.

The position is open to all EU Nationals who are happy to live and working in the UK Midlands area.


Mechanical Design Engineer

Reporting: New Product Development Manager

We are working with a specialist manufacturing organisation that offer their services for a range of clients, who seek a method of manufacturing that is tailored and bespoke to their needs. (Low to Medium Volume).

To support the myriad of projects that the company produce each year, a small new product development team is tasked to work closely with the customer, supplier and the internal manufacturing departments to ensure the smooth delivery of projects and programmes.

The team consists of engineers with different skills sets and capabilities and a new position has been created for a more Mechanical biased Designer / Draughtsperson to join.

The role will be directly responsible for design and creating Design for Manufacture drawings, designs and models, so that tooling, prototyping and new product introduction processes can run in line with production effectively.

This will involve working with both NPD and Manufacturing teams daily, whilst also creating designs for overseas tooling suppliers.

All design work will be carried out in Solidworks and design standards and general mechanical engineering principles will always need to be adhered to.

This position will suit a either a Graduate or HND qualified engineer with at least 2 years industry design experience or a more experienced time-served draughtsperson with many years design and detailing exposure.


CAD Data Management Support

Reporting to the Engineering Data Manager


We are working with a large group of companies that are now migrating their CAD Data and associated documentation into a new PLM Enterprise System (Product Lifecycle Management) Windchill.

This will involve moving an obsolete unsupported matrix application to a new modern system with the latest functionality and performance software support.

Duties of a CAD Data Management Support:

  • Work with the Engineering Data Manager to identify and rectify engineering data quality issues
  • Analyse and cross reference engineering data between multiple sources to identify data quality issues (IT Systems and Excel reports)
  • Identify missing engineering data and propose a resolution for correction  Instruct the IT support team on the required correction activities
  • Track progress of corrective updates and validate quality issues resolved
  • Produce regular status updates / progress reports to project team

Skills Required of a CAD Data Management Support:

  • Good understanding of engineering concepts is essential
  • Understand how to read Engineering Drawings Understand Part and Product Bill of Materials
  • Understand product and part naming terms and conventions
  • Prior operation of PDM, PLM, MRP or ERP applications an advantage
  • Engineering / Manufacturing back ground is preferred
  • Good communication skills – written and verbal
  • Good Excel skills (Macros ideally) and the ability to manage multiple large spreadsheets
  • Ability to work independent and to deadlines

The role is for 6 months to meet project mile stone
The role is based in Peterborough but could be based out of Kent or Daventry for the right candidate.
Travel may be required within UK to work with wider project team




A new position has been created within a Design Team that has gained a high number of multi-million-pound projects for 3 separate large organisations in the UK.

The team is required to design and develop a wide range of products with either injection moulding or die casted processes and deliver finished products and components

that meet the very high standards required by their customers. (Automotive, Marine, Off-Highway)

The role itself will be mainly self-managing looking after a part or whole project. This will include the concept and creation design of components, design for prototype, testing, design for manufacture,

Bill of materials, supplier liaison and maintaining CAD Data and documents to a very high standard.

3D CAD experience (3 Years+) is essential for this role with either or both Injection Moulding and Die Casting Design exposure.

The role will also require a high degree of project management duties and liaison with other internal departments.

The average project lead time is normally 3 – 6 months from concept to delivery, so experience of fast paced and short lead time design projects would be beneficial.

This is a role that would suit a confident communicator who is happy to work to tight deadlines.

The company have recently seen a strong investment from their parent company and more investment is planned for 2019 / 2020

This is a great position for a graduate or time served engineer who may have already gained 3 – 5 years as a Design Engineer within a team environment and who is now looking for their next step up.

Please note that all applying applicants should already be eligible to live and work in the UK.

Training and progression will be on offer and a successful candidate will be given a great deal of project responsibility from a very early stage, so applicants seeking a strong challenge and the opportunity to develop into a senior position should apply for this role.

Applicants with a Product / Mechanical Design Qualification BSc/ BEng would suit this position best, but applicants with a BA Degree who have worked in a Mechanical Design environment will also be strongly considered.


Senior Project Design Engineer - Mechanical

We have an excellent opportunity for a Senior Project Design Engineer to join a fast paced and concept projects orientated organisation who focus on the research and development of engines, turbines and gear boxes.

The vacancy is for a suitable Engineer to lead the development and realisation of complex test facilities underpinning research on aeroengine gear boxes and bearing chambers design and development.

Key Duties of a Senior Project Design Engineer:

  • The position requires a highly versatile and skilled Engineer with a proven capability to deliver projects on time. The role will involve a range of skills and capabilities needed to take test rigs through from specification of requirements to fully instrumented, controlled and operational test facility and into testing and data acquisition.
  • The rigs rotate at high speed and involve oil and air flows; some run at elevated temperature and pressure as well, so a suitable Engineer will already have some experience of Design and R&D of Rotating Machinery.
  • We are keen to speak to applicants who have a mix of mechanical engineering, CAD Modelling / detailing and machine design skills.
  • Working as part of a small team the position will assume a key role in the entire development cycle for the complex test facilities from specification of requirements through to close of commissioning and into testing.

Requirements of a Senior Project Design Engineer:

  • This post is a combined design and realisation role so proficiency in use of all appropriate design tools and CAD systems combined with sufficient hands-on capability is essential. Experience in the design and operation of fluid systems and their constituent components is desirable. Experience with motors, drives and power transmission are all highly desirable.
  • The right candidate will have a Degree in Engineering, ideally Mechanical and at least 5 years post qualification industry experience.
  • Although applicants do not need to come from an engine background, they should have worked in a mechanical / rotating machinery design biased role, where the physical testing and development of prototypes are a major part of the programme.
  • Applicants should also have 3 – 5 years’ experience of using 3D CAD, A good background in Fabrications, Machining, Castings, Rotating Parts, CNC, Bearings and have strong evidence of working to GD&T and BS8888 standards.

This is a great role for a hands-on Engineer, who enjoys taking a brief and creating a moving mechanical device, machine or test rig.


Regional Sales Manager – Germany Region

The position will be responsible for the growth of new business relationships and profitable sales along with further market expansion for the supply of bespoke engineered products and solutions on a regional basis. The Regional Sales Manager will support the relationship development with new and existing valued distributors and direct customers, as well as the identification and development of all new relationships in the specified region.

As a Sales Manager for a niche product within a global manufacturer, you will be experienced to successfully develop and foster strong commercial relationships, as well as being responsible for the overall growth in your own region. Working closely with the central manufacturing organisation in the UK, the successful candidate will work to leverage the previous track record of the company, particularly their recent successes working with globally recognised OEM and manufacturing brands, as well as distributor channel companies in their region.

Primary Relationships:

  • This is a management position reporting to the Global Sales Director. Within the organisation, the position has primary working relationships with the other Regional Sales Managers, Board of Directors, and their respective teams. Externally, the key focus will be relationships with customers and their extensive distribution channel.

Principle Accountabilities - Regional Sales Growth:

  • Key point of liaison for the channel partners in Germany – supporting them with sales visits to key customers and acting as an expert advisor for the organisations product offering
  • Working with the channel partners to give hands on product training and highlighting the key selling points, features and customer benefits to ensure products are differentiated from competitor products
  • Understanding the local market and competitors to work with the channel partners in developing strategies to increase their sales potential
  • Responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive sales plan incorporating both direct customer relationship management and channel partner support that will enhance ability to grow in the market place
  • Active use of the digital marketing tools already in place such as the Distributor portal and CRM to maximise the opportunities in your region and ensure all potential leads are followed up in a timely manner
  • Liaise with all external sales managers to keep up to date with other sales activity, gather the application information to share with the central team and allow them to communicate this across the global sales network in an effective manner using the application/replication strategy.
  • Provide to support to marketing events such as trade shows and exhibitions including product demonstrations
  • Liaise with the manufacturing and quality team in Europe to ensure that the customer experience remains as positive as possible, this may include providing commercial support where issues arise

Planning and Budgeting:

  • Responsible for the achievement of sales growth targets, working with the Global Sales Director to agree on both short and long-term potential for your region
  • Carry out all regional sales duties in a professional manner and within the agreed budget limits agreed, especially around travel and customer entertaining

Business Strategy:

  • Provide commercial analysis of our market position, potential growth opportunities and a better understanding of how our product development can support our customer needs
  • Work with the board and senior staff to develop and maintain a strategic perspective -- based on marketplace and constituent needs and satisfaction.
  • Develop and coordinate means to seek regular input from the key channel partners and customers regarding the quality of products and services, our market position and translate that into improvements within our tactical plans

Experience Required for a Regional Sales Manager:

  • Recognised engineering or business qualifications (degree or above) and a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a sales role.
  • Fluent in German (and other languages)
  • Demonstrated customer focus and the ability to build effective relationships externally to enhance reputation and brand value across multi-cultural boundaries
  • Experience of developing, maintaining and delivering on sales strategies to meet company objectives.
  • Strong creative, strategic, analytical, organizational and personal sales skills.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at a time
  • A willingness to travel and work in a global team of professionals

This is a great opportunity to join a fast growing and dynamic organisation where individuals are encouraged to grow and develop into senior positions early into their careers.