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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We are working with an engineering consultancy who are tasked to create a range of products for a myriad of industry sectors across the globe. Their products are designed, developed and tested to meet tough quality and reliability standards and to their own (ISO) in-house standards as well.

The company are looking to expand their team with a Junior Mechanical Designer, ideally someone who has recently graduated or completed an apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering and has good exposure of a 3D CAD package with some experience of designing and modelling components, fabrications, and machine parts.

The role will be part of a small team and each project will often involve the complete design, test and prototype of a product, prior to being released for manufacture.

The right candidate will have a strong interest in mechanical design engineering, with the ability to calculate and problem solve mechanical issues. The position is best suited to someone who also has spent sometime in industry using 3D CAD, either as a placement year or time served.

If you are looking for a good 360 Hands-on position that will offer a 100% Design Engineering position from day one and also be part of the company’s aggressive Innovation and New Product Development plans, this would be a good position for you.

Main Requirements:

  • Formal Mechanical Engineering Qualification (Degree, HND, HNC)
  • Good 3D CAD Skills - (SolidWorks, Creo, Inventor etc)
  • Good General Mechanical principles knowledge
  • Experience of Fabrications, Machined & Casted Parts
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Good Academic Qualifications A Level & GCSE’s
  • Good Project and Problem-Solving skills

This is a great role to either start your career or to get it going in the right direction, with a company who have a strong track record for developing their staff.

For more information please contact Peter Hampshire with your latest CV.



We have an opportunity for a recent Graduate with an Electronics / Software Engineering biased to join an Electronic / Firmware Development Team in the Birmingham area.

The role will be working within a fast-growing innovations team supporting the Aerospace sector with devices and components that utilize Embedded and Firmware applications.

The Team are involved in complete turnkey development from concept through to test, prototype, approval, supplier liaison and sign off for delivery.

The position will suit a Graduate with ideally some industry experience, either post qualification or as a placement year, within Electronic Design and Development.

Training and support will be provided, but the environment is very fast-paced and focused on innovation growth, so a successful applicant will be expected to embrace a fast learning curve to become a valued asset to the existing team.

The company are also proud of their promotional and personal career development history with existing staff and can demonstrate a clear path for a successful applicant within the short to medium term.

Benefits for a Graduate Electronic Engineer:

  • Salary : £22,000 - £26,000
  • Bonus
  • Pension
  • 33 Days Holidays
  • Early finish on a Friday is on offer

Requirements of a Graduate Electronic Engineer:

  • Electronic / Software Engineering biased Degree (Ideally 2.1 or above)
  • A good academic background with strong A Level and GCSE results.
  • Some proven exposure to creating and working with Embedded C, Microcontrollers, Coding, PIC’s and Firmware
  • Good presentation and communication skills
  • Good problem solving and project management ability.
  • Good MS Office and the ability learn Software Applications.
  • Some exposure of working at bench level with PCB’s and Hardware Electronics

The company are continually striving to improve their vast product range with innovation and a successful applicant will find that the role will offer more than the usual Graduate Electronic Engineering position.

If this is of interest and you have the requirements above, please apply with your latest CV to Peter Hampshire.




We are seeking a research specialist with a high-level knowledge of developing advanced algorithms for image recognition and computer vision applications. The purpose of the role will be biased towards machine learning in relation to managing relevant data and assist in the development of both software and research outputs such as algorithms.

Benefits for a Research Engineer:

  • The company offer a global corporate presence with established internal training, career and personnel development progression routes.
  • The role will be office based in Surrey and the company offer free parking, local rail connections and a modern facility.
  • They will also offer flexible working after the completion of a probation period.

Duties and Responsible for a Research Engineer will include:

  • Specifying, collecting, and managing relevant data and image sets.
  • Design, train and evaluate machine learning algorithms for image recognition, object detection and other computer vision tasks.
  • Document both software and research outputs such as algorithms.
  • Liaise with colleagues, clients, business partners and others in the capture of requirements and deployment of algorithms.
  • Undertake ancillary tasks associated with the development, deployment and marketing of products and systems, such as demonstrations and technical support.
  • A suitable applicant will have the following attributes and exposure

Requirements of a Research Engineer:

  • A high-level academic level related to machine learning, computer vision or related computational and statistical disciplines, or equivalent research experience.
  • A proven track record of delivering empirical research goals.
  • Some good Programming experience in C++, Python and/or embedded environments
  • Image processing expertise, including Open CV implementations (Desired)
  • Deep convolutional neural networks (Desired)
  • Experience of working in a commercial setting (Desired)
  • Degree Qualification - Maths, Physics, Electronics, Computer Science or similar.

Candidates from industry and academia are welcome to apply for this position, but a minimum 1 - 2 years industry / commercial experience is required.

For more information regarding this Research Engineer role please contact Peter Hampshire or send your CV ASAP.




A European organisations UK Project Office in the Midlands is seeking an Application Engineer to join their Project Division in a direct customer facing post.

The organisation provides a wide range of process and manufacturing equipment to the myriad of industry sectors across the globe, but this position has been created to focus on local UK and ROI customers only.

The UK Team are responsible for creating systems solutions and turnkey project management with partners and suppliers, to ensure their parent company machinery and equipment can be installed and commissioned within pre- approved lead times and within costs.

The role will be the customer facing part of the project solution process, by offering tailored solutions and making customers aware of new technology and equipment that will suit their individual company needs.

It will be a position that will be a mix of office based and customer facing on a weekly basis, with direct links and communication with internal managers and departments in the UK and Europe.

The right candidate for the position will ideally come from a systems / machinery solutions provider, or have a customer facing history within Projects, Application or Sales Engineering dealing directly with customer’s needs.

The organisation has a very strong reputation and global presence for supplying tailored and bespoke equipment to process related industries for the last 40 years and have satellite offices across the globe.


  • The role will be supported with training, management liaison and support (UK & Europe), internal project team support and product awareness training. The role will also be part of induction process and introduction to the marketplace phase as well.
  • The company are keen to promote a good work and personal life balance and try to be a flexible as possible with working hours and allow their staff to finish 1pm of Fridays.
  • A nice friendly working environment with support and a very busy order book and enquires portfolio.
  • The role comes with a good salary, bonus, company car or allowance and other benefits.
  • Please note that the role will require travel across the UK and ROI on a regular basis but will also require a successful applicant to be office based when not in front of customers.

Skills and Requirements:

  • A formal technical qualification in Engineering - HNC / HND or Degree
  • 5 Years direct experience of Project / Application or Sales Engineering with direct liaison and contact with customers.
  • 2 - 3 experience in supplying or selling equipment and machinery (Automation or associated equipment)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A strong ability to build relationships with customers and partners quickly
  • Strong origination skills
  • The ability to self-manage and be proactive
  • A background in working on slow burn / long lead time projects with values c £50,000 - £200,000+ would be very advantageous.

For more information please send your latest CV ASAP.




We are working with an organisation that require a Design Engineer to strengthen their R&D Team and assist with current and future generation New Product Development projects.

The position will be based in the North Birmingham area and will join a small existing team of designers and assist with the creation of products that comprise of a myriad of processes and materials including electro-mechanical, plastics mouldings, metal structures / enclosures and fabrications.

This position will see a product life cycle through the complete process from creation to product launch and all the product testing, material selection and compliance procedures along the way.


  • Salary : £35,000
  • Pension

Requirements of a Product Design Engineer:

  • The right applicant will have already gained exposure of working in a Design for Manufacturing environment where prototype builds, design concessions and quality considerations are part of everyday projects.  
  • Good 3D CAD experience is essential (Ideally SolidWorks) with a working knowledge of plastics and light weight metal materials. A good understanding of Design for Manufacture / Assembly is also a strong desire of the client for this role.
  • The position will offer a suitable applicant the opportunity to develop and create products that quickly go to market and also be part of an NPD Programme that is focused on delivering a range of products on a regular basis with short lead times.
  • Good general mechanical engineering skills are also a must, along with the ability to communicate and project manage effectively with peers, internal departments and external suppliers.

Skills of a Product Design Engineer:

  • HNC/HND or above in an Engineering Discipline
  • 3 Years+ 3D CAD experience within a Design for Manufacture environment, assembly, part creation and creating drawings
  • Good exposure of Welded frames, Turned parts, CNC machined parts, Mould tool principles applied to GRP, Injection moulding techniques, Fabrication
  • Good Exposure of Designing products to meet Quality and Industry Standards
  • Material Selection and Bill of Materials experience
  • Good Project Engineering skills and knowledge of associated tools and software e.g. MS Word & Excel
  • Some good Creative Design Skills
  • Good ability to do detail drawings to Design Standards with Tolerance considerations.

This role will suit an engineer who is looking to get into a complete product life cycle project environment, with ownership and responsibility to deliver a programme on time and within short lead times.




A long standing organisation that have a proud history of supplying Capital Equipment and System Design, are now seeking an Application Engineer to support new customers enquiries and to quantify and qualify new and existing customers requirements, to ensure all parties are aligned and in agreement to continue and complete 360 Degree Turnkey Projects in the successful delivery and installation of Capital Equipment.

Benefits for an Application Engineer:

  • The company will offer a good salary package and benefits and the real opportunity to develop a secure career quickly as part of a small team.

Based within a Midlands UK Sales / Application Team, the position will carry out the following duties.

Key Duties of an Application Engineer:

  • Work with own Business Field Managers to develop and maintain a business development strategy for process applications in the UK / ROI.
  • Arrange and attend visits to potential customers.
  • Determine the best solution from the company product portfolio to solve the customer’s process requirements.
  • Prepare technical specifications and quotations with internal application experts for process solutions.
  • Present and explain the developed solutions to customer engineers, and management.
  • Work alongside the Projects team to provide turnkey solutions for customers.
  • Focus on the customer journey.
  • Arrange and attend customer tests at the Labs.
  • Attend workshops and exhibitions.
  • Visit other divisions overseas as required.
  • Maintain relationships with existing customer base.
  • Update sales team on news and developments from the assigned Business Fields.
  • Assist with Marketing strategies and campaigns as required.
  • Work alongside the Internal Sales Team to secure new business and develop progressive sales objectives.

The right person will need to be capable of operating as an individual, taking responsibility for the correct execution of duties in a timely manner, managing their work schedule, and prioritising their work to meet the dynamic nature of the business needs.  Team skills are also vital, with transparency and exceptional interdepartmental communication skills. The candidate must also be able to demonstrate an experienced background in capital equipment, application and sales with an excellent knowledge of processes and applications in the field of food, confectionery or cosmetics process / manufacturing.

The role will best suit proactive individuals who are keen to develop a market presence for a leading machinery supplier into a new sector with proven growth potential.

Skills Required of an Application Engineer:

  • Good command of Microsoft Office products.
  • Excellent communication, written, spoken in person and telephone.
  • Background in process engineering / equipment for food and or personal care industries.
  • Some exposure or knowledge of CAD and P&ID Drawings
  • Although the role will be mainly office based, the role will also require frequent travel to customer sites, so a flexible approach is essential.



A Firmware Design Engineer experienced in embedded software is required to join a global leading specialist in innovative technology for the building services.

As part of their R&D Team, dedicated to pushing business forward, the role will support in the provision of design, technical support and commissioning of electronic control systems utilising the organisations brand new R&D rapid prototyping and testing facilities. 

Joining the team, you will be involved with projects from beginning to end, whilst gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience working alongside likeminded people within an industry responsible for safety critical systems.  As part of the organisations ‘employer of choice’ strategy the right applicant will be supported in providing the opportunity to develop their technical skills across both embedded and application level platforms through further learning & development.

Benefits for a Firmware Design Engineer:

  • The company offer a competitive salary, generous holiday allowance of 26 days (including one for your birthday)
  • Statutory Holidays
  • Healthcare Cash Plan
  • Life Assurance Cover
  • Contributory Pension Scheme (after a qualifying period).
  • The successful candidate would be expected to hold a full UK driving licence.

As Firmware Design Engineer your responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Conceptual design, development, prototyping and testing of firmware for new electronic control products
  • Translation of customer specification into designs for electronic and control products.
  • Continuous improvement of existing products
  • Provision of technical support for both internal and external customers on both new and existing products
  • Liaison with suppliers on technical aspects of integration of new products into product range
  • Compile technical information for technical updates, CE files and product installation and operating manuals

To be considered for this role you will ideally have the following skills and experience:

  • Experience coding in embedded C for microcontrollers (experience with Ti MSP430 and/or STM32 microprocessors would be advantageous)
  • Experience in embedded firmware development, Embedded C or C++
  • Experience of coding standards and MISRA C
  • Knowledge of microcontrollers and peripheral components
  • Good understanding of electronics
  • Defining & specifying product requirements
  • Experience of Visual Studio and C# would be advantageous

For more information regarding this Firmware Design Engineer role, please forward your latest CV ASAP.




A Northwest Midlands based company that is focused on innovation and developing new products for the Automation and Production sectors is seeking a Project Manager to assist in the successful transition of New Product Development into final release for Assembly for their ever-expanding customer base.

The product range is very biased towards Electromechanical and Software Controls Devices and each project can be bespoke or tailored to an individual customer need, but projects do run in the multi thousands and the pace / lead times are very fast.

The purpose of the role is to ensure all New Product Development projects can be sourced for parts (externally) and planned so that effective new product introduction to assembly and release can be achieved effectively.

The role would suit a qualified junior engineer with 2 – 5 years’ experience in NPD/NPI with exposure of getting products parts though supply chain and design quality standards.

  • Design or Manufacturing experience in Electromechanical parts, products or devices
  • Good Project Engineering / Management experience
  • Good knowledge of internal systems ERP / MRP
  • Good exposure to New Product Development of bespoke products
  • Some knowledge of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering
  • Ability to use and understand advanced 3D CAD Software
  • Excellent MS Office and Project Software Tools ability
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Good exposure to Project Introduction Delivery Planning
  • HNC/HND/Degree – Engineering / Design or Manufacturing

This is an opportunity that although based within a R&D environment will also be in direct liaison with global suppliers, internal teams and the assembly department.

It is a very fast paced environment and would be a good match for a Project Engineer with 2 – 5 years’ experience who is looking at developing their career in area of New Product Development / Introduction

The company are part of a very successful global group that offers fantastic opportunities for group employees to develop and enhance their careers into Senior Management within a short period of time.

For more information please forward your latest CV ASAP.




A R&D focused organisation based near Wolverhampton are seeking a new Junior Design Engineer to join their innovation and development team.

The company are involved in a range of precision and mechanism design projects that involve the design and development of machined and casted parts and components that work in unison as a moving mechanism, so a great deal of mechanical engineering and GD&T go into each design to ensure function and reliability is met for each project.

The role will be supporting a medium sized design team with Design and Development activities and this will involve 3D CAD work from concept through to test and prototyping, material selection and Bill of Materials.

The right candidate for this position will be experienced in Mechanical Design post qualification with at least 6 months direct industry knowledge and exposure.

Experience should include:

  • Mechanical Design (3D CAD) (SolidWorks, Creo, Inventor or Solid Edge)
  • Exposure to working in a Mechanical Engineering Problem Solving Environment
  • Component or Mechanism Design
  • Prototyping and Testing
  • Some Manufacturing experience (Machining, Casting, Forging) Desired
  • Bill of Materials experience

Ideally candidates would have recently qualified with a Qualification in Engineering (Mechanical) but Design experience with an Apprenticeship background will also be considered.

This is a great role for a recent Graduate or Junior Designer who is looking at working for a fast paced company, where designs and projects are produced within short leads times.

Training, Development and Career Enhancement Prospects are also on offer for a successful applicant.

For more information please send your latest CV ASAP.