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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Product Engineer – Contract  (Product Design, Engineering and Development).

Responsible for the Product Definition, Validation and Execution.

Primarily responsible to the Project Team to assure total support and management of the program within the functional area of Product Engineering.

Secondarily responsibility to the functional (Product Engineering) department to observe all policies and procedures for that functional area to participate in the continuous improvement of systems and processes.

We are seeking two Product Engineers to join a large automotive tier supplier that are focused on the delivery of cockpit systems for some of the biggest car manufacturers in the UK.

The main duties of the roles will be:

  • Coordinates and follows 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.
  • 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.
  • Develop DVP&R, obtaining customer approval, and initiating all laboratory and virtual tests.
  • Administer and over check Simulated product tests (CAE) and later physical tests in compliance with the DVP&R and assess the product design in line with internal and customer requirements reporting all findings internally and to the customer.
  • 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.
  • Works with build coordination and technology group (process) engineer to direct design verification build and prototype build and record all design problems.
  • Assigns 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.
  • Coordinates engineering changes through the customers and internal systems during the Development Phase.
  • Evaluates and approves design changes, specifications and drawing releases.
  • Works 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.

The right applicants will have the following experience:

  • Degree Qualified in and Engineering, Product or Industrial Design field.
  • Specific Engineering applications and 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.
  • Detailed and diligent mind-set capable of working under their own initiative and driving excellence in others.
  • Experience working with UK OEM’s as a Tier 1 supplier in an engineering function.
  • Possess good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to effectively conduct group presentations,
  • Dedication to continuous learning is critical for this position.
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills.

For more information please forward your latest CV ASAP.



Design Technical Lead

A South Midlands based engineering organisation is currently seeking a Design Technical Lead to manage, mentor and develop their small but established design team, whilst also supporting the creation of new innovative products to meet their customers demands.

The company has a proud history of creating tailored and bespoke manufactured solutions that are often low to medium volume in either plastic or die casted formats.

Job Summary:

Manage and coach the design department to implement new products on time, to the required quality standards.

Support the Production, Quality, Sales & Marketing departments.

Main Duties and Tasks:

  • Create innovative new product designs
  • Manage the design department to create new products to schedule.
  • Coach the designers to ensure that they are working to best practice.
  • Create a team environment.
  • Support the production department to ensure that parts go together smoothly and efficiently.
  • Support the quality department with product improvements.
  • Work closely with the Sales team to support them with any technical requirements.
  • Support Sales & Marketing with any customer requests

Key Skills:

  • Educated to at least HNC in an engineering subject.
  • Must have experience of 3D CAD. Solidworks would be beneficial.
  • Ability to work on your own and lead a multi functioning team
  • Ability to work to agreed timescales. Achieve deadlines
  • Have knowledge and understanding of die cast, moulded, pressed and machined parts.
  • Good understanding of FMEA
  • Excellent communication & presentation skills
  • Microsoft Office (Good working knowledge of Word, Excel & PowerPoint)
  • Ability to work in a small company environment but with large company professionalism.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in a managerial role within a design department

Key Attributes:

  • Must be from a Mechanical Design background and understand mechanisms.
  • Self-motivated, energetic and able to drive projects
  • Ability to build relationships and communicate at all levels
  • Team player and able to work on own initiative
  • Professional and positive outlook to all tasks and requests

The ideal candidate will be someone who has either been employed as a Senior Design Engineer or Design Manager.

For more information please forward your latest CV ASAP.



Firmware Engineer (New Product Development)

A fast paced and innovation driven R&D Team in the Coventry area are seeking a new team member to join their Electronic Hardware department. The company have seen fantastic growth over the last 10 years which has been mainly down to research and development and pushing the boundaries of their product ranges to meet the demands of an ever-growing customer base.

Their products are related to safety critical devices that incorporate plastics, hardware electronics and software applications and are marketed and sold within the consumer electronic market sectors.

As a company they are focused to invent and create innovative solutions that consumers want to purchase and to also keep pushing their product development process to maintain a strong reputation and benefits for their customers to keep upgrading their purchases with the latest technology.

The position will be part of a small team reporting to the New Product Development and Technical Directors and will be responsible for the Firmware creation part of the NPD process.

The Firmware Engineer duties will involve and require the following experiences:

  • Design and development for the companies Safety Technology range of safety products and systems
  • Pre-validation of new designs and product changes prior to release to the validation team
  • Working closely with engineers from other disciplines to develop state of the art products


  • At least 5 years’ experience of real-time embedded system development in‘C’
  • Experience of Software / Firmware design on Microchip PIC and ARM M0/M0+ or similar devices
  • Software / Firmware verification
  • Understanding of embedded electronics
  • Liaising with Hardware Engineers to implement optimal design
  • Ideally from a safety critical development background
  • MISRA C and the LDRA toolchain
  • Micrium OS RTOS and Stacks
  • Python and C
  • Agile development (JIRA, GitHub)
  • Application development for Windows and/or Linux.
  • NXP chipsets
  • SiLabs chipsets

This would be a great opportunity for an engineer who is either looking for their 2nd career position or for an applicant who is just craving to get into a faster paced innovative working environment.

For more information please send your latest CV ASAP.


Mechanical Design Manager (Plastic Components)

We have a great opportunity for either a proven Design Manager or an experienced Senior Design Engineer who has had responsibility for mentoring junior team members and managing design projects.

The opportunity is to work for an established Product Design biased organisation that produce a range of innovative products that are in-turn manufactured and produced overseas.

Their product range offers its customers modern state of the art technology that incorporates plastic injection mouldings and electronic safety critical components.

Based within the R&D Team the role will manage projects and programmes in liaison with the internal design, electronic and software development teams, along with suppliers and partners that will assist in the smooth transition from concept through to new product introduction and production overseas.

Working directly with the Technical Director the position will be part of the creation of the product development process for each project and will manage the team, so that the best effective outcome can be achieved, based on individuals’ abilities and strengths.

This will require good man and project management skills sets and the ability to effectively communicate and present ideas and methods to all relevant parties.

We are seeking an applicant with the following skills, experiences and attributes:

  • Good experience of managing projects with man-power involvement
  • Good experience post formal design qualification in design, product development, especially in Plastic Injection Moulding.
  • Good 3D CAD experience from concept through to design for manufacture.
  • Exposure of working with outside suppliers.
  • Some exposure of packaging design, especially electro-mechanical would be very desirable.
  • Good exposure of designing medium to high volume products.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good knowledge and understanding of tooling, and manufacturing processes.
  • Ability to mentor and co-ordinate small teams of engineers
  • Ability to create design reviews and update data for all relevant parties.
  • A proven background in delivering projects on time and to cost – Essential.

This is a great opportunity to join a successful organisation that will see its designs quickly turn into manufactured products and put into the consumer marketplace with very short lead-times.

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



Customer Technical Solutions Team Member (European Language Skills)

We are working with a company who designs and manufactures advanced safety systems for the manufacturing industry sectors. Applications of their products range from power generation, steel making and automotive manufacturing to food and beverage processing, materials recycling and construction. With over 40 years’ experience, they have become known as a premium brand in industry for innovative design, robust engineering and reliability. 

Role Summary:

The role is to join the existing Customer Solution team. The role will work within a small, dynamic customer facing team answering enquiries, creating quotes, processing orders and supporting distributors and sales representatives across the UK and in Europe.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To provide exceptional customer service, technical support to end users and distribution network in the UK and Europe.
  • Resolving customer enquiries via telephone and email where possible, updating ERP system accordingly.
  • Creating quotes and processing orders in an efficient and accurate manner, pursuing queries with relevant parties where necessary.
  • Developing and maintain relationships with key distribution partners.
  • Effectively managing and growing key accounts across Europe.
  • Providing support to external sales representatives.
  • Resolving cases prior to Quality Assurance investigations, delivering the best possible customer experience.

Key Requirements:

  • Able to provide an extremely high level of customer service in line with the company’s customer service standard.
  • Technical knowledge or previous technical experience preferred.
  • Ability to work as a small team but also manage own workload. Liaising with multiple departments to ensure acceptable resolution is found within a suitable timescale.
  • IT Literacy, working knowledge of excel, word and outlook. Once trained able to work with ERP and CRM systems.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English and additional European language(s).

This is a great entry level type of position that can develop into a long-term successful career.



We are working with a busy and fast-growing technology company that are involved in the Design and Development of a range of electro-mechanical devices that are outsourced for manufacture and then returns for Assembly and Checking in-house.

The company has seen some fantastic growth over the last 5 years and in the last 18 month a Project Team has been created to assist in the smooth transition from on average 2000 projects a year to over 22000 projects in 2018.


  • The role will be responsible for looking after a key area of the business and learning the four main departments within the company - (R&D, Supplier Liaison, Procurement & Assembly / Test)
  • A successful candidate will be mentored and supported form the start of their employment, so that they can fully integrate into the company and quickly become an asset to the Project Team.

Suitable Applicants will have the following:

  • A formal qualification in Engineering, (Manufacturing, Design or Mechanical)
  • At least 1 year’s industry experience (Year Placements will be acceptable) within an Engineering environment.
  • Good Junior Project Engineering skills (Planning, Presentation, MS Office Tools)
  • A good understanding of Manufacturing, Research & Development and Supply Chain methods
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills


Salary : £26,000

Quarterly Bonus



Location : West Midlands

This is a great opportunity to join a fast-growing company where prospects and career development are very realistic within a few years.

For more information please forward your latest CV ASAP.



Senior Design Engineer (Domestic Appliances)

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a global recognised brand and be part of the new concept creation of future generations of modern domestic appliances.

Based within the heart of Product Development this role will play a key part in the future generation of the company’s new product releases that will in turn allow better business growth and market share.

Duties will include:

  • The main purpose of the role will be to manage and motivate a team of engineers and associated staff to deliver New Product Development programmes in a fast, safe and cost-effective manner. This will also involve planning, costing and controlling the budget associated to NPD and new product launch.
  • Be a pivotal part of the business design function proposing new and improved systems and business methodologies.
  • Be the design lead and point of reference within the PD team capable of designing, analysing, interpreting and implementing solutions for new products, or to ensure resolution of any warranty or value analysis proposal.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding and adherence to business processes and an awareness of ISO9001, ISO14001 and ISO18001.
  • Undertake or delegate product designs as necessary to ensure timely release designs, engineering drawings, CAD files, specifications, etc, as appropriate.

The right candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Minimum qualification is an HNC in an Engineering Discipline with at least 5 years design related experience.
  • Excellent communication skills in both the spoken and written form.
  • A capable experienced and ‘hands on’ designer fully conversant with Solidworks and an associated PMD system.
  • Be fully conversant with Product Development systems, materials, specifications and processes necessary for the generation and introduction of new products and features.
  • Ability to effectively contribute to a project team unafraid to challenge the norm.
  • Possess good analytical skills to formulate solutions and challenge assumptions
  • Self-motivation and the ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines
  • Ability to control, manage and motivate the design office functions and personnel as required.


  • Salary : £47,000 - £50,000
  • Pension Scheme
  • Profit Share Bonus 5%
  • Attendance Bonus

For more information please send your latest CV ASAP.



Project Engineer (Capital Plant Equipment Installation)

An international established project team based in the Midlands are seeking to strengthen their systems design team with an experience Project Engineer or Manager with exposure of Capital Equipment Installation (Design)

The position will work with all partners throughout the order to delivery and sign off process, ensuring that configuration designs, plans and schedules remain on track and within cost.

This will be mainly achieved via Process Flow Diagrams, and P&ID’s, along with close liaison with third party sub-contractors and suppliers.

The right candidate for this role will have had a good background in general mechanical or electrical engineering associated with process machinery or equipment installation. A good knowledge of Pumps, Motors, Drives, Hydraulics and Controls Systems are a must, along this experience of HAZOPs, ATEX Ratings and waste management.

The position will report to the organisations Managing Director, but the position will often be required to work on their own and be responsible for making decisions. Global travel will also be part of the role, but the majority of international travel will be limited to Europe with on average 1 week in every 6 – 8 weeks away.

2 – 4+ Years’ experience of Project Engineering within a CAPEX environment

A Formal qualification in Engineering

Good Project and Communication Skills, Software and Procedures

Good CAD knowledge 2D or 3D – (AutoCAD / Inventor)

Good knowledge and understanding of Pumps, Hydraulics, Motors etc

Good knowledge of P&ID’s & PFD’s

Exposure of working within a Process / Chemical or Material Handling equipment environment.

This is a great role for someone to develop a good long-term career with an international company with over a £240 million turnover and prospects to move into senior management within a short time period.

For more information please forward your latest CV ASAP.


Design / Programmer Engineer (Alphacam)

We have a great opportunity for a Design Engineer with CNC experience or a CNC Programmer who has recently moved into a Design position.

I am working with a company that create and build products on a bespoke basis for their customers and they are often requested to produce something that would challenge their competitors.

Their Design and Development Team is closely linked to the companies in-house CNC Machinery and the position will offer the link between 3D Modelling and New Product Development into the CNC process via Alphacam.

However duties will also include some aspects of design and redesign so that effective production can be achieved.

I am seeking a candidate with at least 18 months recent experience using Alphacam, within a Design for Manufacture environment. The right candidate will also have 2D & 3D CAD experience.

The company offer training and support on their products and internal systems, but a suitable candidate will have come from an environment where materials and media are cut and shaped to form a product that is related to either Wood, Plastic or Metal.

For more information please send your latest CV ASAP.



Junior / Graduate Electronic Engineer


We are seeking recent qualified Electronic Design / Development Engineers to join a very fast paced Research & Development team in the Central Midlands area. The roles will be biased towards design, test, code writing, prototype build (Board level up), customer and supply chain liaison.


The company make a range of devices that are used in a myriad of industry sectors across the globe, each being tailored and bespoke to a customer’s individual need. As a company they have seen real growth from £5 million to £30 million turnover in recent years, due to innovation.

Skills Required:

  • The roles require a good junior level knowledge of electronic hardware and firmware development and application, with some proven exposure of Embedded C, Microcontrollers, Digital and Analogue Design and PCB’s. The technology is embedded into devices used mainly within the production and manufacturing sectors, so an appreciation of electro-mechanical and mechatronics applications would be greatly beneficial.
  • Applicants should have a natural ability to communicate and present themselves in a professional manner to internal and external team members and customers and a great deal of a daily activities will be project managing a project from concept or design change brief through to sign off for manufacture.
  • The positions come with a progression plan that allows an individual to create and pick a career path within a global group of companies who have a strong history or rewarding and promoting engineers early in their careers.

Benefits for a Junior / Graduate Electronic Engineer:

Salary : £23,000 - £26,000

Bonus : (c£3,000)


If this sounds of interest and you have Graduated or qualified in the last 18 - 24 months with a formal Degree or similar in Electronic / Software Engineering, please get if contact for more information.

Please note that these positions are open to all applicants who have the right to work and live in the UK, but Non-EU Citizens will also be considered as long as they fall into the categories to gain a sponsorship visa.



PC Application Software and Firmware Engineer

We are working with a fast paced and fast-growing technology / innovation team that have over the last ten years created a number of market leading products / devices that in-turn have seen their organisation grow their turnover by over 300%.

The organisation now boasts a strong Electronic and Software Development Department and is now looking to add some good Graduate Engineers into their own development programme.

As a company they export their products to global customers and are recognised for their bespoke and innovative technology.


  • Based within a small internal team the role will quickly have responsibility for creating and developing PC / IT Applications - Software & Firmware in-line with live product development customers orders. The position will also liaise with the internal Software / Electronic Hardware and Mechanical Design Teams to ensure applications and modules are on track to meet the final product brief.
  • The purpose of the role is to improve a device that is used in the engineering industry sectors, in the way it can communicate, collate data / algorithms and relay information to third parties.

Skills & Experience:

  • Applicants should have a formal qualification in Software Engineering or Computer Science with ideally a years’ experience in industry.
  • Good knowledge of Embedded C, C#, Realtime and Coding and Testing Systems.
  • A strong desire and interest in new product development
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Some experience of building test rigs or apparatus to test products.
  • Good Software and MS Office skills


The company offer excellent benefits, career prospects and training. It is common for Junior Engineers to quickly move to more senior engineering and team leading positions within a few years and then on to Management / Directorship opportunities.

The company is part of a large global group of individual companies that offers internal recruitment and great career progression.

If you Graduated recently or in the distance past in Software Engineering, please get in contact.