Design / R&D / FEA

Our Design / Research & Development Resource Team are equipped and experienced specialists in searching and sourcing relevant engineers at all levels. This team consists of experienced consultants supported by a specialist sector researcher, covering all aspects of the needs and demands of a modern engineering customer base, from blue sky concept design, research and development, right through to design for product launch.


The name of Probe in the marketplace has developed an excellent reputation for quality thus ensuring that our clients come back tous having benefited from our superb service in the past. We also attract the very best engineers around due to finding the best positions, should they be Contract or Permanent, because we have the vacancies they are looking for.

Having one of the largest databases of Design Engineers in the UK also means that we attract a very large portfolio of companies who regularly tap into our vast resources and professional expertise.

How have we achieved this?

Probe started life in 1994 as a Design House and built up a very strong database of companies requiring a design service and have since gained an enviable reputation for quality and service. This progressed naturally to supplying client companies with designers on site and thus provided us a very natural progression into Recruitment as we fully understand our clients and candidates needs.

Today Probe offers a wide range of options that support all aspects of modern R&D needs that go far beyond just sending a CV and gives a service that is aimed at providing solutions for immediate, medium and long-term customer needs.

Manpower Resource:

This service is aimed at providing contractual and permanent engineers at short notice, to work either on or off site. These engineers have all been interviewed and screened for their qualifications, suitability and experience and many have a strong working history supporting our customers with their project workloads. This service can be either provided on a Contingency (No Win-No Fee), Retained Assignment or Executive Search basis.

The Complete Design Solution - 'Man & Box'

Not only can we find the right staff for our clients but we can also supply the 3D CAD software on site. We appreciate that not all companies have as many seats of CAD as they would like, hence, if the job needs to be done quickly we can provide the complete solution of ‘Man and Box’.

Key Areas of specialism:-

  • 2D & 3D CAD Design, Modelling & Detailing on all the major CAD packages (Product / Mechanical / Styling / Electro-Mechanical)
  • Electrical & Electronic Development / Test & Design
  • Finite Element Analysis , Hand Calculations, Linear, Non-Linear - Dynamic, Static
  • Mathematical and Simulation Software
  • CFD - Thermal, Fluid, Flow Analysis and Dynamics
  • NVH - Noise and Modal Analysis
  • Research and Development / Test Engineering - Durability, Calibration, Test , Control and Feasibility
  • Project Engineering / Management - Concept / Prototype / Process / Value Engineering / Design
  • Senior Department Heads – Engineering / Design / Test / Development

If you would like a confidential discussion surrounding strategic hiring for your organisation or your own career path we would be delighted to hear from you to determine how our services can assist you in finding the right solution so please call us on  0121 321 4311




SALARY : £25,000

If you are an analytical enthusiast, with an eye for detail, creative mind and have an urge to grow and develop in a Manufacturing Environment, then this is the job for you. 

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Graduate at a leading Construction Manufacturing company to grow and develop into a Technical Guru. They are offering training, coaching, development and progression with a long-term development plan for the next 10 years.

Benefits for the Graduate Technical Assistant include:

  • Free on-site parking
  • Training & development
  • Progression
  • 23 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Health Surveillance assessments
  • Discounts on corporate products
  • Company social events
  • Employee Recognition scheme
  • Charity Fundraising opportunities

Key Duties for the Graduate Technical Assistant include:

  • Becoming a Technical guru who can advise staff and customers on products
  • Assisting development campaigns and product innovation
  • Offering technically lead resolutions to the outcome of investigations you have conducted on technical issues
  • Undertaking site inspections with the sales team
  • Reporting major technical issues to managers and directors
  • Providing technical information to support sales and customer service teams

The Graduate Technical Assistant should:

  • Be a graduate with a minimum of a 2:2 degree, (Engineering, Construction or Business related)
  • Have 5 A-C grades including English & Maths
  • Be creative and innovative
  • Be competent with Office Programs (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Be commercially minded
  • Have a hunger to progress & develop

Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Apply today or call direct on 0121 321 4311 and ask for Sacha for more information.


The Company:

Based in Northamptonshire, our client is a leading-edge engineering SME company that specialises in the manufacture of materials processing equipment and energy from waste power generation.  As a highly innovative and progressive design and manufacturing company, it prides itself on developing advanced engineering solutions within the sustainable energy, energy from waste and the design and manufacture of waste materials processing equipment.

Founded over 35 years ago and still privately owned, our client’s engineering innovation has always been a fundamental part of their business.  This has helped it to establish itself as a major player in its areas of expertise, namely:

o          Design and manufacture of equipment for the food and rendering industry

o          Processing waste into energy

o          Renewable energy production

Mechanical Design Engineer Salary:

  • £32,000 - £40,000 Dependent on Experience
  • Health Plan

The Role:

The Mechanical Design Engineer is a key role and will be accountable for ensuring the design and implementation of client projects for specialised processing and management of waste equipment, as well as providing engineering support to the on-site power plant equipment.

You will operate within a multi-disciplinary team to ensure that the successful implementation of detailed designs meets the highest standards of safety and regulatory compliance.

Mechanical Design Engineer Key Responsibilities:

  • Design and development of new project designs for external clients from conception through to successful completion.  Additionally, contributing to internal projects for optimising waste energy performance relating to the on-site energy from waste power plant.
  • Excellent design analysis, with the ability to work from first principles, translating design concepts into 3D CAD models (AutoCAD Inventor), ensuring full alignment with customer requirements.
  • Liaising with design draughtsman for 2D drawing production, and equally producing 2D drawings when required.
  • Working proactively with senior colleagues and liaising with manufacturing to ensure strict compliance to quality and design standards.
  • Good communication with all stakeholders ensuring full compliance to designs and budgets.
  • Identify and provide solutions that meet the highest levels of Health & Safety, Quality and Regulatory standards.

Person Specification:

We are looking for a proactive and experienced Mechanical Design Engineer with a good knowledge of design of mechanical machinery and a good appreciation of:

  • Mechanical equipment
  • Sheet metal fabrication
  • Pressure containing equipment
  • Piping layouts
  • General steel structures.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate experience in these key areas.

As important is the ability to be a quick learner and the ability to analysis problems using engineering principals to perform basic calculations.  Furthermore, you must have the ability to communicate initial design ideas and interpret engineering drawings to a high standard. A professionally qualified Mechanical Engineering Degree or Higher National Diploma would be advantageous coupled with five years’ experience in a related field.

The following key attributes are also essential:

  • Proven experience in creating and maintaining CAD models and files (AutoCAD, Inventor)
  • A hands-on approach, with the ability to liaise with workshop personnel in a manufacturing environment.
  • A solid technical understanding of common computer operating systems and proficient use of MS Office applications
  • A strong desire to work within a dynamic environment with exposure to a wide variety of projects and the chance to develop your career and broaden your skills and knowledge.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.

Commutable from Northampton, Wellingborough, Kettering, Bedford, Milton Keynes







An independent, family owned manufacturing organisation are now looking for a MATERIALS COORDINATOR. 

The business has been established for over 100 years, and the beauty of their products, is they are supplied into all different types of industry sectors, such as food, Rubber, Pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

As their MATERIAL COORDINATOR, you will enjoy the benefits and stability of being part of a well-established organisation.  No one does what they do!

Benefits for a Materials Coordinator:

  • Salary : £19,000 - £21,000
  • Stake Holder Pension
  • 4.30pm Finish + 25 Days hols + Stats

Duties of a Materials Coordinator:

  • Inspect incoming raw materials
  • Oversee sampling operations
  • Report deficiencies from sampling or inspection processes
  • You will be the direct contact with raw material suppliers regarding certification issues
  • Training of quality control and process plant personnel

Requirements of a Materials Coordinator:

  • You will have relevant Materials Control experience from within manufacturing, ideally with warehousing and  / or laboratory environment
  • Knowledge of COSHH assessments
  • Strong communicator
  • A good level literacy and numeracy
  • A natural team player

What are you waiting for? Send your CV ASAP.



An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Injection Moulding Setter to be part of a reputable, modern organisation going through a period of growth and expansion.


A reputable manufacturing company in the heart of the West Midlands who pride themselves in the customer base and technical abilities of their industry.  

I am keen to speak with experienced Injection Moulding Setters, Injection Moulding Technicians and Injection Moulding Engineers who are seeking a new opportunity to be part of growing organisation.


  • Salary : £26,000 (Negotiable Depending on Experience
  • The successful Injection Moulding Setter will work a rotating shift pattern
  • Overtime will be paid at time ½
  • Standard Pension
  • Holidays


The Injection Moulding Setter will be responsible for:

  • Setting the machines to optimum conditions
  • Executing colour, insert printer and mould changes
  • Performing quality and materials tests 
  • Implementing appropriate corrective action when quality issues are reported
  • Achieving low scrap rates

Skills & Experience:

The Injection Moulding Setter will have:

  • Experience setting injection moulding machines
  • Experience within a manufacturing environment with injection moulding machines

This role is commutable from Walsall, Cannock, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Dudley, Shropshire, Telford, Stafford and surrounding areas.

For an informal chat or to apply for this position or to discuss any further please send your CV complete with a cover letter ASAP.


The Role:

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Design Manager to join this exciting business that is being considered for Best Employer in the Norfolk Business Awards 2019

The Design Manager reports to the Director/Owner and Founder and takes responsibility for the small and talented design team of four, to achieve amazing things.

This is a concept to production role - they don't just design it they make it too. You will be expected to support, mentor and guide their designers to ensure that products are costed, designed and created in the most efficient and cost-effective way to meet customers’ expectations.

Package and Benefits:

•               £40,000 - £45,000 Dependent on Experience

•               33 days holiday

•               Your birthday off

•               Free parking

•               Plus, several other employee benefits

Design Manager Key Responsibilities:

To design and develop designs from design briefs supplied by customers/sales staff covering:

  • Innovative conceptual thinking / ideas
  • R&D of ideas for new products
  • R&D of systems and methods of production
  • Liaising closely will sales staff to understand and develop ideas
  • Direct contact with customers
  • Initial concepts / sketches
  • Initial design drawings for costing purposes
  • Produce 3D visuals and presentation documents
  • Overseeing production of prototypes
  • Value engineering of designs

To specify materials, fixings and construction methods and setting appropriate standards for these including:

  • Working closely with approved suppliers to specify/understand production methods
  • Understand material limitations and correct use
  • An understanding of cost management

To work with team to compile quotes including:

  • Producing and sending drawings direct to approved suppliers
  • Requesting costs direct from approved suppliers
  • Compiling costs and completing costing’s documents
  • Ensuring sound cost management principles are applied

To manage, organise and assist with any prototyping process for new products including:

  • Organise prototypes with suppliers
  • Liaise with production staff on assembly methods
  • Review and make changes as required

Design Manager Person Specification:

  • This is a hugely varied role and pressured at times. You must be commercially astute and a strong leader; skilled at building relationships with a full concept to production skill set.

  • The Design Manager will have around 10 years design experience with proven managerial skills. You will be familiar with a variety of production techniques as well as 3D CAD, preferably Solidworks

Commutable from Cambridge, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds, Wisbech, Kings Lynn, Wymondham






Are you thinking, it’s time for a change?  Are you a Process Engineer, with strong experience, ready to move?  Are you looking for a busy, growing, stable organisation, that can utilise your Process Engineering experience, and offer you long-term growth and prospects?

LOOK NO FURTHER! We have just the job for you!


  • Salary : £32,000 - £36,000
  • Pension
  • Income Protection
  • Large Friendly International Business
  • Christmas Present


  • Ensure process capability
  • Provide support and process improvement to existing and new programs
  • Track project timing
  • Confirm feasibility and cost of engineering changes
  • Layout proposals
  • Ergonomic assessments
  • Assess layouts for new product introductions
  • On-site trials
  • Identification of obsolescence
  • Ensure processes are correct, cycle time, manning, reject rate, process flow and equipment at optimum rates
  • Support new product introduction
  • Identify areas for improvements, such as scrap reductions


  • Process Engineering experience within a fast- paced manufacturing environment
  • Equipment specification and process optimisation exposure
  • Plant layout experience
  • To have been involved with implementation of continuous improvements activities
  • Previous knowledge of feasibility and cost of engineering changes
  • This is such a friendly organisation, this role will suit a sociable and friendly individual, who is looking to expand our career, within a world leading organisation, where your long-term prospects are assured.

What are you waiting for?!

Be part of a successful story, send your CV ASAP.






Are you thinking, its time for a change?  Are you a Quality Engineer, with strong experience, ready to move?  Are you looking for a busy, growing, stable organisation, that can utilise your Quality Engineer experience, and offer you long-term growth and prospects?

LOOK NO FURTHER! We have just the job for you!


  • Salary : £35,000 - £40,000
  • Pension
  • Income Protection
  • Large Friend International Business
  • Christmas Present


  • Deputise for the Quality Manager when necessary
  • Ensure compliance
  • Customer liaison
  • Drive continuous improvements
  • Development and maintenance of the Quality system
  • Cost reduction in Quality
  • Implementation of internal quality standards
  • Process audits KPI’s


  • Working knowledge of TS / IATF 16949
  • Excellent knowledge of Quality Management systems
  • PPAP / PSW / APQP experience
  • To have gained your experience from within a fast- paced environment
  • Strong problem resolution skills
  • Patience and tenacity
  • Keep cool under pressure

You will have the opportunity to continue your career, in a friendly, busy, modern and very friendly working environment.  Lots of new business on the horizon, adding stability and plenty of scope for long-term prospects.

What are you waiting for?!

Be part of a successful story, send your CV ASAP.






A PRESTIGIOUS manufacturing organisation have a requirement for a LOGISTICS BUSINESS UNIT MANAGER.

ITS AN EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITY, and you will be given the ultimate responsibility for organising and ordering the distribution of goods.

This is a large, International business, with new orders on the horizon, offering stability and long-term prospects.

Benefits for a Logistics Business Unit Manager:

  • Salary : £50,000 - £55,000
  • Pension
  • Income Protection
  • Large Friendly International Business
  • Christmas Present

Duties of a Logistics Business Unit Manager:

  • Transportation, scheduling, stock integrity and part evolution
  • Ensure continuous flow of vehicle components from supplier to warehouse and ultimately to customer
  • Selection of service providers for transport and export
  • Maximise container utilisation
  • Set up and maintain schedules for new materials
  • Responsibility and control of the warehouse
  • Management of special transport
  • Stock accuracy
  • Responsibility for managing customs clearance
  • Ensure materials arrive on time
  • Review corrective actions for material variances

Requirements of a Logistics Business Unit Manager:

  • HND or equivalent professional qualification in logistics or purchasing
  • Experience of Materials management
  • Exposure to managing warehousing and distribution
  • You will have gained your experience from within a high volume, fast paced production environment
  • Knowledge of SAP would be ideal
  • Transportation management
  • Supply Chain
  • Risk management
  • Strategy deployment and application
  • Superb leadership and man-management skills

With lots of new business on the horizon, this ensures this role offers an exciting opportunity for an experienced Logistics Manager, to continue to develop and grow, within an International organisation.

Send your CV ASAP.






A PRESTIGIOUS manufacturing organisation have a requirement for a Senior Supplier Quality Engineer. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for an experienced Senior Supplier Quality Engineer to continue to flourish and utilise your considerable experience. You will be fully supported and there is plenty of new business becoming available which will also offer not only stability, but great long-term prospects


  • Salary : £51,7000 (Base Salary To £45,000 + Car Allowance)
  • Pension
  • Income Protection
  • Large Friendly International Business
  • Christmas Present


  • Solve and check supplier (external and internal) quality problems
  • Check containment actions
  • Supplier root cause analysis and implementation of corrective actions
  • Supplier Project reviews
  • Monitor of supplier and / or deviations
  • Supplier PSWs and PPAP’s
  • APQP
  • Travel to Supplier sites


  • To be able to exhibit strong knowledge of incoming purchased products
  • Excellent knowledge of working with IATF 16949 and / or VDA
  • PPAP and APQP knowledge
  • External audits
  • Strong supplier development and management experience
  • You will have gained your experience from within a fast paced, lean modern manufacturing environment
  • You will be expert with dealing with internal rejections
  • Knowledge of SAP would be ideal

With lots of new business on the horizon, this ensures this role offers an exciting opportunity for an experience SQA Engineer, to continue to develop and grow, within an International organisation.

Send your CV ASAP.






A PRESTIGIOUS manufacturing organisation have an URGENT requirement for an INJECTION MOULD SETTER.

They are a multi-site operation, with facilities world -wide.  The opportunities available, would be second to none, with plenty of development offered for the right person.

This is a busy facility, and there are plenty of orders stacking up.


  • Salary : £32,000 – Rising to £34,500 after 6 Months
  • Shifts
  • Company Pension
  • Paid Overtime


  • Provide support and process improvement
  • Conduct mould changes
  • Set up plastic injection moulding processes
  • Identification for areas of improvement within tool changes
  • Conduct first – off
  • 5S
  • Tool change reduction through SMED
  • Cycle time improvement / general scrap reduction
  • This role is over a 3-shift pattern – Monday to Friday


  • Ideally, you will be Apprentice trained but this is not essential
  • Strong knowledge of plastic injection mould machines
  • Injection Mould Setting experience
  • If you have gained your experience within a high volume, complex manufacturing environment would be beneficial
  • Knowledge of SMED and 5S
  • Happy to work 3 shifts
  • Would suit someone who is looking for an opportunity where there are genuine career prospects

You will be joining an established manufacturing organisation, and you will be supported by a strong management team.

This is a wonderful opportunity. Send your CV ASAP.



Are you an experienced Press Brake Setter/Operator looking for a new challenge within a highly reputable, long and distinguished organisation who manufacture world-class products??

Are you self-motivated? But able to work well within a team??

Enjoy a Challenge????

This is for you!


A well-established, world-class engineering organisation who are continuing to develop and expand their client base and work force. They are seeking a Press Brake Operator to join their already talented, skilled team to enable them to continue their anticipated growth in their industry.


  • 20 Days Holiday + Bank Holidays
  • Pension Scheme
  • Benefits package


The Press Brake Setter/Operator will be responsible for setting and operating a Brake Press to produce parts to technical drawings and instructions as well as:

  • Setting / Operating AMADA Press Brake Machines
  • Verify the accuracy of machine settings to confirm accurate tolerances and machine functions
  • Maintain the cleanliness of the machine
  • Completes all required safety procedures prior to and during operations

Skills & Experience:

The successful Press Brake Setter/Operator will:

  • Have experience setting and operating press brakes
  • Have the ability to interpret engineering drawings and technical information
  • The ability to work under one’s own initiative is imperative

I would be keen to speak with candidates who have experience as a Quality Engineer, Quality Technician or similar positions  

This role is commutable from Dudley, Worcester, Pershore, Evesham and surrounding areas.

For an informal chat or to apply for this position or to discuss any further please send your CV complete with a cover letter ASAP.


The Company:

This is an opportunity for a self-starting Design Engineer to join a growing and expanding business. The business is a supplier of quality systems for large engineering projects across a number of sectors. They work on systems within the power generation sector from hydroelectric power stations to critical plant within the nuclear industry. They also create systems to aid flood defense and fail-safe systems to combat the potential effects of natural disasters within cities.

They design and manufacture complete hydraulic systems using Solidworks including Power Units, actuators and accumulators through to installation, commissioning and servicing.

Design Engineer Key Responsibilities:

  • The Design Engineer will be developing and designing Hydraulic Schematics, General arrangements, Actuators and Manifolds
  • Production of Bills of Materials
  • Liaising with customers to refine requirement and design parameters
  • Working on projects from original concept to complete manufacture

Design Engineer Person Specification:

  • The Design Engineer will have Solidworks experience
  • HNC or equivalent in engineering is preferred
  • A level of knowledge with Hydraulic Systems
  • Mechanical, Production or relevant Engineering background
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-Starter
  • Excellent time management skills, able to balance priorities of multiple projects
  • Knowledge of a wide range of manufacturing techniques


  • £25,000 - £32,000 dependent on skill set and experience

Commutable from Stafford, Uttoxeter, Stoke on Trent, Crewe, Leek, Congleton