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







A fantastic position has become available for an experienced Project Quality Engineer. 

At the forefront of new technology, and enjoying new launches, a role of Project Quality Engineer has arisen.

This is an outstanding opportunity, an interesting and genuine opportunity for you to utilise your knowledge and to continue to expand your horizons.


  • Salary : £51,700 (Base Salary To £45,000 + Car Allowance)
  • Pension
  • Income Protection
  • 25 Days Holiday
  • Flexi Hours
  • Large Friendly International Business


  • Manage the development quality activities
  • Obtain reliable products on time
  • Using the validated suppliers to meet customer requirements
  • Control Plans
  • PPAP submissions
  • Validation Plans definition and execution
  • Sub-supplier management
  • Process validation
  • APQP project KPI’s measurement and consolidation


  • Ideally educated to Degree standard, though equivalent experience is readily considered
  • You will have gained your experience from within high volume manufacturing
  • Strong experience in APQP, DFMEA and PFMEA
  • Excellent knowledge of PPAP’s
  • Control and validation plans

This would suit a self- motivated, pro-active individual, with good organisational and communication skills.

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

Send your CV ASAP.








We have a superb opportunity for an experienced Quality Engineer.  You would be joining a large International manufacturing organisation, and you will enjoy plenty of support and further development.

They are the market leader, and we are now looking for a Project Quality Engineer to strengthen their Quality team.

Your main responsibility to manage the development of quality activities in order to obtain reliable products on-time, with the required quality.


  • Ensure work is performed in accordance with company Quality systems
  • Definition of Control Plans
  • Validation Plan definition
  • Sub-supplier’s management
  • Approval status of purchase materials
  • Process validation
  • Approvals validation
  • APQP project KPI’s


  • You will have gained your experience from the automotive industry
  • Strong knowledge with APQP, DFMEA and PFMEA
  • Excellent APQP experience
  • This is a projects-based role, and there will be some travel between sites, you will need to be flexible to travel, mainly here in the UK, but occasionally overseas
  • Controls Plans
  • Strong measurement skills and knowledge of defining and developing gauges
  • Exceptional statistical knowledge
  • Root cause analysis
  • Validation Plans

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

This is a wonderful opportunity to join continue your successful career. Send your CV ASAP.


An exciting opportunity has become available for an experienced Lean Manufacturing Engineer to join their friendly team!

My client is looking for a Lean Manufacturing Engineer or CI Engineer from a manufacturing background with just in time (JIT) production.

The successful Lean Manufacturing Engineer will have the following experience:

  • Degree Qualified
  • Strong understanding of lean techniques
  • Proven experience of successful implementation of lean tools
  • PC literate

The package:

  • Around £30-40k DOE
  • 25 days + statutory
  • Pension
  • Rewards scheme and company discount
  • Attendance bonus
  • Company bonus

If you are currently a Lean Manufacturing Engineer or CI Engineer looking for a new position do please get in touch ASAP.


An established Central Midlands based supplier to OEM’s who are about to expand their development and assembly facilities further in 2019 / 2020, are currently seeking Product Engineers to support Interiors Commodities projects. These projects require direct involvement from concept and virtual design, through to eventual sign off for manufacture and assembly.

The Product Engineer will be part of the core team of Engineers and Designers tasked with the Design, Development and Integration of various plastic parts and components that are often finished with a myriad of material options. These projects will often work in conjunction with the end whole vehicle developer, from the concept stage and will often be responsible for managing short notice changes to designs or manufacturing processes from the customer along the way. The positions will be supported by an infrastructure of specialists from Tooling / Process / Validation and Programme Management.

The development of the commodity from the virtual phases will require close liaison and agreement with the customer on program timing, so that good tooling kick off, validation, and optimised design can be achieved.

This is a position that requires a number of skill sets that are biased towards the development or new product creation of a component or part from a Design, Prototype and Design for Manufacture consideration, however the positions also require excellent communication and project engineering abilities to work in close liaison with all relevant parties to ensure a desired project can be achieved and is possible within a determined Timeline, Cost and Spec Proposal. Other consideration such as materials, delivery and assembly factors will also be part of the remit, with the support of leaders from those departments.

Product Engineer (Skills and Experiences Required):

  • The right candidate will have at least 3 years recent working experience of Automotive Trim New Product Development / Introduction
  • Good Project Engineering exposure within an automotive environment
  • Strong knowledge of Plastic Injection Mouldings, A-Surface and Trim Components.
  • Ideally knowledge of Design of Pillars, Headliners, Trim, Doors or Seating.
  • Good knowledge of Automotive Manufacturing processes
  • A good understanding of Methods and Technical skills such as GD&T, DFM/DFA, CAE/FEA, FMEA and DVP&R
  • Experience of direct sourcing from suppliers (DSS)
  • Some knowledge of generating design concepts and surface development.

These are exciting times within the automotive industry where new technology and production methods and material selection are all jointly as important to achieve the next generation demand for more efficient and intelligent vehicles, so this is a great opportunity for an engineer to have and take ownership of a project/commodity and manage the process from concept through to assembly with input and recommendations throughout the process with customers and internal and external partners.

For more information please forward your latest CV ASAP.


£37,00 - £31,000


An immediate requirement has arisen for a Logistics Analyst to join a busy manufacturing organisation.

This is a global Company, with multiple sites worldwide, they are a busy, modern manufacturing company.


  • Material planning
  • Utilising SAP based MRP for materials as directed
  • You will be the point of contact for customers
  • Warehouse, deliveries and incoming material control
  • Demand management
  • External logistics support coordination
  • Invoice reconciliation – raw materials only
  • Raising supplier non-conformance reports
  • Maintain stock accuracy


  • It is essential that you have knowledge of MRP / SAP systems, however a good level of experience with similar software is considered
  • Logistics and inventory control experience is essential
  • You will have gained your experience with a manufacturing environment
  • Computer literacy
  • You will have previous experience of dealing with demanding customers in a high-pressure environment

Are you ready for your next challenge?

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

This is a wonderful opportunity to join continue your successful career. Send your CV ASAP.



An exciting opportunity has become available for an Area Sales Manager to join an expanding adhesives manufacturer. This is a home-based role with 1 planning day per week in Warwick and some travel to clients involved during the week. This role has huge potential earnings offered for hitting target plus uncapped commission. The ideal candidate will be located in the South East: Derby / Nottingham / Lincoln / Oxford / Surrey or West Sussex.

Benefits of an Area Sales Manager:

  • Salary : £40,000 (Plus Uncapped Commission)
  • Car
  • Pension
  • 22 Days plus Bank Holidays
  • Ability to Organise Own Diary

Requirements of an Area Sales Manager:

  • Ideally hold a science-based degree.
  • Experience of selling formulated chemical systems.
  • Experience building business relationships in new and existing markets.

Duties of an Area Sales Manager:

  • As an Area Sales Manager you will be growing business throughout the South East of England
  • Direct customer trials and demonstrations.
  • Must be self-motivated and results driven.
  • Able to increase export sales through new outlets and maintaining current relationships.

Full training in Polyurethane chemistry will be included along with a generous remuneration package.

We are interested to hear from Sales Managers or BD Managers with experience in selling formulated chemical systems.

For more info please send your CV ASAP.