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


The Company:

This is a family business where changing people’s lives through the products that they design, manufacture and install is a daily occurrence. With 35 years’ experience under their belt, they are a leading provider in the UK, a market leader in Europe and have a presence in many other countries worldwide.

Based at their ISO9001 accredited, purpose-built manufacturing facility in Derbyshire, they believe the future success and growth of their business is inextricably linked to the introduction of innovative, high quality solutions.

Building on an impressive history, they are continuing their successful growth strategy with the recruitment of a UK Sales Team Manager.

Salary and Benefits:

  • £40,000
  • Company Car
  • 31 Days Holiday
  • Life Insurance

Role Overview:

  • Reporting to the Head of UK Sales and Customer Engagement, the UK Sales Team Manager will be responsible for managing the internal telesales and external sales teams. Leading the field-based team and managing the Office Sales Manager to create a streamlined customer centric sales experience.
  • Providing strong leadership with a high focus on delivering great customer service and the achievement of maximum profitability and growth, in line with the company vision and values. Managing change and strategies to nurture and grow the customer base whilst maintaining a well-functioning and collaborative team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategic sales plan across the field and office teams for the B2C division
  • Generate sustainable sales growth against set company targets. Responsible for the recruitment, induction and development of the Field Sales Team and the Sales Office Manager
  • Carry out quarterly visits to each Regional Assessment Specialist delivering training, development, coaching and support (2 per month). Support the Sales Office Manager through regular coaching and mentoring
  • Ensure all performance management targets (KPIs, Operational Standards) are met across the B2C team
  • Monitor & develop the technical capabilities of the Field Sales Team to improve customer satisfaction and efficiencies
  • Work closely with Marketing to increase enquiries and the conversion rate of enquiry to sale, effective target setting with close analytical reporting for all team members
  • Create a cohesive one team approach through regular communication and meetings, monthly reporting to outline results and highlight opportunities and issues

Person Specification:

  • You must have a consultative / home assessment / home-based sales, B2C type background or management experience of a consultative sales team
  • The Sales Team Manager will have a proven background in the management of internal & external sales teams and the development of their overall performance
  • A motivational leader, not just a manager, with experience in recruiting, leading, coaching and performance managing field and office sales teams; preferably in a service provision industry sector
  • You will have a formal educational background, be that a degree or further learning, understanding the difference between management and leadership and possess excellent communication skills – both formal and informal, with Employees, Management and Customers

Commutable from Derby, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Nottingham, Mansfield, Worksop, Newark


The Company:

This is a well-established business who are at the forefront of their industry, with over 40 years’ experience.

They operate from a large state of the art manufacturing facility that has been purpose built for the manufacture of their bespoke products.

This superb facility, BSI/ISO accreditation and creative R&D team enables them to provide a diverse, innovative range of high-performance products.

The Role:

In a busy environment, this role will see you providing specialist mechanical engineering expertise that is required for designing and building packaging machinery, automation equipment, injection mould tools, jigs and fixtures to meet the company’s business strategy.

The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of SolidWorks, a strong eye for detail and the ability to provide creative solutions.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To provide mechanical engineering expertise to projects from the concept stage through to commissioning
  • Assist in the writing of Design Specifications
  • To creatively design innovative components, mechanisms and assemblies (in SolidWorks) to meet the needs of the Design Specification using suitable materials and manufacturing methods to achieve a reliable and cost-effective solution
  • Create CAD drawings (in SolidWorks) with appropriate tolerancing and manufacturing notes following internal document control systems, create detailed component specifications (for bought-in parts)
  • Research any processes that include uncertainty and prove concepts with prototypes as required
  • Coordinate the first build of new assemblies and the electrical and control requirements of machine build projects with Systems Engineers
  • Test the function of newly designed equipment, coordinating with Validation Engineers and produce the mechanical documentation and the collate any other documentation required to form the Technical File

Person Specification:

  • Educated to Degree level in Mechanical Engineering, Design or similar, with three years plus engineering experience
  • Experience working with special purpose machinery or packaging machinery would be useful. Any experience of medical packaging or devices would be highly advantageous
  • Self-motivated and with the drive and desire to create excellent products
  • Excellent organisational, project management and communication skills
  • A competent understanding of engineering and workshop machinery
  • Innovative, creative and enthusiastic
  • A great team player with a positive approach and a commercial outlook
  • Must be eligible to work in the UK

Package and Benefits:

  • £28,000 - £35,000 dependent on experience
  • 40 hours per week, 8am - 4:30pm or 8:30am - 5pm
  • 5% employer pension
  • Free tea and biscuits

Commutable from Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Loughborough, Mansfield, Lichfield


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.