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 business has 80 plus years of experience, specialising in the manufacturing of robust and reliable world-class handling equipment, exporting across the globe. Their range covers single machines up to full bespoke systems.

The company’s portfolio and capabilities have expanded significantly since they were established, with further major developments taking place.

Role Function:

  • You will be producing high quality production drawings for both in-house and sub-contract manufacture, as well as updating and improving current designs for existing equipment
  • The role includes liaison with the company’s sales team and customer base to finalise specifications

Experienced Required:

  • 3D design proficiency is essential, preferably Solidworks
  • You will have experience of machinery design / food processing equipment design
  • A keen eye for detail
  • An awareness of manufacturing implications and costs
  • Excellent communication skills


  • £25,000 - £32,000

Commutable from Boston, Skegness, Coningsby, Lincoln


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.


The Company:

The business has a long, rich history and is renowned for the supply of the highest quality machines. The Company has an enviable reputation and a worldwide Blue-Chip customer base.

They design and manufacture a wide range of new machinery from raw materials all the way through to the packaging of the product. Supplying single machines, full lines, or bespoke machinery, from their new purpose-built factory.

Role Overview:

As part of this the ongoing growth strategy, they are recruiting for an experienced Proposals Engineer based in Lincolnshire to join their innovative Packaging solutions company.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working closely with their concept and estimation engineers, you’ll play a pivotal role in creating sales proposals ensuring the business remains a market leader in providing Packaging automation solutions to new and existing customers.
  • As part of your day-to-day work, you’ll prepare compelling proposals that’ll improve the win probability of their sales pitches.
  • They need a Proposals Engineer who can highlight the key features and benefits of their offer, as well as ensuring all customer requirements have been addressed and responded to in the proposals.
  • Making sure their proposals are all written consistently with the cost estimates will also be under your remit.
  • To help win proposals, creating drawings and graphics – including 3D CAD images and 2D layout drawings – to illustrate their bespoke automation solution will be high on your agenda.
  • The Proposals Engineer will also be able to build great relationships within the wider sales team, working daily with the sales, mechanical, electrical and controls engineering units.

Person Specification:

  • You will have experience within industrial Packaging, food or confectionery machinery and automation systems with sound engineering background – preferably in mechanical engineering and possessing an understanding of the controls and electrical aspects.
  • You’ll also have the ability to express non, or partial compliances to minimise the potential for customer rejection of any proposal.
  • You’ll be an efficient operator on Microsoft computer packages, in particular Word, and confidently be able to use graphics illustration packages.
  • Having experience of Inventor or AutoCAD is desirable, however a working knowledge of Solidworks is acceptable.
  • They’re looking for a Proposals Engineer who will happily work on their own or as part of a team, and not be afraid to share your thoughts and ideas on any problems that may arise.


  • £40,000

Commutable from Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Lincoln, Scunthorpe, Worksop, Mansfield