Lead Mechanical Designer

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Mechanical Engineering
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We are looking for a Lead Mechanical Designer with experience in the automotive industry to join our team. The ideal candidate is someone who can work independently, thrives under pressure and is committed to an exceptional level of delivery standards. You will join a newly established Engineering Research and Development Practice in Expleo Ireland, working on key projects and helping to grow the team.



  • The robust delivery of mechanical deliverables, as set out in the mechanical development procedure, across all assigned projects.
  • Thoroughly and professionally representing the mechanical design, function within their assigned project(s).
  • Creating mechanical level project plans, monitoring and communicating to R&D Project Technical Manager for inclusion into overall R&D planning
  • Ensuring daily project deliverables are checked, met and communicated in a professional manner
  • Understanding and enforcing the individual project scope across their project(s).
  • Implementing design standardisation across projects – including part count reduction, reuse, geometrical rules, procedures and best practice as documented and directed by the Mechanical Manager.
  • Ensuring robust procedures are understood and implemented on their projects. Issues escalated in accordance with our continuous improvement mentality.
  • Tracking and escalating issues related to cost targets and management.
  • Input into Request For Quotes (RFQ’s)’s as required
  • Understanding and supporting the internal milestone development process.
  • Responsible for preparing, support in organising and participating in design reviews (not limited to, part reviews, expert reviews, peer reviews, supplier reviews, Design For Manufacturing’s (DFM’s)) across their project(s) and appropriate management of project issues resulting from meetings inc. escalation of issues as necessary
  • Ensuring quality of CAD and drawings is regularly checked and maintained - in line with the direction of the Mechanical manager.
  • The diligence and support of evolving CAD storage structures roll out (Product Life Management (PLM).
  • Technical interfacing with the customer on mechanical related issues, as required, internal teams or within the supply chain.
  • Identifying and escalating technical conflict potential and participating in resolution actions.
  • Responsible for planning, escalation and communicating of external resource needs, i.e. Off site CAD, Simulation, technician support, institutes, experts, suppliers, customers and other internal and external functions inc. managing payment as required.
  • Creating and issuing mechanical level BOM’s to the project , in accordance with the defined change procedures, via the R&D Project Technical Manager.
  • Technical management of suppliers in regards to communication of the mechanical needs through drawings and technical specifications.
  • Supporting design verification and product validation teams with planning and executing of test plans. This includes defining part requirements to the project team.


  • Providing technical direction and coaching/mentoring of junior engineers on the team.
  • Providing support and input to other tasks within the function as deemed necessary by management and senior management.
  • Responsible for attending and participating in daily meetings as requested by hierarchical management.
  • Organising, participating and administering a daily meeting with all contributors. Including appropriate management of issues arising from this meeting.
  • Prioritising work daily, weekly and at a project level for all mechanical contributors working on the project(s) assigned.
  • Identifying and escalating resource needs across their project(s) not limited to, deficiencies, training needs, performance and inputting to (but not responsible for) appraisals as needed.


  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or Product Design or equivalent


  • 8 years recent relevant – post qualification - industrial experience
  • Competent in the use of a 3D CAD package ideally Catia V5 inc. application experience.
  • Recent experience, use and understanding of risk analysis tools – DFMEA or similar
  • Thorough understanding of GD+T methods and drafting techniques
  • Formal problem solving training and use eg. Six Sigma
  • Understanding and awareness of latest simulation capabilities
  • Recent experience, use and understanding of statistical tolerance stacks
  • 6 years experience in the automotive industry an advantage
  • Excellent product design and communication skills with proven product delivery experience
  • Experience within a multi disciplinary projects environment dealing with small Mechatronic assemblies
  • Experience Managing a professional team
  • Able to deliver technical projects on time and within budget
  • Excellent team player with leadership ability
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Confident, articulate, self motivated, determined, energetic
  • Experience with vision products, automotive electronics
  • A mindset of continuous improvement
  • Experience in Passive and Active cooling design an advantage


  • Collaborative working environment – we stand shoulder to shoulder with our clients and ours peers through good times and challenges
  • We empower all passionate technology loving professionals by allowing them to expand their skills and take part in inspiring projects
  • Expleo Academy - enables you to acquire and develop the right skills by delivering a suite of accredited training courses
  • Competitive company benefits such as medical and dental insurance, pension, life assurance, employee wellbeing programme, sports and social events, birthday hampers and much more!
  • Always working as one team, our people are not afraid to think big and challenge the status quo.

''We are an equal opportunities employer, which means that we are committed to providing equality of opportunity in employment to all persons.''


“At Expleo, we understand that many people experience imposter syndrome throughout their lifetime, please do not let this discourage you from applying for this role. Our Talent Acquisition Team welcomes all CV’s and will consider your application in line with the values, requirements and role competencies.”



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