Job Description

Product Development Engineer - Mechanical Engineering, Design, Test

A Product Development Engineer is required to work on a five month contract, with the possibility of extension for our Defence client based in Cheshire

Overview of the Product Development Engineer contract role

We currently have a vacancy for a Product Development Engineer to be involved with the design and development of Small Arms Ammunition (SAA) products at our client site in Radway Green.

As a Product Development Engineer, you will be responsible for discrete work packages across all phases of the product lifecycle, from concept through development, test, evaluation and qualification to production. This position will be primarily based in Radway Green, South Cheshire with occasional requirements for travel to suppliers and trials sites.

Your main responsibilities as a Product Development Engineer will involve:

Conducting and managing product and process design, development, test and evaluation activities on SAA products

Conducting and managing trials in a safe and suitable manner, from the trials planning stage to completion of the trial and presentation of the data

Preparing technical documentation, including reports, procurement specifications and requirement specifications

Conducting and supporting technical investigations

Developing and using safe systems of work for engineering tasks

Working with suppliers, both internal and external, to ensure that technical and quality requirements are achieved for manufactured items to time and schedule

Developing inspection and quality controls for components and assembled products

Contributing to technical, design and project reviews where required

Contributing to the Risk Management process

Interfacing with both internal and external customers

Your skills and qualifications as a Product Development Engineer will ideally include:


  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent qualification and / or HNC/HND supported by complementary experience in Mechanical Engineering
  • Experience in the development and industrialisation of products and processes in the Engineering industry
  • Experience with trials, tests and evaluation of products or processes
  • A good understanding of manufacturing techniques and assembly processes
  • Ability to interpret Technical Drawings
  • An understanding of project/risk management
  • IT literate, with good communication and technical report writing skills


  • Familiarity with the Life Cycle Management (LCM) process
  • Proven capability in development projects in particular system integration
  • Experience of High Volume manufacturing
  • A working knowledge of Systems Engineering and Engineering design would be an advantage

The role is based in Cheshire - commutable from Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Stone, Kidsgrove, Congleton, Macclesfield, Stockport, Manchester, Warrington, Liverpool, Northwich, Knutsford, Chester and Wrexham with excellent access from Birmingham

If you are a Product Development Engineer looking for a new contract either apply online or if would like to find out about other opportunities please contact Paul Scott on or phone 0161 694 9198

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