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Project Engineer UK

United Kingdom, West Berkshire, LambournAirborne UK

Job description

Be part of a unique growth story!

Join us to help build the leading advanced composites automation and digital manufacturing company. Airborne is a technology leader in advanced composites, specialised in the industrialisation of engineering and manufacturing of durable fibre reinforced composites for Space, Aeronautics, Transport and Marine industries. Via Airborne’s unique combination of skills: our deep and wide composites, software engineering and mechatronics know-how – we enable our customers to unlock their full potential in digital manufacturing growth and create a competitive advantage. We are agile, flexible and think like a start-up. This nimble approach is challenging for many incumbent companies—but it’s at the heart of how we think to build winning positions by developing integrated, automated and connected manufacturing solutions for the composite industry. Together we are a dynamic group of 135 highly educated and passionate employees, split between our headquarter in The Hague Ypenburg (NL) and our site in Lambourn (UK).

What is your new job?

Airborne is a business engaged in the design, development, manufacture, and automation of products constructed of composite materials for a variety of applications and markets. Our vision is to make composites affordable through the application of Automation & Digitalisation.

The role of Project Engineer is responsible for a variety of tasks to successfully deliver projects. These tasks may vary from time to time and project to project.

What are your responsibilities?

  • Obtain a clear understanding and assimilation of project requirements.
  • Develop engineering solutions within the framework of company systems and procedures and utilise such engineering tools as are appropriate and available (CAD, FEA, Hand Calculations) with due consideration of budgets. These solutions will be aligned with the company's commercial strategy and constraints. Specific tasks will include:
    • o Feasibility studies.
    • o Process development such as manufacturing trials
    • o Knowledge and application of composite manufacturing processes
    • o Characterisation of materials and material testing plans
    • o Understanding application of automation & digitalisation within composites domain
    • o Development of quality plans and inspection and test plans.
    • o Planning and supervising process qualification.
    • o Generation of production documentation and reports.
    • o Assistance with troubleshooting production problems.
    • o Coordinate third-party test houses to meet project objectives.
    • o Design for manufacture of products and support of detail design and stress analysis
    • o Project management
  • Development of commercial offers considering likely materials, manufacturing process, production hours and profit margins.
  • Project management of projects using such tools as project plans; decision and action trackers; DFMEA. PFMEA.
  • Analysis of quality issues using six sigma tools such as fishbone; 8D; DMAIC.
  • Participating in identifying and developing technology for targeted opportunities.
  • Project liaison management including QCP documents and reporting of progress.
  • Supplier management
  • Identification of Intellectual Property to allow it to be secured.
  • Ensure the security of work through company IT systems.
  • Personal attention to health, safety and environmental related aspects.

Job requirements


  • Essential
    • o Master’s in mechanical/ Materials Engineering or other relevant degrees/qualification
  • · Desirable –
    • o PhD in the specialist area
    • o Chartered Fellow with a professional institute (IMechE, IOM3)

Work experience

  • Substantial engineering experience with composite materials


  • · Essential
    • o Proven ability to synthesise technical solutions and strategies and develop substantiated conclusions
    • o Competently address engineering problems involving uncertainty, ambiguity, wide-ranging and sometimes conflicting technical and non-technical factors
    • o Demonstrable ability to conceptualise alternative engineering approaches and evaluates potential outcomes against appropriate criteria to justify an optimal or novel engineering solution
    • o Demonstrates and champions the value of alternative and multi-disciplined viewpoints, academic advice and the importance of professional networking
    • o Knowledge of broader fields of science, engineering and technology from which new ideas and interfaces may be drawn and readily engages with professionals from these fields to exchange ideas and exploit collaboration opportunities.
    • o Proven ability to seek out novel developments in your engineering specialisation and apply specialist knowledge and systematic processes to evaluate and justify potential
    • o Able to represent the AIRBORNE’s short-long term strategic technical engineering position to the broader community
    • o Able to express complex/specialist technical information effectively and succinctly, issuing instructions, engaging in discussion, formulating arguments and justification, debating and negotiating – to technical and non-technical audiences and using appropriate media best suited to the audience and context
    • o Able to prepare exemplary engineering documents and presentations pertinent to the audience
    • o Has professional gravitas, smart and confident as a technical ambassador of the AIRBORNE
  • · Desirable
    • o Understands the importance of being a member of a professional technical community, learning from its knowledge and standards and being able to actively contribute to its advancement

What we offer

Working at Airborne Ltd will give you the opportunity to develop your career by working on highly innovative projects.

We offer you a rewarding job in an inspiring environment with like-minded and talented colleagues. You will become part of our inspiring company where innovation, quality and creativity are key to meet our company goals. We will give you the opportunity for personal and professional growth, by additional training, on the job training and coaching.

Furthermore, we offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Retirement Pension Plan
  • Flexible working

A great opportunity to be part of a unique growth story!

Information & procedure

If you would like to apply, please send in your application via the Apply here button.

Third party applications are not appreciated.