Chief Structural Engineer

Cranfield Aerospace Solutions
Cranfield, England
Jun 24, 2022
Jul 08, 2022
Organization Type
Firm, Consulting Engineering
Cranfield Aerospace is a great place to work, based on a vibrant and exciting technology park on Cranfield Universities Campus, CAeS is consistently looking for new ways to innovate in all our markets. Some examples of where we innovate include our development work on one of the worlds first carbon-neutral aircraft; Project Fresson, to us being a global leader in fully immersive sustained motion cueing technology with Cranfield Simulation.

Cranfield Aerospace is always looking to develop, whether that be in the engineering markets or developing our people. We operate a work-from-home policy on Monday and Fridays alongside Flexible start and finish times all week to ensure a great work-life balance. We are open to candidates who live far and wide to guarantee we can nurture the best skills from all areas of the UK and we pride ourselves on ensuring that the people that work at Cranfield Aerospace, are developed, happy and enjoy working for CAes.


  • To lead all aerospace Structural Design activity within Cranfield Aerospace Solutions:
  • To lead, supervise and check the analysis and design of aircraft structures, structural elements and system/component installations
  • To lead, supervise and check static stress analyses and fatigue and damage tolerance analyses - using appropriate techniques and tools - for any level of complexity from individual detail stressing to whole airframe design
  • To lead, manage and develop the Structural Design team and the individual engineers within the team
  • To define, plan and execute structural analysis and design engineering work packages, to meet performance, time and cost requirements
  • To devise and deliver safe, innovative and elegant structural solutions to novel aerospace challenges

  • Must be:
  • Experienced aerospace chief or principal stress engineer (15+ years of relevant senior experience)
  • Expert in aircraft structural engineering, with a good secondary understanding of aero-mechanical installation design
  • Expert user of either finite element stress analysis tools (eg MSC-NASTRAN), with some secondary understanding of 3D CAD (Catia V5)
  • Must have:
  • Substantial experience (10+ years) of working in a CAA/EASA/FAA Part 21J Design Organization, within which the candidate has:
  • Been authorized as a Compliance Verification Engineer for some or all of the following: Structural Design, Stress, Fatigue and Damage Tolerance, Structural Loads, Mechanical Design
  • Held delegated authority for authoring, checking, approving and releasing engineering reports and drawings
  • A good degree (preferably a higher degree) in Aeronautical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering, or in an allied discipline (eg Structural or Mechanical Engineering) and supplemented by evidence of structured aeronautical training and development

Chartered Engineer status (or be sufficiently qualified, trained and experienced to become so)


  • Work from home days (Monday and Friday) & Flexible start and finish times - these are also negotiable to open up our roles to people from all areas of the UK!
  • 26 days annual leave plus paid public and bank holidays, with an additional 1 day awarded on accruing 5 years of service (27 days) and a further additional 1 day awarded on accruing 7 years of service (28 days).
  • Group life assurance (based on 3x gross annual salary),
  • Defined contribution pension scheme (based on an employee contribution of 5% and employer contribution of 3% of gross annual salary) with an option to ‘opt out'
  • Ability to Buy and Sell holidays up to 5 per year
  • Subsidised on-site gym membership
  • Free on-site parking
  • Discounted flying school sessions
  • Medicash discount scheme including 24/7 doctors appointments, Dental, Physio, Therapy and more
  • On-site shops, cafes and facilities including Amazon lockers.