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Assistant Chief Structural Design Engineer

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Jun 12, 2023

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United Kingdom, England, Yeovil

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The Opportunity

Are you an experienced professional engineer with a career in engineering management and a passion for delivering technical excellence?

Working as Assistant Chief Structural Design Engineer within our Helicopter Division, you will act as a role model within the business to promote an ownership and responsibility culture. You will have the pride of seeing your structural designs on our product ranges, grow from a 3D concept through to installation and flight and play a pivotal part in the continued growth in our capability for the future.

As part of the Structures Team you will be responsible for developing structural design solutions in collaboration with other engineering departments and key stakeholders, for our wide product range encompassing conventional helicopters, tilt rotors and unmanned air systems.

Our Structures team supports both the UK and Italian geographies so although based in the UK there is the opportunity to work on our full product range.

Leonardo is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in Aerospace, Defence and Security. Headquartered in Italy, Leonardo has over 45,000 employees, of which 8,000 are based in the UK.

This role is based at our Yeovil site and offers the option of hybrid working.

What you will do
  • Providing design / development / supportability of product and or processes to ensure successful delivery of activities for aircraft contract delivery and in service support
  • Making recommendations to improve policies and processes within the engineering frameworks
  • Approving and owning work package plans associated with the allocation and deployment of team members and workload with suitable milestones to enable effective engineering and product reporting
  • Risk Analysis and Budget management
  • Directing the team on technical specialism, domain expertise, engineering process and tool use
  • Resolving of complex multidisciplinary issues raised from within and outside of engineering
  • Promoting a culture of best practice
  • Inspire, promote and communicate safe behaviours to ensure that team members understand and adhere to their safety responsibilities
Security Clearance
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Life at Leonardo

With a company funded benefits package, a commitment to learning and development, and a flexible approach to working hours focused on the needs of both our employees and customers, a career with Leonardo has never offered as many opportunities or been more accessible to as many people.
  • Flexible Working: Flexible hours with hybrid working options. For part time opportunities, please talk to us
  • Company funded flexible benefits: Access to private healthcare, dental schemes, Workplace ISA, Go Green Car Scheme, technology and lifestyle options (£500 annual allowance)
  • Holidays: 25 days plus bank holidays, option to buy/sell leave and to accrue up to 12 additional flexi leave days per year
  • Pension: Award winning pension scheme (up to 10% employer contribution)
  • Wellbeing: Employee Assistance Programme with access to free mental health support, financial wellbeing support and network groups to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to diversity & inclusion (Enable, Pride, Equalise, Reservists, Carers)
  • Lifestyle: Discounted Gym membership, Cycle to work scheme
  • Training: Free access to more than 4000 online courses via Coursera
  • Referral Incentive: You can earn a reward for successfully referring a friend or family member
  • Bonus: Scheme in place for all employees at management level and below
For a full list of our Company benefits please visit our website.

What we are looking for
  • Apprenticeship/HNC/HND/First degree level as a minimum or equivalent level of experience in aerospace engineering.
  • HND or equivalent level of knowledge of aircraft design principles, assembly techniques, manufacturing processes, basic mechanics and materials science.
  • Expert level of knowledge of sheet metal fabrication design.
  • Expert level of knowledge of machining design.
  • Expert level of knowledge of composites design.
  • Expert level of knowledge of aerospace fasteners & types of structural joints.
  • Experienced level of knowledge of aircraft design regulations eg MAA, EASA or FAA.
  • Experienced level of knowledge of types of aircraft loading, typical structural analysis failure criteria, material allowables, finite element analysis process, interpretation of stress plots, load paths, design features that generate peak stresses, design failure mitigation techniques and of design considerations for fatigue & damage tolerance in rotorcraft structures.
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels
  • Eligibility for registration as an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer with the engineering Council. Membership of a relevant engineering institution is preferable.
Advantageous in this role are:
  • Ability to use the CATIA V5 design package and ENOVIA VPM part management system to derive aircraft design context and produce structural designs and associated drawings to issue standard OR equivalent systems.
  • The ability to use the MS Office suite.

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