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Design Engineer

  • Greenford, England, United Kingdom

Job description

About Brompton:

Brompton Bicycle is not just a brand; it's a symbol of innovative urban mobility. Founded in London in 1975, we have become a bit of a global icon, with our easily recognisable design and unwavering commitment to making city cycling smarter and more accessible.

At the heart of our success is our ingenious foldable bike – a testament to British engineering excellence. The compact and portable bicycles have revolutionised urban transportation, offering a practical and eco-friendly solution for navigating bustling cityscapes.

Our dedication to sustainability, quality craftsmanship, and stylish design has earned us a loyal following of cycling enthusiasts and commuters worldwide. We are on a mission to create greener, more efficient cities and dedicated to our motto – Create Urban Freedom for Happier Lives.

If you're ready to pedal your career in a new direction and be a part of something truly special, read on to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

The role:

The Brompton is the iconic product of its type, a unique bike used and loved in over forty countries around the world. Sales have grown rapidly over the last ten years, making us the largest bicycle manufacturer in the UK, with our products still designed and made by hand right here in London. Despite this we feel like we’re just getting started and there is huge potential to make the bike lighter, more capable and more fun to use.

As a design team we are passionate about making the best bike we can and approach this in an unusual way; we design all our own components, so they are exactly what we want and need them to be. Brakes, gears, tyres, luggage, frame parts and almost everything else. Brompton is created by us from nose-to-tail. Each project is therefore different; in some you will be designing a part for minimum weight and high stiffness, other projects will emphasise ergonomics, or making Brompton intuitive to use.

We are looking for a proactive, creative and detail focussed design engineer with a proven track record of taking concept through to mass manufacturable products.

You will be working in an industry leading, cross-functional team encompassing Product Design, Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Structural Analysis, Production Engineering, Prototyping and Reliability.

We think that we’re exceptionally lucky to be working on best project in the bike industry. We want people that share that belief and are prepared to roll up their sleeves and work with passion to make it a reality.

We want you to get under the skin of the product, what it does and the broader aims of the Brompton company. Use your creativity and technical knowledge to make advances in our product that are of real value to our customers.

Job requirements

Key Responsibilities:

  • Innovatively applying proven mass production principles to turn concepts into mass manufacturable and reliable products; that delight our customers.
  • Generate innovative concepts for new developments that solve real customer problems.
  • Create design data including:
    • 3D CAD modelling using SolidWorks.
    • 2D critical dimension drawings including relevant use of GD&T
    • Early-stage static simulation (Finite Element Analysis) where appropriate to support design decisions.
    • 2D and 3D prototyping (using internal and external resources)
  • Present ideas through sketches, hand-made prototypes and clear PowerPoint presentations for discussion and selection with the wider team and stakeholders throughout Brompton.
  • As part of the team, you will conduct research relevant to each project covering:
    • Design empathy – always keeping our customers at the heart of everything we do.
    • Technical aspects of mechanical principles involved.
    • Appropriate manufacturing methods based on Brompton capabilities and state of the art methods.
  • Agree the mechanical, aesthetic, and ergonomic approach with the wider design team – then deliver this using the most relevant manufacturing technology.
  • Generate and maintain bills of materials.
  • Throughout your role you will also liaise with:
    • Structural and Reliability Engineers to ensure detailed validation of the FEA is in-line with Brompton’s standards.
    • The purchasing team to ensure design concepts meet the financial targets set out for the projects.
    • Production engineering to ensure designs are efficient for manufacture and meet the capabilities of our suppliers and the internal production team.
    • Quality to help generate inspection plans in line with the critical design requirements.
    • Third party suppliers to liase on DFM and obtain initial part and tooling quotations.
    • Marketing, Sales and Product Management to ensure they are informed and consulted on the designs as they develop – ensuring that product development is aligned with the needs of our customers.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Portfolio demonstrating experience in mechanical and or product design.
  • Proven experience of part and assembly ownership from concept through to validation and mass production.
  • Experience in a similar role ideally within automotive, aerospace or consumer product development.
  • High level of CAD ability covering solid and advanced surfacing techniques. Preferably Solidworks.
  • An understanding of, and ability to, calculate static and fatigue strength requirements of your designs.
  • Experience of FEA is an advantage.
  • Proven ability to produce designs to specified lead times and costs.
  • Ability to communicate design decisions and rationale to the team, the wider company, and senior leadership.
  • Build positive and productive relationships both within Brompton and our supply chains.
  • Some experience of relevant manufacturing and assembly techniques:
    • CNC
    • Injection moulding
    • Die casting
    • Forging
    • Fabrication
    • Welding
    • Paint and coating application
    • Surface treatment
    • Heat treatment
    • Tube hydroforming
    • Structural adhesive bonding
  • Master’s or bachelor’s degree in mechanical or product design engineering.

You might not tick all the boxes, and that’s okay, we still encourage you to apply. Here at Brompton we are always looking for people that share the same values and attitudes as we do, as we continue to build diverse teams and a sense of community which is made stronger by each new individual who joins.

Sustainability and Health & Safety Responsibility:

  • Use socially and environmentally responsible practices while in the workplace and accept and follow relevant training, policies, and procedures, complying with all applicable laws, and regulations.
  • Cooperate with management to ensure the Company remains compliant and sustainability and H&S performance continuously improves.
  • Report all hazards, near misses, incidents and/or injuries to management immediately by complying to local incident reporting requirements.
  • Use tools, equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required by job role and as instructed.
  • Take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and of any other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work.

Benefits at Brompton:

Brompton offers you an excellent working environment with enthusiastic colleagues who get along, communicate and co-operate well with each other. The working climate is informal, but we work hard. Next to good terms of employment, Brompton offers you the opportunity to work in a responsible and challenging job within a dynamic, international and ambitious environment. We are all proud to be part of Brompton Bicycle Ltd; we all share the same passion and dedication to the company and the product, despite any differences in cultural backgrounds and skills.

  • Flexible and hybrid working patterns available
  • 9 Day Fortnight – This is a flexible working pattern which individuals can opt in for where an employee works their contractual hours across 9 days instead of 10 days. (i.e. 80 hours across 9 days instead of 10 days). This means the individual would work an additional hour across Monday to Thursday (across the 2 week period) to gain their Friday off.
  • Annual Leave – 25 days annual leave, plus all UK bank holidays.
  • Competitive Salary – Plus workplace pension scheme and profit share bonus.
  • Brompton Discount - Get ready to bike in style, as all employee’s receive up to 60% off their very own bike and accessories, plus there are discounts for your friends and family too.
  • Staff Loan Bike – All employees are eligible to receive a Brompton Bicycle which they can use free of charge for up to 3 months
  • Onboarding Induction – New starters will enrol on a 3-month onboarding induction programme with a welcome pack goody bag as well as a factory tour, meet&greet with the Chiefs and an afternoon bike ride. There are also opportunities for work experience in the Covent Garden shop floor.
  • Free Breakfast – Unlimited, all-day access to an array of fruit and cereal
  • On-Site Canteen – Staff can enjoy subsidised hot meals, snacks and refreshments at our in-house HandleBar Café
  • Breakout Areas – Unwind on the mezzanine floor which contains a ping-pong, foosball and pool table and other games like darts and a giant Connect-4!
  • Social Activities - Throughout the year enjoy time with your colleagues as we host an annual Summer and Christmas party, annual bike rides (both inside and outside the UK), Birthday breakfast, volunteering activities and family fun days just to name a few.
  • Learning and Development - Access to free LinkedIn Learning and opportunity to devote some of your time at work to personal development. We value professional development and actively promote internal promotions and opportunities.
  • Benefits - Workplace Pension Scheme, Care and Health Support, Flexible Working, Cycle to Work Scheme and other benefits.
  • Mental Health – We provide access to a confidential EAP that offers counselling, resources and support for various mental health challenges. There’s also Head Space, Brompton’s approved wellness program for employees.
  • Paid Leave – We offer an enhanced Family, Paternity and Maternity leave pay.

Brompton was listed amongst the best UK workplaces in 2020 and was awarded silver investors in People Accreditation and London Living Wage Employer in 2021.

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Commitment

Regardless of age, disability, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, culture, educational background, parental status, neurodiversity or disability - whoever you are, if you’re passionate about your work, curious, relentless and customer-obsessed, we want to hear from you.