Project Design Engineer

Bird Bellows - Radnor Park Industrial Estate, Congleton CW12 4UQ
Bird Bellows
Bird Bellows
Vacancy title
Project Design Engineer
Bird Bellows - Radnor Park Industrial Estate, Congleton CW12 4UQ
Advertised salary
Employment type
Working pattern
Monday to Thursday - full-time condensed hours
Closing date
27 June 2024

Senior is a FTSE listed international manufacturing group with 26 operations in 12 countries. Senior designs, manufactures and markets high-technology components and systems for the principal original equipment producers in the worldwide aerospace, defence, and land vehicle and power and energy markets.

We have a long history of well-respected brands and an excellent reputation in our key market sectors. Senior delivers value to its customers and shareholders via operational excellence that is underpinned by its people and processes.

Our global values underpin what we do, and how we do it...

Safety – Integrity – Customer Focus – Respect and Trust – Accountability – Excellence


Who is Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows?

Based in Congleton, Cheshire, Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows was established in 1975 as a family run operation serving the petro-chemical and gas industries. Since then, we have evolved to become one of the industry leaders in the design, development and manufacture of pressure duct systems, flexible joints and insulation for highly regulated industries. We have established customers in aerospace (both civil and military), as well as in the nuclear, oil and gas, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.

What does the job involve?

Core Activities:

  • Preparation of technical proposals and cost estimates
  • Concept development including management and oversight of development testing
  • Preparation and presentation of design reviews, both internal and with the customer when required.
  • Definition and management of qualification programmes where required, including drafting/checking of qualification plans, test procedures and test reports
  • Validating 3D models and 2D drawings produced, meet the design requirements and obtaining customer approval where required.
  • Validating tool designs, BOM’s and routings to ensure parts produced meet the design requirements.
  • Establishing, owning and updating compliance matrices and verification and validation plans to ensure the product meets the original specification requirements.
  • Liaising with customers to ensure deviations to specifications are accepted and agreed where required.
  • Supporting the Project Manager by developing, driving and reporting the technical activities of the project plan
  • Managing technical risks with the use of tools such as Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis.

Experience and knowledge


  • Experience in the design and development of new /modified products in a highly regulated industry
  • Experience in the design and development of metallic ducting systems/components or thin wall sheet metal products
  • Experienced in leading product development and qualification test programmes


  • Experience of Developing products within the Aerospace industry 

Qualifications and training 


  • Degree/HNC/HND in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering


  • Basic understanding of CAD systems (CAITA or Autodesk Inventor)
  • New Product Introduction Process Principles (AS9745, APQP)
  • Cost estimating

Other requirements 


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills at internal/external stakeholder levels
  • Self motivated

We offer a competitive salary, great benefits and the opportunity to develop and progress your career.

The benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Excellent pension and life assurance scheme
  • Career and development opportunities
  • 27 days holiday (including bank holidays)
  • Birthday vouchers
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Wellbeing/Occupational Health clinics
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Free parking
  • Social events