Mechanical Design Team Lead

Why we need you
The Research & Innovation Manager is focusing more on moving this established and growing company into a research and innovation space. There is some real visionary strategy at play here.
As a result we need a Senior Mechanical Engineer who can focus on both engineering design AND managing the Mechanical Design Team.
Healthy mix of Engineering & Management
If 50% to 70% engineering, and 30% to 50% management sounds like a good mix to you, read on.
If you are a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer with design team management experience, this opportunity could fit you like a spark plug in a cylinder head.
But perhaps you are instead a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer who is seeking to take on a portion of team management too, this could be that next step up in your career.
Engineering What?
Think special purpose machinery/equipment right through to heavy vehicles and structures. No two days will be the same!
What kinds of Projects?
You will be designing modifications to existing machinery, clean sheet design and build for a client with a designated budget, and then at the top end doing R&D with higher budgets, broad creativity, and aiming for a world beating product.
So, you will be professionally engaged and challenged here.
Full R&D
This is a rare opportunity to be involved in the full R&D product life cycle, including design & analysis of mechanical systems and parts, FEA, fabrication of prototypes, testing, refinement, product assembly & installation, full product commercialisation, and product support.

Your designs will translate into the manufacturing side of the company, who will do one off, small run, or higher volume production runs of a product developed for: a client, as an internal company product, or as a product with IP shared between this company and their clients.
From Design to Reality
Many engineers like to see their designs go from CAD to reality, built before their eyes, and see their innovations making an impact for clients. You will get that here.
Project Diversity?
A big tick. You will have a large mix of sectors and projects, across primary industries typically.
There are really strong sector growth areas here both regionally and nationally with some big funding being tapped into.
Established Clients & Research Institution Partners
This company has very established client relationships, so job stability and work-flow are solid.
As the company partner with multiple research institutions, this will give you the opportunity to work on some very interesting and unique projects.
And having access to draw on some global experts in their respective fields should pique your interest too.
New Facility on the Horizon
In the next two years you will be able to get your hands on a new purpose-built facility in a great central location that will include professional offices, and a re-configurable 10-bay manufacturing workshop.
The Design Team
The Design Team of 8 are a mix of ages, career stages, and cultural mix. This is a team that is growing currently and will in time be a team of 10 to 15 people. A reasonable sized team to manage.
The team are a friendly bunch and a good team, they are receptive, not defensive, they respond to guidance but also have a voice.
Interests wise, the team are passionate outdoors people, often engaged with mountain biking, skiing, tramping etc.
Nelson is a good lifestyle region to pursue outdoor hobbies, and for a family it is a great place, with really good schools, and affordability relative to other similar sized regions.
What does management look like here?
You will lead and mentor your Mechanical Design Team, give them technical engineering and project management guidance, review their work and performance, and help on-board new people to the team.
Looking outward you will be engaging with clients and research partners supported by the R&D Manager who you will report to.
Sound like you?

  • Degree qualified Mechanical Engineer or Trade qualified with significant career design experience
  • 10 years’ + relevant career experience across a variety of sectors and projects
  • Mechanical Design Team Lead experience or aptitude
  • Strong 3D Mechanical Design, modelling, & production drawing output in SolidWorks + PDM or an equivalent CAD package
  • Experience designing parts and mechanical systems for machinery
  • Detailed design analysis and FEA on parts & systems
  • Product prototyping and testing experience
  • Ability to assist with procedural documentation like service/maintenance instructions, assembly documentation etc.

Do you want to find out more?
This company is stable, sector diversified, and growing in the R&D space.

This is a permanent position, with a standard 40 hour week, in the sunny Nelson region, which is a very attractive place to live, work, and play. I grew up in Nelson so feel free to ask me any questions you have about the region.

This role will appeal to someone who wants that nice mix of working on custom design and build projects plus R&D projects while also steering the engineers within the team.
You will be given a competitive market salary, and health insurance after 12 months too.

How to Apply

To apply for this position please click on the relevant button, alternatively, for a confidential inquiry contact David Milmine by email ( or phone (04 595 4102).

Note: If this vacancy is not exactly what you are seeking, then please contact me in confidence to discuss your individual requirements.

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