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Salary: Market related

Location: Sherburn in Elmet, North Yorkshire

Job Type: Permanent

Date Listed: 25 Apr 2024

Reference: 6421 -2

Principal Engineer- Body Structures

Location: Sherburn in Elmet – North Yorkshire


This vacancy presents a brilliant opportunity for a Principal Engineer within Body Structures to join a forward-thinking organisation who are a global leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of electric vehicles and is offering a competitive salary and benefits package.

Our client is a multiple award-winning Automotive Manufacturer who is at the forefront of Electric Vehicle technology and dedicated to a sustainable future. It is a very exciting time to join this growing company who are looking for someone to be part of their exciting journey.  

Principal Engineer – Body Structures Job Role:


  • Leading an Engineering team to create and deliver world-class products to market, ensuring that cost, quality, and delivery targets are met.
  • It is the role of the Principal Engineer to ensure the vehicle concept developed meets the product requirements at part and vehicle level.
  • Liaising with suppliers of key vehicle systems to ensure seamless integration of their products into the vehicle concept.
  • Development of low-volume bespoke solutions to meet customer demands.


  • Ensuring the release of native CAD geometry (SolidWorks or CATIA V6) utilising the 3D Experience toolset, that is clash-free and works in the context of its surroundings.
  • Ensuring that the components and systems released meet all Legal requirements.
  • Working with CAE engineers on structural load path and crash optimization.
  • Create concept Selections and confirm adherence to Design Standards.
  • Use Quality History Reviews and Design Failure Modes and Effects Analyses in new design system design.
  • Create concise technical presentations for informed decision-making.
  • Co-ordinate, lead and participate in design reviews. 
  • Liaise with support functions to deliver a common goal.
  • Reporting of Programme status against Programme deliverables.

Principal Engineer – Body Structures Requirements:

  • Degree-level education or equivalent experience in an engineering field.
  • Automotive process knowledge.
  • Recent experience in component or system level delivery in the Automotive Industry.
  • Knowledge of Vehicle Electrification.
  • Self-starter with high levels of resilience to lead root cause analysis.
  • Excellent communication skills to interact with all supporting functions and supplier base.
  • Proficiency in generating and presenting technical material concisely to suit the audience.
  • Ability to review and interrogate CAE reports to enable objective decision-making.
  • Knowledge of CAD, SolidWorks, CATIA V6 & 3D Experience toolset.

We’re looking to speak with suitable Principal Engineer – Body Structures candidates as soon as possible.

Apply now with a copy of your CV to discuss this position with a member of our team.