Job Title:  Lead/Principal Mechanical Engineer


Leicester, LEC, GB, LE49JQ

Business Unit:  Taylor Hobson
Posting Date:  Feb 8, 2024
Job Description: 



AMETEK is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacturing of advanced analytical, test and measurement instrumentation for the energy, aerospace, power, research, medical and industrial markets.


As a leading global provider of differentiated electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, AMETEK are proud to solve some of the world’s most complex challenges. Their strength comes from four key areas: Niche Market Focus, Growth Model, People and Culture, Performance.


  • Annual sales of over $5.5 billion with approximately 50% of sales outside U.S.
  • Distributed operating structure with ~18,500 colleagues in over 30 countries
  • Diverse set of niche markets and applications served
  • Core Values include Ethics and Integrity, Respect for the Individual, Teamwork and Social Responsibility


AMETEK is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: AME) and a component of the S&P 500




Business Unit


Established in 1886, Taylor Hobson is the world leader in surface and form metrology and developed the first Roundness and Surface Finish measuring instruments.


We provide contact and non-contact measurement solutions for the most demanding applications on a global basis, with a worldwide infrastructure to support our clients; we are a truly global ultra-precision metrology company.


We are pioneers, continually developing our products to meet the ever-increasing demands of next generation technologies, particularly in Optics, Bearings, Space, Defence, Aerospace, Automotive, Medical and Renewable Energy technologies.


Taylor Hobson's world leading brands include: Talyrond®, Form Talysurf® PGI, Form Talysurf® i-Series, Surtronic®, LUPHOScan, Formalysurf® PGI Optics, Talyvel®, Autocollimators, Micro-Alignment Telescope and AMECare.


Taylor Hobson is part of the Ultra Precision Technologies Division of AMETEK, Inc. which is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of approximately $5.5 billion.




Position Summary


  • To provide the lead mechanical expertise in the design and manufacture of TH’s next generation products


Key Responsibilities


  • Responsible and accountable for the mechanical performance, suitability for manufacture and overall mechanical safety (Machinery Directive) of Taylor Hobson Products
  • Run a mechanical/small multi-disciplined team to develop the next NPD target
  • Lead mechanical design reviews on current and adjacent projects and provide guidance to solve problems and keep NPD project disciplines in focus
  • Coach senior mechanical engineers through skills growth and increasing project responsibility
  • Recruit student placements with a view to growing the talent pool within the business
  • Support the Technical director on strategic technology developments to feed current and future opportunities


Requirements for Consideration


Required Essential Skills:


  • Ability to work in a matrix structure in a cross-functional team developing, training/mentoring and appraising staff
  • Proficient in the application of Finite Element Analysis to engineering developments – including stiffness/vibration analysis
  • Demonstrate thorough analytical skills reinforced with practical problem-solving abilities and an attention to detail.
  • Ability to conceive, visualize, and engineer complex mechanical systems quickly.
  • Experience to identify when external mechanical expertise is required, or a challenge requires rethinking. 
  • Good verbal and written communication skills both internally and externally with customer exposure.


Proficient in the use of the following tools


  • CAD (at east on of the following SW, NX. Catia, ProE)
  • Application of an FEA package to engineering developments – including stiffness/vibration analysis
  • MS Office or similar 
  • Some applied experience with math package e.g MATLAB, Mathematica etc..
  • Fundamentally passionate about technology


Desirable Skills:


  • Multi-disciplined with outline understanding of electrical, electronics and software design issues. (Control systems)
  • Proven direct customer experience particularly on challenging customised products working to a tight budget and timescale
  • Working knowledge of German desirable (not essential)


Required Personal Attributes:


  • Confidence and intelligence to assume technical lead and run several engineers underpinned with sound engineering knowledge.
  • Analytical, decisive with a constant desire to learn and impart knowledge for a common goal.
  • Understands why technology people get out of bed in the morning to come to work.


Qualifications or Relevant Work Experience


  • Good Degree Level education in Mechanical Engineering/Physics or equivalent with at least 5 years’ experience in design lead/principal engineer* role from concept through and end to end product life cycle.


  • Sound knowledge with proven track record of manufacturing engineering, materials, methods, processes, and quality systems


*precision engineering role desirable but not essential


Future Development Opportunities (Possible Next Role)


Coachable with potential for technical management within 2 years


What we offer you


  • Taylor Hobson offers a fun, relaxed, supportive working environment along with:
  • 1 pm Friday finish
  • Competitive salary and 28 days holiday including Easter & Christmas
  • Perkbox – Corporate discounts, GP service & 24-hour Employee Assistance Program
  • Active sports and social club including annual Christmas party and social events
  • Continuous training provided using world class manufacturing tools and equipment
  • Mentoring and guidance for accreditation
  • Free onsite parking and easy access to the city centre

AMETEK is committed to making a safer, sustainable, and more productive world a reality. We use differentiated technology solutions to solve our customers’ most complex challenges. We employ 18,500 colleagues, in 30 countries, that are grounded by our core values: Ethics and Integrity, Respect for the Individual, Diversity and Inclusion, Teamwork, and Social Responsibility. AMETEK is a leading global provider of industrial technology solutions serving a diverse set of attractive niche markets with annual sales over $6.0 billion. Traded publicly (NYSE:AME), we are a component of the S&P 500. Visit for more information.