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KTP Associate – Automotive Design Engineer

Salary:   Starting Salary up to £30k per annum
Closing Date:   Monday 24 August 2020
Interview Date:   Friday 04 September 2020
Reference:  A2893-S

This position is based in Bentham, nr. Lancaster, United Kingdom (LA2 7LW).

This 18 month post has been created as a result of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Lancaster University’s Department of Engineering and Atkinson Vos Ltd

Atkinson Vos is the world’s leading specialist in Unimogs, the iconic all-terrain vehicles manufactured by Mercedes-BenzEstablished in 1978 in Bentham on the border between Lancashire and Yorkshire, Atkinson Vos has exported custom and specialist Unimogs to almost every country on Earth. The company has a reputation for outstanding service and unparalleled industry expertise for all things Unimog. We pride ourselves on being innovative in our market and are constantly adding to our range of Unimog accessories and developing bespoke products for our customers.

This is an exciting opportunity for a design engineer with a keen interest in vehicles to take on an important role in a dynamic business. You will lead the project which aims to formalise implementation and application of SolidWorks and Product Data Management methods within a specialist off-road automotive supplier. You will be employed by Lancaster University, but will be based at Atkinson Vos’s premises in Bentham working closely with and be supported by academics from the Department of Engineering and the senior management team at Atkinson Vos.

The novel design of the project, combined with the generous support package and close supervision from both industry and a leading university, make this an exceptional opportunity for you to take a leading role in an innovative project and launch a career in automotive design and engineering. You will be working in a growing business, following projects through from start to finish, gaining commercial awareness and business skills. On completion of a successful project it is anticipated that there will be opportunities for on-going employment within the company partner.

Lancaster is a top-10 university in the UK and in the top-125 in the World.  Engineering at Lancaster is internationally recognised as being at the forefront of research and innovation. One of only a handful of general engineering departments in the country, it offers a modern interdisciplinary experience typical of what engineers face in industry. The Department has strong links with industry nationwide and works with a portfolio of hundreds of SMEs in the north-west of England placing it in a prime position to support the associate and company.

You will have a degree in Mechanical, Automotive or other appropriate Engineering specialism and will be able to demonstrate design and project management experience, ideally in an industrial context. We are also looking for some familiarity with Matlab and interest in building your skill set and engineering design experience. 

Within the business environment you will be the sole engineer so self-motivation and the confidence to ask for support when it is needed are a must. Excellent communication is a must to liaise with the rest of the team and to understand & interpret customer visions & translate them to a finished design. The required skill set includes good team-working, good presentation skills, analytical skills, excellent oral and written English, and a rigorous and professional attitude. A keen interest in vehicles and automotive engineering would be advantageous.  

In addition to a competitive salary, the reward package includes an additional £4,000 personal training and development budget offering excellent opportunities to further your professional development and support your career progression. You will be encouraged to present papers at national and international conferences. 

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Informal enquires should be directed to:  
Dr Stephen Quayle (Lancaster University)  Email:

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