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Design Engineer (Bids)

Design Engineer (Bids)



The Design Engineer (Bids) role reports directly into the Senior Bid Engineering. The purpose of the role is to support the Business Development and Bids & Proposals teams with engineering enquiries. The Design Engineer (Bids) will design equipment concepts, specify components with supporting calculations, create drawings and technical documentation against customer requirements. The Design Engineer (Bids) will liaise with the wider Design department (and others as appropriate) to develop costed technical proposals for customers

Duties will include:

The Design Engineer (Bids) will aid with the design and development of proposed systems in response to a variety of enquiries, and preparation of technical proposals for tendering purposes. This role will suite a qualified Mechanical or Electrical Engineer with a minimum of 3 years design experience in industrial, marine or subsea applications.

  • Designing and draughting equipment for a variety of marine-based handling applications.
  • Production of concept designs in collaboration with the Design Department, documented with appropriate system calculations.
  • The post will offer a variety of challenges including the provision of innovative design solutions for demanding applications, providing evaluation of customer requirements.
  • Production of concise and effective technical proposals in response to customer requests.
  • Interface with the Business Development and Bids & Proposals departments, to understand the engineering requirements of prospective work.
  • Co-ordination of resources to achieve the required engineering input.
  • Attendance at meetings with customers, including delivery of technical presentations and participation in engineering and commercial discussions.
  • Development of standardised documentation packs for proposal use and trend analysis to assist in directing future company product development activities.
  • Occasional travel within the UK and overseas will be required


Essential skills, experience and knowledge requirements:

The successful candidate must;

  • BSc or BEng in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or relevant Apprenticeship with HNC
  • Experience with solid modeling design tools with structural analysis using finite element modeling.
  • Experience in preparing system design calculations for mechanical, hydraulic or electrical systems.
  • A flair for problem solving and innovation, a flexible approach to work activities and a track record of creating high quality production drawings.
  • Intermediate or better Microsoft Office skills.


Your future at MacTaggart Scott – What we offer

  • As part of our Healthy Work-Life Balance employees can choose between a 4- or 5-day working week. Allowing you to fit work around your priorities and personal life, not the other way round.
  • Flexible working hours between 07:00 and 19:00, and core hours of 09:30 – 15:30.
  • Our leave policy brings together leave entitlements which include annual leave,paid parental leave, military reservist leave, plus more.
  • We will provide you with a supportive and engaging environment where you can grow your career, with a dedicated Learning and Development team.
  • A generous referral programme.
  • Your wellbeing is supported through our online wellbeing program as well as our Employee Assistance Programme and an onsite nurse.
  • Onsite Canteen and Car Park


About us

MacTaggart Scott primarily supports the Naval Defence industry, providing complete solutions to customer needs from analysis of initial customer requirements, to design and manufacture, and right through to commissioning and through life support. Established in 1898, we are proud of our history and tradition, but believe that sustainable competitive advantage can only be achieved through continuous improvement, investment, and a commitment to business excellence at every level within the company.

The successful candidate must hold or be able to meet the appropriate Security Clearance as required. The security clearance restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.