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Principal CAE Engineer


Banbury, Oxfordshire, England

Pe Office

Date Posted:

3rd May 2024


Advanced Technology



Job Type:




At Prodrive we believe there’s no limit to what can be achieved when the brightest minds come together. Joining one focused and driven team, you will challenge boundaries in order to change the game for our customers. Our Advanced Technology business is where we combine our pace and agility with free-thinking to deliver complex engineering solutions and specialist manufacturing programmes to the automotive, aerospace, marine, and defence sectors, accelerating the net zero journey for our customers.

We are looking for a Senior Analysis Engineer to work as part of the Verification and Validation team, providing concept and design development services to our Integrated Project Solutions team and Engineering Delivery team.

What Will You Be Doing?

  • Derive suitable load cases and targets using first principles and prior experience as well as customer, legislative and internal documents
  • Support design work and ensure that proposed design solutions meet required static and dynamic load cases
  • Execution and development of test activities, including setup, testing, and reporting, to meet the objectives of the project
  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to negotiate and establish alignment of virtual and physical DV test plans, test specifications, and schedules
  • Work in multi-discipline teams to deliver to and support other business functions
  • Technical liaison with customers, suppliers, manufacturing, and internal stakeholders
  • Work to relevant analysis procedures and record analysis results clearly
  • Understand your working priorities and clearly show progress, delivery status, and key risks and issues
  • Lead and develop junior team members
  • Extend our analysis capability with your specialism (e.g., Structures, Thermal, CFD, MBS)
  • Contribute to continual improvement of analysis processes, analysis tools
  • Support business development activities and creation of customer proposals
  • Support project management activities and monitor analysis plans and progress

Who Are We Looking For?

Due to our diverse range of engineering activities, we are interested in candidates with selected skills, or a blend of all of the following knowledge, experience, or skills:

  • Statics and structures simulation, such as:
    • FEA crash analysis of automotive vehicle structures
    • FEA shell and solid modelling of structures
    • Experience with the physics of system behaviour, load paths, expected structural response, and potential failure modes
  • Dynamic systems and multibody simulation, such as:
    • Vibration analysis and isolation
    • Kinematics of mechanisms and design
    • Passenger car and/or commercial vehicle dynamics simulation and calculations
  • General:
    • Experience in Automotive, Motorsport, Aerospace sectors
    • Experience with classical hand calculations and free body diagrams
    • Clearly communicate and articulate technical concepts and ideas
    • Build models from scratch, smartly choose the appropriate analysis techniques and boundary conditions for the problem at hand, balancing speed, accuracy, and ensuring usefulness and appropriateness
    • Ideally, experience with Altair HyperWorks suite
      • (Motionsolve, HyperMesh, Hyperview, Optistruct, Radioss)
      • We are open to skills in similar packages

What Can We Offer You?

  • An attractive salary which will grow in line with your ongoing development and impact
  • 25 days holiday (which increases with long service) with an opportunity to purchase up to 15 extra days
  • Training opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Onsite subsidised staff restaurant
  • Car and pension salary sacrifice schemes
  • Cyclescheme
  • Exercise classes
  • Paid time off for volunteering
  • Consultations with our Fit 4 Life expert
  • Social events throughout the year
  • Exclusive company discounts
  • Life assurance

We Are An Equal Opportunities Employer.

At Prodrive we are committed to attracting and nurturing the best talent and creating an inclusive workplace. We value individual differences and diversity amongst all staff so that everyone has the widest opportunities to maximise their potential. We aim to ensure that no job applicant is placed at a disadvantage by practices or requirements which disproportionately impact protected groups and which are not justified by the demands of the job. If you feel you are right for this role, we welcome your application.

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