Mechanical Design Engineer - Innovation

Oxford, Oxfordshire (Hybrid)
4 months ago
Full time role


YASA was founded on the principle that small, light electric motors would play a growing role in meeting both the ...

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Job Description


Working within the New Technology team, and reporting to the Lead Design Engineer, the Mechanical Design Engineer (or Senior Engineer) will be joining a talented team of like-minded Design Engineers, working on cutting-edge R&D projects for our innovation team. The role will have a dynamic workload and will suit an individual who has a keen interest in technology, and who is willing to work in a fast-paced environment. They will be producing design solutions that arise from new product designs, customer requests, and other ad hoc R&D activities.


"The innovation team is a group of focussed, high-performing, and motivated individuals concentrating on rapid technology development and problem-solving. We work quickly and efficiently on defining new opportunities to test them as early as possible to find the limits of new ideas and solutions to design, process, and materials challenges. When building new parts or motors to test we look to 'fail fast & learn quickly!'. If you believe you fit the mould, we'd love to have you in our teams" Tim Woolmer (CTO) & Simon Odling (Chief of New Technology)


  • Developing ideas and designing solutions to practical challenges arising from new technology development within the innovation team.
  • Detailing and designing 3D and 2D CAD models and drawings using best practices.
  • Understand design for assembly and constraints for high-volume manufacturing.
  • Performing material selection and mechanical FEA analysis on components and assemblies.
  • Providing detailed input to the team to ensure the overall design meets requirements for functionality and manufacture.
  • Supporting the development of manufacturing processes and novel designs for new technology applications and materials.
  • Supporting DFMEAs and completing actions required to mitigate risks.
  • Supporting new business opportunities with information and guidance on the use, packaging, and application of YASA motors.
  • Liaising with key suppliers and customers on design and development issues.
  • Supporting build and test of prototype parts, assemblies, and motors.


To succeed in this role, we believe you'll need:

  • A degree or equivalent in mechanical engineering with previous experience in a design and development environment.
  • To be an experienced user of Siemens NX CAD software package with the ability to create design concepts and fully dimensioned drawings.
  • The ability to undertake and interpret mechanical FEA studies and propose solutions/improvements to design issues
  • Experience with PLM tools such as Siemens Teamcenter
  • To have a strong mechanical background, but more importantly, be able to apply knowledge to real-world situations.
  • To be a creative problem solver, with an analytical approach to implementation.
  • To be familiar with FMEAs and robust engineering practices.
  • A good understanding of materials and associated mechanical properties and processing.
  • To be confident working with customers and suppliers, and be able to detail requirements and understand issues.
  • A UK driving license and be available to support visits to supplier and parent company sites in the UK and internationally.


Our mission is to lead the design and delivery of the best electric motor technology available. We believe that diversity of thought, and experience is a key driver of innovation. Research shows that while men apply to jobs if they meet ~60% of criteria, women and those in traditionally underrepresented groups tend to only apply if they check all boxes. So if you think you have what it takes but don’t meet every single point, please still get in touch. We’d love to have an initial chat and see if you could add value. 



  • Discretionary bonus
  • 28 days’ holiday
  • Pension scheme
  • Private medical plan with Bupa
  • 4 x death in service
  • Company car scheme


About YASA

YASA, a Mercedes Benz group company, is leading the way in EV Motor Revolution with our patented and unique Axial Flux Technology. Our motor is more powerful, lighter, and smaller than our competitors. Our spirit of innovation drives us to continually explore and test new technologies, a mindset that exists from early-stage R&D projects through to manufacturing optimisation. We stay true to the freedom and flexibility that drove our success as a start-up, alongside having the stability, security, and roadmap of an established organisation.


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