Principal Product Engineer

Principal Product Engineer

  • Full Time
  • Farnborough
  • This position has been filled

Job Overview/Purpose:

We welcome people who share our determination and high standards to join us in doing work that moves the world forward.

Primary Responsibilities

The position may require a combination of high level technical ability and an element of management, at a junior level, of the activities of a team of product engineers.

 Key Responsibilities

  • Detailed design of the product to specification meeting the performance, reliability and cost (NRC & RC) requirements.
  • Provide technical support to the customer, project team, suppliers and other agencies i.e. CSA, EASA etc.
  • Create and deliver technical presentations to other AW Advanced Sensors employees, customer and suppliers.
  • To estimate the design engineering activities and guarantee they are met.
  • Responsible for identification and mitigation of technical risks.
  • To be aware of and comply with current technology export control legislation.
  • Be accountable for providing 100% of the agreed project deliverables to the Project Management Office or relevant project team member, within agreed timescales, and support the delivery of all assigned project critical success factors.
  • To collaborate with the New Technology team and keep abreast of current technologies.
  • Generate the product specification, if required.
  • Participate in both internal and external design reviews.
  • Responsible for validation and verification of the design e.g. testing, test sequence, similarity/analysis reports, defining number of units required and supporting build of prototype/development units.
  • Responsible for documenting the design information in terms of drawings, parts, material specifications, bills of materials and design file (logbook) etc.
  • Ensure that the design is capable of meeting reliability targets for the product taking into account any field or other experience relating to similar products.
  • Define, organise, analyse and report all necessary reliability demonstration activities.
  • Support identification of key characteristics or critical to quality functions.
  • Support the Win New Business process.
  • Responsible for the configuration control of the part liaising with the project manager.
  • Understanding of design tools e.g. DFMEA, DFx etc.
  • Perform the role of Concept Design Engineer, if required.
  • Form a close liaison with the Manufacturing Engineer to ensure that the agreed design satisfies manufacturability.
  • Assist with the day-to-day line management of engineers.
  • Deputies for the Engineering Manager and represent the Product Team as required.
  • Delegated responsibility for the management of technical support to production.
  • Ensure sufficient integration with Manufacturing to assure manufacturability.
  • Assist with the integration of the dual site Product Teams as directed by the Engineering Manager.
  • Continuously improve the efficient of the Product Team and Engineering Department.



  • Provide technical support for existing products to all other areas of the business.
  • As part of a team, design environmental tools and fixtures.
  • If Design Authority, responsible for approval of design data, Change and Non-conformance disposition.
  • CAD capability is desirable.
  • Perform the role of R&D Engineer, TRL 1-5, if required.
  • Act as a PEER reviewer, depending on experience.


Additional information:

1 = In training (work with supervision)

2 = Competent (work with minimal supervision and be able to supervise others)

3 = Expert/Trainer (work without supervision and be able to supervise others)

  Engineer Senior Principal
Minimum Qualifications or equivalent (country specific ) Degree Degree & 4+ yrs exp Degree & 6+ yrs exp
Experience in Sensor Design 1 2 3
Member of Professional Body 1 1 1
Understanding of aircraft regulatory procedures 1 2 3
Mechanical / Electronic knowledge 1 2 3
Leadership 1 2 3
Communication skills: oral and written 2 2 3
Proactivity 1 2 3
Computer Literate 2 2 3
Reliability Engineering 1 1 2
Design Authority (Farnborough) 1 2 3
English Level 3 (Bourges) 1 2 2



  • Customer Focus: knows how and understand the needs of internal and external customers. Is result oriented and works hard to consistently provide exceptional service.
  • Ethics and Values: adheres to an effective set of core values and beliefs and acts in accordance.
  • Integrity and Trust: widely trusted and seen as direct and truthful.
  • Values Diversity: supports fair and equal treatment of all
  • Problem Solving: Looks beyond the obvious to find effective solutions.
  • Functional technical skills: possesses the skills to be effective in the job and has the skills to perform the job at a high level of accomplishment
  • Listening: practices active and attentive listening, able to hear others.
  • Action orientated: full on energy, willing to take action.
  • Composure: cool under pressure, not knocked off balance by the unexpected is a settling influence