Lead Research Engineer, Blades - Blyth

  • Innovation & Research - Blyth
  • Company Pension Scheme, Discretionary Annual Bonus & Cashback Healthcare Plan
  • Ref: 108
  • Date Posted: Thursday 26 Apr 20182018-04-26
This vacancy is now closed


Lead Research Engineer, Blades

Location: Blyth - Northumberland

The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) is one of 11 Catapults set up by Innovate UK to accelerate the deployment of innovative technology in the UK.

With primary locations in Glasgow and Blyth, Northumberland, ORE Catapult is working with industry and academia to identify, develop, prove and de-risk promising new technologies and bring them to market. It is helping to reduce the cost of offshore renewable energy, supporting the growth of the industry and creating UK benefit.

What is the role?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Lead Research Engineer – Blades to ensure that the business maintains its position as a focal point for the sector and develops a position as the “go to” organisation for research, technical support and innovative collaboration.  This position is based in Blyth

What are the key responsibilities?

  • Develop R & D strategy and a R & D programme for the blades/rotors area

  • Design and lead projects relating to the development of innovative solutions for the design and testing of blades and blade/rotor components for wind and marine turbines

  • Secure external research funding from both industry and public funders to increase our investment in the blade areas

  • Manage and lead a team of research engineers

  • Articulate ORE Catapults offering in the area of blades/rotors design and tests, benefits and saving to sponsors, developers, finance and insurance parties alike.This also involves discussing client requirements and implementing those ideas

  • Contribute to the formulation and technical leadership for R & D projects

  • Ensure that effective networks, relationships and communications with key universities

  • Ensure the technical and scientific quality of the deliverables

  • Engage with customers and support commercial and business development activities related to blades/rotors.

What qualifications are required for this role?

  • Doctorate research experience or similar industrial design/R&D experience in relevant technical discipline (i.e. blade/rotor/composite material)

  • Experience in leading or managing technical team

  • Experience in R&D proposals/business development

  • Preferably with experience in the following:

    • Product design and development

    • Design review/due diligence

    • Problem solving / dealing with conflict


We offer exciting challenges and career opportunities in an ever growing innovative company at the leading edge of green technology.  Our working environment is open, inspiring and multicultural, and we provide great potential for personal and professional development.

In return, an excellent remuneration package is offered which includes attractive basic salary, pension, bonus, and subsidised health care saving scheme.

Closing Date:  11th May 2018

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.