Lead Chassis Engineer

Norton Motorcycles is an iconic, British motorcycle brand delivering exquisite riding experiences. For over 120 years, Norton Motorcycles has been celebrated worldwide for its unique place in motorcycle history. Now under new ownership, Norton Motorcycles is proud to sit with the TVS Motor family.

Entering a new era, we are scaling globally and this role will give successful recruits the opportunity to be a part of that growth. This role will be based in our state-of-the-art facilities in Solihull, West Midlands, working within our tight-knit but ever-expanding team.

The role of Lead Chassis Engineer will be to design and develop a number of significant components and systems that make up the motorcycle chassis. This could include frame, swingarm, wheels, fuel system, etc. You may also be responsible for your design areas from concept to production and have responsibility for managing, mentoring and developing up to 4 Engineers and their workloads.

Working in a fast paced and dynamic environment, a hands-on approach and can-do attitude are essential, as is the ability to challenge mainstream thinking in a constructive and energetic way. We’re looking for professional engineers who share our passion for motorcycling.


Working as a Lead Chassis Engineer at Norton your main responsibilities may include some or all of the following:

  • Designing quality chassis components and systems of new class leading motorcycles.

  • Creating complex yet high quality CAD models, assemblies and technical drawings (including accurate use of GD&T) to company standards.

  • Production of realistic, logical and relevant plans and timelines for your areas of responsibility.

  • Ensuring timely release of all components and design changes in keeping with project timeline.

  • Successfully communicating and working with key internal departments and suppliers to ensure quality design and feasibility.

  • Following and policing company, departmental and quality policies.

  • Ensuring application of relevant industry standards and benchmarking of competitor components.

  • Approving designs and drawings.

  • Presenting designs in reviews with senior management across the company.

  • Attending and inputting into the engineering reviews and discussions.

  • Acting first deputy for the Principal Engineer/Team Leader in their absence.

  • Making decisions as required.

  • Assisting with technical questions and engineering support

  • Managing a small number of engineers.

  • Driving and improving best practice and efficiency.

  • Promoting and actively gaining knowledge in new fields of engineering and technology.

  • Sharing and communication of technical knowledge including creating and maintaining department procedures.

  • Assisting in the recruitment of new team members

  • Occasional travel may be required to support supplier development and product testing.


Key characteristics that a Lead Engineer should demonstrate:

Understanding of key engineering principles, including:

  • Understand engineering fundamentals in the design and development of components and assemblies, including:

  • Appropriate material and manufacturing process selection.

  • Creation of quality engineering drawings including geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.

  • Design for assembly.

  • Design for manufacture

  • Demonstrate technical leadership

  • Risk identification and mitigation.

  • Problem identification and solution.

  • Creation, assessment and application of relevant analysis and test methods.

  • Qualified to degree level or above in a relevant engineering discipline.


Candidates will ideally satisfy the following essential requirements:

  • Practical hands-on engineering and mechanical experience.

  • A minimum of 8 years automotive design engineering background (Ideally motorcycle).

  • Experience of managing and mentoring design engineers.

  • Pro-E or CREO experience is preferred but not essential.

  • An understanding of motorcycle chassis design and its interaction with powertrain and electronics.

  • A knowledge of DFM and DFA.

  • Experience liaising with the supply chain.

  • Experience in materials and manufacturing processes.

  • An interest in motorcycles.


Benefits of working for Norton:

We offer desirable benefits for all employees of Norton, including;

  • 25 Days holiday (Small amount used for Christmas Holiday)

  • Pension Scheme

  • Life Insurance 

  • Flexible Working 

  • Casual Dress 

  • Parking on site


Applicants must have the Right To Work in the UK


Job Type: Full time - Permanent

Salary package is dependent upon previous experience

It is essential that you send both your CV and a cover letter when applying for this role. Please also state where you heard about this vacancy within your application.

Please forward your CV and a covering letter in the first instance to hrmanager@nortonmotorcycles.com stating which role you are applying for.

We have a 10 day reply policy, so if you do not hear from us within 10 days, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.