Powertrain Design 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.

As such, we are looking for a time served Senior Powertrain Engineer to help us grow the product range and lift the quality of the engineering and its people to new highs.

The role of Senior Powertrain Engineer will be to support all Powertrain elements of projects. Timely decision making and positive team leadership is key to a healthy and productive working 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.

You will be helping with the delivery of all powertrain projects including new platforms and support for existing powertrains.


Roles, duties and responsibilities:

Key responsibilities will include, but not limited to:

  • Overseeing and managing the correct benchmarking to industry standards and competitor vehicles.

  • Production and management of timelines for projects in conjunction with respective team leaders.

  • Overseeing first release Engineers lists and drawings.

  • Support in the selection of materials and manufacturing process.

  • Manage powertrain specific design reviews.

  • Acting first deputy for the Team Leader in their absence

  • Keeping morale high and motivating junior members of your team while providing leadership when required.

  • Making critical decisions as required.

  • Recognising the training needs of junior staff.

  • Keeping staff working within departmental procedures.

  • First principles design and development of engine components/assemblies from concept through to production.

  • Production of schemes for motorcycle powertrain components and assemblies using 3D CAD.

  • Producing fully detailed drawings in CAD to BS 8888.

  • Specifying component parameters including, materials, heat treatments, surface finishes and geometric tolerancing.

  • Presenting design solutions as part of concept and design reviews.

  • Releasing of new parts following the internal Design Change Procedure.

  • Liaising with other Norton departments and external suppliers.

  • Producing and updating engineers lists.

  • Establishing and considering design aspects including;

   ○ Manufacturing methods,

   ○ Component duty cycles,

   ○ Strength and fatigue calculations,

   ○ Corrosion resistance and environmental conditions,

   ○ Finishing,

   ○ Homologation,

   ○ Assembly process,

   ○ Cost and supplier feedback,

   ○ Cross platform commonization,

   ○ Component packaging, clearance checking and assembly analysis.

   ○ Benchmarking of competitor applications,

   ○ Departmental procedures.

  • Continual development of the knowledge base and capabilities within the Design and Engineering department. This includes;

   ○ Assisting the Chief & Principal Engineer in creating and maintaining department procedures.

   ○ Attending and inputting into the Engineering meetings for Powertrain.

   ○ Sharing and communication of technical knowledge with other teams and individuals via Engineering meetings.


Candidate Essential Requirements: 

  • Practical hands-on engineering and mechanical experience.

  • An Engineering qualification or equivalent (BEng Hons 2-1 or higher).

  • A minimum of 5 years automotive/engineering background.

  • Proven experience in a similar role.

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

  • An understanding of Powertrain and its interaction with chassis and electronics.

  • A knowledge of DFM, DFA and 8D problem solving analysis.

  • Experience liaising with the supply chain.

  • Be experienced in materials and manufacturing processes such as machining, castings, forgings, pressings and welding.


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.