Principal Engineer – Body Structures

Apex Resource Management Ltd

Job Summary by the Career Balance Team:

A multiple award-winning Automotive Manufacturer is seeking a Principal Engineer for Body Structures to join their team in Sherburn in Elmet, North Yorkshire. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading an engineering team to create and deliver world-class products, ensuring cost, quality, and delivery targets are met. They will also liaise with suppliers and develop bespoke solutions to meet customer demands. The ideal candidate will have a degree in an engineering field, recent experience in the automotive industry, and knowledge of vehicle electrification. Proficiency in CAD tools such as SolidWorks and CATIA V6 is also required.

Job Description:

Principal Engineer– Body Structures

Location: Sherburn in Elmet – North Yorkshire


This vacancy presents a brilliant opportunity for a Principal Engineer within Body Structures to join a forward-thinking organisation who are a global leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of electric vehicles and is offering a competitive salary and benefits package.

Our client is a multiple award-winning Automotive Manufacturer who is at the forefront of Electric Vehicle technology and dedicated to a sustainable future. It is a very exciting time to join this growing company who are looking for someone to be part of their exciting journey.  

Principal Engineer – Body Structures Job Role:


  • Leading an Engineering team to create and deliver world-class products to market, ensuring that cost, quality, and delivery targets are met.
  • It is the role of the Principal Engineer to ensure the vehicle concept developed meets the product requirements at part and vehicle level.
  • Liaising with suppliers of key vehicle systems to ensure seamless integration of their products into the vehicle concept.
  • Development of low-volume bespoke solutions to meet customer demands.


  • Ensuring the release of native CAD geometry (SolidWorks or CATIA V6) utilising the 3D Experience toolset, that is clash-free and works in the context of its surroundings.
  • Ensuring that the components and systems released meet all Legal requirements.
  • Working with CAE engineers on structural load path and crash optimization.
  • Create concept Selections and confirm adherence to Design Standards.
  • Use Quality History Reviews and Design Failure Modes and Effects Analyses in new design system design.
  • Create concise technical presentations for informed decision-making.
  • Co-ordinate, lead and participate in design reviews. 
  • Liaise with support functions to deliver a common goal.
  • Reporting of Programme status against Programme deliverables.

Principal Engineer – Body Structures Requirements:

  • Degree-level education or equivalent experience in an engineering field.
  • Automotive process knowledge.
  • Recent experience in component or system level delivery in the Automotive Industry.
  • Knowledge of Vehicle Electrification.
  • Self-starter with high levels of resilience to lead root cause analysis.
  • Excellent communication skills to interact with all supporting functions and supplier base.
  • Proficiency in generating and presenting technical material concisely to suit the audience.
  • Ability to review and interrogate CAE reports to enable objective decision-making.
  • Knowledge of CAD, SolidWorks, CATIA V6 & 3D Experience toolset.

We’re looking to speak with suitable Principal Engineer – Body Structures candidates as soon as possible.

Apply now with a copy of your CV to discuss this position with a member of our team.

Location: Sherburn in Elmet, North Yorkshire

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