Design Engineer

Employer: Kenwood Ltd
Job location
Havant, Hampshire
Job salary
£28,000 - £38,000 per annum
Job closing date

Design Engineer | Kenwood Business | Kenwood Global Headquarters, Havant, Hampshire | £Competitive + excellent benefits package

Join our New Product Development team.  

Kenwood’s R&D Department based in our Havant Headquarters on England’s South Coast is the centre of excellence within our parent Delonghi Group for the design and development of food preparation appliances which are sold in many international markets for use in both domestic and semi-commercial environments.

Our Design Engineers work closely with colleagues from other functions such as Marketing, Industrial Design, Approvals, Quality Assurance, Production and Aftersales Support as well as with our in-house Development Chefs and Home Economists to create, refine and develop technical specifications for new and often innovative products. These designs concepts are then progressed through the manufacture and evaluation of prototypes in collaboration with colleagues from our overseas manufacturing facilities to ensure a smooth transition into production and ultimately a successful and timely product launch.

We are now seeking an experienced Design Engineer to join our small, friendly team. Your main activity will be the design and development of small domestic food preparation appliances such as stand mixers and food processors in accordance with Kenwood’s New Product Development programme. We’re looking for a talented individual who can work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team to produce innovative, robust and cost-effective design solutions.

The role is wide-ranging and variable so you will get involved in concept definition, competitor evaluation and cross-functional working with other departments whilst also being encouraged to get ‘hands-on’ with practical test work and prototyping activities. This is a great opportunity for you to make a major contribution to the design and development of often iconic products that are widely respected and admired by consumers (and our competitors) throughout the world.

The Role

In this end-to-end role, you’ll help us to design and develop food preparation appliances for manufacture and sale worldwide. But you won’t simply take a brief and deliver a product; you’ll be involved in research and benchmarking against the competition. You’ll need the skills to evaluate and test products, putting yourself in the mind of a user so that you can understand what they are looking for and what competitive advantage opportunities this might generate. We’re keen to see you ideate and evaluate concepts, combining and modifying your ideas before then producing and evaluating prototypes to thoroughly validate your design proposal.

You’ll need to be able to get down into the detail of design and step back to review your project load and ensure you’re on-plan. You’ll identify problems and issues and be proactive and confident when proposing solutions.

Success in this role means coming up with a design that satisfies both internal and external customers, ensuring the timely delivery of the right product at the right price and to the required quality.

Key responsibilities

Your responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) the following:  

About you

Success in this role will depend not only upon your technical skills but also on how effectively you communicate with your colleagues, whether they be Havant-based or working throughout the world in other Delonghi Group companies.

You will therefore need to be a skilled and committed communicator and collaborator who will thrive in our “one team, one goal” approach, enjoy sharing best practice and be able to communicate clearly and concisely with colleagues from many different backgrounds and cultures. You must be comfortable stepping up to help support the team as necessary during peaks of work.

You’ll need a relevant Degree/HNC/HND in Engineering, with experience in an engineering product development role (preferably Electromechanical/small domestic appliances) taking NPD projects from concept through to mass production and you must be competent in the use of proprietary 2 & 3D CAD software.

You’ll combine knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes with knowledge of applicable design technology such as rapid prototyping techniques, specialised test equipment and so on. You’ll need a pragmatic approach to design and development that goes beyond just modelling into thinking clearly about how a product will be manufactured to the required cost and quality before ultimately being used by the final consumer.

What’s in it for you?

You’ll be joining a great team working with first-class laboratories and technical facilities and a lot of cutting-edge technology, particularly as Kenwood products become more software-based. Our culture and office environment is outstanding, with the kind of investment into learning and development that will allow you to excel in your role. Our benefits include:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Excellent contributory pension
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Superb subsidised restaurant
  • Free on-site parking
  • Flexible benefits package
  • Access to a range of wellbeing activities and events

About Kenwood

Kenwood is a world leader in food preparation technology and a renowned kitchen appliance brand. Our products allow anyone, from novices to professional chefs, to enjoy the thrill of creating their own delicious food and drinks. While our appliances are engineered to stand the test of time, we’re pioneers who continually push the boundaries of technology, always looking for new and easier ways for people to get creative in the kitchen.

The location

You’ll work from Kenwood’s global HQ on the beautiful South Coast between Portsmouth and Chichester, where our products are conceived and tested, and where our UK De’Longhi division is based. 

An important part of your role will be the provision of support to our manufacturing facilities in China and to other Delonghi Group colleagues based in Germany and Italy so you must be comfortable with the idea of occasional international travel, restrictions permitting.

Apply Now

To apply, please contact hr.uk@delonghigroup.com