IDU Group

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Role: Lead Engineer
Date Posted: Monday 2 August 2021

Make A Positive Impact

We’re a team of ideators and doers, continuously reimagining our products to transform the sustainability of logistics all over the world. The demand for parcel delivery to homes, hospitals and businesses is growing exponentially. We make things more efficient and better for the planet. Drones have the potential to take millions of carbon-emitting delivery trucks off the roads. Our smart infrastructure enables - we make autonomous drone delivery a reality for day-to-day life.

Every new product, service or feature we invent is the result of people coming together to inspire and challenge one another, striving towards a common goal of doing our best work and making a positive impact. Ultimately, we want to connect our communities of today, by enabling the drone technologies of tomorrow.

We are working in partnership with industry regulators, academia and the private sector, including household brands in telecommunications, healthcare and consumer parcel delivery.

Our team is about to scale quickly, meaning you will join us at an exciting stage. There is opportunity to make your mark on the company and its products as Lead Engineer, as we continue to lay the operational and cultural foundations for the next phase of our journey. Our team comes together around core values of sustainability, creativity, alignment, authenticity, collective effort, and ‘Say: Do’ - where we follow through on what we say as the key to operating as a team with the trust and ability to make one another’s ideas stronger. We strive to create an inclusive workplace where different viewpoints are encouraged and the best idea - no matter the source - is put into action.

Role description:

All you want to do is build, break, and fix stuff in the physical world? Are you passionate about the future of transportation, creative mechanical design, and pushing the envelope of what is possible? If you answered “yes” to these questions, this may be the role for you!

IDU Group is looking for a Mechanical Engineer with a strong Robotics background, to join our growing team. The position requires a highly motivated individual who enjoys working in a dynamic team environment. The successful candidate will demonstrate a broad skill set based on extensive experience of driving innovative products from concept through to prototyping and design, all the way to manufacturing. We are looking for people who are intrinsically driven to solve hard problems with stunningly simple solutions, move fast, and are highly adaptive.

What you will do:

  • Brainstorm creative solutions to mechanical, manufacturing, and mechatronic problems

  • Design elements of smart integrated infrastructure in CAD that would support future products

  • Support the building of all proof of concepts, prototypes, and MVP’s

  • Define the hardware requirements such as sensors (meteorology, RTK, etc), and IoT/5G comms architecture required

  • Ensure the solution has a clear Requirements structure to drive the design, capturing rationale, and ensuring an appropriately robust verification and validation process is followed to assure the technical solution delivers the desired performance, functionality, quality and reliability

  • Reduce complexity by pushing for simple and elegant designs

  • Own the development of multiple subsystems, incl. team leadership if required

  • Strive for data-driven decisions that are well understood and communicated throughout the team

  • Understand current standards and regulations that may apply and ensure that our technology meets all relevant regulatory standards

  • Ensure robust design practices are followed in all design disciplines, ensuring optimum quality and reliability standards

  • Drive risk management practices throughout the team – using FMEA best practice to ensure all potential failures are captured and mitigated at the design stage

  • Drive a strong governance practice within the team; peer review, technical reviews, feeding into higher level project governance

  • Develop and maintain relationships with all IDU Partners (their family to), collaborative technical teams and service providers

  • Ability to travel internationally to support projects in the USA, Canada, and EU

What Team IDU offers:

  • A competitive salary with benefits

  • Great experience in a rapidly growing international company

  • Flexible, friendly, and engaging working environment

  • An exciting, fast-paced culture where we can truly make a positive impact on the world

  • Easy-going, social team who gather around shared interests, learning and enriching experiences

  • We plan to incorporate community outreach in the coming years, providing opportunities for our team to support future generations through STEM programmes in education and offering your expertise to community projects that improve the places where we live and work

Now, the touchy-feely stuff:

  • We want to make the world a better place by enabling drone technology of tomorrow through smart infrastructure

  • We are looking for someone who shares our, passion, vision… and goes the extra “air” mile to bring it to life

  • You will need to be insanely focused and inventive

  • We do not just want someone who can tick the boxes, we're looking for someone who can solve problems of all sizes, lean into the chaos, and help us get better every day

Do you think you can roll your sleeves up, and get your hands dirty in the making, building, problem-solving and growing?

Then IDU wants to hear from you…

IDU Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer, meaning employment with us is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any way by race, colour, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Your Experience / Skills

You will bring many of the following skills and experience:

  • BSc/MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Aerospace, or equivalent with +7 years of professional experience

  • Experience in designing and analysing innovative and robust mechanical/mechatronic systems

  • Experience designing tightly integrated electronics enclosures and thermal solutions

  • Experience with CNC, sheet metal, and rapid prototyping fabrication

  • Practical knowledge of how to quickly prototype and test designs as well as experience with high-volume production manufacturing methods like injection moulding or die casting

  • Proficient in CAD software and EPDM (SOLIDWORKS preferred)

  • FEA analysis capability would be desired but not essential

  • Experience designing tightly integrated electronics enclosures and thermal solutions

  • Ability to work independently, communicate effectively across functional teams and to keep technical projects with tight timelines on track

  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills with the ability to collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders


  • Deeply loves to make things and can showcase a portfolio of unique design projects

  • Show an active interest and awareness of knowledge in drones, avionics, and aerospace design


• BSc/MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Aerospace, or equivalent

Salary Range:
£50,000 - £60,000 per annum

Remote working options, with offices in Exeter and Stafford

Smart Infrastructure for the Last-mile of Drone Delivery

Placement Type:

If you are interested in applying for this job or would like to find out more, please send CV along with introductory email identifying this position to the contact details below:

Shaun Falck


Contact Phone

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