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  • Posted: May 11, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • De Beer Intellectual Property Attorneys specialize in the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (copyright and patents) for technological developments in the software, electronics and technology sector. We also have an extensive network of associates on the African continent that can assist with the obtaining of patent rights and copyrig...
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    Principal Mechanical Engineer

    Job Description:

    • The main purpose of the role is to lead a team of Mechanical Designers and Mechanical Engineers to develop and communicate whole machine concepts in terms of their mechanical design and produce detailed designs of whole modules and machine systems.

    *Please follow the below link for further information on the typical products that are designed.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Undertake feasibility studies and appropriate research required to support new and existing projects.
    • Under the guidance of the Technology Incubation Lead and the Product Group Manager – Identify & Classify Rough, works closely with a number of customers to develop the requirements and relevant approach.  
    • In collaboration with the Technical Standards & QA Manager, develop and manage the systems, processes and structures (including communities of practice) to ensure the development, overall health and quality assurance of the technical discipline as it relates to Mechanical Design/Engineering techniques and technology.
    • Lead and manage a team of Mechanical Design/Engineering professionals within the I&CR Product Group, providing mentorship and technical leadership for Mechanical Designers/Engineers in other product groups
    • Assist in the identification and recruitment of technical permanent and/or subcontract Mechanical Design/Engineering staff, including to conduct interviews, hire and train new Mechanical Design/Engineering staff
    • Produce detailed designs of whole modules and machine systems which can later be passed to support staff for detailing and documentation for rough diamond Identification and classification machines and instruments
    • Under the guidance of the Technology Incubation Lead and the I&CR Product Group Manager, work closely with business representatives and customers to ensure product developments meet business requirements
    • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary product development team to develop products that meet business requirements
    • Ensures that developed products (across the Incubation function) are tested and verified against Mechanical Design/Engineering specific requirements and performance specifications
    • In collaboration with the Technical Standards & QA Manager, ensures work is documented and stored according to departmental standards.
    • Sets up and coordinates the Mechanical Engineering Community of Practice
    • Conduct relevant research to ensure work and developed products use latest, most efficient and relevant technologies available to meet the business requirements
    • Maintains contact with commercial manufacturers and suppliers to monitor relevant technology and software.
    • Participates in peer reviews on projects and ensure department design standards and quality are maintained.
    • Organizes and gives training to the customer, manufacturing staff and service engineers when required to do so
    • In collaboration with Commercial Technology, visits end user sites for installation and continuing support of equipment.
    • Supports other designers in the Mechanical Design/Engineering Community of Practice in promoting standardization of techniques, software and equipment.
    • Keeps up to date with advancing techniques/technology in the Mechanical Design/Engineering field.
    • As an individual ensure own working environment and practices comply with De Beers policy guidelines in relation to Health, Safety and the Environment.
    • Where required, directs the work on a product development project in accordance with the Ignite Product Development approach and methodology.


    • An Honours degree in an engineering discipline.
    • A Masters degree is preferred.

    Knowledge and Experience:

    • Proven management or supervisory experience, management training would be an advantage.
    • Significant experience in a design environment with a proven track record.
    • Highly effective leadership and organization skills.
    • Good communication, negotiating, team building and interpersonal skills.
    • Experience of integrated electro-mechanical systems, high speed mechanics and special purpose machinery
    • New Product Development.
    • Designing for compliance to global standards.
    • 3D Computer Aided Design.
    • The ability to communicate clearly and succinctly at all levels is particularly important at the Principal Engineer level.
    • The ability to lead and guide a team providing relevant coaching and support.

    Additional information:

    • We aim to lead the industry by pursuing ever safer and more responsible ways of working, demonstrating integrity and showing care and respect for people and the planet. That means we are constantly seeking new opportunities to mine and process our products sustainably, using less water, less energy and more precise extraction technologies.  As the custodians of coal and other precious natural resources – diamonds (through De Beers), copper, platinum and other precious metals, iron ore and nickel – our extraordinary teams work safely and collaboratively, with the utmost consideration for local communities, our customers and the world at large.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to De Beer Intellectual Property Attorneys on to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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