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Research and Development Engineer

An exciting opportunity exists for an ambitious Research and Development Engineer to join a leading Research and Development Department in Astley, Manchester.

The role will involve assisting the Company in its product development activities including research, detailed design, innovation, prototyping, testing, manufacturing and existing fleet maintenance/upgrades. Duties will include;

  • Assisting with the project management of new product launches into the business
  • Liaising with manufacture, operations, sales and engineers, suppliers and customers etc
  • Working independently to produce steelwork design calculations to BS5950 / EC3
  • Working with Research and Development Team in producing manufacturing drawings for new products and modifications
  • Developing products by studying customer requirements; researching and testing manufacturing methods and materials
  • Load testing and material testing of new and existing products
  • Designing and implementing cost-effective equipment modifications to help improve safety, reliability and throughput
  • Becoming conversant with MGF’s entire product range – design/applications/install/removal etc as well as the manufacturing processes
  • Developing, testing and evaluating theoretical designs
  • Conducting prototype field trials and recommending modifications
  • Using research, analytical, conceptual and planning skills, particularly mathematical modelling and computer-aided design

The successful candidate will be working in a busy environment utilising state of the art software and systems. You will be provided with comprehensive product training and be expected to take on a high level of responsibility very quickly, liaising with customers, colleagues and operational teams taking full technical responsibility for your projects.

MGF Design Services provide temporary works consultancy, product design and development, site quality checks, site monitoring, major projects tendering services, technical sales support and infrastructure management services to both internal and external customers. Operating to strict ISO 9001 Quality Systems, MGF Design Services are acknowledged experts in Temporary Works, Geotechnics and Structural Steelwork design, providing state of the art solutions to meet the most demanding health and safety requirements of the Construction Industry.

MGF Ltd. is a rapidly expanding, market leader in the design, manufacture, hire and sale of proprietary excavation support systems to the Construction Industry. Established in 1981, MGF employ over 340 staff at 10 locations nationwide. We are a highly-respected sector leader, well respected for our intelligence, and client focussed approach to delivery of projects. For more information visit

The ideal candidate should have a degree in Mechanical or Civil Engineering with a minimum of 1 years’ design experience within a similar role, alternatively a HNC/HND in Mechanical or Civil Engineering with a minimum of 3 years’ experience within a similar role. Experience using Autodesk AutoCAD is also required for the ideal candidate. Experience with Hydraulics, mechanical/ Steelwork fabrication and temporary works design would be preferred but is not essential as would a working knowledge of Autodesk Inventor or Google Sketch Up.

A competitive salary package is available for the right candidate. To apply for this role please send your CV to Lucy Barker at or alternatively by post to Lucy Barker, MGF Ltd., Grant House, Lockett Road, Ashton in Makerfield, Wigan. WN4 8DE.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of society.

All applicants will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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