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Senior Design Engineer

Ref: CC022
Type: Permanent
Location: Custom Covers Southampton
Salary: up to £40000 Dependent on Experience.

Job Opportunity

Custom Covers is looking for an enthusiastic Senior Design Engineer to join the busy Technical Department of a well-established family business. You will be responsible for producing manufacturing information and developing new products and will join an agile team using AutoCAD and SolidWorks to prepare designs and drawings for fabrication and customer review. The role will include acting as deputy departmental manager. This is an outstanding and rewarding opportunity to further your career within a technical team, working in a modern, forward-thinking environment. The role will suit a team player with good numeracy, management potential, computer skills and an engineering training.

Company Profile

Custom Covers was established in 1984 as a cover maker to the marine trade. The company has since diversified into the events industry and other complementary areas where it currently derives most of its revenue. The Company’s primary goal is to be recognised as the supplier of choice in the covers, marquees and decorative linings market. Typical examples of our work are the tent for Bake-off and Grand tour and awnings for warships.

The firm is a medium-sized organisation currently employing over 60 people from its base in Southampton. The staff are drawn from the local sail making, cover and upholstery industries with a high technical skill level and the ability to bespoke equipment to customers’ requirements. Custom Covers is an ISO9001 accredited company, holding a certificate issued by Lloyds Register.

Job Description

The Senior Design Engineer will have the responsibility to aid the management of the department to ensure accurate technical information is provided for customers and the Production and Sales Departments. The role reports to the Technical Director.

The role will include promoting sales for the company, the development of new products and the Project management of non standard projects. A successful candidate will grow the role to become a member of the company’s management committee.

The role is responsible for the accurate description of items bought and sold, accurate preparation of CAD drawings and computer cutting files and working within the company administrative procedures. The role also encompasses the development of 3D shaped surfaces and reducing these to 2D cutting files.

The department also manages the company Health & Safety and quality assurance compliance.

The job is Southampton based but will include occasional visits to site to measure and agree design details.

Hours of work 08:30 – 17:00 Monday to Thursday, 08:30 - 16:00 on Friday.


  • Has necessary skills to produce high quality and timely drawings for Production and for sub-contracting using AutoCAD.
  • Has the ability to generate sales for the company.
  • Is comfortable to work and manage a team.
  • Has ability to visit customers and measure accurately.
  • Has a clean and valid UK driving licence.
  • Has understanding of structural calcs and can interpret calculations by others.
  • Has computer literacy with Microsoft products, MS Word & Excel. Use will also be made of the companies integrated management system Microsoft Dynamics NAV, however, training will be given where necessary.

It is desirable that they have,

  • Academic qualifications equivalent to degree level.
  • Knowledge of temporary buildings, textile manufacture and/or 3D modelling software.


  • Pay dependent on experience.
  • Annual bonus scheme based on company’s performance.
  • A Company contributed pension scheme after 3 months service.
  • 20 days holiday per annum + bank holidays (from 1st January until December 31st). With increase for long service.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: Up to £40,000.00 per year


  • Company pension
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking


  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • No weekends

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus scheme

Work Location: In person

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