Mechanical Design Engineer

  • €100000 - €130000 per hour
  • Bornem, Antwerp
  • Contract

Job Title: Mechanical Design Engineer

Location: Bornem, Belgium

Contract: 12M

Hours: 40H P/W

Salary: Flexible freelance rate via umbrella or own Ltd company

Please note: this role does not offer any VISA sponsorship, to be eligible for the role you must be an EU Citizen

i-pharm consulting is working with a global pharmaceutical company with significant expertise in cell and gene therapy manufacturing, in the heart of Europe. They support several commercial autologous cell therapy products and implement mRNA / LNP as a technology on site, to serve their customers. We are looking for a Mechanical Design Engineer to join them at their site in Bornem, Belgium.


The team is looking for a mechanical design engineer at heart, who thrives in putting to paper new ideas and concepts. The candidate should have a good dose of passion and creativity for the core of the function, namely hands-on design itself. Design various mechanical assemblies and solve engineering details for all design. Uses advanced software tools, enabling FEA and motion simulations on the virtual machinery to define the best possible optimization and selects the elements to be purchased from the trade to complete the design.

Key Accountabilities:

Design Activities

  • Starts his/her designs by listening to the "customer".
  • Organizes design review meetings as appropriate during the design phase.
  • Will subject the actual construction of the prototype to the prior formal approach of both the customer and the management.
  • Looks into the safety of the designs as a prime focus. Following the safety aspects, he/she also gives attention to the ecological and environmental aspects of the concepts such as reduced noise levels.
  • Formulates, as needed and in function of his involvement in cross functional teams, proposals for improvements to existing mechanisms.
  • Performs at a high functional level, robustness and maintenance friendliness are equally obvious concerns.
  • Identifies in the conceptual phase the wear parts and minimizes these with a balance in mind between investment and repair and maintenance costs.
  • Produces proper assembly and detailed drawings as well as parts list of each design made.
  • Disposes of a fair working knowledge of machine shop operations to make economically justified design decisions by him/herself.

Implementation activities

  • Asks prices where needed for fabrication and trade purchase items.
  • Performs a close follow up of the ordered parts as they are delivered to ensure quality of component parts.
  • Organizes and ensures proper electronic filing of drawings. Is responsible for prompt and correct execution of Design Change Requests.

CAD system and training

  • Provides support and is the ultimate practical, hands on reference in the Company for the correct use, and standardization within, of the drawing software package selected by the management.
  • Attends as directed the necessary training courses related to new issues of the existing standard or potential new standard drawing software.
  • Reports the insights gained to advise management; but complies in the end with whatever choice is made by the latter.
  • Preferably disposes of a practical working knowledge of several drawing software packages and related file conversion programs.
  • Disposes of a fair working knowledge of the key databases used for the filing of the drawings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Master's degree in engineering - preferably Industrial Engineering.

Professionals with relevant experience:

  • 3-6 years. (Machine building, non-ecstatic design)


  • English
  • Dutch (doesn't need to be native but needs to be able to follow day-to day conversations).

Home-office Policy

  • This function is intended to be performed on site, especially at the beginning of the assignment.

If you are interested in finding out more about this role or others, please contact Manpreet Bhullar at or call +44020 7551 0802

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