At HUBER+SUHNER, we design and create essential components that transport power and data through networks. This is how our employees around the globe contribute to a world where people get and stay connected.

Principal Mechanical Engineer

Cambridge | Full Time | Unlimited

About the Principal Mechanical Engineer

  • You will be leading the expanding mechanical engineering team, developing the next generation of telecom wavelength-selective optical switches (WSSs).
  • The role will cover all stages of product development, from requirements definition through concept generation, detailed design, prototyping and transfer to manufacture.
  • It will also include developing experimental test systems to support the design and qualification of individual components and sub-systems, both optical and mechanical.
  • You will assist with the sustainable growth of the mechanical engineering team, and be responsible for the day-to-day management and professional development of the team.
  • You will further contribute to the generation and capture of intellectual property related to the Group’s optical switching technology.

About You

To be successful, you will:

  • have a strong degree in mechanical engineering or a related subject, and extensive post-graduate experience in mechanical design, whether in industry or academia. A master’s or PhD in mechanical engineering or a related discipline would be advantageous.
  • be an expert in analytical and numerical structural analysis, materials selection, 3D CAD (preferably Solidworks), and designing bespoke components for a variety of fabrication processes, including CNC machining and additive manufacturing.
  • demonstrable experience in designing high-performance alloys, polymers and ceramics.
  • be familiar with mechanical systems requiring a high degree of alignment precision, and the athermalisation and mechanical isolation techniques required to maintain these alignments over a range of operating conditions.
  • have experience of transferring mechanically complex products into volume manufacture, and of line management or of mentoring junior colleagues.
  • also have experience with packaging laser-based photonic systems, automated assembly techniques, and micromechanics or MEMS fabrication. Familiarity with audited quality management would also be advantageous.


Our aim is to be the employer of choice and as such you can be assured of a market leading remuneration package that matches your skills and experience.

Your employment and development are at the heart of our "Fundamentals".

We have an entrepreneurial and collaborative culture within the business.

We can't wait to hear from you!

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You will hear back from us as soon as possible. For further information please contact:
Hazel Britt
HR Advisor - Polatis