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Mechanical Design Engineer - Freelance

i-Pharm Consulting
Belgium, Antwerp, Bornem
Start date
18 Jan 2023
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Manufacturing, Engineering
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)
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Job Details

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


i-Pharm Consulting provides Talent Solutions for the global Life Sciences sector.

We are an award-winning international life sciences recruitment company with offices in London, Munich, Frankfurt, Sydney, New York, Charlotte, and Los Angeles. In a highly competitive marketplace, we connect top talent with the very best opportunities.

Since 2008, i-Pharm’s independent, expert, and ethical approach to procuring talent has helped power the pioneering progress made by Pharmaceutical, Biotech and MedTech companies around the world. 

With offices across 3 continents, we have teams servicing the major global life science hubs. We combine local knowledge, with a global network of contacts that allows us to bring together talent and opportunity when it matters most.

For candidates, we become “career partners”. We know them as people, not CVs, learning about their aims, motivations and personal situation. We build open dialogue, provide honest advice and offer ongoing support, whether or not we’re currently working with them. ​

As a result, we have supported many specialists in this focused field throughout their careers, helping them plan their path through life sciences by identifying the right roles for them, not just any roles to suit us.

We change the lives and trajectory of our candidates' careers by offering incredible opportunities with the best clients in the sector.


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