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Lead Mechanical Engineer

Our Vaisala solutions contribute to societies and people’s lives in over 150 countries – and can even be found in space. With our technological innovations for measuring weather, environmental and industrial conditions, we have a key role in solving the grand social and environmental challenges of our time. We offer you a career with a clear purpose and a chance to create observations for a better world.


Building on over 80 years of experience, we employ approximately 1,850 professionals worldwide today. We are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange and our headquarter is located in Finland.


Our subsidiary VAISALA France SAS, located in Saclay (91) is a key supplier of atmospheric measurement instruments for the analysis of wind profiles, thanks to LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), laser technology (predominantly optical, photonic and electronic). Its various markets are the wind industry, international airports, meteorology and air quality. VAISALA France SAS generates its turnover mainly internationally on the 5 continents.


In a context of constant growth and development of its activities, VAISALA France SAS is hiring a Lead Mechanical Engineer M/F.


Reporting to the R&D Director, you will be in charge of responding to lead and drive the mechanical engineering design and the engineering resources to deliver on-time LIDAR mechanical sub-systems complying with Quality, Cost and Delivery commitments, applying Mechanical Domain instructions, processes & tools.


The main tasks are related to :

•            Follow the mechanical domain deliverables with designers team.

•            Study and analyze the specifications and the feasibility of mechanical components.

•            Propose a schedule for each development with resource allocation.

•            Generate design concept reaching the optimal functionality, cost effectiveness and manufacturability.

•            Contribute to mechanical design realization.

•            Interact with suppliers for technical questions linked to the new cost-savings or manufacturability concepts.

•            Organize prototyping and testing activities to validate new technologies/products.

•            Verification of design requirements/chosen concept.

•            Release of Design for production.

•            Management of the mechanical team.

•            Support the transfer of technology and knowledge from R&D to industrialization.

•            Provide technical support to other departments when needed (operations, marketing, etc.)

•            Product data package management.


Desired Skills & Experience:

University or high school degree in Mechanics, and minimum 8 years of Mechanical Designer experience in an industrial environment.


  • Proven experience in leading a design team.
  • Strong CAD  3D experience, preferably Solidworks.
  • Good knowledge of man manufacturing processes (plastic injection, sheet metal, machining, surface treatments, etc...).
  • Knowledge of general mechanicals quality standards and associated good practices.
  • Internally motivated, able to work proficiently both independently and in a team environment.
  • Strong communication skills with both internal team members and external business stakeholders.
  • Strong initiative to find ways to improve solutions, systems, and processes.
  • Team management experience.
  • Creativity, ability to innovate.
  • Optomechanical knowledge is a plus.
  • Fluent English and French.

Practical information:

Place of work:         Saclay (91)

Type of contract:    Permanent contract

Calendar:                 As soon as possible

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