Aerodynamics & CFD Engineer

Engineering | Permanent | Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 1UZ, UK

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Hill Helicopters has captured a 56% market share of the global light helicopter market with its HX50 5-seat, modern, high-performance, turbine powered, aircraft which is delivering a reboot of the stagnant general aviation market. HX50 is powered by our own GT50, 500hp twin-shaft turboshaft engine, designed, developed and entirely manufactured by Hill, in Staffordshire in the UK. Hill is a vertically integrated manufacturer meaning that all manufacturing is carried in-house, by us, in our state-of-art modern manufacturing facilities.

Hill is exceptionally well financed, has sold over 800 aircraft in 56 countries over the last two years, and has an order book of over £320M and growing.

As our business grows, we are seeking a capable, amenable & self-motivated aerodynamics & CFD engineer to join our team and drive our aerodynamic and CFD capability for both aircraft and engine and share in our success as the business grows.

Hill Helicopters has developed a ‘Skunk Works’ type approach to aircraft and engine development, that cuts out all the viscosity and bureaucracy of big-company, aerospace development and production. By so doing we are delivering world-class new products to market faster, and at a game- changing price-point, which has generated unparalleled aircraft sales & growth.

This is an opportunity, to be in at the ground floor, with a new British aircraft and aero-engine manufacturer, that can deliver levels of professional fulfilment, development, and financial rewards & security simply unmatched by any other business in the sector, particularly the large OEM’s.

Key qualifications

Required Skills/Experience

    • BSc/BEng in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
    • 3+ years of gas turbine relevant CFD experience
    • Experience with Fluent and CFX
    • Experience with automation using Python scripts desirable
    • Experience in rig and engine aerodynamic testing is desirable
    • Experience with CHT or coupling of CFD/thermal FEA desirable
    • Team orientated, problem solving attitude.


The successful candidate will work within both the engine and aircraft design teams being responsible for aerodynamic predictions at the system, sub-system and component level:

    • Set up, execute, and post-process CFD models to predict and understand the flow field for main gas path components, secondary air cavities, engine bay ventilation, and other aircraft components as required.
    • Optimise geometry and flow field to achieve the design targets
    • CHT calculations of hot components to verify thermal analyses
    • Produce characteristic maps for the components & subsystems (e.g. flow vs pressure ratio & speed for a compressor, or flow vs pressure drop & heat extracted for a heat exchanger)
    • Define, plan, support and analyse engine or rig testing to verify and validate the design and achieve certification.
    • Technical documentation of tasks and preparation of certification reports.

Our Company

The Hill Group is a privately owned engineering organisation developing and manufacturing both the HX50 Light Helicopter and the GT50 Gas Turbine Engine. We are a pioneering aerospace manufacturer disrupting the market with our ground-breaking new aircraft and modern vertically integrated approach to development & manufacturing. Every element of the HX50 and GT50 are designed and manufactured by us, in-house, at our production facility in Rugeley, Staffordshire, UK.

We employ a fantastically talented, motivated and driven team of professionals. Working as a close- knit flat management structure, we share a common vision for the future of general aviation and a passion to deliver HX50 to our hundreds of global customers.

Hill is currently offering appropriately qualified and suitable individuals the opportunity to become a crucial part of our team developing, industrialising and supporting HX50 & GT50. Few, if any, organisations can provide the levels of professional fulfilment offered by such an exciting, fast-paced and game-changing aircraft development programme and our refreshing new approach to manufacturing. Furthermore, with such a fast-growing organisation, the only limit to your professional development and growth within our company is your own drive and ambition.

We are looking for the people with whom to build our future and we’re ready to invest in you.

Our Industry

General Aviation is the sector of the aerospace industry that produces and operates light aircraft. Since the early 1980’s investment in new product development across the sector has been poor and today the market lacks products that truly meet the expectations of modern owner-operators. Hill is revolutionising the General Aviation market with our new HX50 Helicopter, which combines ‘supercar’ appearance, with unparalleled levels of performance and cost-effectiveness.

Salary range

Generous Salary + Benefits


Be part of the team shaping the future
of general aviation
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Hill Helicopters
Unit 3, Shackleton Way
Stafford, ST16 1GY
United Kingdom

General Enquiries:
+44 (0) 1384 590700
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+44 (0)1889 228040