Design Engineer

IMPORTANT: We are no longer actively recruiting for this role, but we may re-open applications in the future. If you are interested in this or similar positions, please send a brief email registering your interest and attaching a CV to the contact at the bottom of this page.


About Us

Carv is creating a new category of sports technology by redefining the way skill-based sports are taught with cutting-edge hardware, real-time audio instruction, AI-driven data analytics and content curated by the best instructors in their industries.

Our first product focuses on skiing and was launched in 2016 after a record breaking Kickstarter campaign. Carv’s smart inserts retrofit to any ski boot to measure pressure and motion, data is then processed by your smartphone to deliver turn-by-turn coaching through your headphones and a breakdown of your technique in our app.

We’ve manufactured and shipped 21,000 units to date and are doubling production every year to keep up with demand. This is an outstanding opportunity to work in a fast growing VC backed sports technology start-up in London, alongside a fantastic team of hardware and software engineers, marketing and customer service experts who are all passionate about changing the paradigm of coaching.

The Role

Working within our multidisciplinary hardware team, you will be taking the lead on developing future changes to the core Carv product. Your role will be split between optimising the current product architecture to improve robustness and manufacturability, and developing pressure and motion sensing concepts to produce a step change in future product iterations.

You will be involved through the complete product life cycle, from brainstorming new concepts and manufacturing prototypes through to detailed design for manufacture and scale-up for mass production.

At Carv you will:

  • Research and generate concepts for new sensing technology.

  • Produce and test prototypes to validate new technologies against product requirements.

  • Develop and test improvements to the current product architecture.

  • Optimise the product DFMA, and working with our manufacturers to make sure products can be produced on time and with good quality.

  • Produce product documentation like technical drawings and specifications

  • Support and mentor more junior staff members.


The Necessities

  • 1st or 2:1 degree in Mechanical Engineering, Design Engineering or similar, or equivalent professional experience.

  • 3+ years experience in product design and development

  • Has experience working in multi-disciplinary teams developing consumer electronics, wearables, or medical devices.

  • Has a solid understanding of manufacturing processes at both high and low volumes

  • Is in their element working through an iterative design process to make the best product possible.

  • Proficient in Solidworks, OnShape, or similar CAD package.

The Nice-to-Haves

  • Experience carrying a design from concept to manufacturing.

  • Experience using FEA for product analysis

  • Experience developing printed electronics.

  • Experience in data analysis using Python.

  • Practical understanding of electronic circuit design, microcontrollers etc.

  • Loves skiing!


UK. You would be expected to be in our London office for at least 2 days per week on average, so could be based partly remotely or full-time in the office. COVID permitting, this role may require travel to China for several weeks each year. You may also make use of our mountain office, in the centre of Innsbruck, Austria where we have company accommodation which can be used year round


  • £35k-£50k salary dependent on experience
  • Equity
  • Gear budget for work-related / skiing purchases
  • Option to work from our mountain office in Innsbruck, and use of Carv’s accommodation there any time of year.


To apply, please send a CV and cover email (no more than 250 words) to

Please note that we will not accept graduates or recruiter submissions for this role.