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Industrial Design & Engineering Intern

About us:

Cordon is a pioneering agri-tech startup enabling cost effective, environmentally sensitive vineyard automation. Our mission is to revolutionise farming practices with usable, advanced, reliable technology. Our flagship product, a patent-pending smart precision sprayer, leverages sensors and control systems to minimise power usage and pesticide application, thereby drastically reducing costs and environmental impacts associated with traditional pesticide spraying.

We are a dynamic, innovative and passionate team. We believe in honesty, reliability and team work. We offer an environment where every individual has a real influence in shaping our work; each member of our team plays a vital role, contributing to our culture of curiosity, practical creativity and hands-on problem-solving. We have a bias to action, and believe in learning by doing. Our culture is collaborative, informal, and centred around delivering real value to the farmers we serve.

We're on a journey to make a tangible difference in the world, and every member of our team is crucial to our success. Join us, and be part of a mission that matters.

The role:

As an Industrial Design and Engineering Intern, you'll support the development of our product designs from concept through to full scale prototype. You'll collaborate with our engineering team to design, test, and refine the usability and functionality of our innovative precision pesticide sprayer.

This is primarily an on-site role due to the nature of the work however there is the opportunity for some hybrid work.


Key responsibilities:
  • Assist in the development of product concepts, incorporating functionality, user experience, and durability in challenging agricultural environments.

  • Create detailed design drawings and specifications using CAD software.

  • Participate in prototype development, including 3D printing and producing mechanical pieces to be incorporated into our test rigs.

  • Collaborate closely with other functions including mechanical engineers, software developers, and others to deliver integrated solutions that meet our product goals.

  • Help with prototype and product assembly, conduct testing, validation, and troubleshooting of mechanical systems to ensure performance and reliability at our workshop and at test and customer vineyards.

  • Document designs, specifications, test procedures, and results for internal and external stakeholders.

  • Conduct user research and usability testing to inform design decisions.

  • Embrace continuous learning, foster a culture of curiosity and resilience, approaching challenges with humility and a problem-solving mindset.

  • Champion honesty and collaboration, contributing to an environment where feedback is welcomed and every team member feels valued.


We're looking for someone who:
  • Embodies our core values of curiosity, problem solving, resilience, humility, emotional intelligence, and commitment to collaboration.

  • Is currently pursuing or has recently completed a degree in Industrial Design, Engineering, or a related field.

  • Has a strong portfolio showcasing design skills, creativity, and a problem-solving approach.

  • Possesses proficiency in CAD software and is great at putting things together in a workshop.

  • Has excellent problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

  • Has excellent communication skills, capable of documenting and presenting ideas clearly.

Desirable characteristics

- An interest in sustainable agriculture.


Remember, this is just a guide, if you don't know about all of the above, but the idea of learning about them excites you then please apply!

What we offer:

  • A valuable opportunity to gain hands-on experience in industrial design and engineering within an innovative agri-tech startup.

  • The chance to contribute to projects that have a real impact on sustainable farming practices.

  • A supportive and collaborative work environment where creativity and innovation are encouraged.

  • Flexible working arrangements to support work-life balance. We value the lives of our team and understand the need for work-life balance. We will consider all requests so please tell us what works best for you.

  • A dynamic, innovative, and supportive work environment where your work directly contributes to shaping the future of sustainable agriculture.

  • Opportunities for professional growth in an environment that encourages learning and experimentation.



Slough, England, United Kingdom (with options for flexible remote work)

Join us

If you're passionate about using your skills to contribute to a more sustainable future and eager to be part of a team that values innovation, honesty, and collaboration, we want to hear from you!


Please complete this screening questionnaire. Then, email with your CV and no more than 100 words sharing why you're excited about the role and how you align with our mission and values. Applications close on Friday 3rd May.


If you are successful at this stage, we'll arrange an initial phone/video call where one of the team will explain the position, introduce Cordon and get to know a little bit more about you (30 minutes).


Successful candidates at this stage will then be invited to an on-site interview, including hands-on activity, and presentation of a previously prepared technical task. They will also meet the rest of the team with tea/coffee (2.5 hours).


At Cordon, we have a unique opportunity to ensure our teams are diverse and inclusive from day one. We know outstanding results occur when unique individuals from diverse backgrounds come together and this is something we are keen to cultivate as our company grows. We encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and are dedicated to creating an environment where everyone can thrive.

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