Platform Engineer - Driver Assist

Rate: £27 - £29 per hour

Industry: Automotive

Job Type: Contract

Location: West Midlands

Reference: 25456-ms

Expiration date: 14 July 2017

Job Purpose: The role is responsible to the Electrical & Electronics Senior Manager for platform & application commodity QCD, developing commodity strategy & creating functional archetypes. The purpose of the role is to support Electrical / Electronics application engineers to achieve programme QCD targets.

Key Responsibilities & Tasks:
Business Planning:

  • Manage 5 year commodity strategy & get relevant new technologies to implementation ready within agreed Function budget, resource & timing.
  • Create engineering guideline documents and archetypes for platform and non-platform engineered components.
  • Work with application engineer & Product Cost Estimating to set platform commodity programme financial targets based on improved archetypes & strategic suppliers.
  • Define to application engineer resource requirements (internal & external) for platform commodities.


  • Ensure platform commodities achieve the programme’s cascaded system level targets, supporting Concept reviews as required.


  • Deliver the programme QCWFT (quality, cost, weight, function and timing) requirements to the application engineer. TDC
  • Ensure that the commodity meets the Function plan (with the component suppliers), creating & managing recovery plans as required. Includes releasing platform components (BoM, tooling launch).
  • Monitor internal & external resource utilisation to identify potential efficiency improvements for the next programme.


  • Create & manage the platform commodity’s virtual & physical DV plan.
  • Ensures effective report writing to identify potential efficiency improvements for the next programme.
  • Ensure that all platform concerns are robustly resolved & provide technical support for application concerns.
  • Complete FESO documentation for platform commodities

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Engineering Degree or equivalent
  • Preferably Chartered Engineering status or equivalent
  • Proven record of delivering Electrical or Electronics commodities, including quality, cost, function, weight and timing.
  • Experience of delivering the following commodities: Parking Camera Systems and Park Distance Control Systems including Self Park features.
  • Extensive knowledge of automotive development systems e.g. releasing, concerns, containments, gateways and sign off documentation.
  • Experience of leading a cross functional team, including complex issue resolution.
  • Supplier management experience
  • Complete knowledge of Product Development cycle from concept to launch completion
  • Excellent technical engineering background and a comprehensive knowledge of using calculation and analysis to drive design.
  • Excellent knowledge of automotive quality tools and processes.
  • Extensive knowledge of the manufacturing processes to create the components or systems.
  • Experience of working with Design Studio personnel to support ‘Leadership’ Design attribute.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills at all levels
  • Confident presenter
  • Analytical
  • Microsoft project experience is desirable
  • Excellent financial management skills
  • Must be able to project manage and work collaboratively with a cross-functional team.
  • Ability to interrogate and manage CAD tasks in conjunction with the CAD team.
  • Ability to lead and inspire a team
  • Able to communicate confidently and clearly
  • Able to set and deliver targets
  • Strategic thinking and decision making skills
  • Resilient and driven to succeed; goal orientated
  • Strong technical focus, high quality mindset.
  • Ability to manage own time and prioritise accordingly
  • Full driving license
  • Travel may be required, UK & overseas.