Lead Engineer - Handles, Locks and Latches

Rate: £29-31 per hour

Industry: Automotive

Job Type: Contract

Location: West Midlands

Reference: 26795aj

Expiration date: 27 April 2017

The purpose of the role is to lead the development and integration of Body Mechanism systems and components on a new vehicle programme at Aston Martin.

Aston Martin's state-of-the-art headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire is built upon the passion, skill and creativity of the people who dedicate their working lives to the most iconic brand in the world. Every intricate stitch, beautifully expressed line, and the stirring noise of our engines, is a manifestation of the desire and collective spirit to create the most beautiful cars.

Key Responsibilities & Tasks

  • Provide technical leadership for Handles, Locks and Latches commodity group.
  • Ensure progression of design maturity from initial concept approval through to Final Data Judgement (FDJ) and Final Engineering Sign-Off (FESO) in line with agreed programme gateways and design checkpoints
  • Define appropriate system-level engineering targets to meet programme function, quality and attribute requirements.
  • Develop and maintain the design validation plan (DVP) including both in-house and supplier testing and ensure development and sign-off tests are completed on schedule.
  • Develop System Design Specifications incorporating engineering standards, test procedures and material specifications and update these based on quality history and lessons-learned from previous AML programmes.
  • Lead Failure Mode Avoidance activities including DFMEA, quality history reviews, development tests and CAE study requests as required.
  • Lead the resolution of design, attribute or packaging incompatibilities through the appropriate cross-functional forums including Programme Module Sub-Team (PMST), Virtual Concept Integration • Meeting (VCIM), Section Reviews, Engineering Technical Forum, including presenting at these forums where required.
  • Support vehicle launch and pre-production builds (both virtual and physical) and ensure progression of engineering concerns through initial containment, root cause analysis and permanent corrective actions.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Engineering degree (or equivalent)
  • Experience within automotive engineering / product development
  • Proven experience in development and/or integration of closure latching systems (side door, bonnet and decklid/tailgate) on new vehicle programmes. • Relevant experience in automotive closures, glazing, sealing and/or exterior trim systems may be considered.
  • Proven ability to deliver engineering solutions in line with cost, quality and attribute targets
  • Understands testing and validation requirements for automotive body systems
  • Familiar with failure mode avoidance techniques including DFMEA
  • Good understanding of manufacturing techniques and tooling including stamping, casting, injection moulding and fabrication.
  • Commodity-specific knowledge on latest technology and industry benchmarks applicable to automotive latching systems.
  • Proficient in the use of Teamcentre / VisMockup to interrogate CAD designs
  • CAD literate (Siemens NX) – desirable but not essential
  • Full driving licence
  • Role may require periods of working at other manufacturing site(s) in the UK and occasional travel to suppliers in UK and Europe.