Vehicle Engineering Manager

Salary: £50,000 to £60,000 pa

Industry: Automotive

Job Type: Permanent

Location: West Midlands

Reference: 26998-sw

Expiration date: 03 June 2017


Job Purpose The purpose of this role is to manage and control all aspects of vehicle engineering through liaison between Programme Manager, VLD, Chief Engineers, Prototype Operations and PAT/PMT leaders to deliver robust product within cost, time, programme constraints and meeting Vehicle Engineering led programme attribute targets.

Key Responsibilities & Tasks:
Target delivery:

  • Lead the development of targets for vehicle attributes in conjunction with the VLD, Programme Manager, PMT Leaders and PAT’s working from high level Marketing PALS wants down to system and component targets.
  • Lead the generation, population and management of the Commodity Progression Tracker (CPT) and review with CPE and associated PMT’s to ensure robust achievement of Vehicle Engineering deliverables at technical checkpoints including and FEC.
  • Manage total vehicle quality (including liaising with NML/NMO relating to QLAM target achievement), weight and functional objectives, report status throughout programme and deliver solutions to meet requirements.
  • Architecture & Design:
  • Lead the development of vehicle architecture types whether it be whole platform or system archetypes to ensure attribute targets are delivered.
  • Arbitrate in vehicle package discussions through the design and virtual series aspects of the programme.
  • Lead resolution and achievement of A-surface compatibility with Studio teams to ensure overall design theme is compatible with vehicle attributes. Including leading CP checkpoint events around surface releasing.
  • Work in parallel with the Virtual Verification Manager through the V0 through V4 design phase maturation process to confirm complete and compatible assumptions. Lead PMT’s into defining compatible design solutions that meet program targets.
  • Run DJ events and sign releases to ensure all parts are fit for function and meet targets.

Attribute delivery:

  • Lead attribute balancing and new technology benchmarking as part of product definition.
  • Lead Vehicle Engineering support functions (attribute leaders/block leaders) into delivering attribute solutions to meet targets.
  • Ensure attribute concerns are closed within the timeframes dictated at each build phase of the programme and the closure plans and solutions meet VEM defined targets.
  • Lead vehicle sign off events, evaluation drives and resolution of issues post build prior to PMT handover.
  • Arrange and lead regular VET drive assessments with VPs, Directors, VLDs and key stakeholders in line with gateway requirements and demonstration points for attribute progression/milestones. Define to the PMT’s what attributes should be presented at each drive event and ensure delivery of these attributes meet Vehicle Engineering targets. Ensure gaps to target are visible and closure plans identified.

Design Verification Planning:

  • Develop whole vehicle test plans to demonstrate functional and attribute performance to meet design requirements and programme targets (DV & PV).
  • Work in parallel with the Quality team to ensure PMT’s have completed DFMEA’s, P Diagram’s, Boundary diagram’s in line with failure mode avoidance requirements as inputs to vehicle test plans and DVP’s.
  • Critique and validate individual PMT DVP’s to ensure development and S/O tests are valid, justified and meet programme key gateways (PEC/FEC). Where necessary coach PMT leaders and teams on robust DVP generation.
  • Ensure the programme VPP meets with DVP requirements.
  • Ensure the Prototype build timing, vehicle quantities and specifications support PMT requirements for DVP testing, development and S/O.
  • Lead the design of prototype builds including specifications and bridging parts and take part in regular design reviews to ensure prototypes are fit for purpose.
  • Ensure adequate test parts are ordered for all builds to support DVP requirements.
  • Manage the Vehicle Engineering Fleet Coordinators into achieving day to day tasks including effective fleet management to support DVP and tuning activities.
  • Programme support

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Mechanical, production or automotive Engineering Degree or equivalent
  • Experience in component design, development, testing and S/O
  • Competent with FMA tools, techniques and principals
  • Experience in vehicle test and development activities
  • Capable of using Microsoft Office tools
  • Experience of AMPCS