Senior Engineer - Body Electronics

Rate: £27 - £29 per hour

Industry: Automotive

Job Type: Contract

Location: West Midlands

Reference: 27138-sw

Expiration date: 06 June 2017

Job Purpose: The purpose of the Senior Engineer – Body Electronics role is to lead the development of new or modified electronic systems.

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.
  • The post holder will undertake other duties as may be required to achieve the Company’s objectives, commensurate with the grading of the post.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Engineering Degree or equivalent
  • Preferably Chartered Engineering status or equivalent
  • Proven record of delivering Body Electronics commodities, including quality, cost, function, weight and timing
  • Experience with Body Electronics or similar commodities.
  • 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.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills at all levels
  • Confident presenter, analytical
  • Microsoft project experience is desirable
  • Excellent financial management skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Must be able to project manage and work collaboratively with a cross-functional 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.
  • Full driving license
  • Travel may be required, UK & overseas.