Lead Engineer - Convertible Systems

Salary: £43,000 to £48,000 pa

Industry: Automotive

Job Type: Permanent

Location: West Midlands

Reference: 27326-gs

Expiration date: 06 June 2017


Job Purpose: The purpose of this role is to lead the development and integration of Exterior trim and Body Mechanism systems and components on convertible vehicle platforms.

Key Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Providing technical leadership for Body and Exterior and Mechanisms commodity groups on convertible vehicle platforms.
  • Responsible for integration of convertible roof systems and resolving design, attribute or packaging incompatibilities through the appropriate cross-functional forums
  • Ensuring 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
  • Defining appropriate system-level engineering targets to meet programme function, quality and attribute requirements.
  • Developing and maintaining the design validation plan (DVP) including both in-house and supplier testing and ensure development and sign-off tests are completed on schedule.
  • Developing System Design Specifications incorporating engineering standards, test procedures and material specifications and update these based on quality history and lessons-learned from previous Company’s programmes.
  • Supporting 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 convertible roof systems on new vehicle programmes.
  • Relevant experience in body/closure systems, exterior trim, glazing and sealing systems may be considered, particularly on convertible vehicle programmes.
  • Proven ability to deliver engineering solutions in line with cost, quality and attribute targets
  • Understands testing and validation requirements for automotive body systems
  • Good grasp of engineering fundamentals and familiar with failure mode avoidance techniques including DFMEA
  • Commodity-specific knowledge on latest technology and industry benchmarks applicable to convertible roof systems.
  • Proficient in the use of Teamcentre / VisMockup to interrogate CAD designs
  • CAD literate (Siemens NX) – desirable but not essential
  • Self-starting and self-motivated - Able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Able to balance conflicting requirements within cross-functional teams and positively influence decisions on product definition and design.
  • Thorough, data-driven approach to solving engineering issues
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to deliver under pressure and manage multiple tasks.
  • Confident communicator – able to present at design reviews and technical forums
  • 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.