Manager - EDS & Circuits

Salary: £50,000 pa

Industry: Automotive

Job Type: Permanent

Location: West Midlands

Reference: 27752ms

Expiration date: 07 February 2018

Job Purpose: The purpose of this role is to lead the EDS (Electrical Distribution Systems) team to create commodity strategy plans, deliver R&D and innovation projects to improve the design of the commodity and to create new design archetypes and deliver vehicle application projects.

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. Support TDC (Cost reduction) initiatives to meet Electrical Engineering cost targets
  • 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 one of the following commodities: infotainment, audio, cluster & displays, tracker & e-call, antennas, switchgear, lighting, camera & PDC’s, body electronics, power management, EDS.
  • 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.
  • Experience of leading a small engineering team of direct reports – desirable not essential.
  • 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 with analytical approach
  • 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.