Salary: £65,000 pa
Job Type: Permanent
Location: West Midlands
Expiration date: 29 December 2017
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
Lead the development of targets for vehicle attributes in conjunction with the VLD, Prog. 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, weight and functional objectives, report status and deliver solutions to meet requirements.
Architecture & Design
Lead the development of vehicle architecture types 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, sign releases to ensure all parts meet the targets.
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.
Lead 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 Eng. targets.
Design Verification Planning:
Develop whole vehicle test plans to demonstrate functional and attribute performance
Work with the Quality team to ensure PMT’s have completed DFMEA’s, P Diagram’s, Boundary diagram’s in line with FMA 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 Eng. Fleet Coordinators into achieving effective fleet management to support DVP and tuning activities.
Represent Vehicle Engineering in cross-functional teams and meetings and take a lead where appropriate to resolve conflicts.
Run VIT & Tech Forum meetings. Attend Grey-Red reviews, VCIM, Architecture and Style reviews as required.
Review Vehicle Eng. processes/procedures and initiate improvements
Report out status at Gateways in line with MISSION Vehicle Eng. deliverables on all vehicle verification activities (Vehicle, Rig and CAE) and attribute/target achievement and alignment.
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