Senior Engineer - CVE Body Structures

Salary: £38,000 - £42,000 pa

Industry: Automotive

Job Type: Permanent

Location: West Midlands

Reference: 28387-jh

Expiration date: 09 February 2018

Job Purpose: There are currently opportunities to join Aston Martin in one of its most diverse Engineering departments. Current Vehicle Engineering (CVE) is responsible for the engineering and quality of all current production vehicles. We are looking for Engineers who are highly motivated, able to set standards for vehicle quality to be measured against, can work to contain problems quickly and efficiently, are able to identify root cause and countermeasures and prove them out. You will be expected to complete engineering releases and lead cross functional teams. Working closely with suppliers to identify process improvements and capability issues, you will play a key part in ensuring the quality of parts supplied to the production line in a fast moving manufacturing / production environment.

Job Purpose: CVE – Body Structures covers body tubs and BIW (Extrusions & castings, adhesives & sealing), all closures, composite, carbon fibre and metal panels. The successful applicant can expect to work across all these areas as workload dictates. A broad mechanical engineering back ground is required. The role has dual functionality with the engineer being responsible for both the engineering elements of the current car as well as Quality and Supplier management. In support to other departments Engineers need to practice a hands on, go look see approach by reviewing & questioning in order to improve part and process at supplier, incoming parts, assembly (in our tubs and BIW shop) and Road test or Field Quality. Thinking outside the box to enable production to build vehicles is sometimes what is needed in this role. The role is also open as a development opportunity for someone who may wish to grow into the role from another area of the business / engineering background.

Key Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Containment – Quickly identify and implement effective and robust containments to issues which arise on the assembly line, at the supplier or in the field.
  • Problem resolution – Have a methodical approach to problem solving with an ability to react quickly to identify root cause. Experience in problem solving required, using 8D, G8D, PPS, 6 Sigma or similar.
  • Feedback – Feedback concerns at various forums including Customer Perception audit, to all levels including VP’s.
  • Concern management & Engineering change – Manage all open concerns taking the appropriate action to contain and then implement a robust, cost effective permanent corrective action (engineering change). This involves marking up drawings, liaising with suppliers, understand feasibility, cost, timing, stock obsolescence testing, running line trials and working with Manufacturing Engineering and Production to confirm build process and problem resolution.
  • DPV / RFT improvement – Provide engineering support to the production lines for containment and problem resolution of build issues caused by design, engineering, production or supplier quality issues.
  • Parts quality and supplier engineering requests (PPAP / SPAP and SREA Management) – Sign off part quality and Supplier Requests for Engineering Approval following the SPAP / PPAP process.
  • Supplier support & investigations – Supplier investigations to identify issues with key processes on or off site and working with suppliers to drive continuous improvements in supplier manufacturing process and support supplier resourcing activities.

HRN : PVT046

  • Setting standards – Update Vehicle Inspection Standards (VIS)
  • Warranty analysis – One of the roles within CVE also includes the analysis of warranty data to identify problems with cars in the field and emerging trends, examining returned parts to determine root cause whether design, parts or process then releasing robust solutions and following through to implementation. The role also involves direct liaison with dealerships and in house technical support.
  • Process development – In order to support CVE development and continuous process improvements, each engineer will have window roles which need to be developed, standardised and trained out to the rest of the team and potentially rolled out across other divisions.
  • Travel – Be willing to travel both within the UK and abroad.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Degree level qualified or equivalent experience
  • Experience of practical problem solving (and a knowledge of PPS / 8D / G8D / 6 Sigma is beneficial)
  • Good general knowledge of the mechanical architecture of a vehicle
  • Working knowledge of a variety of component manufacturing process
  • Worked in OE or Tier 1 manufacturing environment (CVE / PVT / Plant Quality / STA)
  • Experience of dealing with next tier suppliers & working as part of cross functional teams
  • Understands CAD, technical drawings & drawing standards,
  • Proficient in MS Office (Outlook, Excel, Word & Powerpoint)
  • Full UK driving license


  • Experience of component design
  • Has used / experience of parts approval processes (PPAP/SPAP or equivalent)
  • Made or used inspection standards (parts (PQS) / vehicle (VIS))
  • Chairing meetings and running effective meeting minutes / CCARs & Good communications skills
  • Navigator / DPV system for body dimensional analysis
  • Team centre / 3D CAD manipulation
  • Datapaq / Data logging software