Project Engineer Body Structures - CVE

Salary: circa £45,000

Industry: Automotive

Job Type: Permanent

Location: West Midlands

Reference: 28625-ms

Expiration date: 01 February 2018

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 a Lead Engineer who is highly motivated and can demonstrate an ability to lead a small team within the area of Body Structures. The CVE Body Structures team covers body tubs and BIW (Extrusions & castings, adhesives & sealing), all closures, composite, carbon fibre and metal panels. 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. A broad mechanical engineering background is required.

Key Responsibilities & Tasks:
The Lead Engineer is responsible for a small team of engineers looking after all aspects of body Structures within the “Current Car” environment. The Lead Engineer (supervisor) will be responsible for prioritising, leading or coaching as well as tracking their teams through containing, establishing root cause and releasing countermeasures of multiple engineering and/or supplier based quality, design, and warranty related issues.
Specific responsibilities include:

Technical understanding – good working knowledge of Body Structures. Understanding the manufacturing processes, component level design and manufacture, awareness of key safety requirements.
Management – Responsible for the daily management of the Body Structures team delivering continuous improvement in DPV (Defects per vehicle), AMCPA (Customer Perception Audit), Warranty and CSI (Customer Satisfaction Survey) scores and removing roadblocks and escalate issues preventing delivery of tasks. Manage all open concerns.
Objective setting - Play an instrumental role in enabling the function to achieve its business targets, through meeting / exceeding the defined objectives. Cascade these objectives through the leadership of your team and measure the team against achieving their targets.
Appraisal - run 1:1 with team and perform mid and end of year appraisals
Training - develop the team as appropriate identifying training needs and skills gaps.
Recruitment - support recruitment
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.
CVE - Engaging and working with the wider CVE team to deliver engineering solutions to cost, time, Quality & function. Supporting where necessary with testing and evaluation. Track these issues to resolution and verify they are closed off robustly.
Feedback – Issues assigned through CPA & DS need to be investigated and tracked to closure through the appropriate AMCPA or DS feedback sessions. Where appropriate, feedback engineering issues to PD function and drive reoccurrence prevention through Engineering Specification and DFMEA updates.
DPV / RFT improvement – The team has a responsibility to work closely with the manufacturing and engineering teams to provide support to the production lines for containment and problem resolution of build issues caused by design, engineering, production or supplier quality issues. You will be expected to lead cross functional teams in order to achieve this result, implementing design changes where necessary using the engineering releasing system.
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.
Setting standards – Update Vehicle Inspection Standards (VIS)
Warranty - Proactively track Warranty status and implement improvement activities to reduce cost and frequency.
New Models - Engage with new model functions to share issues and learning on current model, demonstrate resolution and verify previously raised issues are robustly closed off during the current build phase or at the next build phase.
EBHS - Evaluation of Equivalent Body Hole Size (EBHS) and its potential impact on wind noise and water leaks
Client Services - Produce Technical Bulletins to support dealer network learning.
Quality - Writing of Quality Management System for CVE – Body Structures
All members of the team are also given a window role normally based around the improvement of a current system or implementation of a new one, to aid standardisation and continuous improvement within the whole Current Vehicle team, and potentially the whole company.

Qualifications and Experience:
Engineering HNC, degree or equivalent qualification/experience
Full UK driving license

Relevant Experience:
Good working knowledge of Body Structures
Broad engineering and manufacturing knowledge
Broad knowledge of vehicle
Experience of component design
Experience in inspection systems and use of VIS & PQS
Worked in OE or Teir1 manufacturing environment (CVE / PVT / Production / Plant Quality/ PD

Skills & Abilities:
Must be proficient in MS Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint
Good communication and presentation skills
Chairing meetings and running effective meeting minutes / CCAR’s
Awareness of QMS
Must be able to negotiate with internal and external departments to ensure effective vehicle evaluation

Personal Attributes:
Good inter-personal skills
Good diplomacy skills
Able to work across several departments
Able to work with and motivate a team
Logical problem solving mind-set
Proven ability to meet deadlines
Must be able to multi-task and prioritise issues efficiently