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Lead Engineer

Lead Engineer

Job Title: Lead Engineer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Birmingham
Salary: Competitive
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: JW4863
Contact Name: Jonathan Webb
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 24, 2019 16:32

Job Description

Lead Engineer
Permanent - Birmingham

•Determines and drives the most appropriate design and engineering solution for system/ module.
•Ensuring that all product /APQP requirements are covered.
•Controls the engineering design activity assuring most appropriate application of both direct and contract design resources towards internal & customer requirements, quality, time, feasibility and cost effective product design outcome.
•Liaises with the tooling specialists to ensure that the product design is tooling/plant robust for the vehicle life.
•Assures active participation of their engineering teams in the Product Development Team process.
Principle Accountabilities:
•Engineering budget for his product scope
•Product cost
•Product timing
•Product quality
•Comply with general policies and procedures

Scope of role:
Supervise design and product engineering.
Customer/Supplier/Manufacturing plant liaison.
Ensures that his engineering team drive the following activities:

• Design according customer styling, technical requirements and specifications.
• Design for assembly.
• Design for manufacture.
• Quality functional deployment.
• Finite element analysis data.
• Dimensional variation analysis (In conjunction with DVA specialist).
• Support Tool Timing in conjunction with the tooling group.
• Responsible for the engineering elements of customer part approval (PPAP).
• Support all tool trials & tool sign off
• Ensuring together with development team (PM, design, tooling, quality, testing, launch, purchasing, sales) that the process is robust prior to tool shipment.
• Determine and apply the most appropriate and cost effective solutions.
• Provide for design resolution as an extension of and in cooperation with the customer engineering team.
• Assures a flawless introduction for New Product Introduction (NPI) position as defined in GDLS .
• For model year changes, the Lead Engineer shall support the customer in terms of product
development and participate in the plant PDT meetings to ensure that the “Key Elements” of the APQP gate process are completed.
• Support cost estimates in relation to product and process changes, and liaise with Operations, sales, PM to ensure all recoverable costs are specified in the quotation.
• Customer liaison & management
• Support VAVE activities
• Support Program RFQ’s

Preferred Education & Experiences to fulfil role (essential & desirable):

Bachelor and/or Diploma degree in automotive, plastics engineering, mechanical engineering or equivalent job related experience
5 years related experience, preferably in automotive interior design.
Cradle to grave project experience including process and tool maturation and program launch.
Experience in surface development desirable.
Conversant with major CAD systems applicable to automotive design.
Demonstrated excellent management and interpersonal skills.
In-depth knowledge of company product and manufacturing processes.
Working knowledge of job-related technical skills: GD&T, DFM, DFA, CAE/FEA, CAD, FMEA, DVP&R.
Fluent English
Flexible to support projects at various locations in Europe.