Lead Engineer - Body Structures

Lead Engineer - Body Structures

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 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.

Job Description

Lead Engineer - Body Structures
Leamington Spa (commutable from Worcester, Birmingham, Northampton, Oxford, Coventry, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire)
£45,000

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 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.

Responsibilities:
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

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

If you are interested in the "Lead Engineer - Body Structures" position, please contact

Matthew Whyley 02392 228236


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I specialise in service delivery and account management for the automotive industry. I work hard on client sales calls to open up new business opportunities. I also vigorously search for qualifying candidates for live positions as well as job advertising.

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