Lead Engineer - Handles, Locks And Latches

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Lead Engineer - Handles, Locks And Latches

Are you interested in leading a body mechanism systems project for one of the world's truly iconic brands? You can directly influence the future vehicles of this leading original equipment manufacturer.

Job Description

We have a great opportunity within a leading automotive OEM. The client's state-of-the-art headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire is built upon the passion, skill and creativity of the people who dedicate their working lives to the most iconic brand in the world. The purpose of the role is to lead the development and integration of Body Mechanism systems and components on a new vehicle programme.

Your responsibilities:
-Provide technical leadership for Handles, Locks and Latches commodity group.
-To ensure progression of design maturity from initial concept approval through to Final Data Judgement (FDJ) and Final Engineering Sign-Off (FESO) in line with agreed programme gateways and design checkpoints
-Define appropriate system-level engineering targets to meet programme function, quality and attribute requirements.
-Develop and maintain the design validation plan (DVP) including both in-house and supplier testing and ensure development and sign-off tests are completed on schedule.
-Develop System Design Specifications incorporating engineering standards, test procedures and material specifications and update these based on quality history and lessons-learned from previous AML programmes.
-Lead Failure Mode Avoidance activities including DFMEA, quality history reviews, development tests and CAE study requests as required.
-Lead the resolution of design, attribute or packaging incompatibilities through the appropriate cross-functional forums including Programme Module Sub-Team (PMST), Virtual Concept Integration
-Meeting (VCIM), Section Reviews, Engineering Technical Forum, including presenting at these forums where required.
-Support vehicle launch and pre-production builds (both virtual and physical) and ensure progression of engineering concerns through initial containment, root cause analysis and permanent corrective actions.

Your requirements:
-Ability to use NX CAD tool.
-Proven experience in development and/or integration of closure latching systems (side door, bonnet and decklid/tailgate) on new vehicle programmes.
-Relevant experience in automotive closures, glazing, sealing and/or exterior trim systems may be considered.
-Proven ability to deliver engineering solutions in line with cost, quality and attribute targets
-Understands testing and validation requirements for automotive body systems
-Familiar with failure mode avoidance techniques including DFMEA
-Good understanding of manufacturing techniques and tooling including stamping, casting, injection moulding and fabrication.
-Commodity-specific knowledge on latest technology and industry benchmarks applicable to automotive latching systems.
-Proficient in the use of Teamcentre / VisMockup to interrogate CAD designs
-CAD literate (Siemens NX) – desirable but not essential
-Self-starting and self-motivated - Able to work with minimal supervision.
-Able to balance conflicting requirements within cross-functional teams and positively influence decisions on product definition and design.
-Thorough, data-driven approach to solving engineering issues
-Excellent organisational skills, ability to deliver under pressure and manage multiple tasks.
-Confident communicator – able to present at design reviews and technical forums
-Full driving licence
-Role may require periods of working at other manufacturing site(s) in the UK and occasional travel to suppliers in UK and Euro

This vacancy is being advertised by Advanced Resource Managers. ARM is an award-winning technology and engineering recruitment agency, filling specialist positions across some of the most competitive industries in the world.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Advanced Resource Managers Engineering Limited operates & advertises as an Employment Agency for permanent positions and as an Employment Business for contract/temporary positions.

Key Consultant

Jamie Appleby

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I specialise in contract recruitment within the vehicle technologies and automotive industry. I have a broad experience working with automotive OEMs and UK-based consultancies. Recruiting various roles within design, studio, quality and costing; from technician level through to management.