OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB
• Responsible for leading the Performance and Economy function, with primary focus on the Pre-PG8 activities.
• Ensuring that P&E technology projects are matured to a concept readiness level prior to their requirement in our architecture programme.
• Ensure that the P&E technology selected achieves the required attributes of our New Engine Families (proof of concept).
• Working with the CoC leadership team in defining the appropriate targets
• Instigate change in terms of the Performance and Economy work, identify the correct predictive tools, justify them and raise the necessary purchase orders. Then implement their use.
• Generate advanced techniques to generate FE maps and data prior to any running hardware, move the department into a virtual arena.
• Validate fuel economy improvement claims using the predictive tools use the results to help define the technology roll out plan.
• Instigate a ‘smarter’ way of testing, use a Design Of Experiments approach to reduce the actual test duration and hence offer the business a cost saving.
• Work to improve the testing efficiency, ensure that we have quality data right first time.
• Work with the Operations team in the specification of the equipment needed to drive the business forward.
• Instigate a library of data and ensure that adequate controls are in place so that only approved data is released from Powertrain, so to avoid wasted effort in subsequent simulations by neighbouring departments
• Keep abreast of the latest technology from a product and test facility perspective.
• Understand competitor action, market trends and future legislation.
• Drive the business to become more vehicle attributes led. The vehicle feel should dictate what torque curve is required (for example) rather than the other way round.
• Promote the technology features that offer CO2 improvements without degrading the vehicle attributes.
• Use the smarter tools to quantify benefits of these favoured technologies, so as to help justify their adoption into the business’ future portfolio.
• Prioritise workload for the section, ensuring the requirements of the GPTDP/ GPADP / GPDP process are achieved and that duplication is avoided.
• Develop skills within the P&E team through coaching, including our Chinese colleagues.
• Determine the priority across projects and ensure that it is conducted in the most efficient manner.
• Ensure that all P&E studies are appropriately documented.
• Provide Programme Managers / Workstream leaders with status reports and resource support within the budget constraints of their approved programmes.
• Make appropriate use of external consultancies / Universities
• Assist in raising the appropriate paperwork for the release of funds for any outsource.
• Define the Performance technical specification in the ETS / Target catalogue.
• Use MS Project to track timing against the overall Project plan. Highlight any deviation from plan at the earliest opportunity and instigate recovery plans.
SCOPE OF THE JOB
• Defining the performance specification of our new engines, in order to achieve the product targets.
• Working with the CoC leadership team in defining the necessary performance and economy targets
• Moving the team into the predictive mindset
• Reports directly to the Phase 1 Technology Leader
• Initially 4 direct report, although this will vary as the workload dictates
SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
• At least 15 years experience, Petrol or Diesel engines.
• Degree or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or Automotive Engineering.
• Proficient in Powertrain P&E Predictive techniques
• Familiar with Bosch EMS, ETAS/INCA.
• Excellent knowledge of the gas exchange process
• 8D Problem resolution
• Capable of Managing external consultancies / universities, defining the scope and monitoring progress to plan.
• Supplier interface skills.
• Prepared to challenge the ‘status quo’ through an inquisitive nature.
• Attention to detail and good communication skills.
• Ability to plan activities through continually changing priorities whilst recognising the wider business need.
• A team player.
• Enthusiastic, self motivated and determined to succeed.
• Full driving licence.
• Flexible and prepared to work overseas as the business needs.
• Design for Six Sigma knowledge or qualification required – full training will be provided by the company
RELATING TO PEOPLE EXTERNALLY
• External suppliers.
• Educational establishments (universities etc).
RELATING TO PEOPLE INTERNALLY
• SAIC/SMTC Senior management.
• Engineering COC Department heads, Team Leaders and Engineers.
• UK support functions, including finance, HR, Purchasing
• Working extremely closely with the Benchmarking engineers, a one team approach.
• Working extremely closely with the functional test lead engineer so that the DVP for any Architecture Mule / prototype is a co-ordinated approach.
HOURS OF WORK
The employee is required to work 37 hours per week, based on a working week of Monday to Friday. Monday to Thursday 08:00am to 16:45pm and Friday 08:00am to 12:00pm.
• The job title/ description does not define or limit the work that you are employed to do and you may be required to do any work within your capacity which the Employer from time to time requires including transfers between departments.
• Your Job description may be altered by the Employer from time to time, either through business needs or to comply with Government legislation. Any such alteration will be notified to you in writing prior to implementation and an amended document issued.
• You may be required in the performance of duties or training to travel to such place or places in the United Kingdom or abroad, as the Employer reasonably requires.
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