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Chassis Technical Systems Manager
Department Location Salary Closing Date
Vehicle Engineering West Midlands, UK Competitive plus benefits 30/04/2017
Description

 

 
OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB  
To lead the technical delivery and integration of chassis systems into AE delivery projects
 
 
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES. 
 
For AE Delivery projects (A4-A1 gateways) & Pre A4 advanced technical development & innovation
Define key chassis system targets and assumptions (based on cascaded whole vehicle  targets)
Lead the development of technical chassis strategies
Lead technical delivery for all engineering activity within the AE chassis team
Ensure that engineering is fully integrated, optimised and balanced to best meet targets for the project:
o Package
o Attribute delivery
o Vehicle Performance & Safety
o Cost & Quality
o System functionality and performance
o Complexity – including manufacturing
o Design proportion / styling requirements
Engage stakeholders and customers where necessary to resolve issues and progress delivery
Provide technical input and requirements into programme activity plans/develop key system timing plans that support main programme timing
Ensure high quality technical inputs into gateway deliverables 
Develop global relationships with AE Chassis & Chassis department in China to promote global working – leverage services from these departments where skills/resources are not available in the UK
 
 
SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED 
 
Specific Technical job skills required:
Strong technical knowledge of all key chassis systems, ability to assess strengths/weaknesses of options and provide recommendations for use within a vehicle architecture
Technical Leadership capability – broad coverage of key chassis architecture systems (Frt/Rr Axle (including electric axles), Steering, Actuation, Foundation brakes, Fuel) sufficiently deep technical knowledge to interrogate and  challenge engineers/suppliers to optimise and deliver excellent technical solutions
Capability to understand chassis architecture principles, knowledge of competitor practice and key trends
Capability to understand chassis architecture system interactions and how they affect performance, package, safety, cost, mass, styling and function
Capability and experience to understand chassis system effects on BIW and associated load path and structural performance
Understanding of vehicle dynamics
Ability to set internal objective chassis targets based on high level cascaded VTS targets
Ability to lead system reviews
Full understanding of the Architecture Development Process and Global Vehicle Development Process
Ability to initiate chassis concepts
 
Supporting job skills required:
Ability to lead and develop a small highly technical design/engineering team within the global AE team
Ability to present reports accurately and coherently and at a senior level – Director/President – to be able to coach  team members
Ability to lead meetings – specifically internal design/package reviews/strategy meetings and present findings/conclusions to management
Ability to use negotiation techniques to resolve issues
Strong analytical and investigative capability – ability to lead and coach others to use analytical approach
Ideally Six Sigma Green Belt certified
Good communication skills, ability to work globally and develop global partnership(s)
Flexible, committed and motivated to work on more than one vehicle system at a time – ability to motivate team players within the group
Ability to support business trips (and potentially longer term working) in China
Experience of Supplier / customer interaction.
Good organisational & prioritisation skills.
Proactive and possesses the ability to work by themselves or part of a team.
Has good working knowledge of PC tools Power Point, Word & Excel.
Degree/HND or equivalent in Mechanical / Motorsport or Automotive Engineering.
Extensive OEM experience, preferably as a member of an OEM chassis team and/or as a member of a Tier 1 chassis supplier 
 
 
RELATING TO PEOPLE EXTERNALLY
 
Ability to work closely with suppliers to develop technical proposals 
 
 
RELATING TO PEOPLE INTERNALLY
 
Close working relationships with other departments; directors, senior managers and engineers both locally and globally. 
Role needs to work in full cooperation with Lead programme VCE role in AE so that technical delivery and project delivery are fully complimentary.
 
 
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.
 
 
MISCELLANEOUS
 
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.
 
 
Please note, it is unlawful to employ a person in a UK-based job who does not have permission to live and work in the UK. You should make yourself aware of how immigration laws apply to your situation before applying for any jobs. (Refer: Home Office Website).
 

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