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Instrument Cluster Principal Engineer (361)

  • Location: Cranfield
  • Salary: Excellent Rate per hour
  • Job Type:Contract

Posted 22 days ago

  • Sector: Automotive
  • Function: Product design and development
  • Contact: Rachel Meacham
  • Contact Email:
  • Contact Phone: 01384 446112
  • Expiry Date: 12 November 2021
  • Job Ref: 58339

Job role - Instrument Cluster Principal Engineer (361)

Location - Cranfield

**Excellent rate of pay available, open to discussion**

Contract - PAYE -  INSIDE IR35, 12 months assignment

We are looking to recruit an experienced Instrument Cluster Principal Engineer to join a Centre of Excellence for design and development for a major Automotive OEM.

Deliverables / KPIs / SLAs           

    • OK judgements at development Design Reviews.
    • Achievement of part cost versus budget.
    • Closure of quality concerns within agreed timescales.
    • No BOM errors affecting vehicle build.


  • Development of Instrument Cluster, Head-Up Displays and Displays to meet Design and Test standards.
  • Lead design reviews to ensure the parts under development are delivered in line with program requirements for cost, quality and timing.
  • Maintain part BOM across European vehicles.
  • Prepare functional specifications through discussion with system owners, customer orientated engineering, styling and trim engineers.
  • Review and approve part drawings submitted by suppliers.
  • Manage in-house and supplier validation of the parts.
  • Resolve technical issues with in-house test departments and suppliers.
  • Support vehicle development builds at European manufacturing sites. Investigate, contain and resolve issues as they arise.
  • Conduct vehicle life cycle cost reduction idea generation and implementation.
  • Lead vehicle life cycle warranty investigations and countermeasure implementations.
  • Prepare and present development status and strategy plans to Senior Management.

Qualifications, skills training requirements

  • Engineering degree or equivalent.
  • Experience of Instrument Cluster, Head-Up Displays or Displays development within automotive industry.
  • Understanding of electrical theory related to the parts and connected circuits.
  • Familiar with software development and validation methods.
  • An understanding of LIN or CAN communication and tools.
  • Familiar with electrical architecture or other similar automotive architecture.
  • Experience of BOM management.

A selection of the following are required to fulfill the role successfully:

  • Understanding of manufacturing techniques used for the parts.
  • Experience of the parts cost drivers and budget setting.
  • Knowledge of 3D CAD tools.

There is an assumption that the candidate will have the following:

  • Well organised and a good communicator.
  • Have supplier management experience.
  • Able to travel in the UK and abroad sometimes at short notice, typically for a few days to 2 weeks.
  • Competent with PC applications (MS office etc).

To apply for this role please send your CV to

Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Contracts are those of an Employment Business.