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Principal Engineer - UP1 (VCG 661)

Salary: £47,000 - £57,000 (plus car allowance & benefits)

Grade 3

Posted Date: 15/02/2018

Expiry Date: 17/03/2018


Summary of Department and Role


The Cockpit team are responsible for the design and development of the following aggregate systems:


- Instrument panel, main body and associated panels

- Cross car beam

- Centre console

- Floor console (front and rear)

- Steering wheel and nacelles

- HVAC vents and ducting


The PE for Cockpit will need outstanding engineering skills together with experience of leading cockpit systems design and development from concept to production on at least one of the above systems.


Main Activities and Tasks


-To deliver cockpit engineering project work for the parent company as part of the Vehicle Concept Group Deliverables of Pre-Kick Off Investigations, Design Feasibility support and liaison with TML Engineering and suppliers

-CAD operation skills required - The successful candidate will be able to create and manipulate geometry for primary communication of concepts/schemes. (Expectation 20% time utilisation for geometry generation)

-Catia v5 operative skills - Generation of 3D geometry, 2D data and sectional data. (Key module utilisation: Part design and geometric surface design

-TCUA (Team Centre) PLM utilisation

-To provide technical support to TML in cockpit engineering to ensure all engineering, legislative, craftsmanship, cost and quality targets are met

-Assist in the development of engineering proposals of work

-Present cockpit engineering at senior management and project reviews

-Report and utilise information to address cockpit engineering issues from reviews

-Address cockpit team issues to ensure team objectives are controlled and met

-Support the development of the surfaces and design

-Arranging and supporting design reviews

-Interface with Package, Analysis, Manufacturing, DCA etc and implement recommendations where appropriate to create a right first-time release

-Support the development of project documentation


The above list of duties is not exhaustive and is subject to change. The post holder may be required to undertake others duties within the scope and grading of the post





Other Features of the Role


-Up to 1 week/month travel to India

-Travel to test facilities, suppliers and other locations world-wide on an as required basis to support programmes (will be taken into consideration with travel to India)




Desirable - Degree qualification or similar qualification

Desirable - Working towards chartered status or already chartered




Essential - Demonstrates depth of knowledge in a relevant technical speciality (see below)

Desirable - Body/Platform Engineering

Desirable - Closures/Hardware Engineering

Essential - Cockpit Engineering

Desirable - Lighting Engineering

Desirable - Trim (Exterior) Engineering

Desirable - Trim (Interior) Engineering


Relevant Skills for Position


Essential - Generates new ideas with appropriate action plans. Demonstrates feasibility of ideas

Essential - Capable of managing a project element with support from more senior staff when necessary

Essential - Effective team member making improvements processes and providing high customer service

Essential - Assist with the administrative duties to support Lead Engineer for effective performance of the team and consistently achieves forecast performance objectives

Essential - Ability to inspire team to strive for improvements and high customer service, manage and resolve engineering objectives

Essential - Fluent in English Language

Essential - Competent in MS Office Programs

Essential - CAD operation skills - to create and manipulate geometry for primary communication of concepts/schemes

Essential - Catia v5 operative skills - generation of 3D geometry, 2D data and sectional data. (Key module utilisation: Part design and geometric surface design)

Desirable - TCUA (Team Centre) PLM utilisation




Essential - A minimum of five years automotive or other relevant industry experience is essential

Desirable - OEM experience in Body and Trim

Desirable - 1st Tier Supplier Experience in Body and Trim

Essential - System delivery of both prototype and production designs

Essential - Design Studio Feasibility Support

Essential - Vehicle Launch Support

Essential - Experience of delivering cockpit engineering in the automotive sector



Personal Attributes


Essential - Strong numeracy and literacy

Essential - Good logical reasoning

Essential - Ability to overcome cultural barriers

Essential - Team working skills

Essential - Problem-solving skills

Essential - Innovation abilities



Please send your CV, with salary expectations and notice period.

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