Chassis Innovation & Systems Concept Engineer // // Permanent

Job Reference: J0012569
Job Title: Chassis Innovation & Systems Concept Engineer

The Role:
• To provide support for the concept definition of new chassis systems including but not limited to mounts, links, knuckles, springs, dampers and steering systems into new and existing vehicles/platforms.
• To provide tuning, development and sign off support with regards to the aforementioned when required yet also be a lead engineer to develop and project manage new technologies/systems for the Company.

Key Responsibilities:
• For AE Delivery projects (A4-A1 gateways) & Pre A4 advanced technical development & innovation
• Responsible for delivery of chassis system concepts from first principles with support from senior engineers for new and existing vehicle projects/Architectures
• CATIA V5 3D & 2D CAD creation with appropriate data management and release.
• Ensure that concepts are optimised and balanced to meet the best targets for the project;
-Package
-Performance - including kinematics and simulation
-Cost & Quality
-System functionality and performance
-Complexity
-Ease of manufacture
• Engage stakeholders and customers where necessary to resolve issues and progress the delivery
• Component design, development and test to optimise chassis performance
• Develop global relationships with AE Chassis & Chassis department in Asia to promote global working – leverage services from these departments where skills/resources are not available in the UK
• Prioritising and managing personal workload to ensure objectives and timing are met
• Lead and support in new research projects and assist with aspects such as Design Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
• Procurement of parts, liaison with prototype manufacturers & external suppliers to ensure timely support of the project gateways/timings
• Defining and managing project scope, change control and escalating issues where necessary
• Drive the generation of innovation projects

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
• Specific Technical job skills required:
-Excellent CAD skills – CATIA V5, ability to use kinematics is desirable, able to develop chassis axle concepts from first principles with senior engineer support, taking advise from chassis technical experts where required
-Full capability to operate in Team Centre environment and use Vis-Mock-up tools
-Capability in parametric tools to enhance quality and improve efficiency is desirable
-Knowledge of front and rear axle systems, ability to assess strengths/weaknesses of options and provide recommendations for use within a vehicle architecture
-Understanding of technical aspects of systems/component development (e.g. DFMEA’s, DVP, Materials, Finish specifications)
-Capability and experience to understand chassis system effects on BIW and associated load path and structural performance
-Understanding of basic vehicle dynamics and how the axle systems will affect overall vehicle dynamics
-Understanding of the Architecture Development Process and Global Vehicle Development Process
• Supporting job skills required:
-Ability to lead multi-functional design reviews
-Ability to present reports/CAD data accurately and coherently and at a senior level – Manager/Chief Engineer Level
-Ability to lead meetings – specifically internal design/package reviews
-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
-Ability to support business trips (and potentially longer term working) in Asia
-Degree/HND or equivalent in Mechanical / Motorsport or Automotive Engineering
-Enthusiasm and drive for bringing new technologies/products to market
-Minimum 3 years’ experience of chassis related design, development and implementation ideally including new technologies within an Advanced Engineering environment

Excellent package and opportunity. Call Rachel Adams NOW on 07810 000924 or apply online.

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