Senior Chassis Systems Concept Engineer // // Permanent
Job Title: Senior Chassis Systems Concept Engineer
For this role, contract or permanent candidates will be considered.
• To provide the concept definition for 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 expertise with regards to the aforementioned when required.
• For AE Delivery projects (A4-A1 gateways) & Pre A4 advanced technical development & innovation
Responsible for delivery of chassis system concepts from first principles for new and existing vehicle projects/Architectures.
• CATIA V5 3D & 2D CAD creation with appropriate data management and release.
• Responsible for development of specific system strategy for the business, which is likely to include rationalisation of existing concepts plus development of new strategies going forward.
• Ensure that concepts are optimised and balanced to meet the best targets for the project;
-Performance - including kinematics and simulation
-Cost & Quality
-System functionality and performance
-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.
-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.
-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.
• Reports to Chassis Technical Systems Manager.
Skills and Knowledge Required:
• Specific Technical job skills required:
-Excellent CAD skills – CATIA V5, ability to use kinematics, able to develop chassis axle concepts from first principles, 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.
-Strong detailed technical 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/Director – to be able to coach team members.
-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.
• Recruitment Consultant Rob Marlow
• Tel: 01612164073