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Project Engineer - Vehicle Electrical Systems in West Sussex, South East, United Kingdom

Title: Project Engineer (Vehicle Electrical Systems)

Purpose of role: The Project Engineer will own technical and project delivery support of electrical systems within the Engineering Group for products on multiple programs.

The Project Engineer will be the designated lead on cross departmental collaboration. The role will require the incumbent to liaise between the Engineering Design Department and the Workshop Team Leaders to ensure all technical deliverable deadlines are met.

The Project Engineer will be required to write technical specifications and test specifications and to undertake root-cause analysis.

Additionally the Project Engineer will support the design team ensuring that any design for manufacture issues of the product are considered during the initial design phase. The Project Engineer will also be responsible for project Configuration Management and will oversee the Engineering Change Activity for each project.

In supporting the Project Manager there will also be a requirement to prepare formal (ie at PDR and CDR) and informal project stage reviews for the customer. The Project Engineer will be responsible for the co-ordination of any prototype construction through the establishment of structured frameworks such as Bill of Materials (BoM) and will also coordinate the transition from prototyping to full production through close liaison with the Supply Chain function.

This role will also include an element of hands-on fault-finding and testing of automotive and comms systems to support prototype development and rig design/build and proving.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Ownership of the technical development of vehicle electrical systems (automotive and comms).
  • Approval of all order delivery timescales in conjunction with the Project and Supply Chain Managers.
  • Confirmation of build specifications – including sign off of Build BoM Resourcing Plan.
  • Provision of technical direction to the Production Manager.
  • Relationship management between Electrical Systems Lead Design Engineer, Commercial, Supply Chain Manager and Production Manager.
  • Reporting on weekly production milestones against a master production schedule.
  • Reporting on weekly production status and stock levels of key components.
  • Management of production issues, risks and opportunities.
  • Identification and planning of resources needed to support bespoke build orders to meet agreed delivery dates.
  • Approving of all internal and customer documentation

This job description is not an exhaustive list of duties, but it is intended to give a general indication of the range of work undertaken and will vary in detail in the light of changing demands and priorities within the Department. Any substantive changes in the range of work undertaken will be carried out in consultation with the job holder.

Person Specification:

Qualifications

  • Suitable Electrical Engineering qualification (ONC/HNC/Degree or equivalent) or relevant experience.
  • Professional project and management qualifications (APMP/PRINCE 2).
  • Business improvement qualifications or practical experience of tools (LEAN).

Experience/Knowledge

  • Line management experience in low volume production.
  • Electrical engineering background gained in the Defence, Automotive or Aerospace industries.
  • Experience of vehicle electrical power generation, storage and distribution.
  • Experience of vehicle EMC, Tempest and comms integration.
  • Experience of dealing with challenging customers.
  • Understanding of system integration and configuration management.
  • The satisfactory achievement of project milestones schedules and budgets.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Use of project management software tools such as SAP, ERP systems.

Other

  • Eligible for UK Security Clearance to minimum SC (‘Secret’) level.
  • Customer focused - displays pro-active approach to meeting both internal and external customer needs.
  • Results-focused - strong desire to achieve results and works hard to reach goals and targets. Seeks to achieve results which enhance business success.
  • Flexibility - displays versatility and adaptability. Identifies need for change, develops new ideas, encourages and supports innovation. Reacts positively and with enthusiasm to change and improvement. Has capability to achieve results and manage workload even at peak of pressure. Self-manages to be highly effective even at times when workload is less.
  • Professional - takes career seriously and considers the business dimensions of decisions carefully. Intellectually and analytically rigorous; displays high competence in chosen field and is trusted by the business to “do the right thing”.
  • Integrity and morality - acts with scrupulous honesty with customers, colleagues, and suppliers and everyone else they come into contact with in the workplace.
  • Communication and listening - strong interpersonal skills; the appropriate use of written, oral, non-verbal and listening skills, with an ability to persuasively impart information and pick up on underlying messages.
  • Problem solving - displays logic, creativity and pragmatism in resolving problems, requiring little supervision and using disciplined problem-solving methods.
  • Adaptability - the ability to react to different circumstances whilst maintaining composure and focus on objectives; can be relied upon in tough situations and is able to constructively challenge the status quo to facilitate appropriate change.
  • Teamwork - a team player with the ability to recognise and manage the team dynamic; demonstrates the ability to understand others motivations and actively assess their strengths and weaknesses, is aware of others workloads and responds accordingly.
  • Leadership - leadership skills, conveying confidence, presence and a professional image at all levels within an organisation.

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