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Functional Project Manager - Powertrain Strategies

  • Sector: Automotive
  • Location: Crewe, Cheshire
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 21/06/2017
  • Duration: ongoing
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The Role:

The FPM is the lead for the functional content on the project and is the Engineering representative supporting the Module. The FPM has a matrix responsibility to the Engineering Platform Leader to ensure the successful achievement of the engineering project deliverables. Responsible for delivery according to technical targets, timing and cost for all related project deliverables.


Strategic Representation:

  • Representative in relevant business forums, deputising for the ED/HoD/EPL when necessary
  • Deployment of the functional technical strategies/roadmaps into the project in support of core competency/attribute delivery.

Delivery, Control & Change Management:

  • Define with customer input the specific engineering deliverables at relevant PEP gateways for the project and manages activities to ensure gateway sign-off.
  • Measurement of delivery status with early warning KPI systems in place to facilitate any necessary corrective actions or timely escalation
  • Facilitate activities to ensure the ESO is achieved
  • Approval of development budgets, agreement with group partner - monitors and control according to target & forecast.

Specification Management:

  • Responsible for management and communication of project content to secure departmental and cross functional buy-in to technical targets, timing and cost.
  • Evaluation of project impact on Attribute delivery/departmental strategies and technical roadmaps highlighting conflict to decision makers and assisting in countermeasures
  • Tracking of budget and resource profiles against delivery requirements with early warning for significant deviations

Prioritisation of departmental activities:

  • Influence the functional team to ensure people are engaged in delivering high quality, innovative solutions that achieves customer satisfaction and business efficiency. Challenge feature owners inc. HoD as required.
  • Evaluate conflicting customer needs and support in prioritisation of tasks to ensure delivery. Assist HOD with resource conflicts in a timely manner.

Technical Evaluation:

  • Empowered to review/challenge technical concepts and their suitability for the project targets
  • Understand the technical drivers behind analysis and solutions, the link to departmental strategy/attributes or technical roadmaps.


  • Monitors investment and unit cost deviations to target and challenges as required


  • Experience in an automotive engineering environment.
  • Proven track record of successful deliveries of vehicle systems/features or as Project Manager of smaller vehicle projects.
  • Broad awareness of Engineering Powertrain + technical challenges
  • Ability to influence people at all levels
  • Strong problem solving skills with the ability to lead a team through problem resolution activities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a high level of self-motivation.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Appropriate knowledge of Engineering and Project Management principles and processes working on relevant systems.
  • Proven track record of successful delivery of vehicle systems/features to functional, cost, quality and timing targets.
  • Broad knowledge of multiple Engineering systems and their relationships.
  • Have the strong ability to challenge from first principles.
  • Degree or equivalent experience in Engineering Discipline.
  • Chartered Engineer preferred.
  • German language desirable.

The Company:

Is a leading Automotive manufacturer with a reputation for outstanding quality the world over. With demand increasing and an upturn in production, there is a need to bring further skills into the business to deliver on current and future projects.

About Fircroft:
Fircroft has been placing people in specialist technical industries for approaching half a century, focusing on mid to senior level engineers for contract and permanent roles worldwide. By applying for this job you give consent for Fircroft to contact you, via email & telephone, to discuss your application along with future positions and Fircroft's services.

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