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Functional Manager- BIW Closures

  • Sector: Automotive
  • Location: Crewe
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 28/10/2014
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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.

The Role:
Responsible for leading, managing and developing a team that ensures both capacity and capability to deliver technical and business objectives to the right quality, on time and within budget for an Engineering area.


1) Manage and lead a team to deliver technical solution in their field of expertise, to the defined Product Emergence Process
- Accountable for benchmarking and target setting for Product design & development including specified targets. i.e. technical, cost, quality, weight targets; testing etc.
- Responsible for delivery of the above targets through design and development including management of Engineering changes.
- Responsible for the collation and presentation of data to support Engineering / cross- functional meetings and forums.
- Responsible for leading problem resolution of Warranty & Quality issues.
- Accountable for project/product planning and budget management for the area

2) Establish and develop effective team strategy
- Responsible for organisation/structure design in order to achieve effective product development deliverables from first principles onwards.
- Management of all resourcing activities, personal development/talent management and succession planning to achieve team strategy.
- Develop team strategies (technology, people and process) to support core competence development of department and team members.
- Develop strong working relationships with Group colleagues and direct counterparts to support team deliverables.

3) Management of a team and prioritisation of tasks.
- Responsible for cascade of business objectives to team and monitoring of objectives on a regular basis through business, departmental or personal KPI’s.
- Support and provide guidance on technical development of system/s and/or technologies in line with product development objectives.
- Management of team budgets (projects, cost centre and capital) and resource plans to support multiple product development projects.
- Manage and prioritise team tasks and activities for effective delivery.
- Effective leadership and representation in cross-functional forums and ability to influence product development towards business objectives.
- Responsible for effective communication channels and working relationships within the team via regular team meetings, 1:1’s , performance reviews, coaching and supporting others.
- Management of performance, personal development and talent management within the team.
- Supporting business requirements/projects and initiatives, or employee relations matters as appropriate.

4) Accountable for developing own and team’s specialist technical and business knowledge/capability.
- Ability to encourage, train and support others in developing practical knowledge, competence and expertise in order to keep up with latest in the relevant field.
- Assist and coach others in all aspects of engineering process and principles.
- Ability to provide design and development direction/guidance to team members.
- Responsible for establishing and maintaining liaison with group colleagues and external design partners, where necessary.

5)Technical specialist knowledge specific to role
- Responsible for the technical engineering of the BIW design
- Responsible for integrating manufacturing feasibility, press feasibility and all package requirements into the BIW design
- Responsible for managing and leading external suppliers to deliver all BIW technical solutions

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
- Degree in an appropriate Engineering discipline, or equivalent with the appropriate level of experience.
- Preferably Chartered Status or working towards/desire to achieve Chartered Status.
- Proficiency in German language would be an advantage.

Desirable Skills / Qualifications:
- Demonstrable experience as People Manager/has strong leadership skills, working within the Automotive industry.
- Demonstrable experience of Automotive Product Development in relevant area.
- Experience of Automotive platform engineering would be beneficial.
- Good business awareness and ability to make, and influence decisions within business context
- Ability to monitor and plan both project and people KPI’s.
- Excellent time management and organisational skills (self and team).
- Understanding and ability to demonstrate behaviours in line with the Companies People Framework.

- Automotive product development
- Leadership, effective communication, influencing skills
- Project and budget management/forecasting skills
- Demonstrable knowledge and application of Company problem solving tools and skills
- Ability to manage time and priorities for self and team
- Ability to travel internationally and work flexibly as required
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