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  • Job reference: RMS0172447

Project Engineer - 31293

  • Sector: Automotive
  • Location: West Midlands
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 18/11/2016
  • Duration: 22 weeks
This vacancy has now expired.

The Company:
Our Client is a world leading Automotive OEM which is responsible for some of the most iconic 4x4's & Sports Cars produced. Due to the huge demand for current models and substantial investment in future projects there is a requirement for more resources across the business in engineering & manufacturing on a contract basis.

The Role:
Part of a small team dedicated to the Pre: phase of the SVO product creation process. The primary objective is to develop strategic and cycle plan concepts into clearly defined proposals for programme delivery. The Pre-PS team draws inputs from Marketing, Design and APC functions, applies innovative, creative thinking, competitor knowledge, good financial acumen and strong programme management to do so. This role will offer the successful candidate:- An opportunity to help define SVO future products and business direction. A level of responsibility, autonomy and exposure to senior leadership. Insight into the SVO business, how it operates, makes decisions and interacts with the core business. There is a strong element of team work required across the SVO organisation and with a wider set of stakeholders in core functions to develop and deliver product strategy. The SVO Pre-PS team wishes to recruit talented and enthusiastic individuals with the appropriate skills to act as a focus for this activity. Candidates must have an interest in the automotive industry; awareness of market dynamics; an understanding of the brands, excellent people skills plus strong analytical and presentation skills.

3 key skills required
1. Do you have experience of leading projects including financial content, have excellent written and verbal communication capabilities and ready/able to collaborate with a broad set of stake-holders?
2. Do you have experience of programme management and/or strategic planning and with a good technical understanding of the whole vehicle? (if not automotive background should have appropriate other industry knowledge)
3. Do you have knowledge/experience of working with a gateway programme management system toolkit? (Product Creation Delivery System or similar)

Skills Preferred: The Programme Planner is responsible for leading a portfolio of SVO Pre projects from concept through the key, and gateways including:-
Developing, with Marketing, the concept rationale and the supporting case for it within the product portfolio.
Selecting appropriate programme content to meet customer, technical, attribute and financial requirements.
Compiling the business case for the programme in support of overall business planning objectives.
Leading the cross functional alignment process including co-ordination of the activities of APC (Advanced Engineering, Attribute teams, Quality, Manufacturing, etc), Marketing and Design functions.
Monitoring and managing programme status and progress against key metrics and Deliverables.
Preparing and presenting gateway and programme status papers for senior review.
Supporting cycle plan development, studies into new opportunities & technologies and development of cross-carline implementation strategies.

Experience Required: Ideally will have experience of programme management and/or strategic planning and with a good technical understanding of the whole vehicle. An Engineering or related qualification is expected, degree level preferred. Will have some experience of leading projects including financial content, have excellent written and verbal communication capabilities and be ready to collaborate with a broad set of stake-holders. Will be comfortable working in a broad organisation and influencing key personnel who are not direct reports. An excellent network and relationship builder. Prepared to question where appropriate and challenge the established wisdom bringing a `fresh eyes approach. Familiar with business protocols and able to handle sensitive and secret information with due regard. Highly enthusiastic and confident, expect to achieve goals with minimal supervision. ¿An interest in and a demonstrable breadth of knowledge of the automotive industry, with an awareness of markets, brands and customer needs particularly those relevant and SVO. Should have some understanding of how economic, technological and political factors influence . Ability to analyse data and present conclusions using Excel and PowerPoint etc. Knowledge of PCDS toolset including iPLM/Programme Central

Experience Preferred: "Experience of working in a similar or technical role within the automotive industry, with demonstrable track record of delivery. It is anticipated candidates will be educated to Degree Level, or HNC/ HND with significant experience. "

Additional Information : "Ideally I am looking for someone with the appropriate skills and experience to drop straight into the role. So ideally, someone with appropriate prior automotive experience. However, I would not want to preclude high quality candidates from another sector where they appear to have the ability to adapt to the role swiftly. Candidates must be flexible, and capable of, supporting business activities at other sites, although the role will be Gaydon based. "

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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