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Technical Manager -Instrument Panels

  • Sector: Automotive
  • Location: Crewe
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 25/03/2015
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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:
- Provides technical strategic leadership, in depth technical knowledge and guidance, to support and ensure achievement of business objectives and technical development, delivering on time and within budget.

Key Responsibilities
- Ability to demonstrate deliverables status at any time with Key Performance Indicators.
- Manage workload on a daily basis and respond to both long term and short term task requests.
- Responsible for leading prompt concern resolution on existing processes, the coordination of resource, and ability to provide containment solutions when necessary.
- Manage any outsourced work in the same technical area, including supplier management.
- Manage budgetary requirements to meet KPI objectives.
- Propose process and method improvements to develop departmental capability.
- Ability to lead on technical direction working with other departments/Engineers.
- Provide technical direction to other feature owners.
- Provide technical input into concepts for future development.
- Committed to own continuous professional development.
- Demonstrate a broad awareness of process and operational requirements within the area.
- Responsible for the delivery of attribute targets
- Support and provide technical knowhow in relation to product planning.
- Advise management of strategic opportunities in areas of technical expertise.
- Develop and gain agreement for the strategic technical direction/Technical Roadmaps within specialist area.
- Keep up to date with industry innovations and relevant Group technical roadmap deployment.
- Responsibility to ensure factual and effective communication is provided at all levels, including within all cross-functional working teams.
- Participation and effective representation of function/Company in appropriate technical meetings.
- Responsible for the collation and presentation of relevant data in order to consult and lead functional /cross-functional meetings.
- Transparent issue escalation to senior management, accountable for identifying and escalating issues and risks to senior management
- Develop relationships with counterparts in appropriate internal functions and group organisations, and provide relevant guidance to suppliers.
- Make recommendations and effective presentations to the business in area of technical specialism, with the ability to explain and break down technical detail/direction
- Developing Instrument Panel Structures
- Developing Passenger Airbag Systems
- Design of Trim Substrates for Leather wrapping
- Excellent knowledge and application of developing robust location strategies to achieve Quality Standards
- Design and development of large complex Injection mouldings
- Leading Styling Feasibility & surface maturation through into detail design and release.
- Excellent ability to generate & analyse engineering solutions and make recommendations
- Understanding of legislation relating to Instrument Panel systems incorporating Europe, ROW and Federal requirements.

- Has demonstrable knowledge applicable to the technology areas in a relevant Engineering discipline to a degree level or equivalent.
- Preferably Chartered Engineer, or with a desire to achieve/currently working towards Chartered status.
- Proficiency in German language would be an advantage.

Previous Experience
- Appropriate experience working in the Automotive Industry or related industries.
- Experience of process from launch to production.
- Strong influencing skills and communication, with a commitment to building positive relationships with other functions, and Group as an outward facing expert.
- Ability to share technical knowledge effectively with others, coach and guide as appropriate.
- Demonstrable experience of process improvement activities within the specific technology.
- Good business awareness and ability to make and influence strategic decisions within business context.
- Understanding and ability to demonstrate behaviours in line with the Group People Framework.
- The cycle plan and competitor products.
- A proven knowledge of relevant departmental /Company systems and technical workings.
- Understanding and application of all required sign off legislative and environmental requirements.
- Demonstrable knowledge and application of Company problem solving tools and skills.
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