Lead Engineer – Electrical Systems

Lead Engineer – Electrical Systems

Job Title: Lead Engineer – Electrical Systems
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Rustington
Salary: Up to £50,000 + benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 15549+SW
Contact Name: Sue Wood
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 09, 2017 12:01

Job Description

My client a market leader in vehicle protection systems currently seeks an experienced Lead Engineer – Electrical Systems who will work in a hands-on capacity and be involved in the design, development and validation of electrical and electronic systems.

Working as the Lead Engineer your key daily responsibilities will include: -
  • Co-ordinate all activities within the Electrical Systems team, this will include all resource planning, plan/ prioritise workflow, ensure the Electrical Systems team are meeting project timeline objectives.
  • Provide inspirational leadership and Super-User-level technical guidance and advice
  • Implement and monitor a programme within the Electrical Systems team aimed at increasing levels of standardisation in order to drive down Process variations, Stock of materials, Engineering time
  • Top-level “sign-off” of electrical / electronic / firmware solutions
  • Introduce and oversee Electrical Systems team’s continuous drive to reduce defects and down-time
  • Accept ultimate responsibility for the characteristics of solutions delivered by the Electrical Systems team, including but not limited to Safety / legality, conformance to specification / performance / reliability / maintainability, cost / weight
  • In addition to the “department-level” nature of this role, there will be times when it is necessary to operate at a project level and will require attendance to project design reviews
  • Advise / guide / demand design changes / step-in to introduce and monitor corrective measures for “project crises”
  • To understand and comply with company policies and procedures including, but not limited to, ISO9001 and ISO14001.
  • Introduce, develop and maintain a design process that enables both the conceptual and detail designs of vehicle electrical systems that is both cost effective and future proof. This should include fault diagnosis at a part and system level.
Suitable candidates will require the following Qualifications:-

Educated to Degree-level in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or HNC with recognised industry experience and training

Key Experience/Knowledge required:-
  • Experience working in a vehicle manufacturing company (essential)
  • Experience working in a military vehicle manufacturer (preferred)
  • Experience working in a low-volume special-vehicle manufacturer (acceptable)
  • Experience working in an automotive OEM or tier 1 supplier (acceptable)
  • Extensive experience of vehicle electrical design; including understanding and generating wiring build diagrams and schematics for in house and third-party use (essential)
  • Experience and understanding of automotive networks; CAN, OBD and multiplexing (essential)
  • Experience of all aspects of managing a team (HR aspects, sickness, holidays etc)
  • Inspirational leadership. Excellent communicator. Proven delegator / motivator
  • Project management skills. Planning, monitoring, delivering
  • Comfortable with IT packages / Apps, Non-specific IT skills: MS Office (all apps) + MS Project (all essential) Arcadia (Preferred), ability to code in a high-level language (e.g. C++)
  • Deep understanding of validation tools and processes (DVP, DFMEA etc)
  • Appreciation for quality standards and understanding of quality processes
  • Experience of military harness design (preferred)
  • Screening / covering materials, connectors, production and test standards
  • Designing in accordance with DEF STAN 61-05 (de-rating)
  • Experience of automotive harness design (essential)
  • Water-proof (preferred)
  • Experience of designing module enclosures
  • Understanding the issues around EMC and the techniques for managing them
  • Experience of whole-vehicle testing
  • Experience of producing or procuring military-style technical publications
  • Experience of military standards (DEF STANs, MIL STDs, STANAGS)
  • Experience of military electrical kit

In return for your skills and experience my client is able to offer a salary up to £50,000 plus 25 days holiday, private medical and cycle to work schemes

About the company:

My client has been well established for over 60 years in the design and manufacturing industry. They specialise in the build and maintenance of automotive products and services. They are proud of their history, leading the industry with new skills and technologies. Due to the nature of my clients work, you will need to be able to gain security clearance to perform this role.