Bespoke Project Engineer

Skala Technical Recruitment
West Sussex
09 Mar 2018
17 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Vacancy Description Key Responsibilities Include:

The management and delivery of all component development activities across the relevant multi-departmental process-chain to ensure on time introduction and integration into bespoke vehicle content

Project planning of all engineering activities to the required detail in support of the tasks assigned by the Lead Engineer

Key Accountabilities Include:

To manage and carry out the necessary development activities including; Research Investigation, Internal Patent Application, Engineering Costing, Engineering Design, Risk Analysis, BTK Alignment, Test Planning & Validation, Project Planning, whilst ensuring product parameters (product properties, costs, weight, quality, timing) are released on time within the scope defined by feature sheets assigned by the Lead Engineer

Developing and evaluating conceptual alternatives from the Process-Chain, and supplying cost information to UR-V-B / LR-W-1 Purchasing for make or buy decisions

To financially evaluate bespoke features for Engineering relevant budget costs including Testing, Engineering Manpower, Development Materials, etc, and manage the budget in the feature sheets as the project develops

Lead the "Bespoke Engineering Team" and carry out project management activities within the team comprised of the Process-Chain stakeholders from other functions across the business

Establishing, agreeing, documenting tasks and requirements and assigning them to the correct stakeholders within the "Bespoke Engineering Team" and supporting the tasks assigned from the Lead Engineer

Creation, maintain, and alignment of engineering time plans ensuring activities are aligned with Process-Chain stakeholders and deliver the project on time for the require milestones

To mediate any conflicts within the process chain, implement the solutions with best effect to the overall business, or escalate topics to the Lead Engineer that cannot be resolved

Creation, maintain, and release of engineering requirements for features including the use of various risk analysis steps, including Risk filters, DFMEAs, and ensure associated Legal, Safety & Company Group standard requirements are brought into DVPs, Lastenhefts, and other engineering documents

To agree with Series engineering stakeholders the required Legal, Safety & BMW group requirements to features must adhere to

To lead capacity planning of Design Engineers to carry out the design & development of the bespoke components including the generation of BoM, CAD Data, 2D drawings, other specification documents and prepare information for Engineering Release

To ensure the engineering design is integrated within the series product packaging without unforeseen effects to the product performance

To ensure requirements required for manufacture are implemented into the design and associated documents

To determine the required quality requirements from an engineering perspective working with design & quality functions

To validate the product to all homologation requirements before prepare information for Engineering Release

To lead all resolution activities for any issues identified in the "Problem Management Process" (PMP); and to report, document the status when required

To create and maintain project status information to support the reporting objectives of the Lead Engineer as required

To continually improve department processes and process “Building Blocks” in conjunction with colleagues throughout the complete bespoke organisation

To Actively participate in departmental strategic improvements and initiatives


Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, or equivalent

4 year’s experience in an Automotive Engineering environment

Knowledge of Automotive Manufacturing Processes for interior/exterior/electrical components with the ability to select appropriate processes and tooling options for low and medium volume manufacturing volumes

Knowledge of international automotive legislation and homologation requirements
Additional skills required:

Advanced CAD (Catia V5) competence required

A sound knowledge of automotive feature development including development cost estimation, technical feature specification, DFM/DFA, bonding, joining, and fixing techniques, Fabrication, RPT and low-volume production techniques with respect to cost, time and weight requirements and also regarding test planning and development

Able to demonstrate the ability to meet the highest of automotive standards with regards to quality, robustness and the avoidance of undesirable levels of NVH

An appreciation of and the ability to develop solutions with respect to the required mechanical properties using the selected materials for each feature

An understanding of vehicle and component measurement systems

Advanced IT skills essential for Microsoft Office programs including Excel, Powerpoint, Project, Word, and ideally knowledge of Engineering systems (e.g. Tais, Prisma, DZA etc)

Business/technical German language would be advantageous

Ability to self-motivate with a flexible approach to delivering business orientated targets in short project timelines

Ability to flexibly travel is required around working hours to visit various UK/European suppliers & company project offices in Munich, Germany

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