Lead Product Development Engineer

Shorterm Limited
16 May 2018
15 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Position: Lead Product Development Engineer

Reporting To: Product Development Manager

Salary: £40,000 - £50,000

Location: Kent

Purpose of Role:

The Lead Product Development Engineer position will be mainly focused on

leading the development of our core commercial vehicle safety and

efficiency product range with a strong bias toward electronic engineering. The

candidate will need extensive knowledge of the technologies behind these

products with good knowledge of the associated engineering principles.

Provide lead product design capability in our commercial vehicle product

range and assist the Product Development Manager in leading new product design

& development enhancing our Product portfolio and supporting the Quality

and Standards Manager in improving our product quality standard.

This position will be predominantly working at product level and require a good

understanding of requirements, development & capture, electronic & mechanical

architecture and design, software & hardware interaction, product verification and

validation. The role requires the utilization of cutting edge technologies and

engineering methods keeping us at the forefront of technology and enabling

us to better manage and control its' intellectual properties, whilst enhancing

its cost effectiveness. As part of the Engineering team the successful candidate will

also be required to support the Application team in the test and development of

current products customised to support the application specific requirements of

our customers and markets.

The role will be primarily supplier-facing, managing multiple suppliers and

manufacturers in both high and low-cost countries, overcoming cultural and

language barriers to deliver new products in a timely manner. The position also

extends to supporting our customers as needed.

To enhance the competencies of the team the applicant will require experience

and knowledge of automotive electronics design standards and quality control

principles which are key in ensuring our product quality standards are


The ideal candidate will be required to have a proactive and flexible approach

promoting our business ideals and customer / supplier relations while

enhancing the Engineering team's technical knowledge.

Key Responsibilities:


* Lead and support the various tasks within the PD team in its day to day work

* Support research and development of innovative technologies and products

* Requirements and engineering specification creation

* Review and approval of technical documentation

* Supplier acquisition, liaison and management & negotiation improving


* Lead product verification and validation

* Product quality improvements and upgrades providing cost savings and

implementing Total Quality Cost Management where applicable.

* Product technical support primarily to Engineering colleagues and internal


* Preparation of detailed electronic schematics and component technical


* Mechanical interface and design

* Aid the sales and engineering team in translating customer requirements into

technical solutions

* Support the engineering team in the development of its working practices and

processes achieve better efficiency


* Optical knowledge and image processing and recognition using CCD, CMOS, IR

and related technologies

* Video and audio signal and processing e.g. composite video, RGB, digital


* Analogue and digital circuit design and development, including micro

processing and digital signal processing

* Software & hardware interface and software engineering

* Digital communication protocol e.g. I2C, SPI, RS232 etc

* Digital signal processing

* PCB level troubleshooting and product fault finding

* LCD interface and panel design

* Hard Disk Drive, solid state drive and flash memory

* Implement design for manufacturing

* Lean manufacturing techniques helping our supplier base develop efficiencies

Working Relationships:

* Team working, and co-operation with all colleagues

* Direct communication with and support to colleagues and suppliers especially

from the Far East.

* Participate and lead in team meetings, training courses and workshops

* Close links with staff will need to be developed and maintained in order to

meet corporate objectives

* Required to present a positive and professional image at all times.

* Ensure that an excellent supplier/customer relationship is established and

maintained at all times.

Person Specification:


Education and Training:

1 Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics product

development or similar.

2 5-6 GCSE's at Grade B or above including Maths,

Science (Physics) and English.

3 High level of numeracy and literacy

4 Above average computer literacy

Experience and Skills:

1 Minimum 8 years practical experience with electronics

and mechanical product development.

2 Able to demonstrate co-ordination skills.

3 Extensive knowledge of analogue and digital

electronics including micro processing, DSP, video

signal processing.

4 Knowledge of camera, optics, acoustics, LCD's and

digital recording technology's

5 Knowledgeable of modern automotive electronic

architecture, multiplex communication protocols and


6 Computer application skills: Microsoft Outlook, Excel,

Word, MCAD & ECAD & PCB development tools,

Electronic circuit simulation programs

7 Genuine interest in modern technology preferably with

in the automotive industry.

8 Attention to detail is critical

Personality and Motivation:

1. Self-motivated and takes full responsibility for the

quality of own work

2. Flexibility to multi-task

3. Resourceful to provide technical support

4. Practical aptitude with methodical approach to detail

5. Able to work to deadlines

6. Eager to learn

7. Natural respect for company and colleagues

Interpersonal Skills:

1 High level of communication skills with the ability to

communicate effectively with customers, management

and colleagues. Very clear spoken English is critical

2 Demonstrate good leadership skills

3 Helpful and approachable

4 Strong focus on delivering excellent customer service

Other requirements:

1 Innate ability to manage time and prioritise effectively

2 Flexibility to work beyond normal business hours when



Master of Engineering in Electronic

product development or similar.

8 years' experience and extensive

knowledge in the following:


* Camera & optics

* Acoustics

* Digital recording technology

* DSP and algorithm development

* Detection of traffic situation, objects

and persons within the automotive

sensor product

Used to gaining information and

providing direction for decision making

2nd language conversant in Mandarin or


Experience in Team Leading

Used to work to and manage time lines

If interested or know of anyone who might be please call Daniel Baker on 0121 309 0313 or alternatively email your latest CV to
This job was originally posted as www.totaljobs.com/job/81442789

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