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Advanced Vehicle Concept Engineer (f/m/x)

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26 Jun 2022

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Full Time
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As a senior engineer, the candidate will create solutions to realise the product and design requirements for our future vehicles. Exploring and defining suitable architectures and concepts across many subject areas.

The candidate will work with the other members of the global engineering, design and product functions as required, to generate and present solutions for, and to, management. Allowing the product development team to react quickly to define robust product specifications prior to a project being kicked off and transitioning through the downstream gateways and detailed engineering work.

Each project starts with analysing the portfolio and platforms to create a baseline with target dimensions. The candidate will use a combination of their own creative engineering judgement, their experience, alongside their peers to create initial concept vehicle schemes which set new benchmarks in user experience, ergonomic requirements and Design. A large part of the role requires the candidate to collaborate effectively with multiple teams to resolve any early conflicts between design, initial concept package requirements and the advanced engineering concepts.

Where there are opportunities from current methodologies to improve system efficiency, it may be the candidate's responsibility to plan, lead and investigate new concepts that require validation, some of which require the team to prove out technology and concepts by carrying out physical testing/analysis and then present the results to show confidence in the design/technology.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Kick off vehicle or system concepts to create a robust starting point for specification documents
  • Conduct technical benchmarking and analysis of competitive vehicles (incl. both virtually or physically)
  • Create fully laid out, structured CAD schemes in V6 and concepts to investigate package models
  • Establish and highlight fundamental packaging issues, constraints and feasibilities
  • Establishing Visual BOMs to highlight vehicle concept impacts, backed up with CAD defining C/O vs New strategies
  • Work with the global performance teams to understand and support technical attributes
  • Balance vehicle and system concepts with performance attributes (such as weight, safety and durability)
  • Support team with cost-effective product, manufacturing & assembly recommendations
  • Recommend new materials & processes that may be used in creating competitively advantaged products
  • Identify potential cost reduction and optimisation opportunities for continuous innovation
  • Collaborate with the teams to achieve strategic direction on concepts
  • Learn and share knowledge gained in emerging technologies, manufacturing capabilities & trends in the market
  • Ensuring continuity of CAD layouts and PLM data management for future transition to other teams
  • Recording and archiving how the concept has evolved in ways that can be presented to various departments
  • Continuous improvement of existing methods and processes enabling better system efficiency of the concept phase
  • Improve links between product definition, design and engineering with clear, concise material on studies completed.

Qualifications, skills and experience required
  • B.Eng or higher education in relevant field for the role (Mechanical Engineering, Product Design or equivalent)
  • Candidate must be able demonstrate an appropriate level of expertise in vehicle level architecture.
  • Experience areas or specialism in closures, mechatronics, HV Harnessing, power distribution, battery and/or EDS systems preferred.
  • 10+ years relevant experience (Experience within start-ups, advanced engineering or vehicle package environment advantageous)
  • Highly skilled V6 CATIA modeller ideally with ability to support design decisions with solid engineering principles & evidence
  • Ability to be working on a multiple components or systems at one time, balancing workload and prioritising to maintain high output
  • Good understanding of mechanical requirements for typical automotive applications e.g. fastening, sealing, manufacturing techniques
  • Great attention to detail, critical thinking and proactive in mindset
  • Must be a team player and be able to work closely with multidisciplinary team members
  • Strong verbal, written communication skills including PC literacy being at ease with Microsoft 365 and Atlassian products
  • Ability to use own initiative when working under pressure; embracing a fast paced, constantly changing and dynamic agenda
  • Hands on attitude and confidence to put their best foot forward
  • Willing to travel to China, Europe and US
  • The ability to maintain the highest standards of confidentiality in all aspects of work
  • Demonstrates alignment to NIO values (Honesty, Care, Vision, Action) Someone who respects and works well with others
  • Demonstrating high levels of personal motivation to join a start-up environment and sees development opportunity in doing so, takes a proactive approach to self-development, naturally self-motivated and ambitious.
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