Body Exteriors - Senior/Principal Engineer



Lead and deliver exterior trim systems, to meet design specifications and styling intentions including bumpers, side mouldings, spoilers, grilles, air guides and emblems.
Body packaging, concept studies and detailed design, including sizing calculations and use of CAD / CAE to create viable sections
Support of design activities carried out in-house and at suppliers if required
Build support (prototype and production)
Ensure components and assemblies adhere to applicable industry and business standards
Supporting problem solving activities during virtual and physical builds.
Assess all engineering prototypes to determine any associated issues or risks, mitigating when, and where found.
Research whether the design is feasible, functional and cost-effective
Estimate cost limits and budgets for new designs.
Represent the department in design reviews and during test and development activities if required
Design components to the lowest feasible weight
Ensure components and assemblies adhere to applicable internal, industry, business and where applicable legislative standards and requirements.
Co-ordinate own design work to deliver timely design releases and meeting all design for manufacture input from supplier(s)
Develop and specify GD&T data set on CAD models or drawings, taking into account all inputs from parts suppliers, assembly processes and dimensional management studies
Creating presentation material for Design Reviews
Producing detailed manufacturing drawings
Maintain and manage engineering records and designs
Deliver the system architecture design using Catia V5/V6
Occupant positioning
Maintenance and update of the section book
3D package modelling
Support interface with styling
Design for manufacture and assembly for responsible components
Ensuring responsible designs meet legal compliance
Work Package Management
Design Sizing Analysis
Sub system load analysis
Joints and interface design
Materials selection
Fixing selection justification with appropriate bolt calculations
Carbon Fibre Design and Manufacture
DFMEA delivery
Creation and Management of Engineering Tech Spec.
Experience in OEM DVP&R
Front and Rear Crash Structures, Lightweight Structures and Carriers
Crash System Design - Management and Integration of CAE Inputs
DFM and DFA delivery
GD&T / RPS Location and Measurement Plans
Pedestrian Protection and Legal Requirements
Engineering to Commercial Contraints & Commercial management
Deliver Engineering Change


10 + years experience
BSc./MSc. Eng / BEng/MEng
Proven track record for the design and engineering of automotive exterior body components
Experience of mould-flow analysis and design
Able to select materials and processes appropriate to engineering requirements such as strength durability & crashworthiness
Thorough understanding of manufacturing processes, heat treatments, coatings, assembly and process tolerances.
Tooling design experience and understanding of high and low production rate drivers