Design Engineer - Body Exterior

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Location: Woking, GB


Reporting to thePrincipal Engineer, working on all aspects of Body Exterior delivery on our future vehicle programmes and Incumbent vehicle programmes including Series Engineering.

 “Cradle to Grave” approach – working within a cross functional team from R&D stage, through concept, design release, production launch and series production support to collectively deliver the whole vehicle specification targets and contribute to the overall business KPIs.

Principal responsibilities:

Body packaging, concept studies and detailed design.
Liaison with the rest of the design and engineering community, suppliers, manufacturing engineering and R&D team.
Support of design activities carried out in-house and at suppliers if required.
Build support (prototype and production)
Supporting problem solving activities.
Represent the department in design reviews and during test and development activities if required.
Design components to the lowest feasible weight.
Coordinate own design work to deliver timely design releases meeting all design for manufacture input from suppliers.
Develop and specify GD&T data set on CAD models or drawing taking into account all inputs from parts suppliers, assembly processes and dimensional management studies.
With particular respect to body panels technology, contribute to the continuous improvement and further development of CAD modelling and product definition techniques.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

Strong passion for automotive design and development
Sound understanding of mechanical design fundamentals
Good material knowledge, with emphasis on high performance and lightweight structural materials (carbon composites, aluminium alloys, high strength steel, titanium).
Good understanding of bolted and bonded mechanical joints design
Good understanding of GD&T standards
Experience of high and niche vehicle (low volume) programmes
Knowledge of CATIA V5 is essential
Understanding of FE analysis technique to drive structural design and its optimization is essential.
Experience of CDM or VPM and DMU tools
PC literate and at ease with MS Office products
Experience of CATIA V5 CPD or experience on equivalent composites design toolboxes would be beneficial.
Ability to conduct DFMEA would be beneficial  
Experience of best drawing and modelling practises or methodologies would be beneficial.


Personal Attributes:

The ideal candidate is an individual with a strong passion for body design in automotive who is willing to be challenged with the design of the most innovative automotive structural materials and concept designs.
Must be a team player and can work closely with project and lead engineers as well as with suppliers

Flexibility and adaptability are key to become a leading member of the team
Good verbal and written communication skills
Proactive, well organized, diligent and reliable

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