Systems Engineer

Location: Woking, GB

Purpose of the Role:

Oversees and takes accountability for the end-to-end Systems Engineering lifecycle across complex powertrain projects; from eliciting user/product needs, requirements capture/management, through to test & verification planning for motorsport and automotive applications.

Architects solutions and curates the automotive and motorsport technology roadmap keeping the business at the forefront of industry trends for state of the art powertrain solutions. Provide technical authority and contributes to the planning and implementation of projects, bids and proposals, accountable to the Engineering Managers.

Adhering to and championing Systems Engineering best practice in MAT and working closely with the Hybrid Systems Engineer Team Lead to continuously improve the practice and processes. Proactively leading knowledge dissemination by, for example, being a technology evangelist, mentoring, teaching, etc.

Manages interactions with both internal and external stakeholders in high pressure environments.

Role Dimensions:

Some travel and out of hours working depending on the business commitments. Track Support roles require significant travel.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Develops and delivers complex systems in projects typically lasting 6-18 months ensuring deliverables are on target to meet long-term business goals.
  • Potentially working concurrently on several projects across the company.
  • Provide customer technical support at track, testing and customer sites.
  • Finds and utilises the right technologies, manages significant risk. Takes responsibility for technical/architectural decisions and processes.
  • Directs time ensuring optimal use of skills and experience in providing most value to the business.
  • Represents own function within assigned team.
  • Assesses new products, clients and markets, alongside Chief Engineers/Product Managers.
  • Defines technology based critical success factors, provides high-level direction and significant input to proposals.
  • Leads research from a basic concept through to a feasibility proof. Leads development into new technical areas, generating IP as appropriate.
  • Interprets internal/external business issues and recommends solutions/best practices.
  • Leads disruptive change to a positive outcome, using sound engineering principles; thinks outside of the box.
  • Adheres to safe working practices.
  • Plans and executes adoption of new techniques across the business and disseminates knowledge. Guides and mentors staff.
  • There is likely to be occasional travel and some out of hours working depending on project commitments. Track support roles will require significant travel.

Requirements:

  • First class degree or upper 2nd in Engineering, Electronics, Mathematics, Operational Research, Computer Science, or other highly quantitative field (or equivalent experience).
  • Chartership with relevant professional body (IET, IMechE etc) highly desirable. 

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

Minimum:

  • A proven background in high pressured, time critical customer facing Systems Engineering roles. 
  • Delivering complex multidisciplinary systems with hardware, embedded software, application software and mechanical components. 
  • A strong background in requirements capture and management processes.  
  • A strong background in testing & validation of distributed electronic and software systems, particularly in the area of motorsport or automotive
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills. 
  • Demonstrable experience in the development and use of automotive or motorsport powertrain systems.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and excellent technical knowledge. Able to quickly build rapport with peers and stakeholders. Able to tactfully challenge without alienating.
  • An understanding of quality management such as standards, regulations and applicable policies and procedures such as information, change and configuration management.

Desirable:

  • Experience with requirements management tools e.g. IBM DOORS, Siemens Polarion, Siemens TeamCentre etc.
  • A background in system design capture and conduct of failure analyses such as FMEA/FTA.
  • System modelling and simulation.
  • Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) using SysML/UML
  • Demonstrable experience of motorsport or automotive systems.

Values and Behaviours:

  • Acts with integrity and seeks to do the right thing.
  • Drive and commitment to see activities through to completion.
  • Demonstrates good facilitation skills and a broad understanding of the operation and skills of the business. Constantly updates understanding of the business and the needs of the business.
  • Flexible and quick to adapt thinking & approach as is needed by the circumstances.
  • Passion for innovation and excellence.
  • Meets deadlines matching pace to the urgency of the situation.
  • Proactively seeks feedback to improve performance.
  • Understands the need for and is positive about change.
  • Fosters a dynamic environment and accelerates learning in others. Helps others to learn by sharing knowledge and experience and demonstrating skills as needed.