Principal Manufacturing Engineer - BIW

Principal Manufacturing Engineer - BIW

Perm or Contract

65-80k or circa £35 - £40 per hour



For this role we require a Principal Manufacturing Engineer with a strong Automotive BIW / Body manufacturing background. Experience in feasibility / DFM / pilot prototype build and working from concept ideas and taking this through to manufacture.


This is an exciting new role where you can be a part of a brand new automotive project.



Manufacturing DFx work with design teams:

o Use DFA/DFM and Lean Manufacturing techniques to ensure suitability of all designs for efficient manufacture 

o Attend technical reviews / design meetings and present feedback where required

o Lead virtual builds, to develop an assembly process and understand risks 

o Support physical builds in a Pilot Build environment

o Manage technical issues and escalate where appropriate 

o Project management, through development and monitoring of timing plans 

Manufacturing technology development:

o Assess the manufacturing requirements associated with a product, compare this to existing capability and map necessary areas for technology development

o Work with other engineers, external suppliers and Universities to resolve these capability gaps through manufacturing technology development


Manufacturing documentation:

o Generation of manufacturing documentation for new products / technologies, such as process and material flows, prototype build videos, production layouts and time studies, equipment lists and costings, PFMEAs, etc.

o Contribute towards the development and submission of departmental responses to key individuals such as Directors, programme managers and design managers

Specification, purchase and implementation of Manufacturing Systems and equipment

o Create RFQ specifications for key manufacturing equipment

o Raise capital requests in a timely manner to support product launch plans

o Proof of Principle – where required develop proof of principle manufacturing rigs either internally or with external suppliers to understand manufacturing risk

o Assess the process capability of key processes and equipment, using SPC, GR&R or Measurement System Analysis as appropriate

o Project manage and oversee implementation of equipment (from complex machines to jigs and fixtures) using both internal and external (supplier) resource

o Investigate and implement new component manufacturing solutions

o Assist in the identification and selection of new manufacturing equipment suppliers


Skills & experience required:

Manufacturing skills and experience:

o Ability to demonstrate a sound understanding of general engineering principles 

o Experience of a range of manufacturing techniques and an ability to explain them and apply them in novel and imaginative ways

o Experience of implementing manufacturing solutions in a NPI/NPD environment, preferably at assembly level in addition to component level

o Ability to drive progress and actions through an analytical and data driven approach

Project and People management skills and experience:

o Project management experience, leading and delivering technology projects into production with flawless launch, meeting productivity & quality targets

o Ability to influence decision makers (both technical and non-technical) in a challenging environment

General skills and requirements:

o Degree level education in an Engineering discipline

o Extensive experience in relevant engineering roles

o Self-motivated with the ability to lead, guide and influence others not in their direct line of responsibility

o Experience of working in an environment where specification and process are not always predetermined

o Excellent English oral and written communication skills, with the ability to interact effectively at all levels within the business


Desirable Skills & Experience:

Manufacturing skills and experience:

o Green or Black belt accreditation in Lean Six-Sigma 

o Manufacturing simulation

o Delivered continuous improvement in a manufacturing environment

o Manufacturing process research and development

o Manufacturing equipment design, build and implementation

Project and People management skills and experience:

o Held a position of responsibility (project / people / financial) within the manufacturing function of a lean, quality driven, class leading organization

o Ability to evaluate, understand and manage risk (technical, safety, commercial) associated with a project

o Project management: APM or PMI certifications

General skills and experience:

o Product design and development

o Commercial exposure, especially supplier management

o Hands-on engineering experience and hobbies


Experience and background: 

10 years+ engineering experience post-graduation

Automotive background

Ideally with understanding of different scales of manufacturing from low to high volume

Ideally have worked in an environment close to the design team, and are used to interacting with both designers and external suppliers to deliver manufacturing solutions, rather than simply overseeing a process

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Vacancy Details

Posted: 20/12/2017

Ref No: GF3972

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Wiltshire, UK

Salary: £65000.00 - 80000.00 per annum

Contact: Gemma Feist

Call us on: +44 (0)1329 828 007