Senior Development Engineer

Assist Specialist Resourcing
£35000 - £47000 per annum
07 Oct 2016
20 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Senior Development Engineer Our client is an advanced technology company, focused on bringing technologies to market to improve vehicle efficiency and enhance vehicle performance. The group have developed technologies in three core products streams: Kinetic energy recovery system (KERS), variable supercharger (V-Charge), and infinitely variable main drive transmissions. They are currently working closely with a range of partners and licensees, (OEMs and Tier-1s), from the Automotive, Motorsport, Truck and Bus, and Off-Highway Industries. Role Summary: Job Title: Senior Development Engineer Base: Leyland, Lancashire Reports to:Engineering Operations Manager Direct reports:Development Technicians The primary focus of the successful candidate will be on the development of our clients KERS technology. You will be the technical lead for the development and testing of KERS hardware, in order to deliver specific customer KERS programmes intended for production. The remit is broad ranging and includes the definition of the test program, the build and test of sub-systems and systems, the detailed analysis of test data, and ultimately the delivery of working hardware that fulfils customer requirements inline with the customer programme schedules. Responsibilities and Key Tasks: Regular liaison with colleagues based in our KERS centre of excellence, located on our clients sister site in Silverstone; in particular with their Chief Engineer who is responsible and has the final sign-off for all elements that relate to the technical performance of the KERS; liaison also required with the Silverstone based design team Write the Design Verification Plan (DVP) and confirm hardware build requirements for specific KERS programmes which may include one off performance tests through to full durability test programmes for production Support day-to-day operations with the planning of development tasks Providing oversight, on the running of tests to evaluate: Sub-systems, either ahead of or in parallel with system level tests System level performance, on both test rigs and in customer vehicles. Detailed analysis of experimental data generated from both system and sub-system tests; presentation of results in a quantitative and structured manner in order to: Aid the direction of design iterations to improve system performance Validate design guidelines and simulation models Analysis and documentation of failures of mechanical components (gears, shafts, clutch packs) Provide guidance on the development of calibrations for the control system to deliver the expected level of refinement Support other team members to deliver work packages within the KERS programme. If required, be willing to provide hand-on support in running of tests and associated tasks Liaison with purchasing, manufacturing and the supply chain as required to support development activities Support the generation, implementation, and the roll out of development related processes and procedures What our client offer: The opportunity for a central role in developing cutting-edge technology which solves real-world problems Exciting Engineering challenges and continued opportunities to learn and develop Work within a friendly, supportive team in an environment which encourages the contribution of new ideas A competitive salary and benefits package that includes: A company pension plan, with generous employer contributions A discretionary share incentive scheme 25 days annual holiday plus bank holidays What our client require: (Experience, Qualification and Skills) Experience Previous experience in a similar role is essential; typically the development (and calibration) of engines, gearboxes or energy recovery systems, analysis of data and sub system testing. Leading customer programmes though the development phase Rig specification, configuration and instrumentation set up Analysis of test data and the generation of concise test reports Man management experience Qualifications: A degree in an appropriate Engineering discipline. Skills (essential): Understanding of the development of engines, gearboxes, clutches, hydraulics, or KERS systems. Running system tests e.g. set-up engine and electric motor driven dynamometer based rigs for system testing Running subsystem tests e.g. set-up of a transmission control block on a hydraulic rig to perform functional and performance tests Strong and structured analytically capabilities: Test data analysis, review of failed parts and root cause analysis. Knowledge of materials, properties, testing and failure modes Knowledge of Matlab or equivalent analysis tools / environment Fully competent with MS Office applications, in particular Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook Skills (desirable): Knowledge of ECUs and CAN communication systems Understand of software control code (C' code and Matlab/Simulink model based coding) Additional information This job was originally posted as