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CHIEF ENGINEER

Baker and Baker Recruitment are representing a client in the Northamptonshire region of the UK who are looking for a Chief Engineer to join their team on a permanent basis.


JOB TITLE

Chief Engineer 


SALARY

£120,000 +


LOCATION

Northamptonshire


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES


As part of the Engineering Leadership Team, the Chief Engineer leads a platform of vehicle restorations with responsibility to deliver programs and projects.


This is a business-critical role, and within the established framework is expected to honour vehicle design, meet market requirements, and work with other engineering system leaders to innovate and integrate technological advancements in our Clients products and services to support the ongoing product lifecycle plan.


The Chief Engineer works in very close coordination with the matrixed engineering functions to deliver platform and program attributes at budget and on time.  Collaboratively engaging with Design Studio, Global Supply, Operations, and Finance in the approach to optimising service and performance, minimising working capital, and maximising engineering efficiency.


GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES


  • Lead new product development programs within a platform of vehicles to effectively ensure on-time vehicle delivery meeting safety, quality and cost targets.

  • Be the technical authority and ensure delivery of all engineering attributes within the vehicle platform

  • Work directly with the platform Program Manager to ensure engineering costs and timing plans are defined at conception and controlled to target , throughout the programs

  • Within a matrix organisation, own the strategy that develops technologically advanced processes into a vehicle platform integration

  • Participate in the development of engineering best practices, as well as the identification and evaluation of emerging technologies to align with product needs in a consistent fashion across platforms and programs

  • Drive innovation and foster a culture of continuous improvement within the global engineering team as part of the Engineering leadership team for application at platform and program level

  • Provide guidance and direction on technology investments to support and address emerging market and vehicle requirements.

  • Support development of methodologies and processes which drive business excellence

  • Make decisions regarding internal engineering organisation structure and utilisation of outside engineering resources where needed for non-core competencies.

  • Hire, develop, and retain top technical talent and engineering leadership fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and accountability.

  • Provide mentorship, coaching, and professional development opportunities to nurture the growth and expertise of the Engineering team.

  • Nurtures high performing engineering culture through being a role model exhibiting excellent leadership, customer and people focused behaviours

  • Supports Programme and operations across all the global facilities within the organisation

  • Ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations.

  • Foster and maintain a safety culture in compliance with company policies and practices.

  • Support customer-facing meetings, briefs, demos, and exercises where applicable


SKILLS REQUIRED


  • An outstanding engineering pedigree with both high-tech and low-tech competence, broad thinking innovator that can look ahead and apply new technologies that bring benefits to our product

  • Strong business acumen and strategic thinking skills, with the ability to translate technical vision into actionable plans and results.

  • Working knowledge and experience with various technical matters in support of the exportability, technical determination and release of products and services.

  • Ability to quickly grasp technical concepts and understand complex technical and program interdependencies in context with business needs.

  • Astute and politically aware with an appreciation of the demands of conflicting interests coupled with the need to meet the brands statutory and brand requirements

  • First rate stakeholder engagement skills, a team player, able to work well as part of a multifunctional, multiskilled operating company leadership team, contributing to overall business performance improvement outside of the pure engineering stream

  • Possess a strategic mindset, linking technology and business objectives.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively engage with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Automotive Engineering, or relevant experience

  • 10+ years of relevant experience in automotive engineering design, innovation, and delivery

  • Ability to travel between US and UK to support global team, product launches, and ongoing restoration requirements.


Reference ID: 636288

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