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We are recruiting an exciting opportunity for a Senior Test Engineer - Electrical Systems to join an Automotive business in the Oxfordshire area : 


Senior Test Engineer - Electrical Systems 


£70,000 - £75,000




INTV Department


The role is to manage the Verification and validation activities on major programmes, likely automotive or heavy industry. Based on product requirements and prior experience the candidate will work with System-Engineers and Integration-Engineers to define the tests, to schedule these tests and advise on optimum test-asset quantities.


  • Creation and Management of Design Verification Plans (DVPs) to ensure efficient and timely completion of product test programmes. Consolidates the requirements/DFMEA/legislation-lead tests into a plan which has been optimised given the constrains on test assets, facilities and child-component maturity.

  • Aid with trade-off negotiations and mediate where required between attributes and/or system groups to resolve DVP conflicts and ensure the optimal balancing of test requirements vs timing / cost / risks.

  • Works with System Engineers, Integration Engineers and Test Operations group to identify and select the appropriate test to verify a requirement: including both physical and virtual verification activities.

  • Supports the creation of supplemental design verification methods and/or recommends revisions consistent with technology evolution and changing customer needs.

  • Collaborates with System Engineers, Integration Engineers and Test Operations to develop test and durability cycles to reflect customer usage.

  • Critical appraisal of DV activities to confirm that they are appropriate, thorough and realistic.

  • Is aware of risks and can propose mitigation activities to maximise the likelihood of a smooth DV phase.

  • Influence senior engineers across legacy methods of working with increased knowledge and methods of improvement.

  • Review and approve costs on small scale projects, providing advice on ways to forecast for the gateway process.

  • Critically evaluate supplier and competitor products, and report on latest technologies.

  • Interact with Business Development Group to provide commercial insights for potential bids/tenders; including estimation of required testing budgets to support accurate RFQ/PARF responses.

  • Carry out limited development testing when resources, workload and prioritisation require.

  • Report out of DVP status to all levels of the business (including gateway presentations). Ensure concerns are raised on relevant test failures and track progress through to closure.

  • Coordination of benchmarking activities

  • Infrequent global travel may be required to fulfil operational duties.


  • Experience in the automotive, motorsport, off-highway or aerospace industries in 1 or more areas:

  • Electrification, energy storage systems, ePowertrain, power electronics, body or chassis systems

  • Experience managing DVP programmes at various stages of a design maturity from early proof of concept models and mules, through prototypes and on to full production unit verification/validation is essential.

  • Can demonstrate scheduling and planning skills; including a balance risk-based approach to the provision of contingency.

  • Must be able to work autonomously and take the initiative; The individual will not be isolated but will need to push forward by themselves wherever possible and know when to ask or support/assistance.

  • Knowledge across 1 or more core systems of an electrified product e.g. thermal, energy storage, control or propulsion.

  • Able to work collaboratively to resolve challenging situations.

  • An engineering qualification (e.g. Degree) in mechanical, automotive, electrical or aerospace engineering.

  • Knowledge of JIRA, Polarion or Teamcenter would be advantageous.

This job description is not exhaustive, and the job holder will be required to carry out from time to time tasks in addition to the above that will be both reasonable and within their capabilities. 

Reference ID: 589907


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