Lead Structures Engineer – based China

Reference Number: APCR503
Salary: Negotiable
Location: Birmingham
Type of Job: Contract/Permanent

Our client is one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world with operations in both the UK and China. With 2012 vehicle sales in excess of 4.5 million they have ambitious growth plans to build on their past success through the development and introduction of class leading products. In order to achieve its growth plans, our client is seeking to strengthen its engineering team through the recruitment of highly competent professionals to join existing teams working on current and future engineering projects of strategic importance to the Company.

They currently have an opportunity for a Body Structures Lead engineer to support the Technical Leader on development of body structure.


Support all projects developing body structure solutions meeting all body performance targets within timing requirements. Guiding and managing small teams of support engineers. Advanced surfacing and modelling requirements using Catia V5. Regular phone conferences and communication with the UK will be required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leading a team of engineers to develop body structure systems as below, based in Shanghai.
  • Excellent knowledge of competitor vehicle body structure solutions
  • Ability to critique Catia drawings and models.
  • Support design feasibility studies for new projects from early concepts to engineering release.
  • Cost Mass control/management essential
  • Support UK body team in winning, liaising and finalising body projects
  • Support all timing requirements, vehicle producing robust solutions
  • Create and present technical reports to communicate project status and results to cross functional teams and management.
  • Create a strong communication link between the UK office and Shanghai
  • Lead route cause analysis body related development issues
  • Responsibility for developing engineers and departmental capability through coaching, support development of standards, design guidelines etc.
  • Solutions must support system/project targets including quality, cost/mass or performance
  • Support for benchmark of competitive vehicles for trends, support vehicle teardown activities to analyze components.
  • There will be an expectation for knowledge of market and legal trends/requirements.
  • Knowledge of mechanical, industrial, manufacturing or stamping engineering design and processes.
  • Lead and manage function block review process and reporting process to senior management

Skills required:

  • In-depth experience in body engineering, CAD and CATIA V5

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