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Product Engineer (Automotive Trim)

1708-1 Projects Engineering | West Midlands| 40,000 - 50,000 + Pension, Bonus | Permanent

We are working with at global supplier to the automotive industry that has seen high growth in sales, revenue and head count over the last few years. They offer a wide range of solutions related to automotive interior trim products and the organisations Midlands based Design / Development Team is looking to add some more people to their Project Team.


  • Product Engineer
  • The main purpose of the position is to work in-line with the Project Team to ensure support and management of a given programme within the functional area of Product Engineering, with responsibility for Product Definition, Validation and Execution of customer’s concept projects.
  • These three main areas of responsibility will have the following duties.


  • Coordinate and follow product engineering responsibilities from design, through prototype build, pilot, production and life of the programme.
  • Provide feasibility input to support Studio Design and Package requirements.
  • Champion support and participate in design review meetings.
  • Create and maintain a Master Section Package for the Commodity.
  • Work with advance engineering, styling and the company’s technical centre on development of the Concept and feasibility of components and vehicle level integration.
  • Work with, and direct the CAD team to ensure all engineering parameters and customer requirements are being fulfilled on a timely basis.
  • Update Product Definition whenever project definition changes.
  • Develop the DFMEA, DFM and other engineering disciplines if specified by the customer.
  • Organise and develop Design concepts, product architecture and set internal Engineering specifications.
  • Prepare preliminary detail drawings, with assistance of CAD design group.
  • Prepare layouts/detail drawings for review and release, with assistance of CAD design group.
  • Utilize and apply GD&T.


  • Develop DVP&R, obtaining customer approval and initiating all laboratory and virtual tests.
  • Administer and over check Simulated product tests (CAE) and later physical tests in compliance with the DVP&R and assess the product design in line with internal and customer requirements reporting all findings internally and to the customer.
  • Ensure that the product design complies with all product requirements and any international Legal standards when applicable.
  • Ensure that the product meets all engineering objectives and targets for weight, acoustics, water sealing, cost, service etc.


  • Works with build coordination and technology group (process) engineer to direct design verification build and prototype build and record all design problems.
  • Assign all design problems to proper engineering discipline for countermeasure.
  • Responsible for Design Verification and Product Validation of the project, through liaison with the test lab and quality departments.
  • Interfaces with the customer to ensure all engineering needs and requirements are being met.
  • Coordinates engineering changes through the customers and internal systems during the Development Phase.
  • Evaluates and approves design changes, specifications and drawing releases.
  • Works with the Project Manager and other engineers to establish priorities and assign tasks to complete the project according to the defined schedule.
  • Support launch at the customer assembly plants.

Experience Required:

  • Degree in an Engineering, Automotive, Mechanical or Product or Industrial Design field.
  • 5 years’ experience in Automotive Engineering preferred.
  • At least 2 years of Automotive Interior Engineering / Plastics experience.
  • Knowledge of Plastic injection moulding, post processes and assembly of complex components.
  • Experience working with UK OEM’s as a Tier 1 supplier in an engineering function.
  • Ability to effectively conduct group presentations


  • Proficient in Catia V5 or other industry standard software with the ability to create, interrogate and communicate geometry requirements.
  • Capable of using pictographic tools (Sketching, Diagrams, presentations) to clearly communicate issues and requirements.

Consultant: Peter Hampshire | Email: | Telephone: 0121 321 4311

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