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SYS-1076 Chief Engineer - Motorcycles

  • Role Type
  • Full time, Permanent

  • Location
  • Leicester

  • Closing Date
  • 29/05/2019

Job Description

Chief Engineer (Motorcycle)


Job Description

Based at Ricardo’s Leicestershire Technical Centre in the UK, you will be primarily responsible for leading Motorcycle business development, proposal and project delivery activities – particularly in the area of Motorcycle Vehicle Systems.  Your everyday tasks will include the provision of:

  • Technical and commercial leadership in developing new business opportunities
  • Compelling project proposals that demonstrate superior value to our customers
  • Outstanding project delivery

You will be comfortable in meeting new and existing customers and developing relationships, operating within the Motorcycle Product Group team and working with other Product Groups to win and deliver multi-discipline vehicle programmes.

Accountability / Key Responsibilities

  • Understanding our client's business, including their organisation, financial decision-making process and business challenges to create and sell solutions that respond to the client's value drivers.
  • Understanding our client's industry, including industry trends, financial measurements, key players and competitors, to develop and sell solutions that address client needs.
  • Defining new business streams for Motorcycle Vehicle Systems and developing associated selling strategies and supporting material through collaboration with the global team, other product groups, market sectors, commercial and engineering teams to develop and sell a portfolio of high value solutions
  • Providing technical lead in developing business opportunities with relevant material and preparing proposals in response to Request For Quotations
  • Direct responsibility for the development of proposals (documentation, plans, costing, commercial package) for global customers through to order conversion including successful contract negotiations
  • Technical leadership of assigned Motorcycle Vehicle Engineering projects by:

 - Defining technical resource requirements for successful project execution

 - Maximizing team performance using standard processes

 - Leading technical reviews

 - Assessing cost/benefit trade-off of technical solution and leads decision making process

 - Draws on the wider technical expertise across the global organization to achieve optimal technical performance

 - Primary technical interface with client

  • Support development of Ricardo technology strategy and product offerings for Motorcycle Vehicle Systems business
  • Developing and maintaining client network and relationships with senior level customer counterparts (Chief Engineer level and above)
  • Mentoring key engineers and identifying requirements for skills development

Personal Attributes

In order to be successful, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • A strong track record of motorcycle vehicle engineering project / product development within the motorcycle industry, preferably in volume production programmes
  • Strong technical background in at least one area of Motorcycle Vehicle Systems
  • Proven skill in defining and preparing winning proposals, with the ability to develop strong, long-lasting customer relationships at senior level and profitable revenue streams
  • A willingness to function in a broader technical environment in a leadership position
  • Proven interpersonal and communication skills at all levels
  • Credibility in a wide range of customer situations


And should have :

  • Great patience in dealing with client and team situations coupled with an ability to accept and positively respond to frequent changes 
  • High degree of flexibility and willingness to travel
  • An ability to work under pressure and very tight timescales
  • Strong project management skills
  • Providing technical oversight and direction on multi-disciplinary projects


But could also have :

  • An appreciation of and an ability to positively resolve issues arising from different cultures
  • Able to work in a matrix organisation and can liaise effectively across business units to drive greater business value  
  • Strong leadership and ability to coordinate and lead multi-disciplined teams
  • Robust character with a strong drive and motivation to succeed


NB:  All applications must be accompanied by a covering letter detailing how your skill and experience match this role.

Ricardo is an equal opportunities employer.

To register your interest in discussing this opportunity further please get in touch at stcrecruiting@ricardo.com