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Chief Engineer - Power Electronics

  • Role Type
  • Full time

  • Location
  • Cambridge

  • Closing Date
  • 28/06/2019

Job Description

A senior level opportunity exists for a Chief Engineer – Power Electronics to strengthen technical thought leadership, develop in-demand product focused value propositions and provide technical leadership in both developing and delivering new projects with our clients around the world.  This will span all market sectors served by Ricardo including passenger car, commercial vehicle Based at our Cambridge Technical Centre, this role will report to the Head of Electric Machines & Electronics in the Product Leadership team.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Using in-depth industry knowledge, provide thought leadership on power electronics technology, as applied to hybrid and electric propulsion systems for passenger cars, and commercial/off-highway vehicles
  • Generate new value propositions related to power electronics by supporting development of Ricardo’s roadmaps and driving research activities to develop new product, process and system solutions
  • Support the business development teams to understand our client needs and develop new opportunities through generation of technical sales material and client engagements
  • Lead the preparation of compelling proposals including project technical scoping and delivery approach architecture, liaising with customers and internal engineering and project management teams
  • Technical negotiations with clients and support of commercial discussions
  • Provide excellent technical leadership in multi-disciplinary projects taking responsibility for high quality delivery on-time and on-budget
  • Provide input to (or lead) delivery of project activities relating to all aspects of power electronic design, development, application and validation
  • Ability to provide leadership in the application layer software for motor and SMPS control is also desirable
  • Developing and maintaining internal and client network and relationships to enable growth of Ricardo’s business in electrification
  • Support development of Ricardo engineers by mentoring and identifying requirements for skills development where required

Personal Profile

Education – A relevant engineering / science degree qualification. PhD or equivalent further degree and Chartered Engineer status preferred. 10 years or more in the power electronics industry with a global reputation based on delivering excellence in previous roles

Technical – Experience in the development and application of next generation power electronic solutions including deep understanding pertaining to the use of Wide Band-Gap technologies (SiC and/or GaN)

Business Growth – Developing and scaling up capability and delivery models with customers and partners in a global environment

Commercial Acumen – Solid knowledge of and confidence in ability and appropriate use of legal and business language, including familiarity with NDAs, IP, proposals and industry standards. Prepare solutions sales materials. Deep market knowledge and ability to think strategically

Results Focus – Highly motivated to succeed, a self-starter who is driven and able to work with others effectively to "get things done"

Leadership – Strong strategic and leadership skills, to build and manage teams to deliver, satisfy customers and achieve technical, project and strategic targets

Team – Strong team player able to play in position as well as supporting areas of new technology for the greater good

Communication – Excellent communication, presentation and collaboration skills to work across functions and organisations; excellent listening and relationship-building skills. The ability to up-skill engineers using good interpersonal and communication skills

Flexibility – Able to be flexible on work location and prepared to travel within the UK and internationally on short assignments

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