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Chief Engineer - Transmissions & eDrives

  • Role Type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Leamington Spa

  • Closing Date
  • 29/02/2020

Job Description


A senior level opportunity exists for a Chief Engineer – Transmissions and eDrives 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 Midlands Technical Centre, this role will report to the Head of Product Leadership, Transmissions and eDrives in the Product Leadership team.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Using in-depth industry knowledge, provide thought leadership on Transmission and eDrive technology, as applied to conventional, hybrid and electric propulsion systems for passenger cars, and commercial/off-highway vehicles. Also into new sectors e.g. Marine, Aerospace
  • Generate new value propositions related to Transmissions and eDrives 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 Transmission and eDrives design, development, application and validation
  • Developing and maintaining internal and client network and relationships to enable growth of Ricardo’s business in electrification technologies
  • 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. Proveable experience within the design and development of Transmissions in a consultancy or Tier 1 supplier environment with a global reputation based on delivering excellence in previous roles
  • Technical – In-depth experience in the design, analysis and development of transmission technologies including DCT’s, MT’s, AT’s and possibly more recently DHT and EDU products, typically from Tier 1, OEM and/or consultancy
  • 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.