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Chief Engineer - Power Electronics, Motors and Drives

  • Role Type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Cambridge, Leamington Spa

  • Closing Date
  • 31/03/2021

Job Description

A senior level opportunity exists for a Chief Engineer – Power Electronics, Motors and Drives 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 and commercial vehicles. Based at either of our Technical Centres in Cambridge Technical Centre or Leamington Spa, this role will report to the Head of Power Electronics, Motors and Drives within the Propulsion service line. 

Role & Responsibilities:

Using in-depth industry knowledge, provide thought leadership on power electronics technology, Electric Motors and Drives as applied to hybrid and electric propulsion systems for passenger cars, and commercial/off-highway vehicles
Generate new value propositions related to power electronics, Motors and Drives 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 electronics and eMachine design, development, application and validation
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. Strong experience 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) coupled with a good understanding of eMachine

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