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Principal / Lead Controls Engineer

  • Role Type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Prague

  • Closing Date
  • 31/03/2022

Job Description

Role & Responsibilities

To lead technical teams and deliver client projects:

Technical leadership of teams of engineers involved in development of control solutions
Interface directly with clients on technical issues
Focus on delivery of projects on-time and on-budget
Technical negotiations with clients and support of commercial discussions
Driving the further introduction of quality procedures and validation processes
Support of the sales teams in the development of market opportunities through client interaction, proposal support and roadmap development
Promotion of capability throughout Ricardo’s global customer base
Drive the development of future products and services

Required Qualifications and Experience

The successful applicant will have a sound automotive engineering background, and a number of years of experience in successfully delivering projects in controls either in an OEM or Tier 1 capacity, including having lead teams of engineers:


Minimum degree in an Engineering or Science related discipline (e.g. electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, software engineering, maths, control engineering)
Extensive technical experience in control systems for relevant applications, such as: xEV powertrains, power electronics, motors and drives, engines, transmissions, battery management systems, advanced thermal systems, fuel cell systems, OBD, etc., including demonstrated ability in leading teams in the delivery of projects
Wide ranging knowledge of automotive powertrain systems
Analytical approach to developing controls algorithms in an automotive environment
Fluent in a model-based development languages, especially Matlab/Simulink
Ability to train junior engineers and develop an effective team
Drive and commitment to deliver technically challenging projects
Commercial awareness for preparation of projects and proposal development

Desirable Experience:

Advanced control methodologies (e.g. Model Predictive Control, Optimal Control, Reference Governor control, Kalman Filters, etc.)
Systems engineering
Functional safety