Lead Product Development Engineer

Dartford, Kent
06 Aug 2018
03 Sep 2018
Samir Islam
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for a role within a well recognised organisation who are offering an excellent opportunity for a Lead Product Development Engineer? Do you have a Bachelors or equivelent in Engineering with Electronics? Do you have 6-10 years experience in a similar role?

Established over 40 years ago our client is the leader both nationally and globally in their sector. They are looking for a Lead Product Development Engineer to join and enhance their well established team based near Dartford.

The Lead Product Development Engineer position will be mainly focused on leading the development of Brigade's core commercial vehicle safety and efficiency product range with a strong bias toward electronic engineering. The candidate will need extensive knowledge of the technologies behind these products with good knowledge of the associated engineering principles.
Provide lead product design capability in Brigade's commercial vehicle product range and assist the Product Development Manager in leading new product design & development enhancing Brigade's Product portfolio and supporting the Quality and Standards Manager in improving Brigade's product quality standard.
This position will be predominantly working at product level and require a good understanding of requirements, development & capture, electronic & mechanical architecture and design, software & hardware interaction, product verification and validation. The role requires the utilization of cutting edge technologies and engineering methods keeping Brigade at the forefront of technology and enabling Brigade to better manage and control its' intellectual properties, whilst enhancing its cost effectiveness. As part of the Engineering team the successful candidate will also be required to support the Application team in the test and development of current products customised to support the application specific requirements of our customers and markets.
The role will be primarily supplier-facing, managing multiple suppliers and manufacturers in both high and low-cost countries, overcoming cultural and language barriers to deliver new products in a timely manner. The position also extends to supporting our customers as needed.
To enhance the competencies of the team the applicant will require experience and knowledge of automotive electronics design standards and quality control principles which are key in ensuring Brigade's product quality standards are exceeded.
The ideal candidate will be required to have a proactive and flexible approach promoting Brigade's business ideals and customer / supplier relations while enhancing the Engineering team's technical knowledge.
Education and Training
1Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics product development or similar.
25-6 GCSE's at Grade B or above including Maths, Science (Physics) and English.
3High level of numeracy and literacy
4Above average computer literacy
Experience and Skills:
1Minimum 8 years practical experience with electronics and mechanical product development.
2Able to demonstrate co-ordination skills.
3Extensive knowledge of analogue and digital electronics including micro processing, DSP, video signal processing.
4Knowledge of camera, optics, acoustics, LCD's and digital recording technology's
5Knowledgeable of modern automotive electronic architecture, multiplex communication protocols and systems.
6Computer application skills: Microsoft Outlook, Excel,
Word, MCAD & ECAD & PCB development tools,
Electronic circuit simulation programs
7Genuine interest in modern technology preferably with in the automotive industry.
8Attention to detail is critical
Personality and Motivation:
1.Self-motivated and takes full responsibility for the quality of own work
2.Flexibility to multi-task
3.Resourceful to provide technical support
4.Practical aptitude with methodical approach to detail
5.Able to work to deadlines
6.Eager to learn
7.Natural respect for company and colleagues
Interpersonal Skills:
1High level of communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with customers, management and colleagues. Very clear spoken English is critical however it is desired to have a second language of Mandarin or Cantonese.
2Demonstrate good leadership skills
3Helpful and approachable
4Strong focus on delivering excellent customer service

*Lead/Support the various tasks within the PD team in its day to day work
*Support research and development of innovative technologies and products
*Requirements and engineering specification creation
*Review and approval of technical documentation
*Supplier acquisition, liaison and management & negotiation improving profitability
*Lead product verification and validation
*Product quality improvements and upgrades providing cost savings and implementing Total Quality Cost Management where applicable.
*Product technical support primarily to Engineering colleagues and internal customers
*Preparation of detailed electronic schematics and component technical drawings
*Mechanical interface and design
*Aid the sales and engineering team in translating customer requirements into technical solutions
*Support the engineering team in the development of its working practices and processes achieve better efficiency
*Optical knowledge and image processing and recognition using CCD, CMOS, IR and related technologies
*Video and audio signal and processing e.g. composite video, RGB, digital formats
*Analogue and digital circuit design and development, including micro processing and digital signal processing
*Software & hardware interface and software engineering
*Digital communication protocol e.g. I2C, SPI, RS232 etc / Signal processing
*PCB level troubleshooting and product fault finding
*LCD interface and panel design
*Hard Disk Drive, solid state drive and flash memory
*Implement design for manufacturing
*Lean manufacturing techniques helping our supplier base develop efficiencies

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