Cost VA/VE Engineer

Jonathan Lee Recruitment Product Eng
£37000.00 - £47000.00 pa
08 Mar 2018
08 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Cost Engineers / VA/VE Engineers

We are looking for a number of different level Cost Engineers / VA/VE Engineers to work for a leading automotive OEM based in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Engineering benchmarking and innovation sits within Value Engineering & Teardown (VE&T).

The Opportunity

Our purpose is to provide sophisticated benchmarking services that:

Determine how competitors engineer their cars to deliver their customer & brand experience;Pro-actively shares the learning across the business.

We do this by competitor vehicle benchmarking; value engineering, idea generation & innovation and programme application.

The opportunity is to join the team and take ownership of a product group (Body Interior; Body Exterior; Chassis or Powertrain). As an investigator, analyst, facilitator & coach you will enable your product group Technical Specialists to compile high value engineering system strategies.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Completion of engineering explanations to explain how competitor vehicles are engineered to deliver brand, attribute and performance
  • ¬£average vehicle cost reduction idea generation to support margin improvement against targets for current and future vehicle programmes

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities

  • Work with the rest of the VE&T team and cross-functional teams to build a comprehensive understanding of competitor vehicles.
  • Develop a schedule of interactions and workshops with your product group Technical Specialists to identify opportunities for improvement - engineering, technology process, systems etc.
  • Application of value engineering and systematic innovation tools.
  • Continual improvement of our tools & techniques to increase engagement; improve the conversion of idea to implementation and build the reputation of the department.

Key Interactions

  • Technical Specialists (product group; advanced product development; vehicle engineering/attributes; design)
  • Product engineering teams & senior management
  • Marketing; purchasing; manufacturing; logistics
  • Chief Programme Directors and new model programme teams.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Broad engineering and manufacturing awareness
  • Consultative sales/coaching ability and experience
  • Experienced and comfortable facilitating large groups
  • Open minded idea generator - value engineering; systematic innovation
  • Experience of engaging and then working across multiple projects and multi-functional teams

Personal Profile


  • Results driven, demonstrating tenacity, drive and perseverance, an individual who is able to deliver in a complex, highly demanding environment
  • A sophisticated communicator who is able to challenge constructively and communicate complex ideas in business language
  • An individual who enables speed in decision making through establishing alignment, clarity, appropriate resources and sense of urgency whilst bringing others along.
  • Brings passion, drives closure and overcomes obstacles in an empathetic and thoughtful way
  • Strategic and operational, an individual who support strategic direction, but who can also work in the detail
  • Resilient, energetic and enthusiastic, able to deliver results under pressure, whilst responding constructively to challenging new ideas and inputs. Able to challenge existing thinking in a positive way whilst building credibility and trust through experience and personal style.

To apply for this role please contact Rachel Meacham.

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