35072 Research Engineer - Material Technologies

Engineering & Production Management Con.
£19.57 - £21.57 p hour + Limited Company
12 Mar 2018
12 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Engineer
The role will lead a number of research projects with a view to developing materials technologies which will enable the Design Studio future requirements. This role will contribute to the development of new technologies and features up to `Concept Ready' where it is then handed over to the mainstream Engineering functions. The Research function focus on 5 key research themes, termed pillars; Smart, Connected, Capable, Clean and Desirable. Typical research areas are: Autonomous Vehicles, Human Machine Interface, Machine Learning, V2X, Digital Experiences, Intelligent Mobility, Materials and Smart Surfaces, Vehicle Structures, Batteries and electrification. This role will involve collaborative research with key leading UK universities and external partners. The Research department uses a robust technology delivery system called `Technology Creation Development System' and is applied to most of the programme technology delivery projects. Milestone projects are often used for University Research, Blue Sky Research and feasibility studies including proof of technical concept studies.
Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities:
Delivery of materials technology research projects to ensure robust processes are achieved on time and to Engineering Specification. Develop implementation/activity plans for all research technologies to ensure robust processes are achieved on time and to Engineering Specification. Work with cross functional and operational teams to ensure objectives and activity plans are captured in the overall project plans. Develop early demonstrations prior to final Proof-of-Concept stage. Assist in the development of Proof-of-Concept technologies with support from key suppliers. Work on the identification of the project roadmaps and work on assigned strategic University Research. Provide technical support on projects when handing over to mainstream engineering.

Previous experience in a Research role in engineering or automotive environment.
Ability to resolve key technical issues within a team environment.
Strong research and analytical skills.

Experience Required:
Relevant degree or equivalent experience.
Experience of program or project management, meeting demanding timescales with budget control and cost effective delivery.
Experience of Technology Creation Development System or equivalent research delivery process.
Previous experience of working with Universities and Research partners.
Knowledge and experience in the textiles, natural materials and polymers industry.
Ability to write reports and the ability to communicate to technical and non-technical audience.
The role will require regular inter-site travel, therefore it is expected that candidates will hold a valid UK Drivers licence .

Experience Preferred:
Enthusiasm to learn about innovative manufacturing techniques and technologies.
Enthusiasm for new technologies and an ability to review and identify future trends.
Experience and understanding of the manufacturing and assembly processes uses in the production of A-Surface Body Engineering components such as Pressing, Injection moulding, SMC/composite production and Castings. ¿
Experience either within JLR or at a supplier, of delivering body engineering based automotive components.
Understanding of how new ideas could be delivered internally into proof of concept properties.
Experience in using tools such as QFD, Six Sigma etc.

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